Update – being severely ill

Prologue and current status

 

 Me and my wolfie. Me and my wolfie.

In late 2016 I started to lose weight and I felt tired and lethargic. I also noticed a little lump on my right leg close to the hip on the Illiotibial band (IT-band) that grew rapidly.
In January of 2017 I underwent surgery and had a large stringy mass removed. The mass itself had a little fibrous center with small scattered elements of scar tissue and long black string-like growths, making it about 5 to 6 cm (2.3 inches) all stretched out. The experts who study it could not identify the black spiderweb-like strings. The statement from the surgeon and the experts simply said “a cancerous growth with unknown and unidentifiable mass”. That is very weird. Anyway, they thought it was benign and not malignant.
At the time when this mass was removed, I got a new hard lump on my other leg – also along the IT-band near the hip. As I did some prolonged fasting (7-day water/mineral fast) and then followed a ketogenic diet, it didn’t change in size and I started feeling better. During April to June I almost felt like my old self again.

Then in July I started to get cold/flu-like symptoms in the morning that went away after a few hours. I didn’t give it much thought until I noticed that my energy levels began to plummet in the afternoon. In September I began to have trouble focusing on tasks. Writing, for example, has always been fluid for me, but now I had to dictate what to write inside my head and I also had to re-read what I wrote to remember what to write next. My eyesight also started to blur in the afternoon or after longer periods of focusing on something. My thinking slowly started to feel sluggish and later in the day I couldn’t even read or watch a short video clip on YouTube without losing focus and interest.
In October I visited my doctor, got some basic tests done and received a long-term sick-leave. We also started a medical investigation. As I write this, (after 1.5 months) I’m still waiting for a remittance to a medical clinic that has the equipment and competence needed.

As I write this, I still feel somewhat lethargic upon waking at about 5 AM. But after an hour I feel pretty good and this is when I take my longest walk with my dog (1.5 hours). As I return home I have decent mental clarity and my energy levels are ok. I feel like 75 to 80 % of my old self.
However, this state rapidly declines as the hours passes. At about 9 or 10 AM I’m down to about half my usual pace, whether it be writing, reading/studying or doing anything else that need some kind of cognitive ability. At 11 or 12 AM I begin to feel sluggish (can’t focus or think clearly) and a few hours later my senses feel dulled, like moving through fog. My eyesight is reduced and slightly blurred, my motions when moving around feels like they’re lagging behind, like a movie that is out-of-sync. I have a hard time focusing and nothing really catches my interest – and if it does, I can only focus on it for a minute or two. It’s like being totally burnt-out, but then you feel almost normal again for a few hours the next day.
So… my days feel extremely short as I only have 4 to 6 hours of mental clarity and energy. As for the rest of the day, I could as well be sleeping.
This also means that my time for getting anything done such as communicating with doctors and hospitals, fighting with retarded government agencies, writing, studying, reading, talking with family and friends and simply living is extremely limited. Actually, this whole post was written during short periods spanning about 7 days.

In the past, I’ve always healed myself using nutrition and food supplements – and while I’m still uncertain about all the underlying causes for my illness, I know for certain that I have high levels of inflammation. If I do anything that increase the level of inflammation, my symptoms worsen and new arises.
If I eat grains or dairy, I get flares of psoriasis, severe cold-like symptoms and I get bloated. If I eat too much carbohydrates in one sitting (more than 50 grams), I get sugar in my urine, blurred vision and I can almost fall asleep standing (signs of diabetes). And for protein, if I consume more than 20 grams of protein in a sitting, I get noticeable amounts of albumin in the urine – to such a degree that it turns white. So, my kidneys are probably struggling. I also feel somewhat better in ketosis or when fasting – two scenarios that is very anti-inflammatory.  

However, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass since my first operation, close to 14kg (31 lbs.), and my body fat is really low – so fasting to heal a little is not really an option as I actually need to gain weight. Also, to try to gain (or even maintain) weight on a ketogenic diet is tricky for me; because if I eat too much fat, I get the runs, which means loss of both calories and a lot of vital nutrients and electrolytes. And I can’t go especially high on the protein because of my kidneys. Actually, I have to settle with about 80 to 100 grams of protein a day. So, for the moment, I try to balance my diet as best as I can. And yes, it’s challenging.
Since I feel better in the morning and carbohydrates make me tired and drowsy, I consume as much fat and protein as my body can handle in the morning and mid-day. And since I’m pretty much a vegetable in the afternoon anyways, I start to consume my carbohydrates towards the evening to up the calories. So far, this is what works the best.

