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Ketogenic Fruit Hack?
2017-08-23 21:42 UTC by Richard Nikoley


On the heels of my latest post, I want to toss out a falsifying idea.

The idea that needs falsifying, again and all the time, is the notion that low carbohydrate dietary intake is required to measure ketones such that you’re considered “in ketosis.”

  1. Nothing gets you into ketosis faster than not eating anything
  2. You can get into very deep ketosis on a 100% pure sugar diet, provided you aren’t eating enough sugar

These are very important distinctions and the ignorance of them, promotion of the ignorance, making money off the ignorance, and doing fucktarded videos for fucktards—like Jimmy Moore and “Dr.” Adam Nally do—is what I’m about right now.

I can’t get fucking Tom Naughton to help—he can viscerally tolerate the sight of Jimmy with his shirt off—so I’m on my own.

This is not a critique of Low Carb. This is a critique of larceny and obfuscation going back decades, perpetuated by low carbers.

They should have just said:

  1. Keep the carbs low
  2. Don’t worry about the fat
  3. Keep the protein pretty high
  4. You’re likely to end up eating less, less often, and so you could lose fat weight because of eating less, less often

But no. No, fuck no! It’s gotta be Fuckin’ Magic.

It was always stupid fucking magic.

But here’s the deal and where the cleverness and larceny come in.

  1. Ketones are a by-product of fat metabolism, both dietary fat and body fat
  2. Ergo, we can sell the shit out of eating hyper-high fat and drinking ketones and we can also sell test strips and people can prove to themselves they have ketogenic levels of ketones even if they are stuffing their faces and gaining weight
  3. We can sell this to gluttons, especially to older fat ladies who can never seem to lose weight

This could be number 4, but it requires certain emphasis because it sheds light on the core evil of charlatans like Jimmy Moore and “Doc” Nally:

The trick is in the low carb, high fat, and limited protein. Protein is not really a limit because of gluconeogenesis kicking them out of ketosis.

The reason these evil shysters like Moore and Nally want you to limit protein is because it risks displacing fat intake—low carb being an easy given in the paradigm—and displacing fat intake with highly satiating protein risks you not showing ketones if you’re stuffing your fucking face like a moron while helping Jimmy and Adam be evil fucks in various places on the Internet.

Being in the Device Club—able to post pics of your LCD screen in approved fashion—is paramount. It’s part of the evil marketing strategy.

Don’t be a ketotard.

…Ever do a potato hack? I have. Tim Steele has the goods there. It’s a fun experiment of 5 days or so. Because of its low protein, I would not recommend it for longer than that, unless obese. Then, months are fine, because preservation of lean mass is not a concern. You already have plenty by virtue of hauling around your own fat ass.

A few days ago I bought a bunch of fruit: watermelon, apples, oranges, apricots, peaches, and nectarines. Plus, a tub of dates. It’s all I have been eating the past couple of days and it turns out it’s pretty damn similar to the potato hack. It turns out for me that when I’m done for the day, even though I don’t feel that same satisfaction I get from a ribeye steak or pork chop, that I’m OK. I don’t want any more. And, it turns out so far, it’s in the 1,300 – 1,500 calorie range, which is 800-1,000 off my average maintenance.

Am I in ketosis? Of course, and I don’t need test strips. That level of caloric deficit will always have you in ketosis, no matter what you are eating.

Not only does low carb have nothing to do with it, I’m shoving it in your face as a falsifying object lesson.

Stop. Being. Fucking. Stupid.


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What Ketotard Chronicles Is, and Is Not
2017-08-22 17:38 UTC by Richard Nikoley

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Read where this shit comes from, here.

I guess it’s time for me to spell out some shit.

First of all, my motivation for starting this group was—rather than be some advocate for a particular way of doing diets that produce ketones as by-products of resultant fat loss—I wanted to shine a spotlight on the general retardedness, purveying of dietary magic, and the shysters who make money off it. And name names.

On the other side, I want to offer sane and sensible alternatives in the realm of ketogenic dieting (all truly successful diets are both high fat and ketogenic if you do them right). But the rub in this second part is that because of where I come from in the dietary blogging spectrum, people seem to think I’m a certain way. Well, I am, personally, at least omnivorous generally, but it’s not how I run Ketotard Chronicles.

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That big uptick towards the end of July and early August will go down as the biggest blunder in the history of this group. It’s when Jimmy Moore decided to have his fans try to get the group banned. He got hoist with his own petard.

…Something weird happened over the last couple of days. Beatrice and I were away for some errands and a post submission came up and I had Bea approve it. Someone had the audacity to post this picture of a cake made of fruit, along with an explanation of how she’d posted it in some sugar addiction group as an alternative to the Sugary Usual Suspects.


She got banned over there and excoriated in my group, and I think the why of the latter is because I’m currently under yet another Facebook suspension and can’t post anything towards guiding the conversation.

By the time we got home an hour later, there were already 100 comments on her post and then, within another hour, there were 100 more. A hot topic; and I was trying to keep abreast and having designs for a blog post when she deleted the whole thing. I’ll say that I don’t like members doing that. I select less than half of the posts submitted to the group in order to try to keep signal high and noise low. If you exercise your right to blow up a post because comments have not gone your way, understand I also have the right to not publish your posts. ‘Nuff said.

But this was so weird. I’m not going to call out names but there was this strange Dunning-Kruger undercurrent, somehow knowing that somehow, this is a Low-Carb promoting site for Diabetics and fruit is just off topic, meng!

But it’s not. In fact, I so support what the original poster was up to that I contacted her and asked her to repost it. And she gets excoriated again, and on meaningless distinctions like you already posted this. It’s a shameful dogpile—over fucking FRUIT! This does not sit well with me in the slightest.

What Ketotard Chronicles Is

  • Its primary mission is to mock and ridicule Keto bullshit and name names of Ketoshysters and Ketotards
  • It juxtaposes faux Keto or Fauxtosis (80% fat, hyper LC, limited protein, calories don’t matter, gorge on fat, drink ketones, etc.) with valid ways of achieving RESULTS which equate to measurable ketones, should you care to test
  • It holds caloric restriction by whatever form (LC, HC, Raw Vegan, CRON, LF, IF, etc.) as the base “substrate” for achieving ketosis and not macronutrient ratios
  • It holds that after calories, protein is the next most important thing and minimally they should be adequate (20-25% of calories) and optimally, over 30% of calories.
  • Fat and carbohydrate are the least of concerns. If caloric deficit is chronic, protein is adequate to optimal, then fat and carb levels  don’t matter and your preference trumps all opinion
  • In terms of the context of ketosis, it’s agnostic in terms of dietary style, except that caloric restriction and adequate protein are the two musts. BOTH fat and carbs are your levers, depending on how you care to do it

What Ketotard Chronicles Is Not

  • A diabetes support group (and this is important…I’m going to start deleting comments that begin “but I’m diabetic and….”)
  • A shunner of any whole foods, including fruit, tubers, and legumes. In fact, they are welcome to be promoted
  • A shill for LC of any variety—though LC is highly respected as a certain enhancement to a calorically restricted Keto plan
  • Larcenous

…On that last point, larceny, one of my bigs is the abject looting by the LC community over the term ketosis when rightfully, it’s a term that applies to various levels of starvation and the adaptations we’ve wonderfully evolved to survive it, in its spite. LC has done much damage over decades co-opting the term and in many respects, tarnishing and obfuscating it.

Ketosis is primarily achieved by a chronic, consistent daily caloric deficit (>500), no matter what the fuck you’re eating. Are some ways better than others? Certainly, but it’s all over the map and the problem with dietary cheer leading is that it becomes a big homecoming game with girls in short skirts and pom poms and then everyone loses their minds. I will be equally happy with someone doing raw vegan for a limited period in order to get their results as I will be with a zero carber getting theirs. The results are driven by caloric restriction and adequate protein. Final. End of story; and I don’t care from what fucking realm you emanate, but if you don’t have those fundamentals in place you’re a fucking retard and it’s not going to go well for you in my group unless you keep your retard-mouth shut.

Once the RESULTS are achieved and the ketones you’ve measured testify to the fact that you oxidized fat over time, then what? Well, then you have to eat at average maintenance, right? Of course.

Are you going to be in ketosis?

Fuck no, you are not: not chronically. You’ll have to content yourself with intermittent fasting bouts or periodic potato hacks to revisit ketosis. Don’t be a fucking ketotard. Ketosis is not Mr. Coffee, where you get the machine for cheap but then buy filters over a lifetime.

If you are eating to caloric balance on average and insist on being in ketosis, then you are not in ketosis. You are then adopting Fauxtosis and you’re being fucking stupid.

…Here’s my favorite non-ketotard, today.




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Tom Naughton Is A Gift That Keeps On Giving
2017-08-21 17:18 UTC by Richard Nikoley

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I really did like the movie and still do. I smiled to myself a few times recently when we were unpacking boxes—consolidating the wares of two homes into one—and coming across copies of Tom’s DVD I have. I gave out a lot of them over the years and I still would.

I never let the perfect be the enemy of the good and I’d recommend that film to anyone, anytime, without a second thought.

But on the inside, we deal with the nitty gritty.

I got up to this stuff this morning and I like it. Take a look, then I’ll tell you why I like it.

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Mick Hamblen is pretending he’s special. It was an email out to 5,000 subscribers.

…Well. Please let Kiran Wagle, of Boston, MA, from Minneapolis, followed by a shit-ton of 112 people know that I got his message. He wants me burned alive.

“Set the motherfucker on fire already.”


“So basically he’s a completely crazy person who needs to be burned alive so he stops wasting air and water.

“Please tell him I said that. I just want him to know what I really think of him!”

Oh, I love the exclamation point.

So, let’s move onto the serious commenters, pro and con.

Frances Kelly: One doesn’t have “issues.” One has problems or has no problems, or in-between. I find my intermittent anger to be an asset. Moreover; it, too, exists on a continuum and a scale. For instance, I could be doing this post angered, or overjoyed, and I’d bet most people wouldn’t be able to tell much difference. Most of my vitriol is more calculated than emotional.

Suzzane Horlock: You’re of the special sort of dumb that just keeps keeping me engaged.

“Yea, it’s totally unnecessary and frankly offensive.”

Hey Suzzane, shut your cock holster long enough to watch this and understand that nobody cares that you’re offended.

Mark Salameda: Dude, you owned the thread. You hit the base essentials and then drove it home as to why this way of thinking can work for someone who wants to be on stage, or look good for their mate.

Solid. Shit. Man. Hat. Off.

David Lawrence: You made a decent point. Flip-flopping is a criticism that bears distinction. In the political realm, it’s often valid because a politician switches positions based on polling and other data, trying to be a good politician. I’m just trying to be a good curmudgeon. Shit makes sense to me, or it doesn’t and I’m always about integration and synthesis more than anything. It’s good if vegans take some ideas from Paleo and vice versa, and create a new paradigm.

Sharon Pederson: The business classes I aced at Oregon State in the early 1980s were marketing, accounting, all et cetera. The difference is that I care for customers long term and what’s more, I’ve always considered it my role to educate customers so that they can be good customers. The customer is always wrong, but that’s just a challenge.

John J Case III: LOL.

I don’t know much about him, he has been around the keto scene a lot longer than I have. Two takeaways from what contact I have had.

1. He’s a low carb vegan (at least as low as practical for that format) and a big fan of that vegan diabetes “reversal” clinic out west (US)

2. He hates anyone making money off Keto. It’s like he thinks he practically invented it, so it’s wrong for these newbies to make money off his idea. [emphasis added]

…You’ve heard me talk about Dunning-Kruger pretty often, right?

