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The personal blog of Peter Attia, M.D.

Welcome to The Eating Academy!

Welcome to The Eating Academy!

A little over a year ago I started sending out monthly emails to friends and family who had expressed an interest (and probably a few who didn’t but were kind enough to just silently delete the emails) in my nutritional transformation during the prior 18 months.  Within a few months, the distribution list had grown to an unmanageable one, and I spent many hours forwarding and re-forwarding old emails, at which point several friends suggested I start a blog.

My initial reaction to their suggestion was that a blog was going to be a long run for a short slide.  I did not imagine anyone beyond these few hundred folks would want to read it.  Besides, I didn’t have much spare time in my schedule to take on more work.

My dear friend Gary Taubes tried desperately to talk me out of starting a blog.  Clearly he knew how time-consuming the process is.  He also revealed how difficult it could be to cope with the negative attention a blog can generate.  After a few months of vacillating back and forth, I decided to give it a shot, if for no other reason than to reduce the traffic in my email inbox.  But what to call it?

Despite not being a huge fan of the War on Terror, I liked the idea of the War on Insulin Resistance, since that was really the hallmark of my epiphany: if you changed what you ate, you could actually reverse insulin resistance, and along with it minimize the cluster of problems that accompany it, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

So, I decided to shorten the name of the blog to The War on Insulin (and the defense of fat), and in December launched it. Nearly every person I mentioned this name to said, to be blunt, that it sucked.  Common feedback was, “Peter, it sounds like you hate the beta-cell [the cell in the pancreas that makes insulin],” or “This title is really going to limit the scope of what you like to write and speak about as it fails to capture the broader themes of your passion in nutrition and health sciences.”

Well, they were right and I should have listened 6 months ago. Within about a month of launching the blog I realized I’d made a mistake.  Hell, I would have been better off just calling it The Personal Blog of Peter Attia or something like that.

So, as painful as it is to do this, I have “moved” the blog to a new address, which is part of my company, The Eating Academy.  As some of you know, one of my side jobs is one-on-one health coaching.  I don’t advertise at all for this business, and don’t plan to any time soon.  All of my clients come to me through word of mouth referral.  I chose the name The Eating Academy for my company because it accurately reflected what I aspire to do: teach people how to eat in a nuanced and personalized way consistent with the limitations of our best understanding of science to date.  In essence, this blog is really about the same tenets I practice in the one-on-one setting:

  1. People have different responses to food, and optimization requires customization based on genetic predisposition and goals.
  2. Whenever possible, rely on real scientific evidence to guide your choices.
  3. Always be willing to experiment on yourself.

Many of you, hundreds of you in fact, have sent me the kindest notes thanking me for the blog.  I want to let you all know how much I appreciate your interest in what I write about and your support.  When I look at other blogs and the sorts of comments and interactions they generate I feel so honored by the intellectual curiosity and frank erudition of you all.  Regardless of background, people really seem to want to know the truth, rather than just arguing for the sake of arguing.  You are forgiving of me when I don’t know the answer (more often than I would like), and you are respectful of the fact that I can’t answer every question or play doctor over the internet.

I’ve been humbled, truly humbled, by the reach of this “little” blog. With the exception of Antarctica, there are folks reading this blog on every continent. [If anyone is down there, please humor me and spend 5 minutes on the site, just so I can truthfully say at least one person on each continent has read it.]

I realize this may sound strange, but a little over a month ago, just before starting the series on cholesterol, I contemplated shutting the blog down.  The primary reason was time, or lack thereof.  As many of you know I, along with a team of amazing people, are in the process of launching the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), a non-profit organization with a simple mission: To reduce the economic and social burden of obesity and its related diseases. 

This is the single most exciting thing I have ever done in my life, and it is consuming me in a way I can’t describe.  Of the 168 hours in each week, I am spending between 85 and 90 of them working on all aspects of NuSI, including fund-raising, building a consortium of scientists to conduct never-before-done experiments, and planning our launch (hopefully in late June or early July).  I am loving every second of it, and if I could, I would pour even more of myself into this endeavor.

As a result of my time commitment to NuSI, however, I’ve needed to scale back everything else in my life.  I’ve gone from exercising 21 to 24 hours per week to 8 to 12 hours, and even contemplated cancelling both of my cycling trips for the year due to lack of training time.  I don’t have as much time for other activities, either, such as sleeping or socializing.  My wife (if you’ve read much on this blog, you recognize her immediately as the most saintly person on this planet) has picked up all of my slack around the house and beyond, and for this I am eternally grateful.