Hopefully, I will get to visit a team of specialists soon and perhaps find out the underlying causes – so I can make a plan for total recovery. I’m also waiting for an MRI, to find out how bad the second lump on my leg is and if I have more that is hidden and not visible to the eye.
I will keep you updated through this website and my Facebook. Perhaps my journey can help someone in a similar position.

Much love to all of you!

By | 2018-04-20T07:58:52+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Fighting Morgellons and Tumors, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Important information

Important! I’m currently on long-term sick-leave due to cancer and severe complications.
Only contact me for future collaborations. Do not expect an immediate answer.

I will continue to write on The Body Transformation Guide II. More information will follow during November.

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My 7-day Fasting Experiment

A simple blog with my experiences

 

Although I tried the Animal Diet in 1998 (the original intermittent fasting diet) and began to incorporate 24 to 36 hours fasts in 2008, I haven’t done any fast lasting longer than 36 hours. While I’ve read thousands of pages on fasting and have corresponded with several people who have done 5, 7 and 10-day fasts, for me personally, this is new territory. In this “blog” I will document every day to give you an idea of what to expect if you’d venture on your own fast. Also, it might help you out to make your own journey easier.

 

Day 1: Saturday, November 19, 2016

I had my last meal on Friday evening at 7 pm. Usually I have a big morning coffee with butter and MCT-oil, but this morning all I had was about a liter of water and a few grams of sea salt.
At about 9 am a mild headache surfaced, which by all probability was from the lack of coffee (caffeine). I guess I have a mild addiction to caffeine from drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day. So, I guess this 7-day fast is as a good opportunity as ever to clean that out of my system as well.
Since I also felt a bit drained, I did some deep meditation while listening to Theta (4-7.9 Hz) sound waves (by Centerpointe’s Holosync). After 30 minutes, I felt a lot better and had more energy, although the headache remained.

The headache passed away at about 4.30 pm and at the same time I got “super energized”. I fed my dog and took him for a 60 minutes evening walk and then sat down to write this little summary.

So, what will this 7-day fast consist of? Only water? Yeah, pretty much. I will add in electrolytes to help my cells stay as hydrated and efficient as possible. And we know that a good electrolyte balance is crucial to feeling good, energized, and avoiding brain fog. They are important for muscle function, managing the acidity of you blood (pH), and keeping your cells hydrated. Of all the electrolytes, sodium (as in salt) is most important.
When your sodium levels drop below normal, your body responds by limiting blood flow to the extremities and you get cold feet and hands. Even though your body can recycle sodium, on longer fasts it can get too low and then you start getting cramps and dizziness from low blood pressure. Low sodium is one of the causes to the really bad “fasting flu” some people experience (also on restricted ketogenic diets).
Low electrolyte levels will also make your muscles even more flat and it will make you feel weak.

As for electrolytes, it will look something like this on a daily basis:

  • 3 to 5 grams of sodium from sea salt or Himalayan salt, taken in the morning and evening
  • About 1 gram of magnesium (organic) 30 minutes before bed
  • A supplement with ample amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and chloride.
  • If needed, an additional potassium supplement.
  • Probably some water-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin C and the various Vitamin B – except for folic acid which blocks the pathways that useful folate (methylfolate) would normally use. With those pathways blocked, your body can’t use folate even if you’re getting lots of it in your diet and supplements. Folate should only be provided in its organic form by consuming vegetables, never as an artificial ‘folic acid’ supplement.

That is all. 5 to 6 liters of water a day and some electrolytes. No food prep, no sitting down to eat and no food bills for the next 10 days. It’s actually a liberating feeling.

And no, I haven’t felt any hunger at all. Probably because I was already in ketosis when I started my fast. But I do suspect that I will feel some hunger on occasion once I’m in “starvation mode”.