Dunning Kruger Chart

There’s your textbook, right there in plain sight. Unfortunately, he may be the IIId case in a row. He posted this, too, after someone schooled his ignorance. But, in classic Dunning-Kruger, he must keep on talking:

I think his non-vegan version of the vegan HCLF T2D diet is interesting. That said, I suspect it’s not as effective as LCHF, and I wonder what motivates him to eat crap like fruit and oatmeal and call it more balanced.

He’s stupid, and he’s posturing because he got his dick spanked by David Lawrence. As I merely recall, the Newcastle protocol uses an LC 800 kcal diet to reverse type 2 diabetes in 80% of subjects, so the turd (the IIIrd) didn’t even bother to get anywhere up to speed before going DK.

And for what it’s worth yea, I have blogged about Dr. Gabriel Cousins a time or two. he has video documented evidence of reversing T2 in a month in his clinic. It would be totally “Turd” (IIIrd) of me to not let folks know, in case that sort of thing might be for them.

…This was a gift this morning that gave me some good insight. I guess, seriously, I have to thank Tom for that and for allowing the discussion. Many places would not. I always see everything. The praise and the scorn….and I always want to see both. Comment sections on blogs are always to some degree echo-chambers so it is a huge bonus for me to see in a rather antagonistic place that it’s rather damn chiller than I thought. You’ll hopefully excuse me if I look at it overall and think, “yep, that’s about right.”

Sure, confirmation bias is pervasive and I know that well. But, here’s the deal for me. I look at that thread, realize I’m the impetus of the conversation, and it’s quite clear to me that everyone needs to be talking about me a lot more.

Thanks for talking about me.


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Weekly Top Posts: 2017-08-20
2017-08-20 04:00 UTC

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  5. Richard Nikoley’s Ketotard Chronicles is Giving Jimmy Moore a Conniption

Newsletter: The Hot New “Keto Diet” Trend and What You Need to Know
2017-08-18 23:36 UTC by Richard Nikoley

I’ve published an infrequent newsletter to the email list many of you are subscribed to. It’s a quick, fun, and to-the-point read.

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Read the rest at this link.

Then go ahead and subscribe for free…


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eBay: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO)
2017-08-17 20:26 UTC by Richard Nikoley


I’m actually kind of shocked.

And, I’m often the guy rolling his eyes over people being petty and entitled over some business transaction. I don’t think that’s the case here.

Back in June, I decided to sell some items on eBay, not having any success with Craig’s List up here in the mountains. I’ve sold tens of thousands worth of stuff on Craig’s over the years: two RVs, many iPhones and iPads, appliances, computers, monitors…wheels and tires…all sorts of stuff. Very easy, never a problem, cash transactions in person.

I had only ever used eBay once, about 15 years ago, when I bought an enterprise-level server for the office.

So, I listed about 6 items and 5 of them sold without a hitch. One of them, a 16-gig unlocked iPhone 6, was problematic.

  1. The “buyer” who won the auction for $232.50 had opened their eBay account that very day and by the time I looked at the transaction, their account had been “deregistered” by eBay. So, there was no way to request payment or contact the buyer….
  2. So I relisted the phone and it was won in the auction for $211.50. The buyer paid promptly via PayPal and I shipped out the phone in a box, wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap.
  3. Several DAYS later, I get a message from the buyer saying that the screen is “loose” on one of the corners. I tell him I know nothing about it, that it was in perfect condition when I shipped it (it had always been in a case, didn’t even have a scratch). He wants to return it for a refund. I say I have no way of knowing that he didn’t damage it and wants me to take responsibility.
  4. He opens up a case with eBay and long story short, I tell them the phone was fine when I shipped it, he didn’t complain until several days after receiving it, and there’s no way of knowing whether he’s the one who damaged it. They simply unilaterally decide in his favor and simply go in and take $221.25 from my bank account via PayPal—so it’s the purchase amount, plus shipping to “return” the item.
  5. That was two weeks ago, the phone has not been shipped back, I have no tracking information and the “buyer” is unresponsive, as is eBay, considering the matter “closed.” I’ve actually talked to eBay and they say “nope, the buyer is not required to return the item and we have notified him he’s not required to return the item.”
  6. Now, here’s where it gets even more “interesting.” eBay sent me an invoice for $95 for their “Final Value Fee” and then simply took it from my bank account via PayPal, which, of course, is owned by eBay.
  7. Guess what’s included on that invoice? $23.25 for the first auction where the buyer didn’t pay and eBay had closed their account anyway. Plus, it’s shown as being “relisted,” so obviously it was not a completed transaction. Guess what else? ANOTHER $21.15 “Final Value Fee” for the exact same relisted phone that eBay forced a refund on.

So, in total, I’m out:

  • My iPhone—worth between $200 – $250—stolen, aided directly by the criminals at eBay through their criminal accomplices, PayPal
  • $10 in bogus shipping charges for not actually shipping the phone
  • $44.40 in bogus commissions to the criminals at eBay

Obviously, I’ll never transact with eBay again. I’ve never had a problem with PayPal over many years of convenient use, but it sticks in my craw that PayPal is owned by a larcenous racket like eBay.

…By contrast, some little doohickey I ordered via Amazon a month ago for a total of $15, never showed up and apparently, the 3rd party seller skipped. Of course, Amazon covered it in full immediately, on the spot.

Update: I gave the dude a chance, over days, before putting his name in Google. Offered to pay for return shipping. Crickets. I really dont begrudge that he won the dispute and got refunded. I do begrudge that I don’t get the phone back and it is unconscionable that eBay essentially encourages people to awaken their dark side.

The thief:

Sadula Azizi (sad_az)

2001 W Garfield St Pier 91
Tjs Crew Center, Smith Cove Cruise T Lot A
Seattle, WA 98119-3115
United States

…Do I think he wants to be a thief?

Of course not.

eBay gave him a license to steal my phone.

That’s what happened and I would literally not expect a single employee to care. There are far less serious matters to worry about.


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Nutritional Bankruptcy: The Real Reason To Avoid “Nutritional Ketosis”
2017-08-16 23:06 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Yes, that’s Wagyu beef liver, onions, and potatoes I cooked last week.

A big part of the goings on at my Ketotard Chronicles Group concerns the following utter bullshit promoted by ketotards, ketoshysters and ketophants (a ketotarded sycophant of ketoshysters; e.g., Jimmy Moore and that ilk).

  1. Calories don’t matter; don’t bother counting them.
  2. Limit both carbohydrate and protein.
  3. Once carb and protein limits have been reached, consume unlimited fat to satiety.

…Like Reggie Owens says, “Satiety…you know…that thing that makes you fat.”

Less often talked about in terms of the general insanity outlined above is what I consider the number one reason to avoid all of these hyper-fat protein-limiting Keto Diets: Nutritional Bankruptcy. It’s very easy to show, yet virtually nobody shows it, I find almost nobody that’s aware of it, and in fact, there’s this perverse ignorance out there I encounter often, that fat, in itself, is highly nutritious when in fact, it’s nearly devoid of micronutrition. Let’s just dive right in. I’m using FitDay because I like the graphs it makes. For a more complete nutritional picture you can plug the same things into Chronometer.

Let’s start with butter because that’s the high water mark for nutrition (because of the milk solids…) and it goes down hill from there. All of these are for ONE WHOLE CUP…about 2,000 calories worth.



Beef Tallow

Beef Tallow

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

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Well, ok, looks like it’s a way to get your vitamin E. Not much else and overall, nearly nothing. Now, you ketotards out there: ask your one-half walnut brains what this means if 80% of your diet consists of some mix of the above? Speaking of walnuts, hell, you’d be better off just eating 2 1/2 cups of those, except you’d be worse off with protein at only 8% and you’d blow your carbohydrate limits with 41 grams for 9% of calories—but at least you’d get some micronutrients.

Walnuts 9/8/83 c/p/f

Walnuts 9/8/83 c/p/f

So, how about we compare a standard day of nutritional ketosis with someone eating a balanced diet, let’s say 2,000 calories for each? For the NK day, we’ll do 5 / 15 / 80 and for the balanced but flexible, non-restrictive diet 40ish /30ish /30ish. For this, we’ll use Chronometer because it gives a better overall nutritional picture.

Nutritional Ketosis Menu. 2017 kcal, 21.1 / 72.3 / 186.5

Nutritional Ketosis Menu. Macros: 2,017 kcal, 21.1 (3.7%) / 72.3 (14%) / 186.5 (82.3%)


Nutritional Ketosis Micronutrition

Nutritional Ketosis Micronutrition

As you can see, the ketotard is deficient in 15 out of 28 nutrients, 54%. This is very stupid, especially as a chronic “WOE.” Now let’s look at a sane and smart fella, like me.

Balanced Diet Menu.

Balanced Diet Menu. Macros: 2,007 kcal, 234.7 (45.3%) / 157.3 (31.5%) / 52.6 (23.2%)


Balanced Diet Micronutrition

Balanced Diet Micronutrition

Wow. Out of 28 nutrients, deficient in only 7 but here’s the deal. I simply plugged in a variety of foods and then played with the quantities to get total kacal and macros close. It’s a flexible diet. I could have easily Googled foods high in those deficient nutrients and replaced things to come out with near no deficients. Moreover, theser other things are likely to be hit from time to time if one eats a variety of foods. But if your diet is 80% no-nutrient fat, you have a very big math hole you’re starting out from.

I’ll note one other thing. In order to be fair, I did not include liver, since most people don’t eat it, and it could be consumed on both sides anyway.

…Ever heard of Don Gorske? He started eating Big Macs every day in 1972 and never stopped. He even saves the boxes, wrappers and receipts. He’s up to over 30,000 Big Macs eaten.


Don is still lean and apparently, healthy. Could find no info on any health problems. So, in that spirit, what would the nutrition of a day of Mc Donald’s look like, compared to a ketotard?

I ran an Egg Mc Muffin, Big Mac, Fillet-O-Fish, Mc Double, and a Quater Pounder. It comes to 2,021 kcal, 172 (34%) / 105 (22%) / 100 (44%). In terms of micronutrition, it misses on 17 of 28, so pretty much on par with something ketotarded—if one was to eat nothing but Mc Donald’s sandwiches as a “WOE!” So, whoa, ketotards, you edge out a 100% Mc Donald’s diet by just a nose.

UPDATE: Well, I wasn’t aware of this. I quote from a comment posted below.

Not sure if you use Chronometer much, but a little adjustment of your data makes it FAR worse for the ketotard:

Basically, virtually none of the foods in chonometer list quantities for the following: biotin, chromium, flouride, iodine and molybdenum, so you might as well uncheck them, as they’re complete unknowns. That’s why both yourself and the ketotard are deficient in them. They don’t really exist in any quantity in the database.

When you also remove sodium (surely most modern humans get truckloads of it?) and vitamin D (probably better being outside) the ratios look more like this:

Richard now deficient only in vitamin E: 4.5% deficient overall
Ketotard: down to about 35% deficient overall

Nearly 8 times worse off…. I know it’s massaging the data somewhat… but I feel it’s more accurate.

Elixa Probiotic is a British biotech manufacturer in Oxford, UK. U.S. Demand is now so high they’ve established distribution centers in Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.


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I Have Never Slept With Tom Naughton
2017-08-15 02:31 UTC by Richard Nikoley

Just had to get that out of the way. It’s just a stupid post and that’s all there is to say about it.


Tom’s problem is he’s just fucking wrong and rather than just admit he’s fucking wrong and has been wrong for a long time, he keeps pretending he’s been right all along and now, he’s trying to straddle the fence.

He’s just a mess.

  1. He’s a mess right here.
  2. And he’s still a mess right here.

I dealt with his dumb calories post the other day in a post at Ketotard Chronicles, reproduced below. As you read it, remember what I just said. Naughton is fucking wrong. He’s so fucking wrong and ignorant that he’s not aware of it. He’s a perfect example of Dunning-Kruger. Ok, read on.