So now what?

Well, I still have too much to say to just stop writing.  I’m sure that day will come, but for now, inasmuch as you are still interested in reading what I have to write, I’m going to keep at it.  My NuSI team is in full search mode for 3 senior level positions which, once filled, should reduce my workload to a more sustainable pace.  I’m going to keep my coaching business on hold.

Currently, I’m spending about 20 to 25 hours per week on the blog (mostly after 10 pm and on weekends).  I know this seems like a lot, given that I only post once a week, but it takes hours for me to read the scientific papers I pore over weekly and distill them down to the most important points, and then write, edit, and revise.  In addition, responding to comments takes a lot of time, though I find it very rewarding and stimulating.

At the risk of sounding overly vulnerable, I can’t really continue at my current pace.  Even by my standards (in residency we worked an average of 114 hours per week), I’m struggling to balance time with my family, the only thing more important to me than NuSI.  I sometimes feel like a hypocrite telling people how to live healthier lives when I’m pulling all-nighters with a pot of coffee writing a blog about health.


Here is what I propose to do

  1. I will continue to provide the same commitment and passion to writing this blog.
  2. I may not be able to post every single week, as I’ve done since December, but know that if I miss a few weeks, it’s only because I’m pouring every bit of myself into NuSI, which I believe is the best opportunity I have to change the world.
  3. I will still try to respond to questions, but probably at a reduced frequency.  You’re most likely to get a response from me if your question is concise, easy to understand, and does not involve asking for medical advice, which I cannot do over the internet.


Here is what I ask of you

  1. Please understand the above and don’t assume my failure to respond to your question is personal. You’ll note that I have responded even to people who are rude and insulting to me, which fortunately is the tiny minority of comments.  My failure to respond only speaks to my time constraints and is no reflection on the validity or merit of your questions.
  2. One of the logistic hassles of moving from waroninsulin.com to eatingacademy.com is the loss of plug-in fidelity, such as the RSS feed and the Facebook page.  I think the RSS feed will carry over, but if you want to receive each post by email when it comes out, it’s probably worth signing up.  Facebook does not allow re-naming a page once it has more than 200 friends, which the current page does.  Please follow the link to the new Facebook page and “like” it, “friend” it, and “share” it as you see fit.

Once again, I want to thank you for your enthusiastic support.  This blog, whatever its name, would not exist without you.  I’m honored to share what I know and bring you with me on my journey of the most complex system I’ve ever seen – our bodies.

I can hardly contain my excitement around introducing you all to NuSI very soon.

Finally, I’d like to thank the people that make this blog possible and without whom there would be no blog at all:

My precious wife, Jill, who supports me spending every free moment looking at a computer monitor and obsessing over changing the world.

Dan Simonelli who proofreads every single post I write for typos (you should see what they look like before Dan reads them).

Morgan Mallory who created the site and tirelessly maintains it.

Jonathan Lieberman who has provided enormous technical oversight to things I know nothing about.

Tom Dayspring whose teaching and mentorship is the only reason I’ve been able to write the series on cholesterol.

Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, Mike Eades and Robb Wolf, the giants in this field, who provide a little pauper like me with moral support and guidance at every step and turn.  I am so honored to call these guys dear friends and role models.

Buckle up!

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About the Author:

Peter Attia, M.D., is a physician in private practice in NYC and CA. His practice focuses on longevity and healthspan. His clinical interests are nutrition, lipidology, endocrinology, and a few other cool things.


  1. Riolis  June 18, 2012

    Thank you for continuing the blog. Take your time, I rather know about something eventually than not knowing at all.

    Good luck on NuSI, even tho I’m still unsure of what it going to be.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Don’t worry…soon everyone will know what NuSI is.

  2. Mike  June 18, 2012

    Congratulations and good luck with your work Peter. These are and will be important resources.
    Also, I take the fact that you’re able to pour over 100 hours a week into this stuff as good evidence supporting the way you eat! Maybe I should take in another 2000 calories a day?

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      I think it only comes down to obsession and excitement. All kidding aside, the times in my life when I have slept the most have been the times in my life when I felt least inspired. I do work very hard to discipline myself to sleep, because I know it’s integral to my health, but for the past few months it’s been harder to harder to want to sleep.