 

Day 2: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Woke up about 6:10 am and felt really energized and full. No hunger or cravings. Actually, the thought of food seemed anything but appealing.
My sleep was good. I did wake up at 1.30 am as I had to pee. But all in all, I got 7 hours and 50 minutes, of which 1 h and 32 minutes was registered as deep sleep. Resting heart rate at 42 beats per minute, one of my lowest recordings this month (it was 48 last night).

As I usually do, I have some salt water and then I walk my wolfdog. During my walk, I experienced some muscle fatigue. The feeling can best be described as what you could experience after a hard and draining workout – a bit weak, and a bit fatigued. That however, went away during the forenoon and I felt perfectly fine at noon and during our second walk.

Aside from feeling a bit weak during the morning walk, I’ve felt really good today. Not a single moment of hunger. And this evening I passed the 48-hour mark. I’ve now been in a fasted state longer than I ever have before. And so far, it’s been a breeze. Probably because I switched to the ketogenic diet a week ago, and already was in pretty deep ketosis as I started my 10-day fast.

As for water during the day, I drink about 4.5 to 6 liters of ice water, as I prefer my water as cold as possible – and I really enjoy to chew on ice cubes. 🙂

I spent a few hours on the phone today and at times it felt like my brain was racing – as when you “overdose” on caffeine or ephedrine. Pretty funny as I haven’t touched caffeine since Friday morning. Luckily no withdrawal headaches today.

I also tried the game Killing Floor 2 and was on top in pretty much every game. In other words, my level of focus and my reflexes are still unaffected.
That’s pretty much it for today. See you all tomorrow!

 

Day 3: Monday, November 21, 2016

Didn’t sleep that well this night. I usually fall asleep within 5 or 7 minutes. Last night it took close to 20 minutes, I woke up 2 times, and my resting heart rate was up to 49. Also, this morning I felt really weak in my body, like my muscles were totally drained. It was not fun to walk with my wolfdog for 45 minutes. However, in the forenoon my energy levels returned and my mid-day walk went pretty well.

That being said, my mind is clear and I’m feeling more creative and productive than in a long time. What about hunger?

Usually, ghrelin (hunger hormone) peaks during day two or three of a fast, and then it declines from there. This is seen in almost everyone who fast – hunger virtually disappear after three to four days into a fast. Luckily, I’ve felt no hunger whatsoever. Only a feeling of “emptiness” in the stomach, but it passed within minutes.

 

Day 4: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Slept better this night. Resting heart rate still high at 50 beats a minute, but I got more deep sleep than yesterday. Still feeling weak in the mornings and I don’t feel like moving around too much. Also, as I woke up my throat was a little bit clogged and sore – probably from my body detoxifying itself. That did pass within a couple of hours though, and I felt totally fine in the afternoon.

As previous days, my mental energy has been really high. No real dips whatsoever. Just as good as on a ketogenic diet. I do meditate for 20 to 30 minutes a day, but the difference is very noticeable compared to when I have a lot of carbohydrates in my diet (which gives me dips in energy and a little brain fog from time to time).

Thus far, fasting has been pretty easy. I do not like the drained feeling in my body, but my focus, concentration, creativity, and productivity are through the roof, so it’s okay. It’s like my mind is racing all day long, but my body need 4 to 6 hours to catch up. I’m also happy that I don’t feel any hunger at all, not even feeling empty.
Unfortunately I twisted my lower back during the day and I was really stiff in the evening with quite a lot of pain.

 

Day 5: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

When I write this (about 7 pm), I’ve been without food for exactly 5 days (or 120 hours) – and yes, I’m alive and well. 🙂

I slept better this night. Resting heart rate showed 49 beats per minute, which is still somewhat high for me. But I got about 2h and 50 minutes of deep quality sleep out of the 7.5 hours I slept, which is really good. This morning I also had more energy. My body is adjusting, and my morning walk felt pretty ok. Happy times!

My lower back felt a little better this morning, but it stiffens up as I sit and work, and standing up after an hour or two is difficult. It takes a few minutes of “warming-up” before I can move as usual again. So, it’s slightly better than yesterday, but far from good.

