My N=1 Experiment…
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My N=1 Experiment…

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“An N of 1 trial is a clinical trial in which a single patient is the entire trial, a single case study. A trial in which random allocation can be used to determine the order in which an experimental and a control intervention are given to a patient is an N of 1 randomized controlled trial.”


So today I’m embarking on a journey. It may be a very short journey, but it’s a journey none the less. Hey even some dude said once that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step . . . am I right? (I’ll be here all week folks!) Today I’m starting my own N=1 experiment. This is just to ferret out how I respond. It’s NOT for everyone. And again, I don’t want a lot of comments of how harmful this is, etc. I just want your support if you choose to comment or PM me at all. Again, I’ve done a ton of research on this, so don’t judge. Finish reading the post, do a ton of research, then comment if you want. But don’t jump to conclusions about what you think this is or how it’s going to kill me. It probably isn’t what you think and it’s probably healthier than you think it is.


Today I start a fast.  I was going to start it yesterday, but two of my meetings were at restaurants, and I just didn’t need that pressure.  Thursday I have a meeting at a restaurant, so we’ll see what happens then, but for now, I’m fasting.  I haven’t eating anything in 13 hours at this point and my plan today is to only consume 1 cup of Turkey Bone Broth sometime around noon.  I plan to fast until about 9AM ish Saturday morning.  On Saturday and Sunday I will do my level best to eat a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet.  Not counting calories, not measuring food, simply eating LCHF those two days.  Starting on Monday, I will repeat the fast Monday – Friday and Saturday and Sunday back to LCHF.


My goal is to do this for three weeks and see how I feel.  The biggest thing I expect to happen is that I’m going to be hungry for the first couple of days each week.  I expect my blood pressure to come down.  I expect to lose weight.  My hope is that on Sunday I will have lost 5ish pounds from my last week weigh in.  I’m hoping in these three weeks to lose 15 – 20 pounds by this method.  THIS IS NOT THE END ALL BE ALL for me.  I was just overly shocked by the number on the scale on Sunday and I need to get a lot of weight off fast. From there I need to figure out how to eat LCHF within my lifestyle (always on the move) and incorporate some working out in there as well.


The biggest challenge I face I think is breaking my brain.  I need the reward of feeling good by losing weight, or being at a healthy weight to be more than the pain of gaining it all back. For some reason it isn’t right now. I love eating to the point I’m willing to destroy my body, just to taste something good. I need to realize that food is fuel, it’s not a substitute for feeling good. It’s not a reward. It’s not something to be used when you’re pissed off. It’s not a cure for sadness. It’s simply just fuel. Now, to convince my brain of that . . . by not eating.

  • Mike Wallen | Jan 5, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    More power to ya buddy! Im excited to see how it goes for you.

  • David Mietzke | Jan 6, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Life style change is hard! I too know what I need to do to lose the weight I want/need to, but then comes the keeping it that way, which so far hasn’t gone so well. I’m behind you all the way!

  • Linda K Hurlbut | Jan 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Love you and you are a smart boy.

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