Gymnastic Bodies with Coach Christopher Sommer

Gymnastic BodiesGymnastic Bodies with Coach Christopher Sommer

Every once in awhile you’ll come across someone that will completely reshape the way you think about things, and you’ll walk away feeling amazed and wondering why you never saw things in this light before.  I’ve felt this when I’ve encountered the works of folks like Tim Ferriss, Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, John Kiefer, Dave Asprey, and Jimmy Moore.

The most recent guy I’m adding to this list is Coach Christopher Sommer, who is a coach for the US gymnastics team, and appeared on a couple of Robb Wolf’s podcasts (Episode 213 and Episode 230). … Read More

Carb Back-Loading Results After 14 Weeks

CBLCarb Back-Loading Results After 14 Weeks

I’ve concluded my Carb Back-Loading experiment after doing my best to stick with it for 14 weeks.  If you want to see what I wrote from weeks 1 through 11, you can find them here:


Carb Back-Loading (CBL) is John Kiefer’s variation on a targeted ketogenic diet in which a large load of carbs are only eaten after heavy resistance training (optimally in the afternoon). … Read More

Thank You Tim Ferriss


Thank You Tim Ferriss

A few months ago I was interviewed by Carol Salva on the Fat2FitHQ podcast and recently I appeared as a guest on the Health Nuts Anonymous podcast (the episode hasn’t been released yet), and in both of those appearances I was asked to describe how I got to where I currently am.

One of the major inflection points in my life was when I first encountered the work of Tim Ferriss.  His book, The 4 Hour Body was what first exposed me to the concept of bio-hacking and the quantified self, which was the inspiration for a lot of what I’m doing now. … Read More

Bulletproof Radio Podcast Q&A Notes

q-and-a-podcast-130-dave-asprey-300x300Bulletproof Radio Podcast Q&A Notes

These are some notes that I took from Dave Asprey’s most recent Q&A podcast.  You can listen to the full episode here and check out the entire transcript here.

This is by no means meant to be complete.  If you want the complete breakdown just go ahead and read through the transcript, although there are quite a few transcription errors (seems like they use either automated software or a foreign transcription service), so listening to the podcast will be more accurate.… Read More

Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading July 4th Discount


Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading July 4th Discount

Kiefer’s currently offering some big July 4th discounts on his books.  If I’m doing my math correctly, based on his online countdown timer, I believe these prices will only be available until Sunday, July 6th.

The Carb Nite Solution – is now being offered for $18, which is 33% off the full price.

Carb Back-Loading - is now being offered for $37, which is 50% off the full price.

When I first picked these up, I paid a total of $74 for the both of them, so this current sale is a pretty good deal, especially if you’re on the fence about trying these out.… Read More

Basis Band vs Misfit Shine – Sleep Tracking Review

Basis Band and ShineBasis Band vs Misfit Shine – Sleep Tracking Review

(To read more about my thoughts on the Basis Band, check out my review here)

One of the biggest strengths that I’ve found with the Basis Band is it’s sleep tracking functionality.  I’ve played with a few of the more popular sleep tracker apps that I can purchase on my iPhone such as Sleep Cycle, which uses the accelerometer if my phone to detect motion, which is a surrogate for the different phases of sleep. … Read More

Basis Band Review

Basis Band and ShineBasis Band Review

(I initially planned this post to be a comparison between the sleep tracking abilities between the Misfit Shine and the Basis Band, hence the picture on the left, but it turned out that I had a lot more to say about the Basis than I thought… so I’ll be splitting up the posts)

I picked up the Basis Band Health Tracker last October 2013 (mine is the first generation B1 band) because it seemed like it was the most comprehensive wearable tracker available at the time. … Read More

Great Article on Ketogenic Diet and Increased Cholesterol


Great Article on Ketogenic Diet and Increased Cholesterol

Just read a great post written by Franziska Spritzler, RD, a registered dietician who went on a ketogenic diet and also experienced a meteoric rise of her LDL-P.  

From June 2013 to November 2013 she was eating around 50 gm carbs per day and these were her numbers:

  • 6/11/2013 – LDL-P: 1174, LDL-C: 124, Small LDL-P: 103
  • 11/2013 – LDL-C: 160

Then in January 2014 she experimented with further decreasing her carb intake to around 20 gm per day.… Read More

Carb Back-Loading, Resistant Starch, and Cholesterol

BRM Potato StarchCarb Back-Loading, Resistant Starch, and Cholesterol

While continuing my Carb Back-Loading experiment (results at 4 weeks, results at 8 weeks), I was a bit disheartened after receiving my latest NMR cholesterol results.  Despite losing almost 5 lbs and 1.25 inches off my weight, while increasing the amounts I was lifting on Stronglifts 5×5, my LDL-P particles were still high (LDL-C was high as well).

I had heard a couple podcasts where Robb Wolf mentioned that he was able to get his cholesterol in check while using resistant starch and a few other reports I’ve seen around the internets of people with a smiliar response that I wanted to try it out again.… Read More

More Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading Tips Part 2

CBL and CNSMore Carb Nite and Carb Back-Loading Tips Part 2

In an effort to stay on top of things despite so much travel, I’ve been doing my best to listen to all of my regular podcasts and taking notes when I hear things that are interesting.  Here is the second edition of my Kiefer notes.  Again some of these are from his own site, and some from when he appears as a guest on other podcasts.  For those that don’t know, Kiefer is the author of both The Carb Nite Solution and Carb Back-Loading, both ways of eating that I’ve been playing around with recently. … Read More

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