  3. LynneS  June 18, 2012

    Peter, the new site looks great, extremely professional. I live in the UK and have been very grateful for your rigorous posts and useful links to other sites. Thank you.

  4. David Smith  June 18, 2012

    Peter, Congratulations on the launching the re-named/branded blog. I don’t believe you’ve ever mentioned how much sleep you get but, you must be one of those biologically blessed individuals who doesn’t need much! Thanks for all that you’ve written and please keep it up as long as you can!

  5. Travis Koger  June 18, 2012

    I am sure that everyone here agrees how much we all appreciate the time and effort you put into the articles and comments on this blog. You have changed my life forever and I am a healthier and happier person then I ever was before I found your blog.

    I am really excited to see what you and the team do with NuSI and will continue to follow you there also.

    You have my utmost respect and devotion to your cause also.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you, Travis. Always appreciate your comments.

    • jw  June 18, 2012

      Yeah, yeah, changed our lives and family time and all that.

      Don’t think for a minute that this post lets you off the hook for “The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VIII” Wednesday…

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      JW, I love the passion! Sadly, I think I’ll need to sit this week out. I’ll do it next week barring a disaster. Sorry to leave you hanging.

    • Travis Koger  June 25, 2012

      I see the logo and tagline has now been updated. I like the new wreath style over the previous wheat style. Easy to see why the original version was created as someone must have had wax in their ears. 🙂

  6. Shell  June 18, 2012

    Dear Peter, Thank you for such a wonderful blog and for your tireless efforts in sharing your knowledge of nutrition and metabolism. I enjoy your posts immensely. Your passion and commitment to the “war on insulin” (name does suck, sorry), is greatly appreciated by many. You and all of your blog team and all at NuSI should be very proud of all they are doing. Don’t forget to look after yourself. Shell [Continent: Australia]

  7. Mloader  June 18, 2012

    Looking forward to NuSI. Also I do like the new blog better, never really cared for war on insulin either.

  8. Debra from Aus  June 18, 2012

    At the risk of being a sycophant I really enjoy your blog. I used to be a research biochemist and love to read science blogs written by intelligent people. Your blog is also a great starting point for further personal research if so inclined. I am glad you will keep it going. Sorry I don’t live in Antarctica…but very close!

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Well…thanks for trying 🙂

  9. Barbara  June 18, 2012

    Long-time reader, first-time commenter here. I wanted to express my thanks to you for this blog. I have learned an awful lot by reading here, and what I’ve read has echoed with my own experiences as I’ve changed my diet and lifestyle. It’s nice finally to have a spot where not only there are lively but informed discussions, but where I can also easily find the science that tells the real story. As any of us who have made these lifestyle changes knows, it can be hard fighting the current of CW, and the battery of well-meaning relatives and friends who look on in shock when they hear not only that I am eating very low-carb, but also HIGH FAT. I’ve been directing people here to read for themselves, and in a few cases, pointed them directly to the findings that saturated fat is not the killer that it’s been made out to be.

    I appreciate the new endeavor you’re undertaking with the NuSI, and really look forward all the good that it will eventually do. I have been heartened by Sweden’s example, reading over at dietdoctor.com, so I believe that a wide-sweeping change can be done. Disseminating the knowledge of what really works and why and how, along with dispelling the conventional wisdom fueled by Bad Science and, when you look at the larger picture, political and financial special interests will take time, but we need it. One day spent at any mall across the country ought to give people a cursory glimpse of the outward signs of the problem. I imagine that the data on the changes in incidences of T2D, heart disease and other ailments over the past 30 years is equally as sobering.

    Thank you, and Gary Taubes and everyone else associated with this wave, for all that you do. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you very much, Barbara. I’m glad you’ve found this resources to be helpful and I look forward to helping more.

  10. Michele  June 18, 2012

    Heartfelt thanks Peter and to everyone (especially Jill)!

    This particular post is very inspiring and commands a lot of respect. I wish I could give back an ounce of what you have provided in terms of inspiration, teaching and help.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you so much (from Jill and Peter). Just pay it forward. You don’t need to give me anything.

  11. KevinF  June 18, 2012

    Oh noes! You’ve misspelled “Solutions” in your graphic logo tagline! (Canadian Spelling?)

