Monthly Archives: June 2014

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.  Some of the things I didn’t like about this were (forgive me for being a bit whiny):

  • The  phone would need to be plugged in the entire night (so there needs to be an outlet close to my side of the bed)
  • The phone needs to be placed under the fitted sheet of the bed, to best detect movement.
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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.  It was advertised to track heart rate, skin temperature, skin perspiration, steps walked, total calories burned, and sleep.… 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.  Here is the official link to all of his guest appearances.… Read More

Limitless Human Potential

If you want to be inspired by the limitlessness of human potential please watch this video.  Not only is he better than me at BJJ, but he fricking summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Every time I think I’m too tired to go in for some training or believe that some obstacle is too difficult for me, I need to remind myself that my mind is the only thing holding me back.  If Kyle Maynard can accomplish the things that he’s done, none of the ridiculous excuses I come up with should even be entertained.… Read More

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