Dunning Kruger Chart

…So, I’m reading comments patting Tom Naughton on the back for his most recent blog post which I previously linked. I think he’s misusing the quotes and advice from Michael Eades which I think make perfect sense and plus, it must send shivers up the spines of Ketotards that an MD clinician (well, actually 2 in 1 with the wife unit) with years of experience treating thousands of obese patients with low-carb is talking about getting his patients up to a relatively equivalent protein and carb level, like 100g and such. Oh. My. God!

Anyway, check this strawman from Tom, and this is why I think his post sucks (well, one reason).

My beef with the CICO crowd is that they’re constantly pushing a belief that simply isn’t true: namely, that our bodies work like simple bank accounts, with calories substituting for dollars. Cut 500 calories per day from you diet, and by gosh, you’ll automatically burn away one pound of fat per week. Cut 1,000 calories per day from you diet, and by gosh, you’ll double the fat loss to two pounds per week. Start eating an extra 500 calories per day, and by gosh, you’ll automatically gain a pound of fat per week, etc., etc. All based on simple, predictable, linear math.

Nice fucking strawman, Tom. This is not what informed CICO people think and in fact, it was Kevin “CICO” Hall who dispelled the myth that it’s a 3,500 kcal = I pound fat linearity. The linearity only holds for about the first two weeks of calorie restriction (as I recall). You need advanced calculus beyond that.

It’s all accounted for in the very complex energy balance equation.

So, how does Tom’s bullshit strawman, above, jive with this paper by Hall in 2012, 5 years ago?

I could quote a million things (as there’s way lots of stuff that goes into the equation, which has proven to be damn accurate at any point on the CURVE…note, not LINE).

The origin of the “3500 kcal per pound” rule is based on the calculated energy content of body weight change and is often misapplied to predict the weight-change time course after a given intervention (19). This is a fundamental error because no time period is specified for that intervention. The impression is given that even a temporary intervention will therefore result in a permanent body weight change. Furthermore, the erroneous application of the rule to predict the impact of a permanent intervention gives the impression that a linear change in body weight is expected over protracted periods of time, which is known to be untrue. Rather, even when perfect adherence to an intervention with no active compensation is assumed, it is generally acknowledged that weight change will slow over time due to passive compensatory changes in energy expenditure that occur with the weight change. Therefore, the panel recommended that the 3500 kcal per pound rule should no longer be used.

With the use of a model that accounts for the passive compensatory effects on EO, a new rule of thumb representing a best-case scenario has been proposed for the average overweight person: every permanent 10-kcal change in energy intake/d will lead to an eventual weight change of 1 lb when the body weight reaches a new steady state ( ∼ 100 kJ/d per kg of weight change). It will take nearly 1 y to achieve 50% and ∼ 3 y to achieve 95% of this weight loss (20).

Whereas the above rule of thumb may be useful for approximate estimations and represents a significant theoretical improvement over the 3500 kcal per pound rule, a more accurate assessment of the amount and time course of predicted weight change for a given reduction in EI may be very valuable and informative for an individual patient. Newly developed dynamic energy balance models for weight loss require complex calculations that are simplified for users in web-based programs (; Model predictions such as these provide a more realistic guide as to what patients can expect with changes in energy balance.

I will add that all of the current logging and tracking apps incorporate some form of this. So, for instance, in LoseIt, say after setting it up with all of your parameters (age, height, weight, gender, activity level, body fat estimation, goal weight, pace of weight loss from 1-2 pounds per week, etc.) it says OK, you must limit calories to 1,850 per day.

As you update the data, primarily your current weight, provided you are progressing, your calorie limit goes down. In my own case, when I began, in April, my limit was 1,870. Now, 10-pounds shed, my limit is 1,756.

So suck on your simplisic, bullshit, lying straw men, Tom.


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I Shamefully Made a Factual Error and Facebook Banned Me For The 7th Time
2017-08-15 01:29 UTC by Richard Nikoley


Well, it happened again.

I only reinitiated a Facebook account in May of 2015, just over two years ago. I was gone for a year or so prior when I deleted everything pretty much on a whim, including the FTA Page that had over 7,000 followers. It was that page that was the impetus, because people would comment on my stuff there, instead of the blog.

I’m over that particular concern.

I started a new Group just about two months ago on a whim while out for dinner.

Richard Nikoley’s Ketotard Chronicles


It’s where the action is. Why? Because “Keto” is currently the hottest diet thing out there and it’s awash in Ketotardation. People are looking for catharsis and my recipe is: mocking, shame, and ridicule…with a dash of science and serving up recommendations for Keto groups that do it right.

What’s Ketotarded?

  1. Calories don’t matter. Don’t count.
  2. Limit Protein.
  3. Eat fat unrestricted to satiety (Satiety…that thing that makes you fat).
  4. Ketones are the cause of results.

What’s Cool Keto?

  1. Calories matter and you must create a deficit to lose weight.
  2. Get adequate to high protein, depending on goals.
  3. Fat is a lever after limitation of carbs, adequate protein, and below calorie limits.
  4. Ketones are an effect of results.

How did I get banned from Facebook seven times?

  1. Said something awful about Obama (2-day ban)
  2. Said something awful about Obama (1-week ban)
  3. Said something awful about Hillary (2-week ban)
  4. Said something awful about Hillary (2-week ban)
  5. Said something awful to a female in some comment thread (30-day ban)
  6. Said something awful to a female in some comment thread (30-day ban)
  7. Said something awful to a female in some comment thread (30-day ban)

I’m on a pretty short leash, by now. In this latest incident, the offending comment was issued to some stupid female several days ago. It was a thread about “fat shaming” so we’re into “triggered” territory amongst many females, no matter what. She’s one of those “zero tolerance” morons where it’s knee-jerk, ‘no not ever,’ yadda yadda bullshit streaming from her cock holster. Zero tolerance always equals zero thinking. Zero distinction. Zero anything of meaning. It’s that point where minds just shut down and to the extent they do usher forth, it’s just stupid dismissable vomit.

I have no patience for it.

Anyway, I told her she had a “tiny little walnut brain.” And I proudly earned my next consecutive ban.

But, I have to wonder. Did Facebook ban me again because I was factually inaccurate? After all—metaphorically—nobody has a walnut brain. They have half of a walnut brain.

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Introducing Keto Clarity Academy with Jimmy Moore and Melanie Miller
2017-08-12 01:18 UTC by Richard Nikoley


You can’t even make this stuff up.

Now, Jimmy Moore has yet a new Ketoshyster gig, the Keto Clarity Academy.

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And here’s that video. His talk begins at about 22:30.

I could only stomach a couple of minutes but someone else got all the way to the 34-minute mark, where Moore says:

Cause you can see I still have some weight on my body, and that’s cool, because my health markers are probably better than 99% of you in this room, I promise you.

The listener adds that you can also hear people in the background saying things like “probably,” etc. I imagine they’re nodding their heads in sycophantic approval, too.

Jesus. No, it’s not cool if you are taking people’s money to offer diet and weight loss advice. Not “cool” at all and I can think of several words to far more accurately describe exactly what it is that’s not “cool.”

Plus, it’s an outright lie. When was it, May, 2015, where he had out-of-range stuff all over the place? Couldn’t find the post quickly. Perhaps he’s taken it down.

Anyway, you go look at the Keto Clarity Academy website, con-sisting of three info pages and a contact page, and they all use stock photos, no photos of the two principals. Well, I’ll not pick on Melanie Miller, yet, but there, I fixed it.

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I mean it. You can’t make this stuff up. The Onion has been scooped yet again.

Elixa Probiotic is a British biotech manufacturer in Oxford, UK. U.S. Demand is now so high they’ve established distribution centers in Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.


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My Paleo Book is Republished
2017-08-09 19:31 UTC by Richard Nikoley

FTA-cover-300Some may have noticed the book now on the sidebar.

Yea, it’s mine.

I wrote it some years back and I forget, but it came in at about 100 pages or so. A year later, I collaborated with Hyperink Publishing once again to put out a greatly expanded Version 2.0, now about 263 pages in print length.

Yea, I think it’s still a good book.

Is it complete? What book is?

Does it reflect my up-to-the-minute changing views on diet and health? What book does that, for any author?

Would I write it differently today? What author wouldn’t?

The most recent part of the story begins a couple of months or so ago when I began getting messages from blog readers wondering why my book wasn’t available on Amazon. I checked, and sure enough, all that was available was chapter excerpts in Kindle version and the out-of-print paperback—available for the low price of $89 from used booksellers. What an investment opportunity…

I still get small royalty payments from Hyperink to this day, so I contacted them to find out what’s up. Long story short, the startup had run its course so they’re winding down. They reverted all rights to me and emailed all the files so I could do as I wanted.

Then, I sat on it for a while, mulling it over. I read it again myself and while knowing it’s not perfect, why let the elusive perfect be the enemy of the pretty damn good? I think it’s an excellent, easy-&-quick primer for any neophyte or newbie to get started on. Metabolisms haven’t changed much since 2012. Anyone can handily get good results just on the stuff covered in this book.

So, in short, I decided it’s better that it’s out there and available than not.

Here’s my book page where you can see the table of contents and the book intro, as well as—deliciously—read the reviews by Jimmy Moore and Tom Naughton. Too bad Jimmy became Ketotarded and Tom became one of his whoring, dishonest, enabling brown-nosers.

…There will hopefully be a print version soon. Don’t know what’s holding it up after a month now “in review.”

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Richard Nikoley’s Ketotard Chronicles is Giving Jimmy Moore a Conniption
2017-08-04 22:58 UTC by Richard Nikoley

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Well, well, what a day.

Back in early June, nearly two months ago, I had this silly idea while out to dinner with Bea. I was going to create a Facebook group to mock this form of “ketosis” (fauxtosis is more like it) that’s basically a rehash of the 1920 epilepsy diet, redubbed “nutritional ketosis.”

And Richard Nikoley’s Ketotard Chronicles was born. I seeded it with about 20 of my FB friends initially and it’s steadily grown to nearly 1,000 members organically. Here’s some blog posts I’ve done about it.

I guess, at first, Jimmy just ignored it all. However, some members of his own various outlets and other Ketotarded outlets began posting things to my group or feeding them to me to post, and so Jimmy and these others began banning and blocking my members…and that kind of cloistering just never works. Tards…

By contrast, my group is public: anyone can see all the posts and comments, anyone can join, and all members can post (subject to my moderation) and comment. The only reason I moderate the posts is quality control. I like high signal and razor focus on the theme, which includes contrasting with valid forms of ketosis. Jimmy’s outlets have so far been closed, meaning the public can find the group, but you have to join it to see posts, post, and comment.

But now, out of extreme fear of my group, he’s made his group secret, meaning that only existing members even know it exists at all. It won’t show up in a search of Facebook.

Here’s how this developed.


I posted it and wrote:

LOL. Here’s what’s funny. In the last few days, membership requests have increased substantially. 25 new ones just overnight. The group broke 900 members yesterday and it’s approaching the 1,000 benchmark quickly.

Guess how many people I’ve blocked? One, some spammer girl from Africa, no relation to anything as to the subject of the group, just pure spam.

No need to ban or block anyone. We’re “bulletproof” and unafraid. What’s to be afraid of? We do understand poor Jimmy’s fear. Hope it keeps him awake at night.



See what you’ve done, Jimmy?

Hahahahahha. No wonder I woke up to 25 new member requests this morning and have had about another 20 in the last few hours.

You’re being hoist by your own petard.

One commenter pointed out that this is an example of The Streisand Effect.

Tired of paying for probiotics that do nothing, because they aren’t engineered to do anything? Then learn about a dose engineered to make it all the way through to your colon, and then deal directly with the engineer and manufacturer.