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Exactly…Canadian spelling. I’m trying to be more culturally sensitive. Ugggg…. Will fix this week.

  12. Tom Kirkendall  June 18, 2012

    Peter, thank you for continuing your blog. You are making an important contribution to the marketplace of ideas on key issues of health and nutrition that confront every person. Given the generally horrid state of formal education on nutrition and exercise, a vibrant marketplace of ideas is vital for people to be able to educate themselves regarding the best choices for health and fitness.

    On a related note, is there anyplace that folks interested in the Nutrition Science Initiative can obtain additional information on, and the progress of, the project?

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Tom, when we launch NuSI I will spend great time going over what we’re about and what we do. Hopefully within a month.

  13. Elenor  June 18, 2012

    Bravo! Way to go! Peter, your blog is like the blogs of Gary Taubes, and Mike Eades (more so than the others you mention) — yes, both of them rarely, rarely write an entry {wistful sigh} (although you’re still new enough at it to keep doing it often for now!) — but these are the blogs that attract instant attention. When they — and YOU — get some time to write, … well, remember those EFHutton ads? When you write — I read!

    In my RSS reader, I prioritize who gets read next, and next, and last. (Like (non-carb) dessert, last is best!) Taubes and/or Eades always come last — to savor and read with great attention (and often twice!). On the next level (earlier, and usually last) comes Tom Naughton — and Peter Attia! Before those, come all the other blogs (Sisson, Wolf, Nikoley, Moore…), maybe because they post so often, maybe because they post on such a broad range of topics. They’re just “normal” morning / blog reading. Your blog leapt into the second-to-best level immediately, because of the depth and thoughtfulness of your posts, and yes, the detailed science you address. I think you will not lose that ranking for most of us, because your blog IS individual and so valuable. Write when you can — we’ll be here watching for you!

    • Isabel  June 18, 2012

      I could not help but smile while reading Elenor’s post. I do exactly the opposite. I scroll down my twitter feed and/or blog list to find my favorite posts first (what can I say, I am impatient) and whenever I see one from you, that is it. I gotta stop there. The only thing that could make me postpone reading one of your posts would be something new from Gary, because he does not write so often and well, because he is Gary. I am sure you will not take that personally. I hope you realize how much so many of us appreciate what you are doing. And no, we do not expect you to answer every message (so please, do not answer mine, I just want to say thank you!)

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Of course not! I’ll ready anything Gary writes over what I write. Same for many others, actually!

  14. Lucas Reis  June 18, 2012

    Peter, I just ask you not to underestimate the reaching of a blog… I live in Brazil, subscribe to your blog, and I refer it to many friends seeking advice. And many people make their lives better because of it!

    Anyway, good luck and keep up the good work! Thanks for everything!

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Wow. Fantastic to hear. Hard to imagine. Very humbling.

  15. Styloo  June 18, 2012

    Would follow your site anywhere it went, best of luck and don’t forget to take some time for yourself and your family sometimes!

    With best regards, a loyal fan

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you so much for the support and understanding.

  16. DavidD  June 18, 2012

    Bless you, Peter Attia! I love to read your stuff and learn from you. You are a very gifted teacher. I liked your old site and blog name just fine, but I am delighted by the professionalism of this new site, as well. I do think “The Eating Academy” will reach more people, so congratulations. Graphically, it looks great!

    Also, I agree your wife, Jill, must be a saint . . . and one with a great sense of humor, too. You must have married up. Thanks so much for posting that photo of the t-shirt she gave you for Valentine’s Day, “What’s Your Legacy? – PA” I guess even though you’re really an intelligent guy, you still must be afflicted by the same stupidity so many of us exhibit — manhood.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you, David. You are correct, it’s very difficult for me to get away from the insecurities of manhood. Good thing for wonderful wives.

  17. Joshua  June 18, 2012

    Congratulations on the relaunch, and thank you for continuing this. Everybody brings something different to the the table, and I think your communication style, attention to detail, and erudition are a positive contribution to the nutritional science discussion.

    I will definitely understand if you can’t keep up with this insane pace, but have you thought about inviting guest bloggers to contribute? That could perhaps take a little of the load off you. Then again it might just be more hassle than it’s worth.

    Finally, have you seen this study? http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ADA/33234 I’m not going to stop taking my fish oil, but interesting findings nonetheless. My primary concern is that the effects of a carbohydrate rich diet may have overwhelmed any positive effects from the omega-3s.

