Valid info or just trying to make money?
Here's the deal guys/gals. I am not lying about my food intake or exercise habits. The Bulletproof Diet is not the same as paleo. It came about via biochemistry and toxicology, before Paleo hit the scene, based on my experience losing 100lbs and keeping it off years ago, based on my nonprofit work as the President of an 18 year old anti-aging nonprofit in Palo Alto that brings in guys like Gary Taubes, Aubrey de Grey and Dr. Lustig every month to lecture to the public, and based on careful research as the author of a book about pregnancy nutrition which is coming out this year, published by Wiley & Sons. It has 1300 references and is paleo-friendly, but it includes other biohacking things I do for stress reduction and looks at environmental factors that just aren't in the paleo world. It was Gary Taubes who was kind enough to refer me to his publishing agent. (He does not endorse anyone's work because he's a journalist, including mine.) Oh, and it was my wife, a MD from the Karolinska Institute, who co-authored the book. She ate this diet so we could have healthy kids after age 40, and she still eats it today.
I hug my caveman friends, but I am not one.
I mention my successful career on my site for a couple reasons. First, you might surmise that I am not hocking crap because I'm starving. Second, my blog is for people who want to be superhuman at whatever it is they love. Ripped abs is a small part of that - mental performance, stress, and resilience are more important. Half my posts are about autonomic nervous system function and brain hacking. The Bulletproof Diet is just a part of it, but it matters - a lot - because as you get your brain more tuned, you become more aware of what food does to it. Race cars need 104+ octane fuel to perform. Hacked brains do better on higher octane food with no impurities too. But the deal is that I "walk the walk" and I really have been a VC on Sand Hill (an EIR at a VC actually) and I've done $6 billion deals and made some cool stuff early in the creation of cloud computing. Hell, I made $6 million when I as 26 years old. Yes, I was a co-founder of the Basis health tracking device company. I'm a real guy. And my diet, brain hacking, smart drugs, and the extra hours I get from not sleeping helped my career enormously. A more selfish guy would just hide how he did it, which is what my Wharton MBA training tells me is the "path to profits." Whatever. I'm a transhumanist - a caveman with a chemistry lab and electrodes on my head on the cover of the Financial Times - and care a lot more about living fully than I do keeping my methods secret.
About the environmental impact of my program, we could debate I'm sure...all I can tell you is that even at 4500 calories per day, the total animal deaths I cause (not counting fish) per year - including field kills - is under 10, and probably would be under 5 if I lived at home. If I stuck to only beef, it would be .7 deaths per year. All of it is local except Kerry Gold and coconut stuff and Bulletproof Coffee which is the most awesome thing besides Modafinil I think I've ever put in my mouth.
I'd eat less, but this is the amount of food that keeps me performing at my best. And I firmly believe that it's our duty to fully live in the time we have here on this planet. The goal of life is not to accumulate power, but to radiate it. So says Henry Miller, and I'm all about that.
About selling stuff. Look at my products on upgradedself.com. Every single one of them is something I use. I work with health-oriented medical types all the time, and for the most part, physicians and nutrition/health people are TERRIBLE entrepreneurs because they have had no business training, and their products languish. I take the most awesome things I find, and I put them on my site. Take my MCT oil and grass-fed collagen protein. They were formulated by a guy who was a nutritionist for Olympic teams twice. Had you ever heard of them before I posted them? Nope. But there is no other source for grass-fed beef protein powder - especially hydrolyzed collagen II - on the internet! That MCT is not the same as generic MCT because the ratios of fatty acids are different. Both have noticeable differences...and both are terrible products to sell online because making them is expensive as all hell. My margins on those are approximately 20% of the minimum needed for successful online marketing. This is a labor of love done because I like helping people and for selfish reasons I want these products to continue to exist so I can eat them.
About leaky gut: Not anymore. Had big probs with it 10 years ago. Mycotoxins are the major cause of it, by the way. Charcoal is your friend.
About being thermogenic. Yes, when I was heavy, my body temp was closer to 96.8 than 98.6. I reset my body temp in a week in a very sweaty, uncomfortable procedure to be 98.6 again, and I take physician-monitored levels of thyroid hormone because while I make enough TSH, I do not adequately convert T4 to T3. My T3 levels are high enough for vitality and health but not abnormally high. I am thermogenic because I use MCT oil - not just coconut oil - and because my diet is higher in fat than most paleo people eat.