It keeps getting butter and butter:


Thanks for the free promotion, Jimmy.

Membership requests flowing in steady. And by the way, there is no post or comment I am aware of threatening any violence on you or anyone else. If such a thing exists anywhere, please bring it to my attention so it may be removed and other action taken, if appropriate.

I will also not tolerate posts or comments wishing violence or harm…only Jimmy’s total financial collapse and utter loss of all influence. Plus, a soup line would probably do him a lot of good toward actually losing rather than accumulating fat.

So, in a roundabout way, we’re wishing him health, and as we know, it’s not a weight loss journey, it’s a health gain story.



Here’s where the plot thickens. Recall in those previous clips where Jimmy announces they’re instituting a moratorium on all new memberships and he also indicates he’ll be posting the “threat” in comments. Well, I was able to get that, too.


Here’s the thing, though….


So, spies in his midst have managed to get me Jimmy’s comments after he admonished his membership to join this group in order to report it (I’m not clear on FB policies in that regard…it’s a public group…not sure if you have to be a member to report). See my earlier post on that.

Anyway, see any difference in how he presented it, verses the whole context?

Pretty dishonest, Jimmy. Now, I said I was unaware, but had just forgotten this. However, since I issued that rebuke on the spot, I think it’s better to leave it up rather than delete it.

Then, another spy gets me this hilarious culmination, our featured image:

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Ooh, this group is so scary, Jimmy has to basically make his own group completely clandestine. Only existing members even know it exists.

LOL. I’d say we’re having a pretty profound effect out there.


This is remarkable. Does he really believe he holds this sort of sway? Does he think that his own members, knowing this, are going to take kindly to being members under threat of expulsion simply for being a member of another group?

Keep the ketotardedness coming. We’ve a lot more mocking and ridiculing to do.

…So, that’s the drama as it stands now. Anyone with half a brain knows there is a huge number of members of Jimmy’s various outlets who’re very disillusioned with him and totally find Richard Nikoley’s Ketotard Chronicles highly cathartic.

Jimmy does not have anywhere near the solidarity within his own midst he believes he has.

UPDATE 8/7/2017:

Here’s what Jimmy is doing to people who join Ketotards, since it’s public, so he can see the membership.


But, the plot thickens.



So, there’s another development to this story about Jimmy removing people from his groups, then messaging them to strong arm them into leaving Ketotards and also providing proof of reporting the group to FB to be let back in his groups so they can be told to eat more fat and less protein in response to every question.

Eat more fat, eat less protein, eat no measurable carbs, buy my book, attend my KetoCON, buy my ketone drinks….make sure to buy the meter and test strips…and oh, yeah, report Ketotards to Facebook as a Hate Group.

Well, some of these people were innocent bystanders. That is, this group is public, and for public groups, any member can add any of their FB friends to the group, even without their prior knowledge or approval (you’ve probably been added to groups by FB friends if they thought you would be interested). So, then, these people get the missive from Jimmy or his admins.


Can you imagine? You post something to Keto Talk about how you’re having problems and not getting results per your goals, are told to eat more fat, cut more protein, don’t count calories, etc. (and buy stuff), an FB friend who actually cares about you and your goals adds you to this group, and then you get the ultimatum.

I guess Jimmy thinks that if he blocks enough people, nobody in the cloister will even know about Ketotards, so this scenario won’t happen anymore. So hilarious. It’s only going to get worse.

We should break 1,000 members today, starting from zero less than 2 months ago. And, one of my members is worth the brains of several of his, I’m sure….

Elixa Probiotic is a British biotech manufacturer in Oxford, UK. U.S. Demand is now so high they’ve established distribution centers in Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.


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The Basement Home Build That Kicked My Ass
2017-07-29 22:19 UTC by Richard Nikoley


While I was doing my regularly scheduled program last week on the Internet, I was busting my ass and at 56, I came to realize I’m not the spring chicken I used to be. That pic above is basically half the house, as foundation. Years ago, we turned the other half into a bedroom, entertainment room, and half bath. You can guess what part in this marketing video when it was a sought after vacation rental.

For years, I had thought about digging out the slope, under-shoring the foundation and making it flat. I ended up having a better idea that instead of months, took a week of ass busting.


And here we go.

First, you set your “line.”


Hang floor joists

The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.


Go Pythagoras. Still relevant as ever.

Get the whole thing squared up. …Now, for the most astute among you, you see my evil plan. Rather than dig out the whole deal, I’m going to dig only enough to allow for a cantilevered deck surface. Four feet out there, backed by eight feet.


The evil plan gets more evil. The water heater will not need to be moved.


So now that all foundations, plumb, square and awesomeness are set, let’s build.


Pro Level.


Bea is so pleased she needlessly sweeps when I’m not even near done.


The next section, only 2-foot cantilever.


More pro level. Dig more, or shim?


Let’s get this project done.






I kicked my own ass. Wanted to get it done in like 3 days. Man, did I ever learn a lesson at 56. The pick and shovel required to get it even where it is was, was brutal.

Nope! Six days.

Ha, good lesson. Now, a week of seeing to my tender little flower, pink-pantied ass, I’m ready for the next deal.


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We Interrupt The Regularly Scheduled Program To Mock Jimmy Moore (Again)
2017-07-27 19:20 UTC by Richard Nikoley

It’s too easy.

One of the strategies I’ve employed since leveraging bullshit with my Ketotard Chronicles, is to not only ridicule the vast ketotardedness, but to contrast it with valid forms of ketogenic dieting, of which there are many—including a plain chronic caloric deficit, no matter what you eat. Starvation is also ketogenic. OK, maybe starvation isn’t a “valid” form of diet, but it’s the gold standard of pure keto per se. If you don’t understand that, it’s why you’re being a fool.

But some want to claim veritable Trademark status, since the dudes in 1920 didn’t trademark The Epileptic Diet as “Nutritional Ketosis.”

Actually, there is a form of Keto, that far from the dismal commiserating in all of these “keto” forums, actually works, and works well. Not to be too exuberant, it’s basically a small variation of the program Martin Berkhan created some know so well: Leangains. This one is called Ketogains. They’re interchangeable in my view.

  1. Both are ketogenic because they incorporate significant caloric deficit.
  2. Both are lean gaining or, you could say, recomposing, because they incorporate high protein for gains and the caldef=fat loss.
  3. Ketones, nor weight loss, are the goals. Results are the goals, which means fat loss and lean gains. Weight loss and ketoned LCD screens are byproducts.

Now, had Martin continued on, there would be no scruff at all. He’s not and wasn’t infringing on a “Trademark.” Luis Villasenor “is,” and he’s taking names and I take him as a pretty bold dude who means what he’s saying, lifts what he lifts, and isn’t particularly interested in carrying anyone’s bullshit for them.

I took note of Ketogains when I saw a plethora of high results from average peeps that I had not seen since Leangains and also, Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat.

People watermark their pics so they don’t get used in some vegan bodybuilding ad, but these are Ketogains pics, to promote Ketogains.







What do these people all have in common? They were told stuff, but different stuff.

  1. You have to maintain a chronic, significant caloric deficit, stupid.
  2. Keep the carbs low.
  3. Keep the protein high.
  4. Lift big weights.
  5. Get fat from foods, not pouring it on foods or fucking going out of your way to drink it in fucking coffee.
  6. Chase results. Ketones are from results, not the cause of them.

One gets a different telling of stuff in Jimmy’s various outlets and those symbiotic outlets looking to model his fabulous financial success in selling worthless crap to fools, with coupon codes.

Jimmy oozes with hate over solid, demonstrated success, because it undercuts and undermines his goal of selling worthless crap to fools, with coupon codes.


Just stupid. He’s butthurt. He’s been disengenuously, dishonestly, and fraudulently peddling that protein is chocolate cake schtick since 2012 and has garnered tens of thousands of dollars off of it from abject fools, to such an extent he’s building a podcast recording studio from proceeds and paying for his chronically-health-challenged wife to get a WOOOO certification to advise others in health matters.

….If you’ve come in here thinking this is The Onion, you’re in the wrong place. Here.



Go get your Keto Troubles Shot

It’s rather amazing, isn’t it? And have you seen his latest parlor trick? He has a constant blood glucose measuring device and the guy is pinned to 70-80 range 24/7, proving, as I wrote, he’s a fucking stallion in terms of insulin sensitivity, which is why he piles on fat so quickly and easily.

If you want to understand Jimmy’s struggles, here’s another clue.

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It makes me laugh every time I read it. It’s like listening to a southern Born-Again preacher in the 80’s warning of the coming apocalypse (Armageddon) unless you fill up the offering plate that’s going to be passed around.

Anyway, ridicule and mock on, and if you still love Jimmy, here, I’ll toss you a bone. Download it into your iTunes library and put it in replay mode.

No cringing allowed. It’s kinda growing on me and I might go get some bacon.

…Well, if it is true, like Jimmy says, that “this is not a weight loss journey, it’s a health gain story,” it will be a tall tale indeed. you can count on a few pounds of added health per month.


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Weight Gain and Onset Obesity is a Sure Sign of Pristine Health
2017-07-25 23:47 UTC by Richard Nikoley


I just posted something over on the Free The Animal Facebook Page consisting of a thread over on Tom Naughton’s Fat Head Page where Charlie Shaughnessy alerted them to a Chris Masterjohn podcast (The Biochemistry of Why Insulin Doesn’t Make You Fat); wherein, Chris attempts to take down the idea that insulin is the main driver of obesity rather than, as I put it, eating and treating too much, too often, and for too long. It’s quite a brutal podcast, in the sense that it’s not so easy to follow. Prepare to do a lot of Googling, which reminded me of when I was in my teens and 20s and always read books—even fiction—along with a dictionary.

Reading through the discussion (see the 21 image clips at that link), I was struck at how folks seem to regard obesity as some physiological dysregulation when in fact, weight gain and the onset of obesity is a sure sign of perfect health and a body doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.

In other words, onset obesity is not a disease or a medical condition, typically, but rather the very normal, expected response to one consuming excess energy when and where energy is abundant. For instance, bears get massively fat over the fall each year. Perfectly normal. Energy is in abundance, they take advantage of that, and obesity is the proper physiological response. Their health is perfect and the fact that they can get so fat so quickly is evidence that they are in perfect health. Imagine if, for instance—in eating that near Epileptic Diet (aka Nutritional Ketosis Diet) of loads of fatty salmon skin, discarding the protein for the birds—they actually got leaner as their calories consumed were in the tens of thousands per day? Would that not be a sign that they are unhealthy or have some serious medical condition?

The difference is, they keep their health perfect by sleeping off the obesity for five months each year so that they can repeat the same cycle.

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So, if you’ve wrapped your mind around this critical distinction I’m making, consider what’s likely to happen if people disregard it. Think about it.

This is why people move into these dietary dogma niches where “calories don’t count,” “eating fat doesn’t make you fat,” and “to lose fat, eat more fat.” Then, they post parlor trick anecdotes (if it’s not in a metabolic chamber, it didn’t happen).

Consequently, they have no choice but to regard the ability to get fat quickly as some disease, malfunction, or dysfunction. It’s got to be some hormonal thing and the most likely culprit has to be macro-nutrient ratios or something…

The theories go on forever and they go on so long that it eventually gets ridiculous. For example:


It boggles the mind. Yea, Jessica, just dump that chicken protein, replace it with a fat of your choice, more than twice as energy dense, and I’m sure your scale will improve immediately.

What’s the end result?

Endless waffling. Also, stomping of feet. You’ll see nonsense like, “the last 100 years prove CICO doesn’t work.”