    It just occurred to me that this might fall under your coming soon section under what looks to be a forthcoming omega 3/6 oriented series of posts.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      If you think my cholesterol series is interesting, wait until I tackle the omega-3, omega-6 topic. Almost as much confusion!

  18. Tom A  June 18, 2012

    Site looks great. Thanks for the inspiration and I’m spreading the word as much as people will listen. Thanks to you I may have found something worthy of getting my first tattoo. Either Easy Speed or What Are You Willing To work For. I’m probably kidding…but you never know.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      I vote for Easy Speed, Tom.

  19. Nikhil Hogan  June 18, 2012

    Peter, I really enjoyed your Cholesterol series. This is a good move on your part and I will continue to be a supporter and fan!

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you, and remember the cholesterol series is not over yet.

  20. Mark Bennetts  June 18, 2012

    I actually liked the name “war on insulin” when I first found this page, as at the time that was ALL I was focused on. However due to the richness of the content on this blog and immense enthusiasm Peter has in all his posts and comments, I eventually realised that the “truth of insulin” was simply a gateway drug to a whole new world in nutrition, name change was definitely necessary.

    I pay forward this information to anyone who is willing to listen to me ramble on for hours on these topics.

    Greatly looking forward to the launch of NuSI, keep up the great work Peter.

    • Mark Bennetts  June 18, 2012

      FYI, tried to send an email to the info@nusi.org and received a failed to deliver response, email address does not exist.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Hmmm. I’ll look into it.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you, Mark.

  21. Stacey  June 18, 2012

    Dr. Attia, I have enormously enjoyed this blog and the posts about cholesterol. However, I have to ask… Why does your logo have WHEAT on it?


    Maybe two turkey legs were just a little much for the graphic designer to stomach?

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      It’s not really wheat. It’s supposed to be a wreath (like what you’d get at graduation back in Roman times).

    • Joshua  June 18, 2012

      Look up images for laurel – it’s what ancient Romans used to put on the heads of conquering generals while a slave whispered into his ear “remember, thou art mortal”. It has since moved on to academic usage.

      I like the idea, but I see the wheat resemblance. Maybe if the wreath was a full circle instead of two “branches”?

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Yes, that’s what it’s supposed to be. Maybe it can be tweaked a bit. Thanks for the suggestions.

  22. Cassiel  June 18, 2012

    Peter, you and your entire team are fantastic. Keep doing what you love and feel passionate about, and don’t sweat the small stuff. We’d rather you got decent amounts of sleep and got to spend time with your wonderful family than making sure you post EVERY week or reply to EVERY comment. We’ll still be here supporting you no matter what. 😀

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thanks so much for understanding. I really love doing this and want to continue until I have nothing of value to say, which might be a while.

  23. Alexandra M  June 18, 2012

    It looks great! I like Eating Academy. Can I get a blazer with a badge? Okay, just the badge? 😉

    I’ll miss your frequent posts and thoughtful responses to comments, but I appreciate the effort you’re putting into NuSI and can’t wait to hear all about it.

    On the topic of typos: “tenets,” not “tenants.” (“In essence, this blog is really about the same tenants I practice in the one-on-one setting…”)

  24. Keith  June 18, 2012

    Well, I rather liked the ‘War on Insulin’ tagline. No matter it’s the content that counts.
    Many thanks for blogs to date. Great stuff. Don’t push too hard.. oh, nearly forgot ..pushing hard is your style..

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Keith, I’m definitely going to try to push a little bit less (but not too much less…).

  25. Megan  June 18, 2012

    I know only too well how hard it is to stay committed to a blog. As a writer, I find that keeping a blog updated and writing for a job are often at odds. That is why I appreciate your input so much. Not only do you write the most detailed and informative posts, but you manage to be there every week. That is truly impressive and no one will underestimate the amount of time and commitment that takes. So it is understandable, if a little sad, that we will have to wait longer in between posts. But you know what? It is OK…

    By the way, I was born in NZ – is that close enough to the Antarctic for you?

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Pretty close…Thank you.

  26. Mary  June 18, 2012

    Much appreciate the work. (Are those sheaves of wheat/grain in the logo? Seems odd.)

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      No, the are meant to represent the sort of thing you’d see in a wreath.

