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Results and conclusions from 6 week fat experiment (42 days of Keto Chow)

This entry is part 44 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I have my analysis done on the data from my 6-week experiment doing Keto Chow for all my meals and swapping out different types of fats to see how they impact my lipid panels. It’s all chronicled over on the page about the experiment, along with an extensive array of graphs and other fun stuff.

I also proved that at least in me: eating 2000 calories a day of mostly fat with some protein I’ll lose weight. Switch that to 2000 calories of mostly carbohydrates with a little fat and the same amount of protein (and again, the same 2000 calories), I will gain weight.

Fun stuff!

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 43 (done)

This entry is part 43 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Took my final blood test and had my final DEXA scan. I did some updates to the experiment page too. Should have the blood test results by Wednesday of next week.

By |2018-02-16T15:51:37+00:00February 16th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 42, done done done.

This entry is part 42 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Final day. Honestly could have gone longer if it wasn’t for the stupid sugar this week, the rather bad tasting Macadamia nut oil, or the gastrointestinal duress of liquid coconut oil. I’m looking forward to going back to my preferred heavy cream and avocado oil mixture. These last 2 days I have had diarrhea, it might be from the sugar – or it could be that the stomach flu is making the rounds among my kids and if I’ve managed to NOT contract it, that would be a miracle (ever tried to convince a sick kid to clean up their own throwup? Isn’t happening, buddy).

I started adding the blood tests, graphs, and other assorted data to the page about this experiment. It’s looking pretty good so far!

I got the costs for Keto Chow 2.1 this morning and I’ve been having lots of fun with spreadsheets all morning. The short version is: prices on current flavors will be the same, the new flavors are slightly more expensive to make so those will be a bit more… except the “Natural Strawberry” that’s sweetened with monk fruit instead of sucralose. That one is significantly more expensive to make and will likely be priced at or above the price of the peanut butter.

By |2018-02-15T11:22:47+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , |1 Comment

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 41, blood tests back

This entry is part 41 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I was watching a video by Dave Feldman (where he had to keep pausing to eat skittles, it was great) and he talked about fructose malabsorption causing him digestive issues. I don’t think I have that problem which is why I haven’t had really bad problems during this phase. Again it seems that I dodged another bullet for which I’m grateful. I’m still anxious to get back into keto. Yesterday I bought the brisket and ribs for the meetup, they’re currently in the Sous-Vide cooking for a few days and I’ll finish them in the smoker on Saturday.

Got my Coconut Oil week blood tests back – REALLY interesting stuff. I’ve entered the data into the spreadsheet (check it out!) but here are some of the highlights:

  • I hit an all-time low LDL-P (particle count): 567. It’s down 43% from 996 the week before. 👍 (you’re looking for under 1000)
  • All time low LDL-C: 56, down from 78. 👍
  • I brought back down my triglycerides from 148 to 103 👍 (you want this below 100)
  • My HDL-C went WAY up (52% to be exact): from 40 to 61 👍👍👍 (you want this as high as possible)
  • A1c is still steady at 4.8 👍
  • Fasting insulin went WAY up, from 5.2 to 8.4 – the highest I’ve recorded so far. 👎

This test was the first time I saw a departure from the previous inversion pattern of LDL-C and Triglycerides which would go up and down opposite of each other. I don’t know if it was the high amount of MCTs in the coconut oil or what. Regardless, I can handily say that consuming almost entirely saturated fat for a week made my blood tests look AMAZING.

Here are some of the graphs from the spreadsheet:

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 36: Carb Week Begins (with a live stream)

This entry is part 36 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

OK, here we go!

You can view my glucose tests as I take them on the “Sugar” tab of the spreadsheet here.

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 35, last day of coconut oil, macadamia nut oil results back

This entry is part 35 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

OK, I can do this… it’s the last day. I thought I was doing better with the Liquid Coconut Oil – until this morning. I was woken up at 2 and didn’t get back to sleep until 3:30 or so. I’m really happy that I installed a bidet in that bathroom. Why is this happening? I have a couple theories:

  • Still might be a stomach flu, I’m not ruling that out.
  • The sheer amount of MCTs in the carrington farms liquid coconut oil (about 33-34ml per shake) is about as much as I used to have in an entire day back before I started the experiment, multiply that by 3 and it’s rather serious. At least it’s fewer than the 190+ ml I started with last Friday.
  • The aforementioned MCT builds up or something? dunno but it was pretty bad.

