VLCKD Explanation

Since reading Born to Run in August of 2009, my life has been a series of nutrition and performance experiments. I did a "No Food unless it was Mentioned in Born to Run" experiment from August 2009 until May of 2010 when I started a Paleo experiment. I did Paleo almost exclusively until March of 2011 when I started a 30 day "4-Hour body" experiment which lasted until June 1 when I started my vegan experiment -- that lasted 18 months until November of 2012 when I began my current "High Fat // Ketogenic" experiment. 

Every experiment is preceded by copious amounts of reading and research. My current experiment was prompted by Gary Taubes book "Why We Get Fat and What to do About it" and Dr. William Davis' "Wheat Belly".

Since reading those books in November and December, I've also read the Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living and the Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Drs. Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek. I started the prequel to Why We Get Fat two days ago -- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.

I've done some research on some clinical trials involving a VLCKD (very low calorie ketogenic diet) and wanted to try it out. It has mainly been used to treat morbidly obese people in hospitals.

The experiment will consist of 10 days of between 1,000 and 1,050 calories, around 90 grams of fat, 50 grams of protein, and 10-15 grams of carbohydrate. I have a Precision Xtra Blood Glucose and Ketone monitor and also did full body composition with a Bod Pod before I started and will do one after I complete the experiment.

I will take Ketone reading every morning and test glucose several times per day.

I will not be exercising much on this experiment -- much like the 15-day juice fasts I've done in which I will basically be taking some time off to rest. I may do some load bearing exercises but nothing too strenuous.

My theory is that I will burn lots of fat while maintaining lean body tissue. My goal is to find a way to drop some excess body fat while maintaining lean body mass to prepare for an ultra distance run I'm planning on doing in October. If this experiment goes well -- I will probably do another one sometime this summer.

Here we go...