The alternative, rational way to look at it is that the last 100 years demonstrate that CICO is a useful tape measure for approximating the too-complex Energy Balance Equation and it’s the insistence that it’s not, for why we have this obesity problem in a world of abundance—people not realizing that nature isn’t there preventing them from getting obese, as it used to be.

You also get posturing. After Charlie screen clipped all that stuff from the thread (I’m blocked, so can’t look…except with my secret FB account), he has subsequently emailed the clip from The Secretary of the Department of Meaningless Distinctions and Mixed Metaphor, Tom Naughton, going around splitting red herrings.


How and why are pretty much interchangeable and yea, why an alcoholic is alcoholic is because he drinks too much, too often and how an alcoholic is an alcoholic is also because he drinks too much, too often.

Tired of paying for probiotics that do nothing, because they aren’t engineered to do anything? Then learn about a dose engineered to make it all the way through to your colon, and then deal directly with the engineer and manufacturer.

Tom Naughton and Chareva Naughton ought to start losing sleep over how long they care to keep being Jimmy Moore’s water boys and girls.

I wrote this the other night about Tom; unedited, as it was posted.

It saddens me. I know how Tom’s mind works, as a rather libertarian dude.

This is the wedge I drive, because libertarians hate to be a water boy for bullshit. Politics is just an outward manifestation of that.

When we showed up day 1 at the inaugural AHS 11 at UCLA, Tom bear-hugged Bea and told her that my blog had sold the most copies of his Fat Head DVD (I love the film) at that time (that’s what Bea told me, so it’s heresay, and I never “looked into it” to make sure).

That said, things went awry about a couple of years ago when I was on Chareva’s Fat Head FB group.

It’s a total disaster. Still is.

That’s the truth. I’d have just dismissed Tom long ago and trust me, I have zero interest in seeing Jimmy come to Jesus according to my standards. I actually firmly believe that Tom is going to find a better way forward.


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Interview on The Dark Horses Podcast
2017-07-25 20:05 UTC by Richard Nikoley

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Steven Gray says he’s “on a mission to find the Dark Horses. The underdogs. The people who are pursuing singular visions. Whether they are unique in the field of art or business, well-known or completely unknown, I want to find them and hear their stories.”

I like that. I don’t know whether or not I fit the bill, but I like the ethic of it.

Here’s the page where you can find all the ways to listen in. He also has a Facebook Page. We cover a lot of ground, but I do focus in a lot on my most recent beef over Fauxtosis and the Ketotards.

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What Enables Obesity? A Very Robust Metabolism and High Insulin Sensitivity.
2017-07-13 05:38 UTC by Richard Nikoley

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Let’s take it a step further: Jimmy Moore’s obesity is, in most part, a product of his robust metabolism and his stellar insulin sensitivity.

The image above and this quote below is from one of Jimmy’s Facebook posts from the other day.

“Insulin resistance is the real problem, and it’s not inaccurate to regard it as carbohydrate intolerance. Nutritional ketosis is a potent therapy for counteracting insulin resistance.” — Dr. Jeff Volek

I’m  going to call bullshit on that, Dr. Jeff Volek, and I don’t care that you’re “PhD RD Professor, Department of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University,” in Jimmy’s perpetual argumentum ad verecundiam appeal, the second most prevalent logical fallacy on the Internet, right after argumentum ad hominem. (At base, both of these fallacious arguments—from authority to “to the man”—are only subtly different. In the former, one is asked to accept the validity of something based on the identity or credentials of some dude or dudess, and in the latter, to reject the validity of something based on the identity or [lack of] credentials of some dude or dudess. In other words: accept it for fame; reject it for infamy.)

If you get around much, there are abject dumbshits doing this every damn day, and for a preponderance of them, these logical fallacies make up the vast majority of everything they argue.

Let’s get back to Volek because I have a ridiculously simple question:

If insulin resistance is “the real problem,” then doesn’t it logically follow that insulin sensitivity is neither a real problem—or a problem at all—but is a rather good thing indeed?

More, Dr. Volek: can we all stipulate to the latter, even without accepting the former, at least as stated; i.e., “the real?”

So, then, why does Jimmy Moore get fatter and fatter (or, healthier and healthier, in his parlance)?

I assert that it’s because Jimmy has a very robust metabolism and is very insulin sensitive; and this, in spite of all the self-punishment in which he’s engaged over the decades. He can keep getting fatter and fatter—as he continues to eat chronically to energy abundance with his Low-Protein High-Fat (“LPHF”) Velveeta cheese sauces, sticks of butter, and fat bombs—because of his insulin sensitivity.

Insulin resistance happens when your body can’t store any more fat as your liver and pancreas get innundated with only a few grams too much of it—where NONE is called for—special cells get fucked, and type 2 diabetes ensues.

To put it another way, insulin resistance does not cause obesity, it’s the reverse: obesity causes insulin resistance. So what causes obesity? Chronic overeating is what causes obesity, but insulin sensitivity is what’s required to make obesity-level adipose tissue sequestering happen so phenomenally. Your body is doing what it’s supposed to do: store energy for later (that’s the evolutionary context). In the modern context, this unneeded fat storage can better be regarded as your body protecting itself as long as it can. Getting fat is a protective mechanism against you fucking with it hour by hour and day by day, over years and years—and often enough, over decades.

For, when you lose this protective mechanism of being able to get fatter and fatter—and over and over, as Jimmy does—and are then truly insulin resistant, the metabolic response, instead of being protective at fat sequestering, becomes unregulated: a runaway, elevated, blood glucose. Lean Type II diabetics are the unlucky ones—or lucky—who can’t get especially fat before becoming insulin resistant. And they remain lean throughout their condition.

Now, do you see why, to the mind of the militant Low-Carber and the Fauxtosis sort of Ketotard, it’s not just that calories don’t matter; it’s that calories can’t matter?

It’s in order to prop up the inherent cognitive dissonance that would ensue were one to acknowledge the energy balance equation and that calorie accounting represents a sort of tape measure toward tracking and estimating what one is doing. Because…if calories count and that’s the obvious reason people get fat, then it follows that it’s not a dysfunctional metabolism, carb intolerance, insulin resistance, hormonal imbalance, or not being “a fat burner”—or any of the other bullshit Hocus Pocus people resort to—but a damn fine metabolism doing exactly what it’s supposed to do when presented with chronic energy abundance in dietary intake.

To reiterate, you eventually have to pay the piper for your chronic face-stuffing and at some individual point, the ability to sequester excess energy to protect you falters and then you have unregulated elevated blood glucose; whereby, you enter the realm of clinical diagnoses: for diabetes.

Eating too much too often, fauxtosis styled “Keto,” and drinking 1,000 calorie fat bombs as midnight snacks are the ultimate upstream contributors to all of this.

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I posted a proto version of the foregoing to my Ketotard Chronicles Group yesterday. Great comment thread. You really should go have a look at it. There are some references to other stuff too that you can have a look at. I like to keep it simple and basic around here.

Remember how this works.


Adipose tissue gets tired. Liver, pancreas, and even lean muscle gets tired. Fat accumulates where it shouldn’t, especially in the pancreas (2-3 grams is all it takes), and dysfunction ensues.

Now, let’s briefly deal with the whole scam element to this whole fraud.

Many of you have read me expose the whole Fauxtosis style of Keto (I support adequate to high-protein Keto that includes a caloric deficit as the primary means of generating ketones from body fat) in a few previous posts. This Fauxtosis involves adopting The Epileptic Diet of hyper-high-fat, hyper-low-carb, and low-protein…then renaming it “Nutritional Ketosis.” Then, the object is to fool you into buying ketone meters, ketone meter test strips, breath ketone measuring devices, urine ketone test strips, and $40 buckets of ketone powder to drink.

The diet of >75% fat and exogenous ketone drinks guarantees you’ll measure ketones with all the crap they sold you, even though they’re ketones coming principally from dietary fat, and ketones you just drink.

The way this fraud works in the realm of militant low-carb diets, where obesity is some function of one or more Hocus Pocus thing, mentioned above, that signifies some measure of metabolic dysfunction, such that your fat ass isn’t a function from forever stuffing your fat face with too much food, too often; it’s because you’re a hapless victim with a broken metabolism and wow do you need management. Of course, it’s managed by a glucose meter, perpetual orders of glucose testing strips, and an endless array of Low-Carb-Products with coupon codes, to make sure the affiliate gets his cut.

But, switching over to the low-carb scam and fraud, how do you make the glucose meter confirm the problem for those asking you to buy stuff with coupon codes? It’s called physiological insulin resistance and depending who you are as an individual, at some level of chronic carbohydrate restriction you’ll develop an acute condition where you become insulin resistant so that your body preserves glucose for the absolute requirement of your brain, so you don’t go into a coma and/or die—mundane trivialities like that.

Some people have it very mild, some ferociously, to such an extent that fasting BG will be 115-125 every day, and if they do go off plan and have any significant amount of carbohydrate or sugar treats like a piece of birthday cake, BG’s up to 200+, and it’s is not uncommon (I’ve been there), so they self-diagnose as insulin resistant and pre-diabetic (if not full blown).

Then, the only viable thing to do is:

  1. Join a bunch of low-carb forums and groups, and hang on every word
  2. Constantly relate how bad your glucose control is, and how you can’t even look at carbs
  3. Become obsessed with measuring your blood glucose continually every day, putting Type 1 diabetics to slothful shame
  4. Refill your testing strips, making sure to input the Great Offer Coupon Code
  5. Fill your pantry with endless arrays of low-carb semi-foods and junk-foods and reenactment treats
  6. Whenever challenged, play the diabetes card, and affix it to your chest in dual fashion: badge-of-honor and carb-police

That should about do it. Now, finally, you can enjoy life with all zeal and zest you can muster, to the fullest extent that your hubris and projection have afforded you.


Weekly Top Posts: 2017-07-09
2017-07-09 04:00 UTC

  1. My Personal Non-Ketotarded Keto Diet To Achieve Fat Loss and Lean Gains Simultaneously
  2. Keto [Tard] Diet Update #2: Dr. Adam Nally Will Completely Shut Down Your Body Fat Burning For Six Months, For The Low Price of $5,997
  3. I’ve Been Away Meditating For A While
  4. Keto [Tard] Diet Update #1
  5. Quick Mushroom Risotto In The Instant Pot

High-Protein, Moderate-Fat, Sane Carb Jalapeño Burgers and Mash
2017-07-08 20:06 UTC by Richard Nikoley


You’ll love ’em. Don’t call The Ketotards though (protein too high, fat too low).

So, let’s talk about proper lean/fat ratio for ground beef, per the specific application. Absolutely, if you’re going big juicy-fatties on the grill for your personal burger bar, with fixin’s, 80/20 or just get the fuck out.

However, for tacos, chili, various things like Salisbury steak, meatloaf, or this here, you best go-lean. The fat does nothing to improve the dish. Plus, you get substantially more protein for the weight, as well as the nutrition in the protein compared to zero for the fat by itself.

That’s right. Check it yourself. Isolated fat has no vitamins or minerals. So, if you’re a Ketotard on the “Keto Diet,” that’s 75%-plus fat, then 3/4 of your moron diet has zero vitamins or minerals. How fucktarded is that?

Moreover, Fat gets in the way of these dishes, often compromising texture and mouth feel. In these cases, the meat is more of a substrate for the various flavors.

So, this is about a pound and a half of raw 93/7. About 1 1/2 large jalapeño peppers minced in the burger, the other half pepper in the sauce. 2 cloves of smashed and minced garlic in both the meat mix and sauce and about a 1/4 cup each of scallions in both as well. Also, about 20 grams grated Parmesan in the burger mix. A better fat add, and it’s not much, and it has dairy nutrition. About a half tsp each of S&P in the mix as well

The sauce is about 3 cups stock (with the stuff in it) reduced to about a cup, and thickened with a rounded tsp of potato starch in a slurry. 3-4 dash-splash of Worcestershire. S&P to taste.

