Periodic Protein Restriction

One of my favorite dietary technologies is Periodic Protein Restriction.[1] I covered it years ago on the site as part of other posts. But now, having withstood the test of time and grown in popularity, I’m finally giving it a post of its own. What it is: Periodic Protein Restriction means not eating protein for … Continued

Bloodletting

A recent article labeled me and Tim Ferriss as guys who think “way too much about women’s orgasms, the weight of their own feces and how to game the Red Cross so they can do more bloodletting.” It’s ambiguous, but I think it’s the part about bloodletting that’s meant to be attributed to me. Since … Continued

Fat-based Diet — A Menu

The biggest mistake people make when trying paleo or some variant is that they increase their fat intake too little. They cut back on carbs but instead of eating more fat they eat protein excessively. Having been steeped in a low-fat, lipid-fearing paradigm, many of us since birth, it takes a deliberate effort to learn … Continued

Eggs & MCT

Soft-boiled eggs and MCT. This simple pairing has become one of my favorite quick meals and for those in the health-optimizing, paleo, biohacker communities, it should serve you well. Here’s why: Soft-boiled — Probably the simplest and purest way to cook eggs is by soft-boiling them. The egg cooks right inside the shell, eliminating the need for … Continued

Diagnostic Paleo

A friend went on the paleo diet and lost 30 lbs. He got down to his target weight and felt better than he’d felt in a long time. Despite these positive results neither he nor I, as his coach, were satisfied with his body composition. He was still a bit pear-shaped and hadn’t gotten as … Continued

The Whiton Protocol

A Dietary Protocol for Optimal Health, Body Composition, Longevity, and Satiety (v 1.3).[1] I’ve given in to suggestions that I name the dietary protocol I follow, so it will be easier to discuss and compare. I’ve given it the uninspiring name The Whiton Protocol because it really is just my often-revised, researched, but still-speculative take … Continued

Autophagy

So I’ve spent the past four months putting a paleo diet firmly in place as the foundation of my health. I’m very happy with the results: my body composition is the best it’s ever been, I feel great, I really enjoy the food, and my junk food addiction is in remission. Now that the most … Continued

3 months on a high-fat diet

As requested (not kidding), I’m posting a picture to help track what the paleo experiment is doing to me. This is me after three months on a high-fat, low-carb, low exercise, paleo diet. Results so far are improved body composition, stable energy (no crashes), and a greater ability to resist sugar and flour. ‘High-fat’ means … Continued

A common poisoning

Paleo people keep suggesting that, aside from sugar, I consider cutting out grain and possibly legumes and dairy too. They’re too recent of developments in human history, they say, especially compared to my millions of years old genetic code. Accordingly, they work as an allergen and even as a slow poison in a great many … Continued

Exercise, for epigenetic’s sake.

I’m heading outside now to do some sprints. Though I don’t particularly enjoy exercising two thoughts propel me: One, that it will only take 10 minutes. Two, that this small investment will send signals to my genome requesting that it express genes disposed toward better health, slower aging, and improved body composition. I send similar … Continued

Ketosis

As it happens there are two different fuels our bodies can run on: glucose and ketones. Yet we moderns almost never run on ketones because of the modern diet’s abundance of glucose. Entering ketosis requires maintaining a very low carb diet, less than 50g per day, and requires remaining steadfast while the body rejiggers itself … Continued

Next-level Paleo — Balanced 6:3

Having been so pleased with the basic paleo approach I’ve decided to up my game by balancing my omega 6-3 ratio. For a long time I thought, like many, that “omega-3s are good.” But it’s probably not that simple. The latest theories are that it’s the ratio that matters most. And what should those ratios … Continued

Next-level Paleo — Zero grain

Having been so pleased with the basic paleo approach I’ve decided to take it one step further by eliminating grains. I’ve been eating grain my entire life. But grain is relatively recent development, far newer than most of my genetic code, and I am eager to see how my body performs without. Early results are … Continued

Tip #3: The Crap List

Sticking to a diet when out in public is difficult. If you haven’t noticed, restaurants and vendors tend to sell mostly what profits them, not you. But I’ve discovered a few tricks to hold firm. I call this one The Crap List. The crap list is a literal list of the figurative crap I’ve eaten. … Continued

What My Health Insurance Company Doesn’t Know

I once wrote about how I got my health insurance premiums lowered by convincing the health insurance company to put me in their lowest risk class. I did this by sending them my medical history and also including a letter explaining my frequent practice of drinking raw vegetables. It’s funny to think what risk category … Continued

Tip #2: Cascading Indulgence

Sticking to a diet when out in public is difficult. If you haven’t noticed, people tend to sell whatever will most likely snare you rather than what is good for you. But I’ve discovered a few tricks to keep from straying that, on a high-fat diet, work especially well. I call this one Cascading Indulgence. … Continued

Tip #1: Gorge Before Going

Sticking to a diet when out in public is difficult. If you haven’t noticed, people tend to sell whatever will keep you coming back for more rather than what is good for you. But I’ve discovered a few tricks to keep from straying that, on a high-fat diet, work especially well. I call this one … Continued

Why do this diet when I’m already thin?

It’s proven that a high-fat, low-carb diet will cause one to lose weight.[1] But of all the things I need, weight loss isn’t one. So why am I eating this way? Mostly to eliminate my cravings for sugar and carbs. It’s been a goal of mine for years at which I’ve failed. But now I … Continued

A Fit of Sprints

So I’m crusing around my favorite new website this morning, basking in a renewed sense of sharp-mindedness and overall well being. I’ve been eating pure paleo for the past three days and feeling excellent. Mark Sisson seems so spot on with his Primal Blueprint that I even download his free book on exercise (I hate … Continued

Toward a High-Fat Diet

Toward a High-Fat Diet It’s been nearly a year since I began my experiment with consuming an ultra-high-fat diet, the premise being that fat is: a) the body’s preferred fuel, and b) the single macronutrient least likely to suppress the life-extending, age-inhibiting expression of our most survival-oriented genes. It’s been interesting to follow a diet … Continued