About sleep: I state clearly that you should get enough sleep, but I know - and you know - that many of us don't. Minimizing the harm is a good idea. I tell you how. I also post the most detailed study every done about the number of hours of sleep you need, and it turns out that 8 is probably too much, at least if you like to live. I didn't make up the data; it came from >1 million people. TS Wiley is a stud and I quote Sex Lies Menopause in my book quite a lot. She personally gave me my copy at an anti-aging show, and I use techniques from Lights Out every night. Love her stuff.
I'm a guinea pig. I did a comprehensive anti-aging panel before and after my 2 year experiment. I also did a 24 hour hospital-grade heart monitor to detect nervous system stress and other pending health problems. I'm about to post the quantitative analysis. Short story is that I am ahead of the curve and show no signs of autonomic problems from it and my cortisol is the lowest I've had in 7 years. The only test I haven't done - and I don't have data from before the experiment - is telomere length. It's kind of pricey to do and without before and after data, there would be big questions about whatever it said, especially given how poor my health was for the first 25 years of my life.
In fact, if you want to know more about telomeres, my nonprofit is hosting an expert on them this Thursday at 8pm PST. Come see it live in Palo Alto, or live online streaming. Details at http://smartlifeforum.org/2011/08/SLF-2011-AUGUST.pdf and live link is www.smartlifeforum.org/live Oh yeah, no charge.
So if you think I'm not credible, or scheming to make money by lying about eating extra calories so I can somehow magically make a buck, you should by all means ignore what I write. Email me so I can tell you how to edit your hosts file to prevent your computer from seeing my blog ever again. And when an army of mentally enhanced super-cavemen out-compete you genetically, leaving you with only wheat and pasteurized, soy-fed cow milk to eat, you can always change your mind and start reading...
Except you, Jeff. Your hostility isn't helping anyone. Try some neurofeedback or at least an emWave2 (yes, from my site...) for that.
Given the water, energy, soil nutrients, time, and labor necessary to produce food...isn't it kind of selfish to eat that much? Shouldn't our goal be to eat what we need to be happy and healthy, and no more?
I did the 801010 diet for about 1/2 year, I consumed ~4-5k cals daily of mostly fresh dates. At the end of that diet I was 140lbs at 6'2", I was the skinniest I've ever been in my life yet I was eating so many cals. Clearly different foods and even macronutrient compositions effect if a food will make you gain weight.
@Melissa, I have a pending blog post about how sex impacts dopamine...and why I have normal amounts of sex but very few orgasms on purpose...although I am capable of approx 15 minute male orgasms. Seriously. They are just too exhausting. :) The truth is that I am more sedentary than I like, as I spent a lot of time in meetings, on airplanes, and in cubicles. The only walks I get are at the farmer's market (I drive there) or longer walks from one terminal to another at airports.
@Travis I use selenomethionine yes, I suspect it's long-term mycotoxin poisoning and autonomic dysregulation, or an immune thing involving HAPE axis. Zeroing in on it! :)
@Imanomnivore - thanks! The big difference is the "spices and flavorings" and "cooking" sections as well as the recommendations about how to block toxins in food. The references will all be published in my upcoming www.betterbabybook.com. The Bulletproof Diet and the pregnancy version of it differ in amount and type of carbs though. I simply didn't have the time - even without sleeping - to summarize GCBC and all the macro nutrient benefits of the program for an audience who wasn't already paleo aware, then to also talk about the rest of the BP program, so I link to GCBC as a primer.
@Bambam It is my sincere hope that the upgraded cavemen in my tribe will also learn to rely less on their fight/flight instincts. In fact, there are technologies and nutrients for that! :)
Dave, like Tim Ferriss, is a proponent of the 'Quantified Self' movement, which is focused entirely on testing and tracking various things... anecdotes on a blog may count very little, but the years worth of medical data mean a lot.. and from what I've seen, the data shows that Dave does indeed know his stuff.
Besides, his diet protocol is good enough that Dr. Mercola tried to rip it off.. d-bag move, of course, but it shows how good the diet is!
Regarding the sleep parts of Dave's protocol, what most people fail to understand is that by increasing the quality of sleep, we need far less total sleep. Assuming everyone needs 8 hours a night, no matter what, is foolish. Personally, if I get much more than 6 hours a night, I wake up with a headache, and feel somewhat sluggish all day. I'd love to get a Zeo to dial this in even more, because who wouldn't want an extra hour a day??
That's ridiculous. If he really is sleeping that little it will catch up to him. To quote T.S. Wiley on an underground wellness podcast...
"Nature's a mother-fu&#er."
There's no way he's expending 4500 kcals/day, and his diet looks exactly the same as what we all eat.
"look like this without wasting time on sleep or exercise?"
edit - I forgot someone had already posted about this guy and I ripped into him that time about his biography. asinine.
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