Grill them open flame on high, 5 min per side at that thickness (they’ll be raw inside). Place them in the sauce, flip, spoon over, and cover on low for 6-8 min.

The mash was about 1 1/2 cups taters leftover, reheated, and then a cup of low-fat cottage cheese folded in and reheated gently on indirect heat (move everything to one side of the pot, cover, use the smallest burner on lowest, right at the edge of your pot, opposite your stuff).

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The burger came out to 12.5 oz for me, 8.5 for Bea. The total meal, 110g protein, 30g carb, 44g fat. For Bea: 68g protein, 25g carb, and 30g fat. I’ve had Bea on the high protein deal, logging everything, for about two weeks. Trying to get her to hit 100g protein daily. Consequently, she barely gets in 1,000-1,100 calories, and that includes 150 Chardonnay calories. :) She’s dropped three pounds.


Now, this puts low-protein, jiggling man-boobed Ketotards to fucking shame.


There you go.

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Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.


My Personal Non-Ketotarded Keto Diet To Achieve Fat Loss and Lean Gains Simultaneously
2017-07-03 00:09 UTC by Richard Nikoley


I’ve been a bit camera shy for a few years now. Probably a few more than a few… I guess my lesson is, be careful of letting two spinal injuries, concomitant chronic pain over months and years—with concomitant self-medication—begin to rule your life because when the pain is over, the downward gradient may be just the beginning.

It can happen to the worst of us. You should have seen me by about 3 months ago, early April 2017. Well, here. this is about the best I can do because, as I say, I avoided cameras.

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No calves, skinny arms, skinny legs, and a spare tire.

I hadn’t been in a gym—or near an actual man-weight—in like four years, and a year and a half of that time I spent in pain until lumbar surgery in May ’15. By last April—2 years later, and after a dark, cold, wet and frozen winter spent mostly by myself and dogs at 4,200 feet elevation in “mountainville“—I was a mess. I was drinking too much, too often, felt very unhealthy, and weighed 203.5 pounds net.

Time for Spring Cleaning.

…They say love conquers all, which is complete touchy-feely bullshittery for feeble minds, but it is true that I’m in love with my wife and I also knew that my time was on lease pending her retirement from school teaching in a couple of months; if, I didn’t get back to being the man of the house: in word, deed, and also fucking looking the part, for Christ’s sake!

That’s when I began the calorie tracking, or, better: energy input and output management using my brain and available tools like smartphone apps (LoseIt!), a kitchen scale, and a Fitbit (integrated with LoseIt!). I maintained a variable average 600-800 calorie deficit and by “variable,” I mean that the Fitbit tracking data enabled dynamic, real-time management of energy input, owing to higher or lower levels of energy output activity. Setting a fixed energy intake level, without regard to variable outputs, is really ‘tarded; and you’ll fail.

Alternatively, just cut carbohydrate to nil, lower protein to concentration-camp levels, and just eat more fat. Be a Ketotard (See here and here). And whatever you do, especially don’t use a tracking device: Is Your Fitness Tracker Sabotaging Your Weight-Loss Efforts? That’s an absurdly ridiculous question by one of the New Ketoshysters, Andreas Eenfeldt, aka “Diet ‘argumentum ad verecundiam‘ Doctor.”

Let me digress on that for a fit-bit. Does Andreas really believe his dupes, sycophants, and marks to be so pathetically stupid that they’ll not notice…

Here’s another reason why calorie counting is a truly bad strategy for weight loss. Not only is it very hard to estimate exactly how many calories you eat, it’s almost impossible to estimate how many you burn.

According to new research even wearing a fitness tracker is not helping estimate calories either. In fact, they are wildly off – by as much as 93% on average!

Shorter Andreas: “Just take the Fat Bomb. It may be 800 calories, it may be 1,200. Your tracker or app won’t tell you and you won’t know how many steps to take or how much you ought to get off your ass. Just do it. Take the fat bomb. Get on the net. Represent!”

Just look at this obvious weasel crap:

  1. WTF is “estimate exactly?”
  2. WTholyF is “almost impossible to estimate?”
  3. WTmutherFingShit is “as much as 93% on average?”

#3 is ‘almost impossible to estimate’ the absurdity of. Walk a mile, or hell, walk for 15 minutes at a nice robust pace. Now, be very dutiful to your Fitbit Tech when it tells you that you walked 370 feet, or 14.3 miles, and I guess you get to take your preferential pick. This is how stupid he thinks you are.

…Does Tom “Fat Head” Naughton’s admonition in his documentary—that’s it’s laudable to have as a tenant that you have a functioning brain, apply only when it’s not inconvenient to use it instead of Andreas’ advice to just throw up your hands in despair and follow the Ketotard Diet Approach?

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By using your brain, you can overcome the limitations of both being way off on your inputs (neither 100 calories nor 600 calories is correct for that large bowl of chicken soup…use your head and gain experience) and your outputs. For instance, I set up my Fitbit as the instructions call for. Walk a good distance normally across the room, count your steps, measure the distance, and do maths. I came out to 30″ stride length. All Fitbit does is count steps. It applies your stride length, does maths, gives the distance walked, and uses an algorithm to estimate calorie burn based on your personal body parameters. I decided to compare it to a GPS for a 2.5-mile walk.

My Fitbit overestimated the distance by a whopping 7/100ths of a mile (a few hundred feet over a distance of 14,000 feet). I set my stride length to 29″ and the next walk, it underestimated by 14/100ths of a mile, twice the “error” magnitude, but in the other direction. We’re closing in. This is fun. It’s fun to use your functioning brain! So, 29.6″. Better: 7/100ths under. We’ve narrowed it to a 2/5ths-of-an-inch margin of error. Then 29.8″. On the next walk, Fitbit said I walked 2.77 miles. GPS said I walked 2.77 miles. That’s all it took. A 1/5th of an inch correction from my initial ‘almost impossible to estimate’ stride length setting. But, I ended up ‘estimat[ing] [it] exactly.’

[Check out the two must read at the end of the post, and pay particular attention to Lyle McDonald’s section on NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). Turns out it can be big, into caloric 4-figures, and it also turns out that Fitbit does a damn decent job of accounting for it in my experience.]

…Stuff that in your bacon, cheese, salami, pepperoni, and more bacon frittata with sour cream and guacamole on top, Andreas!

By doing it smarter, my progress was certain, measurable, and pleasing. Just before the Memorial Day weekend, so serious had I become that I ditched alcohol completely. It turned out to be easy. I’ll explain all of that in a post of its own soon, but I’m approaching the 6-week point.


My first whole body selfie in quite a while, June 10-ish, 2017. I can tuck in a shirt!

By late May, a bit before that photo, above, I was down to 193.5 for a 10-pound weight loss in two months using exactly what DietDoctor Eenfeldt advises you not to use—in lieu of consuming Fat Bombs. By sheer happenstance, the weight loss roughly corresponded to the 1.5 weekly loss rate that I had selected in LoseIt! What a miracle! That’s when I cut out alcohol altogether. Let’s chalk that up to a gracious sacrificial offering to the God of The Benevolent Accident.

To put this all in perspective, here’s the essence of what I did the first two months of true and not fake ketosis (see here and here for the difference between true and fake ketosis):

  1. Daily average—no-shit-no-excuses—caloric deficit of 600-800 calories
  2. “Hyper” lean-ish protein intake averaging 1 gram per total pound of body weight daily. Call it 200g.
  3. Eschew added fats everywhere (at most, a pat of butter or drizzle of EVOO here & there)
  4. Manage the rest of the calories by means of the already given fat that comes in the foods—especially the sacred hyperprotein—then carbohydrate, up or down, according to the Fitbit calorie burn. Some days, this can be 200-300 grams of carbs—even “carbonated sugar water”—on my objectively true ketogenic diet!
  5. A minimum of 12 hours from the last calorie in the evening to the first calorie the next day. Go 14-16 hours sometimes. Extend to 24-30 hours once every week or two.

I didn’t expect see happen what really happened, once I cut out the booze entirely—rather than just cut down as I’d been doing for a while. Up to then, the hyperprotein served to guard lean mass, but that’s about it as far as I could tell.

But, once I did—within the same caloric deficit, same protein, and same everything regime—I began to gain weight not attributable to water retention flux. I felt different; like, muscles seemingly wanting to flex, to get a breather. I looked better in the mirror and the clothes already fitting better were beginning to fit betterer.


Second workout. Three full days after the first, because the recovery from the first was A Total Bitch, Dude!

Rather than worry or fret about weight gain—like a girl, or your quotidian ubiquitous beta-male—I instead went with the visceral take on it and I added two more variables, keeping all else constant. I went back to the gym and added 5-6 grams of creatine monohydrate daily, rain or shine, to my hyperprotein and disciplined caloric deficit regime.

Here’s what my very, very, very complex and complicated workout involves—and very, very and exceedingly complicated entailing—with all long-tails expeditiously accounted for in triplicate ethical and practical form:

  1. Dr. Doug McGuff’s BIG-5

There is no #2. But, I did want an app for that; so after two workouts where fucks given would have impressed almost any rational female virgin, of age, on earth, I downloaded StrongLifts. Very similar, only free weight—which is more manly—and 72/72 virgins agree—it’s more reps and sets (5×5), which might be good or better, depending. I’m so into it after three sessions that I’m doing all the warmups just to get more of it.

Squats, 3x per week? Yes. Gotta problem with that? It also has deadlifts once per week. My last deadlift, before StrongLifts, was over four years ago, when I pulled 325 x 5 and 305 x 4, for a second set. This session—that included DL—I decided to take it easy for the first one and set up for 155. Of course, 5 reps and then a 2nd set were a cinch. But I was surprised it even felt like weight at all. Trust me: 300# and above feels like weight.


My favorite comment so far: “You look like an ax murderer.”

So, this pic represents a 6-pound weight gain—from 193.5 to 199.5 in two weeks, after 2 months of a steady drop from 203.5 to 193.5, essentially only managing basal energy balance, with forays into intermittent normal activity.

Pants fit better than ever, as do my XL tanks (in the good way). This is by no means even close to the end of the road and represents a violation of my personal oath to myself that I would not publish until THERE, Mutherfuckers. Done! But I made that personal oath when I only had the idea of what it would take and not the certainty that it does indeed work slightly better than drinking Fat Bombs and sitting around finding comment threads in which to add, “you’re not eating enough fat; try a fat bomb.”

I have 2-3 months to go at the same rate until I’m lean enough to go shirtless. As a serious blogger with over 4,500 posts since 2003, I had to weigh that oath with the progress I’ve been surprised about. It’s a euphoric thing for a waste like me; it’s not irrational. That’s a kinda magic. It’s so fucking objective that it bites me, making sure I’m awake.

But, what then happens over the next two to three months as I revel privately in my self-adoration, keeping all to myself for a Big Reveal? How many struggling, decent, and honest souls with flaws just like I’ve just told you about—only different by elements and degrees—are going to fall victim to the likes of Jimmy Moore, Adam Nally, and Andreas Eenfeldt when in that same 2-3 months they could be mocking and ridiculing them?

See, that’s the only payment I seek for doing all this (see here and here). I seek to see tons of average folk mocking and ridiculing these shysters publicly. Unafraid to do so. Happy to do so. Enthralled to do so.

Finally, I’ve a bit of merit to show off, I guess. Ha! Yea, I know I do.