All in all, I’ve had more energy today. My body or muscles haven’t felt as drained as previous days.

 

Day 6: Thursday, November 24, 2016

Productivity and mental clarity is high. For the last couple of days, I’ve been working on a new book. It’s a collection of the most popular articles from CMN during 2015 and the better half of 2016. The book will feature about 42 of the roughly 100 posted articles in that time-frame. As usual, I do all the work myself, including covers, layout and editing (Adobe InDesign) and all that stuff (it’s actually a lot of fun). As the looks of it, it will be finished by the end of the day.

I’m also re-building my JBC Store at store.bartoll.se by upgrading it to the latest OpenCart and implementing a more efficient Social Login and Check Out process. It should be a breeze to use once its finished.

So yeah, there’s no problem with energy, concentration or focus on a prolonged fast. Actually, I feel more productive when I don’t have to prepare meals and sit down to eat.

 

Day 7: Friday, November 25, 2016

The last day of this extended fasting trial. Although I have experienced some feeling of weakness and sluggishness in my muscles, I’ve had a lot of energy throughout the 7-day fast. I never felt any kind of brain fog or mental tiredness, only the opposite.

My back is now fine again and even a 1.5 hour walk with my dog felt like a breeze. During this week, I’ve lost about 2 kg (4.4 lbs) in body weight. Since I was on a ketogenic diet before entering the fast, my glycogen stores were not full. Otherwise my weight loss would have been far greater. These 2 kilograms is simply some lost body fat and a little bit of glycogen and water weight – and perhaps a little bit of muscle tissue (very easy to gain back, so who cares considering the health benefits gained?).

In the late afternoon, I had a small portion of cod with steam cooked (almost mushy) vegetables. The reason for “overcooking” the veggies is to make it easier on the digestion. Simply put, when you start eating again, do it gently. No need to chock the system.

I followed up with some mackerel and steamed vegetables about two hours later. And as a “dessert” I had two rows of dark chocolate (80 % cocoa). Tomorrow I’ll resume my ketogenic diet with a little bit of carbs in the evening – as a way to raise calories a bit.

 

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The Quick Diet Experiment: Day 15 – aftermath

The Aftermath and what comes next…

 

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Sunday, June 25. Day 15 – aftermath: ketogenic diet and the next step:

Day "0" versus Day 15. Higher resolution photos at Classic Muscle Newsletter Day “0” versus Day 15. Higher resolution photos at Classic Muscle Newsletter.

Guess what? Yeah, got home late again after collecting 10 big “dino bones” from a friend and staying 2.5 hours at the dog park in the evening. Had to make my last meal for the day at close to 10 PM and then hitting the bed just before 11 PM. Didn’t sleep too well and woke up at 5 AM as clockwork. Yeah, I usually don’t sleep in on weekends when I sleep alone. If sharing a bed, I usually get up early, get some important work done, and then slip back into bed.
But yeah, sleep this night was not the best. And my morning weight was slightly up by 300 grams (0.66 lbs.), putting the scale at 70.2 kg (154.4). It’s actually what I weighed on June 22.
I took new photos at 7.30 AM. Not the best of conditions and it was freezing having to open the balcony door to let some early morning light inside. But it had to be done. Hopefully you can notice some small changes (although it’s only been 5 days since the last photo).
I also got a new body comp done and I’ve lost yet a few millimeters at most measuring sites. According to the 9-site Parrillo formula, my subcutaneous body fat is now at about 6.29 % – quite a drop from 7.79 % in just 14 days – especially considering that my body fat was “low-ish” to begin with.

Day "0", day 5, day 10, and day 15. Day “0”, day 5, day 10, and day 15. Higher resolution photos at Classic Muscle Newsletter.