  27. Colleen  June 18, 2012

    Here is one vote for the old name, “War on Insulin”, but I’ll be happy to keep reading you here. Thanks to you (and the others you named) for the efforts on this blog. I landed here after deciding to do something about my health. I read an article by Gary Taubes, found you, and others, and 6 months later a whole new world has been revealed. For me, blogs like this and other resources have been remarkable. I think NuSci is a great idea. The “right” research needs to get done, to help move the medical establishment. My only comment is today we have the internet, I believe there is a huge grassroots movement already out there acting on these scientific based eating ideas (hence the success of the blog), don’t underestimate this force, I’m not sure how, but it can help.

    I hope NuSci has a blog that might in part comment on current relevant research/what needs to be done/what it is attempting to do.

    Wishing you success in all these endeavors.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thanks so much. We haven’t quite figured out the best way to incorporate the powerful voice of the “citizens” for NuSI, but I look forward to figuring it out and harnessing the amazing passion and energy.

  28. geo  June 18, 2012

    Hi Peter,
    You mentioned the entry above
    “Please follow the link to the new Facebook page and “like” it, “friend” it, and “share” it as you see fit.”
    I don’t see a link. Did I miss something?


    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      I just meant the links on the blog. In the column next to the Twitter and RSS stuff.

  29. reader  June 18, 2012

    Quick suggestion: you may want to host your blog at blog.eatingacademy.com if you ever plan on using the main eatingacademy.com URL for your business (or anything else non-blog related). Otherwise, if you decide to make any changes later down the road, you may have people surprised about why links to your blog suddenly are links to your business.

  30. Kathy  June 18, 2012

    This is great, Peter! Thank you so much for all you’re doing to bring the world of nutrition into the 21st century! I can’t wait for the birth of NuSi!


  31. Michael Andreula  June 18, 2012


    Outstanding blog. One way you can reduce the workload a little. Ask Jonathan Lieberman, Tom Dayspring, Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, Mike Eades and Robb Wolf to do a couple guest posts. Or monetize the blog so we can get you full time on this forever. I would be more than willing to donate, buy a book, or whatever. This blog is right on the cutting edge of information so I want it around for a long time.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      All good ideas, but I think for now I’ll try to hold on and keep working at it. I know how busy everyone else is, also.

  32. Evelyn  June 18, 2012

    Peter, I’m the lowliest and probably newest of your supporters but want to say thanks to you and to the saintly Jill for continuing the blogsite while launching NuSci. Couldn’t find another place to let you know that there is a typo in your announcement above – I think you meant tenets not tenants. Also thought it was sort of ironic that your beautiful new logo has stalks of wheat – what would Gary Taubes or Wheat Belly followers say!? 🙂 Can’t wait for more…

    All the best to you!


    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Yes, thanks for the catch. The logo is less about wheat and more about a wreath (sort of like what one would get after graduation).

  33. Chris  June 18, 2012

    Dose NuSI need an intern? Where can one apply for the senior positions?
    I am a huge fan of the old blog and now the new blog. I heard about you through Ben Greenfield and after listening to that podcast have become an avid reader/disciple of yours. While I am disappointed that there maybe fewer posts in the future, the fact that NuSI is coming out soon makes up for that and then some. Keep up the great work.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Chris, we’ve posted for 3 positions so far, all senior, on various HR websites (all of which escape me at this second). Should be easy to find. Once we have those roles in place will also look to hire a full time associate to support their roles, and ideally a few interns. I’ll keep everyone posted.

  34. Marilyn  June 18, 2012

    Beautiful new site! I’m glad you declared a truce with insulin. 😉 Looking forward to NuSI.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      I like they way you put it!

  35. Sharon  June 18, 2012

    Thanks so much for all you do. Your blog is awesome.

    As for your wreath, it *does* look like wheat, even if you meant it to be a wreath of laurel. Get rid of those little lines sticking out the top and it will look like laurel. I know, easier said than done!

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Will do, Sharon. I can’t be known as the guy giving out gluten to graduates!

  36. Gill  June 18, 2012

    Peter you are quite extraordinary in the amount of sustained commitment and volumes of information that you give so freely to us your followers.
    My initial reaction was fear that you were stopping your blog
    I have so enjoyed your posts and learnt so much, i have become a bit of an evangelist!!!
    Let us know if you ever plan to come to Cape Town, you already have quite a fan club…

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thank you, Gil. You guys have a legend there, in Tim Noakes. Look him up, if you haven’t already crossed his path.