…There are two posts you need to read to fully understand much of what’s underlying this, and so that you don’t need to listen to fucking Ketoshysters ever again (see here and here to know all about Ketoshysters):

  1. Can you gain muscle and lose fat at the same time? (Menno Henselmans)
  2. Bodyrecomposition Mailbag 4 (Lyle McDonald; the last two sections, on NEAT and lean gain on caldef, are the prescient ones)

No man is an island—though I maintain that every man ought to craft his own life in trying to be the best and biggest volcanic island he can be. It has been an exceedingly long road for me. I did not have the benefit of ever being some kind of health nut, muscle head, or gym rat early on. I was an entrepreneur employer who got fat like most folks do…just different sources of distraction and stress and life.

And, it has fucking plagued me for years: how it’s so much easier to gross $3.5 mil in a business year by my own wits than to fucking get to a normal, lean body composition. The good news: if you can get to being lean from being fat, getting rich might be a cake walk. Priorities.

Like I said, I’m no island. Here’s my short list of those who’ve been essentially instrumental in me developing my own dot-connector, integrator, synthesizer way about stirring up as much shit as I can in all of this Ketotardedness.

  1. Alex Leaf. He gets top mention because it was his admonition in my podcast with him to “target lean proteins” that I can trace back to the very start of my renewed thinking that led to all the above.
  2. Martin Berkhan. Dude was force feeding me protein at 180-230g daily in a caldef back in 2010, and I got results, but I was so locking locked into the Paleo-dogma narrative and being the shit-stirring celebrity of it that I didn’t catch a clue.
  3. Lyle McDonald. He’s always been right and the only thing ever to outwiegh that rightness is his humility about it.
  4. Anthony Colpo. It was The Fat Loss Bible way back 5 years ago that motivated me to reach out to him to say he’s right. We’ve been correspondents ever since. Calories count and are fundamentally crucial. Fuck off and read it, if you can’t understand it beyond luxuriuous Fat Bombs by those wanting you to pay them to give you dispensation for your gluttony.
  5. Luis Villasenor. This fucker-dude is poised to take the global Spanish-speaking world by climatological cataclysm. He was such a relief to discover as I was getting increasingly perturbed by the general Ketotardedness being exploited by Ketoshysters. He emphasizes: ketosis is by means of caloric deficit, gains are by means of adequate to hyperprotein, and that, most importantly, you chase gains, not ketones. Ketones are evidence that you’re doing it right (caloric deficit).
  6. Marty Kendall. I first took note of the importance of nutritional density back when I debated 3o-bananas Durianrider whoeverthefuck years ago and on a whim, challenged vegans to tell me how much of their diet would roughly equal 4 ounces of beef liver. Five pounds of mixed fruit is the correct answer. Marty takes this sort of thing to way new levels.
  7. Mike Julian. He knows everything and he’s everywhere, all at once, and serves as catalyst, gauge, yardstick, and check for all of what I’m trying to do everywhere.

What am I trying to do?

Ha, LOL. I’ll not stop until I see the Ketoshysters as a pile of quivering jello, in a puddle of tears.

You thought I was insufferable when I got drunk every day…. Be careful what your kind soul and conscience wishes for.

Richard. Out.


Weekly Top Posts: 2017-07-02
2017-07-02 04:00 UTC

  1. Quick Mushroom Risotto In The Instant Pot
  2. The USS Fitzgerald Incident — A Yokosuka Surface Officer’s Take
  3. Keto [Tard] Diet Update #1
  4. I’ve Been Away Meditating For A While
  5. Low Calorie Grilled Chicken Piccata

Keto [Tard] Diet Update #2: Dr. Adam Nally Will Completely Shut Down Your Body Fat Burning For Six Months, For The Low Price of $5,997
2017-07-02 03:11 UTC by Richard Nikoley

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Yes, I already mocked this screen clip in Ketotard Diet Update #1. But “DocMuscles'” sales page—How Do I Get Into Ketosis?—is just simply the gift that keeps on giving.

Let’s ridicule it some more. …His whole approach too, and his money-grubbing bromance with Jimmy Moore. We’ll take a completely different angle this time. Still science, just a different part of it.

First, let’s establish something fundamental where understanding it will immediately lead you to certain knowledge over who out there is a fraud and a shyster, and who’s talking sense about ketosis. Let’s explore it by answering Dr. Adam Nally’s question, “how do I get into ketosis?”

Simple: oxidize fat; that is, lose fat via some combination of an effective diet and exercise—and toss in some work ethic and discipline for good measure. Ketones are a byproduct of fat oxidation. Remember it and never forget it: ketones are an effect, NOT a cause. It’s a sound, rational diet that’s the ultimate cause of your fat loss. Ketones—an effect of this fat loss—are merely the evidence along the way that you’re indeed losing body fat. Technically, any diet that produces significant and sustained fat loss is ketogenic and it would be a lot better if the term were actually used accurately rather than having it be co-opted by con-artists who specialize in selling advice and products to produce ketones from dietary fat and supplements, measure them to say SEE! but which never results in fat loss—apart from an aforementioned sensible diet—while often resulting in fat gain.

Listen to all the hype. How many of these Ketoshysters with their slogan-hype—when not explicitly claiming that “ketones” are going to somehow cause you to be “fat adapted” and “burn more fat” (implying body fat)—are very comfortable with your convenient misunderstanding: hopes and expectations that you’ll be better off if you just buy some $40 bag of ketones to drink rather than put in the effort required to actually oxidize body fat by means of a sensible diet that accounts for energy in and out?

If ketones actually do cause anything, we can still know these two things:

  1. They can not have anything to do with stimulating body fat oxidation since they’re an effect of that
  2. Any hypothesized other good things that might derive from them are better understood as benefits of losing excess body fat since that’s what has to be done to have ketones

The whole thing is rather daft, and do you know why? Because the frauds and shysters explicitly cater to a market segment of ‘tards, lazy asses, and excuse-making failures that spend a lifetime searching all around the vicinity of the real answer to their problems, but never zero in. They don’t want the truth, can’t handle the truth. Sorry to say it, but they seem to congregate in mutual commiseration. One big-ass pity party. The result of all this is an ethically fraudulent market in exogenous ketones, hyper-fat and low-protein diet advice—The Epilepsy Diet aka Nutritional Ketosis—that says “calories don’t count” and “eat more fat to burn more fat,” and measuring devices and testing strips so that people can verify that they are burning dietary fat (go figure, if 80% of your diet is fat) and that those orange-flavored $40 bags do indeed contain ketones.

Tired of paying for probiotics that do nothing, because they aren’t engineered to do anything? Then learn about a dose engineered to make it all the way through to your colon, and then deal directly with the engineer and manufacturer.

But none of these bogus products or services cause anything remotely to do with fat loss. They serve only to mimic an effect while pretending it’s a cause, in order to make cash off poor ignorant people who’ve been scammed a million times already. In spite of what I wrote above, I do root for these poor souls. And arguably, I care more for them, since I’m willing to actually tell them the God’s Honest Truth about their flaws rather than blow smoke up their asses while fleecing their pockets; and all while, I most righteously and with profound indignation, condemn morally those who are cheating them out of life and money and all who’re associated or affiliated with them, along for the gravy-train-ride.

…I first heard of these $40 bags of exogenous ketones at Paleo f(x) last year. I had a viscerally negative reaction right away, though was intrigued to look into it. My reaction stems from my general resistance to the notion that is some is good, then more must be better:

If good function g(x), then better function b(xy), where y>1

That’s obviously wrong in general with no need of explanation. A more natural way of looking at it is by means of positive and negative feedbacks. Both exist in nature, but in general, positive feedback dominates when some process is “too low,” and negative feedback dominates when too high; and thus, homeostasis or stability in the system or process is achieved and maintained. Bad things tend to happen when things aren’t checked and you get runaway chain reactions. More is usually not better unless you’ve got too little already and less can be better when you’ve got more than enough.

Positive and negative feedback loops also exist in politics and economics, but I’ll leave that for another day.

So, yeah, exogenous ketones, eh; so like not produced by fat oxidation, just ingested? What’s the negative feedback, I wonder? What happens if ketones are too high? I didn’t think of it after that, never bought or tried any (I prefer my ketones endogenous, via fasting and sustained caloric deficit) but then this comment to one of my Facebook posts, by Chris Masterjohn, got me thinking again. The first paragraph addresses the CPT-1A gene mutation in Inuit that hinders or prevents ketosis. The second paragraph addresses exogenous ketones.


So, I did a little Scholar.Google digging: Inhibition of ketogenesis by ketone bodies in fasting humans (E.O. Balasse; M.A. Neef — April 1975)

Although there exists some indirect evidence that circulating ketone bodies might inhibit their own production rate, the direct demonstration of this homeostatic feed-back phenomenon is still lacking. The present work aims at demonstrating the operation of this control mechanism in human fasting ketosis.

Six obese subjects, who fasted 2–23 days, were given a primed constant i.v. infusion of 3-14C-acetoacetate for 4 hr. After a control period of 2 hr, unlabeled sodium acetoacetate was administered as a primed constant i.v. infusion at the rate of 0.688–1.960 mmol/min until the end of the study. During both periods, the rates of inflow of ketones were estimated from the specific activity of total ketones measured under near isotopic steady state conditions.

During the control period, total ketone concentration amounted to 3.98–9.65 μmol/ml and production rates of total ketones ranged between 1.450 and 2.053 mmol/min. The levels of free fatty acids, glycerol, glucose, and insulin averaged respectively 1.30 μmol/ml, 0.11 μmol/ml, , and 5.2 μU/ml.

The administration of exogenous ketones during the second phase of the study induced a 47%–92% increase in total ketone levels. During this period, the endogenous production of ketones (calculated as the difference between total inflow rate and acetoacetate infusion rate) amounted only to 67%–90% of control values. Among other factors, this inhibition of ketogenesis was probably partially related to the direct antilipolytic effect of infused ketones. Indeed, there was a concomitant fall in FFA and in glycerol levels averaging respectively 13.5% and 17.3%, without significant changes in peripheral insulin concentrations.

Our results demonstrate that during fasting, circulating ketone bodies exert an inhibitory influence on the rate of ketogenesis. This mechanism might play an important role in preventing the development of uncontrolled hyperketonemia during starvation. [emphasis added]

Now, reconsider what I wrote above about the convenience that accrues to ketone peddlers when people think that ingesting ketones makes them super-fat-burners. This shit has been known for a long time. Here’s what Lyle McDonald wrote just earlier today in comments to my posting the above study on Facebook.

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What do you want to bet that if I scoured Dr. Nally’s and Jimmy Moore’s posts and writings, and went through all their podcasts together, I would find clear evidence that it’s just fine with them if potential customers believe that $40 bags of exogenous ketones (or $5,997 for a 180-day supply plus “but wait! you also get”) are going to help them more effectively lose fat and inches, when not only is that explicitly, scientifically established to NOT be the case, but THE EXACT OPPOSITE is true?

And how could that convenient misunderstanding not be taking place? Because then, who would be buying this stuff, except endurance athletes (where I can see a potential performance value)? I mean, seriously:

“This product is going to completely shut down all body fat burning every time you take it and is going to hamper all net fat loss on average. It’s going to be way harder for you to lose fat with this product….”

…But you should know that there’s already an app for this eventuality as writings are seen on walls. Here’s Dominic D’Agostino:


You’ll recall from Ketotard Diet Update #1 the little goal-post-moving quote from Jimmy Moore (that some folks mistook as a made-up meme). It applies here as well.

“It’s Not a Fat LOSS Journey, It’s a Health GAIN Story”

And these people appear to keep straight faces.

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Elixa Probiotic is a British biotech manufacturer in Oxford, UK. U.S. Demand is now so high they’ve established distribution centers in Illinois, Nevada, and New Jersey.

Still, sell-outs happen regularly, so order now to avoid a waiting list.


Keto [Tard] Diet Update #1
2017-06-28 06:03 UTC by Richard Nikoley


For the low price of only $5,997 you too can Get Into Ketosis for 180 days!