And speaking of body weight and body composition. Although fluid retention changes from day to day, I think I’ve actually gained some muscle mass during this experiment. When I started, I weighed 73.5 kg (161.7 lbs.) with a lot of muscle glycogen (which binds water inside the cells) and I had quite a lot of fluid retention beneath the skin. Now, after 14 days of a pretty restricted ketogenic diet (including three instances of 36 hours without protein and only about 200 to 300 kcal), I weigh 70.2 kg. That’s only a loss of 3.3 kg (7.26 lbs.) The skin fold caliper body composition test says I lost about 1.25 kg (2.75 lbs.) of body fat, which might actually be pretty correct considering that it’s only been 14 days – and that would come down to 625 grams (1.375 lbs.) a week on average. That is about as much as my body can release in fatty acids at this level of leanness. At the start, I had about 5.7 kg of subcutaneous fat. At my level of leanness, lifestyle and activity level, I probably have an additional 3.5 to 4.0 kg of intra-fat (the fat surrounding organs and residing behind the abdominal wall). So with about a total of 9.2 to 9.7 kg (20.2 to 21.3 lbs.) of total body fat, I should be able to release and burn about 644 to 679 kcal of fat a day, when using the standard of 70 kcal per kg of body fat formula. That’s about 585 to 617 grams (1.29 to 1.36 lbs.) of fat a week – if perfectly healthy and in an ideal world. And… This number goes down as your fat stores shrink. Today, with at least 1.25 kg less body fat, I would only be able to release and burn 557 to 591 kcal a day, which is 506 to 537 grams (1.11 to 1.18 lbs.) a week.

Body composition sheet.

Body composition sheet.

So yes, I think the “pure fat loss” is pretty accurate. It might look like I lost a lot more, but that would be pretty much physically impossible. And the fact that I look so much “sharper” and ripped is also due to loss of subcutaneous water. Remember that the main reason for doing this experiment was to reduce inflammation, which also reduces water retention.

Considering that I should have lost at least 100 grams of liver glycogen, and 500 grams of muscle glycogen (probably close to 600 grams since I carry more muscle mass than the average man), which binds an additional 1 400 to 1600 grams of water, and at least 1 250 grams of fat, and then adding in the loss of additional subcutaneous fluids/water retention, the math fails – as it adds up to more than the 3.3 kg lost. And that without even considering the water retention.
So only one answer remains. I’ve gained a little bit of muscle mass – on a restricted ketogenic diet with a total of 4.5 days without any protein out of 14 days. According to all the Facebook and YouTube Bro-experts, I would have withered away and lost muscle mass.

It’s a funny thing how the body actually work, respond, and perform when you know what you’re doing instead of following old dogma, myths and bro-science.

So what now?

Shameless selfie. Sucking in and contracting the abs make my arm look bigger. ;) Shameless selfie. Sucking in and contracting the abs make my arm look bigger. 😉

I went into this diet experiment thinking that it would be difficult and challenging at times, especially during the fat only fasts for 36 hours or more without any protein. But truth is that it was extremely easy – and I felt great the whole time. I can see and feel the difference it has done in lowering inflammation and that my body feel “lighter” and “fresher”. It will be interesting to take new blood tests this week and to see if my kidneys are operating better than three weeks ago.

Considering all this, I will continue with a ketogenic diet with the main goal to stay in ketosis most of the day. I will experiment with carbohydrates before and after my training sessions. In other words, I’ll start by adding about 20 to 30 grams of simple carbs before my workout and another 20 to 30 grams of complex carbs after my workout. On my days off from the gym, I’ll do a strict ketogenic diet.

My main goal is, and will be, my health and feeling as good as possible – with an energetic and clear mind. Keeping my body fat as low as possible without noticing any adverse effects is second on my list (since this will minimize inflammation and toxic load), and adding a bit more muscle mass comes third.

Speaking of keeping your body fat low. I’m planning an article about that. There’s simply so much misinformation out there, claiming that low body fat is bad for you; as it will wreck your hormones, contribute to mood swings, lowered attention span and learning difficulties, etcetera.
Still, the observations that exists and warn about these adverse effects are from people who have starved themselves – as in prisoners of war, people with anorexia, etcetera. It’s not the minimal amount of body fat that is the problem in these subjects, it’s how they got there by denying their bodies the nutrients it desperately needs – that is the problem. The diet they followed or was forced to follow destroyed their hormone production, microbiota, electrolytes, etcetera. The low level of body fat is only an effect of energy deprivation, not the causation.