  37. Mark  June 18, 2012

    Dr. Attia, in such a short time you’ve managed to make some of the best nutrition/health blog content on the entire English-speaking Internet. If writing at this level/pace is a burden for you, I fully endorse you slowing down so as not to burn out, rather than simply stopping.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      I appreciate that, Mark. Part o the problem is that in high school one of my favorite songs was Rock of Ages by Def Leppard — it’s better to burn out than to fade away. My life is a constant effort to fight that!

  38. Colleen  June 18, 2012

    Whenever you have referenced “NuSI”, for whatever reason, in my mind it I always heard/saw “NuSci”. When someone up above said the e-mail did not work, I wondered if there was a web page up, so I went to “NuSci.Org”. There was a web page up, with scientific sounding objectives related to healthy eating, but it looked odd b/c there was a link to the China Study . . . and then another page recommended eating no meat. When I looked at your post again, I realized my error. I hope the similar name and web address does not cause confusion . . . (Check it out if you want a laugh).

  39. Paula  June 18, 2012

    I used to wonder how you wrote these thoroughly, painstakingly, researched and well written blogs and kept up with real job, real life, etc. – blogging: it’s like having a second part-time job for sure. Keep fighting the good fight, however you need to balance it, more NuSI, less blogs, whatever it takes each week. Congrats on new blog name (I like it a lot!!!) and NuSI.

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Yes, eyes on the real prize…fixing the world.

  40. Marilyn  June 18, 2012

    Don’t bother with removing “those little lines sticking out of the top.” Google “beardless wheat.” 🙂 The thought I had when I first saw the logo was that maybe the wheat will make the web page more inviting to folks who would not otherwise stop by. That would be a good thing.

  41. Robb Wolf  June 18, 2012

    LEGIT! this is going to be great doc!

    An on bad naming decisions: NorCal Strength & Conditioning was about as bad as it could go. REgional, overly geeky…and now we are stuck with it!

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Thanks, Robb. It’s never too late to change, right? As much as it hurt me to give up 1,800 FB followers and start all over…

  42. Johna Till Johnson  June 18, 2012

    HI Peter,

    Way to go! I’ll be in Antarctica next February. If Internet services hold — and if nobody else has done it by then– I’ll be happy to log in and post a comment.

    Meantime, thanks for everything and good luck with NuSI. Positive energy!

    • Peter Attia  June 18, 2012

      Woooohoooo!!!! This is awesome news. Can’t believe it! Thank you.

  43. George Henderson  June 18, 2012

    The Defense of Fat: now there was a name!
    Kudos for a blog that has challenged one’s powers of attention at times (the cholesterol series)
    In this world of easy answers, it is hard to find real teachers like you.

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      Very kind of you to say, George. Thank you.

  44. Edmund  June 19, 2012

    Thanks for all your effort, and I for one totally understand the need to scale back. Your pace with the heavy duty distillation of material has been incredible for a part-time, evenings gig. Every once in a while posts is still a big gift to us who get it for free…

  45. Margaretrc  June 19, 2012

    Everyone has pretty much said everything I would say, so I’ll just say thanks for an awesome blog, keep it up, and no worries if/when you have to take breaks from it/can’t answer every comment. I didn’t know you had a FB page or I would have “liked” it a long time ago. Will do now so I can know immediately when you post something new and so everyone in my FB network hears about your blog. Looking forward to the next post on Cholesterol–whenever you are able write it.

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      Hope to get back to Part VIII next week…

  46. Trisha Eldridge Gilkerson  June 19, 2012

    I’m so glad you didn’t stop blogging! Learning a lot and want to keep learning. I’d keep reading even if you completely stopped responding to comments altogether. Your blogs are valuable and your dedication to responding too all of your comments is simply crazy! Just another thank you for the time you put into educating all of us 🙂

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      Thanks so much. I’m looking forward to continuing the message.

  47. Jenn Lentz  June 19, 2012

    I have been enjoying hour website immensely. I’m a family doc in Colorado and can say I’ve learned more from you and Gary Taubes than in med school about certain subjects. I have created a handouts for patients and have your link at the bottom (will have to change website info in the morning), and am happy to say I ordered my first NMR lipoprofile last week. It is very difficult to go against mainstream medicine on these aspects, harder yet as many of our “quality measures” are based on them. But, this all makes so much sense and so far is really working for me so I have to share it! I plan on keeping close tabs on the patients I hand it out to just to get some hard data then will hopefully be better able to share with colleagues.
    Thank you for all of your long hours, hour research and the way you’ve spelled it all out! Am looking forward to further posts and NuSI.

