Post Workout Meal – 20 Hours Fasted [Dec. 2016]

Here’s what I had after my gym session today (about one hour after leaving the gym). I was ~20 hours fasted when I ate and ~18 hours fasted when I started my workout:

In the box (variable quantities):

William Banting’s Weight Loss Experiment [1864] – My Notes


This short and free read, I’d recommend getting your hands on it immediately; you’re given a clear description from William Banting himself (1796 – 1878) about how he went from obese to normal weight in a matter of months. He was ~67 years old at the time of his n=1 personal experiment…

Here I’m going to share some of the notes I’ve taken from Banting’s booklet – that details his journey -, a writing he dedicates to the public at large, “entirely from an earnest desire to confer a benefit on my fellow creatures.” [1]

You can read it for free here.

30 Health and Fitness Books – Free Bundle


You have to subscribe to Buckbooks’ email list (not mine)! The promo is on for 3 more days (ends circa Nov. 10, 2016).

If you’re on my email list, you already know about this promo as I broadcasted a message immediately it became available. If you’re not on my list and didn’t know about this, listen up.

I joined forces with a dozen plus authors and we give our books for free – 30 in number. This bundle is available via Buckbooks who made this possible. To get the bundle you have to sign-up (for free) to their list. Once that’s done, wait for the email. Here are a few titles from the bundle:

After-thoughts of a 44-hour fast – Just completed [Oct. 2016]


I took a trip to DC earlier this week and I decided to take a break from eating for the whole duration – until returning to NYC.

Perturbations in my Lifestyle – Letting go of Limiting Beliefs [A Journal]

Perturbations in my Lifestyle - Letting go of Limiting Beliefs [A Journal]


I’ve been away from home for a month or so. As I left, I decided to alter several of my lifestyle factors to test which of them hold true. I want to be more flexible; I want to have more degrees of freedom and I want to steer clear from rigid strategies and fixated thinking. I want to be able to change things instantly without a significant negative impact on my wellbeing. Anti-fragile is a keyword.

Moreover, I am suspicious of several of my former held beliefs – some of which I’ve been following unquestionably for the last 2-3 years. My own lack of education could be the culprit. I took for granted different assumptions coming from conventional wisdom, from ‘experts’, or from self-entitled ‘gurus’.

Some of these strategies led to improvement in my life. But I really don’t know which. So, I’ll keep testing, stop holding beliefs, and start asking more questions. On to the point.

The Ketotic Brain compared to the Glycolitic Brain [Studies and Anecdotes]

The Ketotic Brain - Differences Compared to the Glycolitic State - 1


I’ve briefly touched the subject of ketotic brain metabolism in some of my past posts. I’d say there’s much more to this subject than what I wrote before. Here I will discuss additional research findings along with a few personal experiences (anecdotes). My focus is on GABA and glutamate mediated effects.

I’ll begin with some personal reports:

Ever since I started experimenting with ketosis back in 2013 I noticed a dramatic shift in my mental condition. Prior to ketosis I was following a normal diet (glycolitic). I remember experiencing post-meal energy crashes that would last for a few hours and would render me mildly mentally incapacitated (exaggerating claim). If I were to engage in cognitive tasks of any kind, it would not have been easy to get through.

My Belly Fat Progression by DXA – [2013 – 2016]

My Belly Fat Progression by DXA - [2013 - 2016]  - TFM

Those of you close to me are familiar with the details of my fat loss experiment, which I underwent between ~October and December 2013. For those who don’t know, I posted the details here.

To increase the accuracy of my approach I used a DEXA scanner. I wanted to measure the progression of my body composition. I got kindof captivated with the device, which is why I continued doing DEXA scans every few months ever since.

Almost three years later, I decided to make some sense out of the pile of papers (DEXA scans) in my drawer. So, here is some data on the dynamics of my abdominal fat (see top graphic).  

The Five Stages of Fasting – Dr. Nikolayev [Russian Case Studies]

The Five Stages of Fasting - Dr. Nikolayev [Russian Case Studies]


During a visit at the local library I stumbled upon a book on fasting (written in Romanian). I do most of my reading on my tablet, for convenience. Trying to locate the book on Amazon Kindle returned an empty query. To my surprise, the book was not available/translated to English. It was only available in French. So, I bought the book – the physical copy.

I’m not sorry about the investment I made. Many concepts and ideas from this book are also detailed in my book Periodic Fasting. This is great because when some of my fellow Romanians will ask me to translate my book, I could simply guide them to book of Lestrade, which is already available in Romanian.

Furthermore, Thierry Lestrade obtained first-person access to research and experiments conducted by Russian scientists and doctors with regards to therapeutic fasting. Much of this research will be lost in the archives of Russian institutes as they have not (and most likely will not) been translated into other languages, unless we can do something about it.

In this entry I will describe the five stages of prolonged water fasting, as it has been widely used in the practice of Dr. Yuri Nikolayev, the Director of the Fasting Clinic of The Moscow Institute of Psychiatry for many years.

He claimed to have successfully treated more than 7,000 patients (as of 1972) suffering from neuro-psychiatric conditions by using therapeutic fasting. The average duration of a fast would be 30 days. He probably oversaw the experience of more than 10,000 patients because in 1972 he was only at the heights of his career.

The Randle Cycle – How Fats and Carbs compete for Oxidation [Review]

The Randle Cycle - How Fats and Carbs compete for Oxidation [Review] - 1 - Fig.1


In a recent Ben Greenfield podcast, Ben and his guest, Denise Minger, discussed about the Randle Cycle – which is also known as the glucose-fatty acid cycle. This cycle describes the competition between metabolic fuels.

I read a few papers about the Randle Cycle as it sparked my interest. In this post I’m going into the specifics of one of these papers. I suspect that many people are confused about how this works.

This paper is a review published in The American Journal of Physiology (APS), Endocrinology and Metabolism and it’s open access. [1]

My Low-Carb Journey – Christina B. [Case Study]

My Low-Carb Journey - Christina B. [Case Study] - 1


Christina and I have known each other since 2014. Even though she says she’s been struggling with weight management for a long time, I view her journey more like a challenge to finding her personalized (unique) approach to optimal nutrition and lifestyle.

Similarly, my own n=1 is a testimonial that it can take hell of a lot of time to reach a sweet spot – always tweaking and experimenting with different interventions.

You’re about to read Christina’s own words. Her detail-oriented and analytical rationale is something that I applaud and arduously support. Enter Christina…

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