There are numerous studies that demonstrate the benefits of periodic, short-duration fasting, such as weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity and brain function, immune system regeneration, and longevity. I’ve been a fan (and practitioner) of intermittent fasting for several years, but other than an occasional 24-hour liver cleanse or protein fast, I had never done any extended fasting. My original plan was to do a “traditional” water fast, where nothing but water is consumed for a period of 3-5 days. However, during my research I began looking for ways to get all of the benefits of a water-only fast, but in a way that was “easier” (both mentally and physically), safer, and would minimize catabolic effects (loss of muscle mass). Enter the “fasting mimicking diet”… [Read more…]
The first question I usually get from people is, “so, what are you tracking?”, so I have compiled a list of experiments I am currently conducting (as well as planning to), which I will update regularly. For me, “tracking” is simply the collection of data – the real fun is constructing experiments around that data to identify correlations or test theories.
One challenge is that I can only conduct a few experiments at any given time – otherwise, actions related to one experiment can interfere with biomarkers that may need to be tracked in another experiment (especially when trying to establish baselines). Another is that some experiments can take a really long time to conduct, especially when trying to establish baseline numbers (see previous point) or waiting for test results (i.e., telomere testing currently takes around 8 weeks to get results). This also explains why I haven’t been posting as frequently as I would like!
I’ve set up a page where you can check out my in-progress and planned experiments. I will continue to update this list, and as I complete my n=1 experiments, I will link them to their corresponding write-ups. Don’t hesitate to reach out (you can email me at bob [ at ] quantifiedbob [ dot ] com or @QuantifiedBob on Twitter) if you’d like more info or if you working on similar experiments!
In Progress (view details):
- Telomere Analysis
- Bulletproof Diet – Cholesterol/Bloodwork
- Central Nervous System (CNS) Training
- Stress Management with Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Training
- Skin/Scar Repair
- Quantifying the Value of My Time (Time Optimization)
Planned (view details):
- Cognitive Improvement using Dual N-Back Training
- Oxaloacetate and Glucose Tolerance (Anti-Aging) Effects
- Environmental Monitoring