• Self-Experimentation

    2018 Reverse Diet

    In July 2018, I took a break from gaining weight to (unnecessarily) lean out for my wedding in October. On 9/2, I began my reverse diet so that I would be running on more fuel and be feeling great in time for the wedding on 10/27. What is a reverse diet? A reverse diet is a type of structured exit from a diet in which calories are gradually increased. After a long/severe caloric deficit, body weight often decreases or stays the same in response to these small caloric increases. After dieting, small increases in food can lead to relatively high increases in energy expenditure via internal regulation systems and our…

  • Self-Experimentation

    Whole30

    I followed Whole30 from September 20, 2018 until October 19, 2018 to see if it would have any impact on my gut microbiome. I suspected that it would have a detrimental impact. Here is a summary of my experiences and results: Day 1 Today I am starting Whole30 to see how it affects my gut microbiome. Notes: I will be following the food guidelines but not the food preparation guidelines, as I am only interested in the impact of the inclusion/exclusion of actual foods. I also will continue to track my intake (against Whole30 guidelines), as my current goal is to gain weight. Day 10 My life is just one…