Anyway, I’ll start increasing calories slowly over the coming weeks, but I’ll probably lose another pound of fat or two before I focus on a short muscle gaining phase. I’ll also continue with my fat fasts. At least twice a month, simply because the health benefits of autophagy is enormous. Being in ketosis and activating autophagy is one of the best ways to remove dysfunctional cells and prevent/reverse cancer and other modern diseases. The benefits are so great that not doing regular recurring fasts would simply be extremely stupid. It’s about investing in your health. Besides your family, it’s the most precious gift you have.

I will continue with a journal, documenting the things I’ll do next – and I’ll do my best to share useful and interesting information. Thank you for reading!

 

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The Quick Diet Experiment: Day 12 to 14

The Journal: Day 12 to 14

 

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Thursday, June 23. Day 12 – MCT-“fasting”:

Day "zero", day 5, and day 10. Day “zero”, day 5, and day 10. Next photo update in “Day 15: the Aftermath”.

It’s that day again – my third day of complete fasting from protein. I’ll only have about 20 grams of MCT oil today. The MCT’s support a deeper ketosis and provide immediate energy because they are able to cross the double mitochondrial membrane very rapidly and do not require the presence of carnitine to do so (as other fatty acids does). This results in the production of excess acetyl-coA which breaks down into ketones. Also, the shortest 8-carbon medium-chain triglycerides (Caprylic Acid) within MCT oil does not need to be processed in the liver and it only need 3 steps for your body to turn it into ATP (sugar needs 26 steps). And as ketones are your brains preferred fuel (much more so than glucose), you do feel fantastic all day – even if you’re not used to fasting and/or being in ketosis. And fats do not interfere with autophagy, so you get the best from both worlds when doing a fat- and/or MCT-fast.

Funny thing is that I weighed in at 70.4 kg today, that’s a gain of 200 grams (0.44 lbs) since yesterday. This is probably due to toxic load and other factors (I’ll explain this in more detail in a day or two).

Total for the day sums up to:
20 grams of MCT
0 grams of protein
0 grams of carbohydrates
About 166 kcal total

Felt fine the whole day. Only noticed some “tiredness” in my legs during my evening walk with my wolfdog, but just as last time I experienced this, it went away after about 10 minutes and then I actually felt really energetic instead.
Mental clarity was very high the whole day, and I was also very active as I had a lot to do. No weight training, but I did walk and move about a lot. Total energy expenditure for the day at about 2500 kcal.

Friday, June 24. Day 13 – ketogenic diet, adding in protein again:

Down 100 grams today, weighing in at 70.4 kg. Slept pretty good considering yesterday’s MCT-“fast” with only 166 kcal in total.

Kicked off the day at 5 AM with some coffee with MCT and a little butter. I had my first protein (20 grams) at 9 AM as part of my pre-workout nutrition – and I had another 20 grams during the workout, and then 30 grams in my post-workout meal (of which 5 g was collagen protein for strengthening joints and improving the skin). In the afternoon I had another 20 grams and then I had one larger meal in the evening with about 40-45 grams of protein (with an additional 5 g of collagen) and a small snack an hour later.

For my training session, I did a push-oriented workout – and as usual I kept rest intervals to a minimum, going back and forth between two exercises. Started off with some strength work in the high incline barbell press (70 degrees), ramping to my 2 RM and then doing some cluster set with 10 % less weight. While doing these, I did high-rep side dumbbell laterals in between sets (only using 33 to 44 lbs dumbbells for 15 to 20 reps). I then lowered the incline to 30 degrees and did the same with incline bench press and alternating between that and bent-over rear-delt dumbbell raises. Finished off with some mechanical drop sets for triceps.
Peak heart rate at 178 beats per minute, average heart rate at 142, and total duration at 1h 4 min.

As for food, the daily total looked like this:
195 grams of fat (of which 25 g was MCT oil) – about 71 E%
137 grams of protein (of which 10 g was collagen protein) – about 23 E%
35 grams of carbs (15-20 g fiber) – about 6 E%
About 2 408 kcal total

I was very active today (it was midsummer celebrations here in Sweden) and I took 14 121 steps and torched about 3 300 kcal total during the day – so, a huge 900 kcal deficit. But I’m not worried.

