Return To Sender

Return To Sender

Update: as of 09:56 I believe that I have fixed my issues with the contact page.  If you’ve tried contacting me within the last few days, you might want to try again.  The proof of the pudding is in the mailing!   As part of the growing pains of switching hosting providers, I’ve been having some problems with my contact page.  Essentially, due to a misconfiguration somewhere, whenever someone submits a message via the contact page, their email address is replaced with my own, which means that I have no way to reply.  So, while I try to suss out what is going on, I am going to decommission the contact form, and instead ask you to write to me directly at pablo <dot> klopper <at> cogitoergoedo <dot> com.   If you’ve...

Intermittent Fasting and Reactive Hypoglycemia

As you may know from reading through the blog, or maybe from my posts on Mark’s Daily Apple, I practice my own version of intermittent fasting which in a nutshell consists of eating a single daily meal, and going weekly without food for two consecutive days.  There is a lot of science and thought behind this, and one of these days I will finally get around to repatriating my posts from MDA.  In the meantime, if you are interested, you can read what I’ve had to say here, here, and here.   What I find extremely interesting is that if you go and read through the responses in those very long discussion threads I’ve linked above, you will invariably come across several accounts similar to this one:   It’s taken me a LONG LONG time to...

The More Things Change

The More Things Change

On the face of it, it may not look like much has been going on around here, but that’s not entirely true.  While most people probably spent the better part of January trying to come up with a plan to achieve their New Year’s resolutions, I was mostly concerned with what to do about a notice I received from my web hosting provider:     So it turns out that my machine was compromised, became part of a botnet, and for some inscrutable reason was being used in a DDoS attack against some Brazilian targets!  While this might be interesting were it not happening to my web server, not only was I unwittingly a participant in internet hooliganism, but this also had the effect of knocking my web server down periodically, and thereby causing great...

Yes, Virginia, a Calorie is Just a Calorie – Part I

That’s because a calorie is simply a defined unit of measure: a measure of heat. So, just as all meters, ounces, and hectares are fully fungible amongst members of their class with each being indistinguishable from another, so it is with calories. More specifically, when referring to calories in the context of food, every calorie in the world represents the amount of energy required to warm one gram of air-free water from 14.5 °C to 15.5 °C at standard atmospheric pressure.  If that were all there was to the story, then we could move on, but unfortunately, our work is not done yet because there exists an entire school of thought out there that extrapolates from this equivalence and pushes the thermo-chemical calorie into territory where it was never meant...

Enough Calories?

Enough Calories?

Far too frequently, when someone finds out that I advocate eating a single meal a day, the question is posed as to how one can possibly get their daily complement of calories in a single meal? The question never fails to take me aback, although by now, I really should be used to it. After a bit of back and forth with the questioner, the problem is always revealed to be implicit assumptions as to what caloric intake one ought to strive for, with the questioner always pegging caloric intake much higher than I would. Who Are You, and Why Are You Fasting? Given the reach of the internet, for all I know, this blog may be quite popular with the canine crowd. Be that as it may, when I write posts relating to fasting, I have a fairly clear picture in my mind about my...

Every Meal Counts

Every Meal Counts

Whether you follow the 8 hour diet, Fast 5, Lean Gains, or my own intermittent fasting protocol, you will have noticed that the principal difference comes down to the concept of an eating window.  Simply put, each protocol specifies an interval during which no food is taken, and a subsequent interval during which meals are permitted, the eating window.  In the 8 hour diet, this window is unsurprisingly 8 hours, Lean Gains is also an 8 hour protocol, Fast-5 gives you five hours in which to eat, and as for me, I actually don’t have a window, but rather advocate eating a single daily meal.   To the extent that intermittent fasting works at all, it does so by limiting the number of meals one takes in a given day.  In general, calorie counting doesn’t...

The Heisendiet Effect

The Heisendiet Effect

The man in the photograph is Werner Heisenberg, a name that might be familiar to you in the guise of the eponymous Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, or you might know it from the name of the antihero protagonist of Breaking Bad. The Heisenberg of Uncertainty Principle fame told us back in 1927 that when it comes to physical properties of a particle, there is a fundamental limit to what can be known simultaneously, so the more precise we are with respect to the momentum of a particle, for example, the less we can know about its position, and vice versa. The layman’s form of expressing this idea comes to us as a joke about Werner Heisenberg who is driving along the highway when he realizes that there is a police cruiser behind him, indicating that he should...