Anyhow, tomorrow starts carb week. I’m actually having a bit of trouble finding a store that sells the bags of skittles I want. Costco only has giant bags, Sams-Club has vending machine packages of 50 (I need 20) and Walmart only has larger “share size” ones. I’ll try a local grocery store later today. This is nearly as bad as when I had to go to 4 stores to find a Runts banana to use in the product pictures. I’m planning on testing my glucose a bunch of times before and after I eat the sugar tomorrow, and I’ll likely do a live feed on a few of the social platforms. Wish me luck!

Last thing: I got back the blood work from my week of Macadamia Nut oil (high in monounsaturated fats) – it was a good enough result I called Dave Feldman and got to take up 22 minutes of his valuable time talking about it. You can view the results here for yourself (column Q). The short version is: it looks like my triglycerides respond to monounsaturated fats. Be sure to check out the “Chris Charts” tab at the bottom for easier to understand charts. It has all my tests plotted out nicely. Of note is the “Lipids 1” graph:

Avocado oil is quite high in MUFAs, Macadamia is higher. It’s also interesting to see Triglycerides and LDL-C running on an inversion pattern: one goes up, the other goes down in lock-step. The interesting thing about all this is it’s only happening to me in my n=4 experiment:

I’m the yellow line.

By |2018-02-08T13:21:58+00:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 29, starting coconut oil!

This entry is part 29 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

OK, turns out liquid coconut oil tastes pretty good. That’s a relief! So I’ll be using it as anticipated for this week. I got a blood test this morning to cap off the week of macadamia nut oil. Unlike previous weeks, there were few people there and no hint of civil unrest =)

Last night I discovered I was late to a Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet for my youngest son. It was nice to simply grab the final blender bottle of macadamia Keto Chow and run. They had taco salad and nachos, I could have done keto with the food there but didn’t need to as I was packing my own =)

In unrelated news, this morning there was a facebook post by a bakery a few minutes South of here:

KETO in the BAKERY! As promised, today we feature Lemon Curd Cheesecake Trifle and Chocolate Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Sugar free, less than 4 net carbs. Naturally gluten free. We will launch new products every week if demand is high. It’s up to you people!! Spread the word! #keto #ketobaker #glutenfree #sugarfree #ketorocks #healthylife #lehibakery #sugarhighconfections

I talked to the owner of the bakery (who is on a keto diet). They currently do the lemon curd trifle and salted caramel cheesecake and will be coming out with cookies and cupcakes soon. The sweetener used is Truvia (Erythritol). “The cheesecake is simply cream cheese, heavy cream and Truvia. The almond short crust is almond flour and butter with a bit a sea salt. The lemon curd is lemon juice, egg yolks and Truvia. The caramel sauce is just caramelized Truvia” 4 net carbs for the lemon, 2 for the cheesecake. I won’t be eating any of it anytime soon but my kids are going to love it!

By |2018-02-05T08:35:44+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 27, bunch of blood tests back

This entry is part 27 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I’m on my second-to-last day of macadamia nut oil. I need to mix up 3 meals worth for tomorrow and then it’s time for coconut oil! woohoo! The experiment is still going well, haven’t had any problems at all in the last while. My tooth still hurts from getting a crown, though not as bad – so it’s still a good thing that I’m doing a liquid diet. My wife finished up the 4 week Keto Chow only experiment she was doing last Friday so she’s been making meals from Maria Emmerich’s 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse – yesterday it was pork chops, they did indeed smell good but I soldiered on and drank my macadamia nut oil… I mean Keto Chow (that tastes like macadamia nut oil).

Today we got a bunch of blood test results back. You can see my results for this current experiment by visiting the results spreadsheet on the “Chris” tab in columns N-S. It’s interesting to compare Heavy Cream to Grape Seed Oil to Heavy Cream. My LDL came back up and so did my fasting insulin.