Saturday, June 25. Day 14 – ketogenic diet and words of wisdom on fluctuating body weight:

Kind of messed up my sleep this night. I got home late, didn’t really wind down, and just went to bed. I woke up four times during the night and only got a few minutes of deep sleep. Total time at sleep at about 5 hours, but sleep quality very low (which is what really counts).
Also, I hit my biggest drop in body weight this morning – a whopping 0.5 kg! I’m actually below 70 kg, weighing in at 69.9 kg (153.8 lbs.) That weigh-in was at 4.50 AM, and after re-hydrating, I’m at about 71 kg. But yeah, 69.9 kg when weighing in under the same conditions as all previous days.

So why is that? We all know that burning/losing fat is not a linear journey. You get ups and downs all the time – but why? I’ve covered a lot of reasons in several articles (and books) during the years, but the main reasons are toxins and inflammation. It’s mainly about the level of fluid retention in the body. This will have the biggest impact. Chemicals and toxins from the environment or anything you put on your skin or in your mouth are either excreted by your body or it ends up in your fat tissue. Actually, toxins you consume can be metabolized by the liver and then excreted by the kidneys – unless any of these organs are overworked/overburdened, or damaged.

Now, keep in mind that most chemicals are lipophilic, meaning that they are attracted to fat and are easily stored there. Chemicals that are absorbed by the skin, gum tissue, scalp, mucous membranes, and respiratory tract instead of through the digestive system are deposited directly into the bloodstream – and reach all of your fat cells and organs before they get to the liver!
This means that chemicals and toxins you get into your body from air pollution, skin lotions, sun screens, makeup, shower creams/soaps, toothpaste, deodorants, etcetera, can wreak havoc in your bloodstream before they end up (to a far greater amount) in your fat tissue and your organs (including your brain!)
These chemicals that prolong a product’s shelf life, emulsify water with oil, promise to make us look younger, heal a skin conditions, or stop us from sweating are actually contributing to skin problems, psoriasis, low testosterone, high estrogen, brain fog, learning disabilities, memory problems, water retention, low energy levels, slowed metabolic rate, and the rise in obesity of adults and children by damaging our endocrine systems and causing inflammation.
So be careful with that crap. Read the labels and you’ll never put that on your body again! I stick with natural oils, organic deodorants, and toothpaste made of bicarbonate, clay and some mint – and I suggest you do too.
I’ll write more articles about this in the future – since what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body for your health and longevity.

Anyway, when you’re on a diet and you release and “burn” off more fatty acids than you store, these stored chemicals and toxins are released together with the fatty acids. These toxins are stored unevenly (depending on when they entered your body and in what quantities) and they have different characteristics, so they influence your body in different ways when released – but they mainly cause inflammation, making you hold more fluids within your body as a defense. They also cause brain fog, lethargy, and tiredness, so if you have “bad days” on your diet without any obvious explanation, it’s probably because of the toxic load in your body temporarily being higher than usual.
This is probably what happened to me a few days back during my fast and when I actually gained 200 grams of body weight. Today however, the toxic load is lower and I lost some of the water weight I retained during those days.

Also, even if you could replicate several days in a row with both energy intake and expenditure, you would still not burn the exact same amount of body fat as energy from day to day. Your body is in a constant flux, reacting to anything you put in it and anything you come in contact with. Your hormonal milieu differs from day to day, so does you microbiota, and so on and on. You can never calculate or predict a weight loss with 100 percent certainty. You simply have to make sure that you support your body, do not starve yourself (unless it’s a short time plan to maximize autophagy), and learn from how your body respond.

As for those delicious nutrients, the daily total looked like this:
182 grams of fat (of which 30 g was MCT oil) – about 68 E%
148 grams of protein (of which 10 g was collagen protein) – about 26 E%
30 grams of carbs (15-20 g fiber) – about 6 E%
About 2 317 kcal total

Although I got good training session, my activity today was somewhat lower – having me “clocking in” at about 2850 expended kcal. So, a deficit of about 530 kcal. That’s nice!

In the next article, I’ll cover the days following the experiment. I’ll discuss the results, new blood work, and what I’ll do next.

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