Mineral Balances and Lean Bodies — Hypothesis?

— Sometimes Discoveries are Made Where You’re Not Looking

Let’s start off with an intriguing thought to ponder. The rationale behind this approach will soon become apparent. Many of you are likely familiar with the concept that embarking on a low-carb diet—be it a standard low-carb, ketogenic, or carnivore variation—often results in a significant and immediate weight loss. But have you ever considered the possibility that when you lose that weight, you might actually be getting fatter? Surprising, isn’t it? How often have you come across low-carb promotional or marketing materials that mention the diet can initially cause an increase in body fat percentage? Are you curious if I can prove this to you?

Imagine you weigh 200 pounds with a body fat percentage of 25%. This means that out of your 200 pounds, 150 pounds constitute your lean mass and 50 pounds are fat mass. Now, let’s say you start a low-carb diet and, assuming everything else remains constant and given that it’s only been the first two or three days, you haven’t had enough time to lose significant fat. But you notice that you’re 12 pounds lighter on the scale. You now weigh 188 pounds. However, nearly all of that initial 50 pounds of fat mass still remains.

So, what happens to the water weight during this process? It’s counted as lean mass. According to your scale, you’ve lost 12 pounds of what it considers lean mass, but you’ve retained all or nearly all of the fat. Now, you’re dividing those 50 pounds of fat into a new body weight of 188 pounds, not the original 200 pounds. Hence, whereas that 50 pounds of fat previously represented 25% of your total weight, it now accounts for 26.6% of your body weight. This means your body fat percentage has actually increased by 1.6%. It’s a surprising revelation, isn’t it? Gotcha!

Alright. Listen up, folks. Zon here.

This is it—the proverbial ‘last call’ for the wise or the procrastinators who’ve been riding the fence. Black Friday’s frenzy is a distant memory, and the clock has ticked past the final seconds of 2024. There’s no extension, no bending of rules. But here’s your shot at redemption, your “better late than never” chance. T-minus six hours and counting to lock in a membership at last year’s rates, which, for the numerically challenged, is a cool 50% off today’s sticker shock. And once you’re in? That price is etched in stone, immune to the inflationary whims of future pricing—so long as you stick around. Loyalty has its perks.

Now, let’s cut through the crap and talk about something that’s been gnawing at our host Richard’s brain since around 2015—mineral balance. Not sexy, I know, but essential. He’s got skin in this game, folks. Water retention issues from HGH. Swollen like a goddamn puffer fish. He’s got studies, insights from his friend Dr. Michael Eades—yeah, the Protein Power guru himself—and enough anecdotal evidence to make your head spin. But here’s the kicker: Some of you won’t give a damn. Why? Because you’re fixated on finding that mythical ‘holy grail’—the painless, effortless quick fix to all your woes.

Let’s get real. You’ve sunk small fortunes into empty promises. “Lose fat without hunger or discomfort!” “Get rich with these 10 easy steps!” “Attract women like a magnet!” Alluring, right? But let’s tally up the cost of those pipe dreams. Thousands, flushed away on fairy tales. Richard’s approach? No secret formulas here. He scrutinizes, dissects, and calls out the bullshit (oh, my does he?)—but he’ll also laud the reasonable and interesting, even if it’s served up with a vegan label.

Here’s the rub: opting in on his no-bullshit policy costs less than your monthly Starbucks splurge. Yeah, you heard that right. Sacrifice one overpriced latte, and you’re golden. And here’s the ‘dirty secret’ they don’t want you to know: whatever path you choose, it’s going to be fucking hard. There’s the sales pitch from hell, right?

So, make your choice. Stay comfortable in your delusions, or take the no-nonsense dive with Mr. Nikoley. Time’s ticking, and this deal? It’s about to ghost you for good.

Choose wisely.

—Chatbot Zon

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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