I put together the packaging we’ll be using for the “Sample The NEW Things!” bundle, check it out:

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 22, Macadamia Nut Oil, ruminations on Magnesium

This entry is part 22 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Day 22, past the half-way point! I started Macadamia Nut oil today. It REALLY adds a roasted macadamia nut flavor to the shake. The one I’m drinking now, the flavor is completely overpowered by the oil. I like macadamia nuts but I’m guessing that by the end of this week of doing the oil, I’m not going to want to eat the nuts for a few months, which is a shame. Got my blood tested today, sometime on Wednesday or so I’ll have those results and add them to the spreadsheet.

Let’s talk about Magnesium. Keto Chow 0.9 up to 1.5 used an off-the-shelf Magnesium/Calcium Citrate+D3 powder. Starting with version 1.9 and up through 2.0.2, we’ve been having magnesium citrate mixed in with the vitamin/mineral mix. Magnesium citrate has good bioavailability but has a downfall: in high doses (higher than you get doing Keto Chow 3x a day), it acts as a laxative. People who are sensitive to this effect, or are already on the edge of having “bowel issues” can have problems with the citrate. To fight that, we are switching from citrate to magnesium malate in Keto Chow 2.1. On top of that, I’m increasing the amount of magnesium. Keto Chow 1.9 had 693.3mg a day, 2.0 has 736mg a day, and 2.1 is slated to have 806mg a day. Essentially it’s 2.0 plus the amount of magnesium I was getting in the magnesium malate pills I took before bed. Yes, it’s entirely for my own personal benefit so I don’t have to take an extra pill at night =)

So why Malate? Well, the most common form of magnesium supplements is magnesium oxide. By weight, magnesium oxide is 60% magnesium which means you add 1000mg to your product and you can legitimately claim on the label that it contains 600mg of magnesium. It’s also exceedingly cheap. And… it sucks. Only about 4% of its elemental magnesium is absorbed from magnesium oxide. Let’s take the 736mg of magnesium a day in Keto Chow 2.0 – 4% of that would only be 29.4mg that your body would be able to actually absorb. The citrate version we currently use and the malate version of the future both are readily bioavailable and nearly completely absorbed. If you see a “health” product that uses magnesium oxide, put it down and run away because they plainly don’t care about your health and only want to make the label look good.

By |2018-01-26T11:05:32+00:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 20, off to S.F., Grape Seed Oil results

This entry is part 20 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

I’m heading off to San Francisco in a few hours. Rather than worry about how to transport my shakes, I’m just going to do time-restricted feeding (“intermittent fasting”) by drinking all my meals this morning and afternoon, then I’ll eat again after I get home tomorrow. I had to bring everything I need with me to work, including an umbrella. Fun fact: I’ve been to San Francisco almost 10 times now, I’ve never been rained on (misted on, yes, but no rain) looking at the forecast, this might break that streak.

This morning I got back my blood tests from the week of doing Grape Seed Oil. Feel free to head over to the spreadsheet of results and check them out. Grapeseed oil is on Column O.

Let’s see… my LDL-P came way down (1242 to 849) – into the “normal” range thanks to the PUFAs, my LDL-C also came down (116 to 72) – again into the “normal” range. My triglycerides did indeed go up, though nowhere even close to the result I got with avocado oil in November: that one went from 113 to 199, this new test with grape seed oil went from 104 to 117. I guess we’ll see what happens with the subsequent tests with Saturated and MUFA: will the triglycerides go down or not?! While you’re on the spreadsheet, you can pop over to the other tabs and see the ongoing results coming in from the n=3 experiment that’s also going on. Both females have had really stable triglyceride levels, regardless of heavy cream or avocado oil. Makes me wonder if the 199 was a freak aberration (yes I was fasting at least 12 hours before the test).

So what else does the blood test show? On PUFAs my cortisol increased dramatically (9.8 to 12.7) and my fasting insulin predictably went down to 2.4. That’s actually the lowest I’ve ever gotten, 2.7 was the level when I did Avocado Oil. Oddly, my CRP (which along with cortisol is a marker for inflammation) was slightly up but still far lower compared to what I was getting in November.

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