At the most recent Quantified Self conference, geneticist Jim McCarter gave a fascinating talk about the effects of being on a ketogenic diet for a year.
He begins his speech with:
“When I tell my friends I’ve given up sugar and starch and get 80% of my calories from fat, the first question I get is: Why?”
…The rest of the talk is his very clear answer.
He shares detailed personal data that he meticulously recorded and logged throughout the year, including lower blood pressure, better cholesterol numbers, and dramatically improved daily well-being.
Along with the benefits he saw, Jim also shares mid-course adjustments he had to make to reduce side effects such as muscle cramps and increased cold sensitivity.