I’m not making that up and I’ll get to it later. This is an assemblage of stuff that’s come to me, that I’ve posted about on my Ketotard Chronicles Facebook Group, or I’ve thought about recently.

Let’s begin with some basics, toward a simple but fundamental understanding of just what ketosis is. In the broadest possible terms, it’s a metabolic state in animals, where, higher than baseline ketones are circulating in the bloodstream. There are various ways to measure them: urine (acetoacetate and beta-hydroxybutyric acid, blood (beta-hydroxybutyric acid), and breath (acetone).

There are three physiologically normal means by which these measures will show elevated levels (to differentiate from abnormal conditions, such as ketoacidosis):

  1. Starvation (there will probably be clear signs by about 18 hours of zero calories)
  2. Significant chronic caloric restriction (about >600 kcal daily average for a few days should begin showing clear signs)
  3. hyperfat diets (~80% of caloric intake, combined with very low carbohydrate (~5%) and very moderate protein (~15%)) and/or ingesting exogenous ketones (ketones in a $40 bag; just add water).

To draw a very, very important distinction here: two outta three ain’t bad!

That is, my new Facebook Group, due to its name, has doubtless given many the impression that I am anti-keto and I’m mocking it. However, that is not the case. What I’m doing is mocking the fake trickery of approach #3, above, and I’m calling out the charlatans and ketoshysters making big bucks off of people’s trust and ignorance.

#1, above, is perfectly fine and I practice it too (did 39 hours just last week; 24 hours yesterday). It’s called fasting or intermittent fasting. You could call it controlled or limited starvation. Obviously, it cannot be chronic.

#2 is also perfectly valid as a fat reduction scheme that’s planned out, has a projected endpoint, and includes judicious care taken as to nutritional density (since it involves a forced macronutrient deficiency). There’s another way, termed caloric restriction that’s meant to be chronic (CRON). I’m not convinced that’s a valid “lifestyle” (for lack of a better term), yet.

The thing that should jump out at you logically is that the first two are not at all like the third. Put another way, the first two reflect an explicit “backup” metabolic pathway that utilizes body fat for energy when dietary intake isn’t sufficient for the actions required for one to survive, such as trying to source water and food. The third is essentially the epileptic diet contrived in the 1920s because it was anecdotally reported that fasting seemed to ameliorate epileptic seizures. So, since one cannot fast indefinitely, they came up with a clinical intervention whereby, one could eat at energy balance but because of the macro composition, produce elevated levels of ketones.  It was also supposed to be supplemented since even in 1920, it was understood that fat by itself contains no vitamins or minerals and if your diet is 80% fat, you’re in a pretty deep nutritional-density math hole.

Let’s get something straight. So-called Nutritional Ketosis is essentially a marketing term. Why? Because the diet has already existed since 1920. It may have been colloquially called The Epilepsy Diet. I’m sure you can understand why the name change is necessary if you hope to turn a buck. But it’s the same thing, and if you dig into it, comes with no small list of adverse reactions, including death. And from a paper just last year in the context of The Epilepsy Diet AKA Nutritional Ketosis:

CONCLUSION: Long-term ketogenic diet treatment stimulates liver parenchymal injury, hepatic steatosis and gallstone formation. Patients should be monitored by screening liver enzymes and abdominal ultrasonography in order to detect these side effects.

…Let’s face it. You must have noticed the Ketofrenzy going on right now. Smart people ask, “why the [irational] exuberance?” Keto has been known about, like, forever. Why now? It’s because all dietary fads are based on a miracle, by which I mean effortless, guiltless, gluttonous weight loss. They’re all touted to sound new, exciting, a breakthrough, a discovery, all of which lead to a miracle, and out the other side pops the magic.

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But all these fads eventually wane or fade away. It’s rarely because of any sort of criticism or exposure that the new fad was just like the old fad, just dressed up differently. But always, and every time, one thing is for certain: there’s some secret for sale and the secret results in magical weight loss. What’s the “secret” to Keto? It’s becoming “fat adapted.” Once you buy the secret and learn how to become “fat adapted,” then eating more fat burns more fat (a priori obvious) Then A Miracle Occurs and not only are you burning the 80% of your dietary calories as fat, but you’re also burning through your body fat accumulation like there’s no tomorrow. Miraculous indeed.

Let’s draw a brutal distinction.

Whenever anyone says “get fat adapted,” run the other way because they’re spouting stinky bullshit for suckers, dupes, and their marks.

Stop and think about the absurdity of it. Your body has been metabolizing fat since even before you were born. I doubt the “placenta diet” is particularly low in fat.

The ruse emerges when the ketoshysters blithely and conveniently allow folks to believe they’re obese, overweight, or struggling with undesirable weight gain as they age because they lack some primal imperative to be some so-called fat burner.

To further explore the illogic in that, the body’s dietary burn hierarchy is:

Alcohol –> Carbohydrate –> Protein –> Fat

How exactly do you become this great human fat-burning specimen that violates metabolic pathways?

Just understanding that simple dietary pecking order ought to be enough to reason on your own that it’s all semantic word play, i.e., bullshit for money. Moreover, one ought to be able to reason why fat is the last priority in an evolutionary context. Remember it: it’s so that fat is easily stored in circumstances of energy abundance, saving for rainy days. They didn’t have EBT cards.

The only certain way to be metabolizing all of your dietary fat and not storing some of it instead is to eat to your energy needs on average. You have to log calories, check the bathroom scale, or feel how your clothes fit and back off as needed (backing off can also ameliorate water retention issues). Eating more fat to burn more fat is a fool’s errand, and the ketogenic work around is just silly. Don’t drink too much, go nearly nil on carb, moderate protein significantly—and since you’ve now reached the end of the dietary food chain, fat is the only thing left, so eat lots of the thing that’s more than twice as energy dense as the others and up to three times more dense than protein because of its TEF (thermal effect…a metabolic heat wasting inefficiency…where the true, highly touted “metabolic advantage” exists).

Nothing ever proposed in dietary wooo is more fucktarded in my view. It’s enough to make a raw vegan skeleton blush.

So, what’s this “fat adaptation” all about, then? Well, it’s easy to get desperate folks to believe there’s something to it because so many conveniently feel badly when starting on this abomination so they think “I’m not fat adapted.” I. NEED. TO. GET. FAT. ADAPTED. INSTANTER!

This is a vicious and outright lie. Our bodies are masters at handling dietary fat, fat storage, and body-fat enlistment.

So, then, what is it you’re truly getting adapted to? Grasshoppers: you’re adapting to glucose starvation! It’s not pretty for a good reason. It’s not supposed to be a primary pathway. It’s a backup pathway, to keep you alive and out of a coma when there’s not enough food of any kind.

Don’t take this to mean I’m anti-low-carb or Keto. I am myself LC by Atkins’ original standard: <120g. Hilariously, I recently averaged out my food log over two months and even though I’ll have 200-300g carb days, on average, it comes out to 119g daily. Ha!

And I was just in true ketosis for a full day. By true ketosis, I mean that every ketone was from body fat. How do I know that? Because I ingested zero calories for 39 hours. By contrast, in fake ketosis, you eat a lot of fat or drink ketones, and the more you eat high-calorie fat or drink high-calorie ketones to energy excess, you’ll have the great comforting comfort of your measuring device LCD screens.

And just remember: “It’s not a Weight Loss Journey, it’s a Ketone Gain Story!”

In the end, the Ketoshysters want you to eat more fat at the expense of actual nutrition (fat has almost zero vitamins/minerals) because by doing that you “burn more fat;” and just look at your measuring devices! Ketones!! And they’ll even sell you ketones to drink so that you can look at your measuring devices and say “yep, there’s Ketones in them there $40 bags!!!”

None of this has fuckall to do with metabolizing body fat. It has everything to do with despicable Ketoshysters making money off your misfortune and ignorance.

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Dr. Adam Nally wants to make you a Keto Master. For only two easy payments of $5,997 annually.

Don’t despair too much, though. That marketing hype-stuff is clearly over the top and it just must have to make even the most ardent Ketofan blush. Or, perhaps not.


Only a fool could believe it’s principally bacon they have in common. An unhealthy desire for money through predatory manipulation of ignorance is far more “Occam’s.”

At least there are honest docs out there. You can’t imagine anyone who could capitalize more off the Ketogenic Diet Craze than Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, Type 1 diabetic since age 12, now 83. A lifetime spent managing a disease that’s notorious for killing bad and early. An engineer, and then an MD because nobody would take his glucose management ideas seriously. He’s been genuinely helping those who’ve been willing to put forth the effort, for decades.

Tired of paying for probiotics that do nothing, because they aren’t engineered to do anything? Then learn about a dose engineered to make it all the way through to your colon, and then deal directly with the engineer and manufacturer.

Take 2 minutes to listen to his dose of sanity in a sea of opportunistic hype.

…I used the term KetoCon, above. Of course there’s a KetoCon! Who didn’t know that? There’s also an upcoming conference on Keto.

So, looking over the whole program on the promotional website, I see not one scintilla of a hint that there will be a single mention of portion, or energy, or caloric, or ANY sort of control or discipline whatsoever, with a single exception: Carole Freeman – “The secret life of carb cravings: Learn what really causes them to get rid of them forever.”

Well, gluttony causes them, for one. Also, being “evangelized” into KetoChurch (yea, Ketovangelist is a co-sponsor, along with Jimmy “Health Through Morbid Obesity” Moore)—kinda like being “Born Again,” where Magic Words save your soul—could sure promote continued food…uh…carb cravings. And why not? Sins don’t count, and salvation is through hope and faith, not by works—much like a Keto diet. There will be forgiveness and redemption.

Here’s one presentation in which you’re sure to not find a single thing about overeating in general, overeating energy dense fat, failing to account for energy balance, or consuming insufficient protein,  such that you have no natural satiation signals: Brian Williamson – “Why you fail (and how to fix it).” Let me guess: too much carbohydrate, probably too much protein, and for sure not enough fat. This is a bizarre world where a cheat day is having 80/20 ground beef instead of 20/80. A lean skinless chicken breast is not a cheat. Right there, you just go straight to hell.

While I’m sure there will be some decent, good, and valuable information flow from time to time—just avoid listening to Nora Gedgaudas say the same thing again for the forevereth time—I still think KetoCon is most aptly named.

Have you attained the status of Keto Master yet, for only two easy payments of $5,997 over the next year? You have? Well, good. Then it’s time you went straight ahead and got yourself the Keys to the Whole Darn Keto Kingdom.

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Better hurry up. That price of $9,997 is not going to last long.

While all of the foregoing is rather sobering if you stop to think about the potential misery—like that poor, duped person asking Dr. Bernstein how after two years with measurable, elevated ketones, he or she can’t lose weight—it gets worse. you now have many of these cheerleaders and promoters out there suggesting that ketones starve cancer and whatnot, harkening back to the days where I was simplistically fooled, too. Warburg. Sugar feeds cancer. Cancer can only survive on glucose. Etc. Turns out it’s far more complex than that, and there are even certain cancers, such as breast cancer, that love ketones, so tumors grow and metastasize faster: Assessing the Role of the Ketogenic Diet as a Metabolic Therapy in Cancer: Is it Evidence Based? (Chad Macias; Tim Sharpe)

And lately, I’m wondering when the first infant is going to die on the Butter and MCT Oil Diet. Will the Ketofans give themselves a pass, just as they do for the vegans who starve their infants to death?

Be smarter than that. Then spread the word. There are tens of thousands of victims out there and it’s a growing list. They need your helpful exposure of this KetoCon.

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Or, just keep on telling yourselves The Story. And what a “story” it is indeed.


YES. This is a real and legitimate Jimmy Moore quote. Not a meme.




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