Last weekend I arranged a demonstration around my appearance at KetoCon. This Energy Status Experiment kept my calories roughly constant while making a change to my stored glycogen and I wanted to time it so I’d get around the lowest low at about the time of my presentation on Saturday, September 2nd. Needless to say, the experiment was a success — see for yourself:
How did I do it? For that, you’ll have to wait just a little longer until I have a full post up on the experiment. But I can certainly reassert (as I do over, and over, and over again) that it is all about energy, not the cholesterol. Energy is the primary driver and cholesterol the passenger.
I had originally not planned to come to this convention given I had an existing commitment. When that canceled in the weeks before, I let Brian Williamson know I was planning to come and he invited me to speak as well. It was at that point I decided to arrange the experiment to meet the challenge.
I was especially happy to catch so many people I connect with online for encounters in person. I was reminded once again of how many wonderful people are in this community that I’m honored to know. In fact, I’d list several of them off, but it would take up too much of the blog post (and the day) to recount them all.
I do need to give special emphasis to Nadir Ali, who I had been in contact with before and had many great conversations with at the conference. His presentation was spot on and he has an excellent grasp of the many nuances with lipidology and how it applies to his field with cardiology from a low carb perspective.
Nadir had his presentation the day before mine and I was ecstatic he even had a slide regarding Lean Mass Hyper-responders in particular. He likewise brought lots of attention to the importance of seeing the lipid system as one primarily of energy distribution, which is critical to our understanding of how these numbers move and why. (Worth noting: I should reemphasize “primarily” as there are other reasons LDL-C/-P can be higher or lower.)
Unfortunately, there was a massive computer crash during my presentation that took my slides offline for several minutes. I tried to stay on script with the presentation sans visuals and keep speaking in spite of the drop-off, but I’ll concede it was quite a challenge and my pacing was completely thrown off.
I have to give a special call out to Keto and Co and KetoChow, both of whom have supplied their product for some of my recent experiments. As with any company I work with, I take no direct compensation, nor do I promise anything in return. But to the credit of each, both were interested in helping to advance this science with no expectations of endorsement.
Best of all — while they are technically competitors, each company is full of people who know and engage each other. In fact, this picture was taken at an afterparty by Keto and Co which invited all the KetoChow employees to come join us.
I’m fortunate to know two small businesses that care more about advancing the science than eeking out every possible competitive advantage. Good people!