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      Jenn, we need people like you who are willing to truly “continue medical education” (not just through outdated CME credits). Glad your patients have you.

  48. Cate  June 19, 2012

    Thank you for all the hard work you do. And THANK YOU for not discontinuing your wonderful blog. I wish you the very best of success with your new venture. May your name and The Eating Academy become household words…

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      I just want to make NuSI a household name. Then we’ll be on our way. Thank you for your support.

  49. Ellen Urciola  June 19, 2012

    Hi Peter,

    Long time reader, first time writer.
    I can’t wait for the NuSI
    Please do not forget those of us over 50 women who are are low/carb, high fat ( and still struggling).
    Love the “Eating Academy” and NuSI names. Makes me feel like I am attending Aristotle’s academy.

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      Thanks so much. I haven’t forgot. Glad you like the names.

  50. Lee  June 19, 2012

    Quality post, Peter. Glad you’re sticking around. You have a unique writing style that seems to make the most complicated subject matter understandable – a great talent.

  51. Tracey  June 19, 2012

    Peter, thank you so much for a great blog. Frequency of posts is unimportant. It’s the quality that counts. I look forward to sharing more of your pearls of wisdom with my friends and family. Best wishes from Cape Town, South Africa.

  52. Maryann  June 19, 2012

    Peter, you are an amazing man. There are so many things to admire about you. I particularly love how Gary put it on his site : ” And if anyone can figure out how he manages to workout 23 hours a week, function in a full-time job, blog regularly on nutrition and physical activity, and be there for his family and not collapse in a puddle of exhaustion, please let me know.” That post is how I found you.

    I have done my best (English major!) to doggie-paddle through the science without drowning, and I have learned so much. ( My husband is sick of me talking about cholesterol, lol!) Thank you for your life-changing work. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made (thank you to Jill, too). I believe it must be so hard to cut back on your training, because it truly brings you joy. I hope you will be able to keep your cycling trips and increase your workouts soon; it is not just the physical challenge, but also good mental relaxation that you really need to thrive.

    I am glad that you are changing your approach. Family comes first. Blessings to you and your family! Thank you so much, Maryann

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      Thank you for understanding. I’m actually quite content with my reduced training volume. As you said, family first.

  53. Ted  June 19, 2012

    Hi Peter,

    I’m a big fan of your writing topic and style. I’ve been keto for about 2 months and am now a ketovangalist. I use your science to help explain to people my “alternative” food choices. That being said from a business perspective cutting back on your blog might not be the best driver for NuSI. The blog drives awareness to NuSI for all important traffic. Your blog is your best marketing tool – not sure why you’d want to kill it.

    Long story short – Blog to increase traffic to NuSI. Blogging is your best tool and you do it well. Why stop?

  54. lorraine  June 19, 2012

    Peter, unless one is engaged in bench science (and maybe not even then), once settled into professional life, there are few opportunities when one’s knowledge base is fairly completely revised through a short term and intense exposure to information that is so well organized and delivered that it creates a quantum leap. Such has been my experience here with the cholesterol series, both through the content that you created and through direction to the other work to which you refer. It was intense, and a blast frankly. But on those all nighters with coffee, take it from me, they rise up to bite your ass in your forties, so be warned. Plus, way to mess with your insulin regulation!

    The new site looks great.

  55. mem  June 19, 2012

    PLEASE, please take care of yourself. A huge piece of my losing my health and becoming an obese person was workaholism with shiftwork (which you are essentially doing, pulling all nighters) and working just ungodly numbers of hours. I was driven by goals in healthcare and in serving the needs I was there to serve that were well worth dedicating myself to. But there *has* to be some balance. Learning about that balance and the long, arduous process of putting it in place in *my* life and not just mouthworking about it to patients and others, only came when I became fat and very ill.

    Whenever you post here, I will be happy to read your new post. If that is once a month, that’s just fine, or less if need be. I am excited about your project and look forward to its introduction.

    Just remember that just because you have a passion for something doesn’t mean that you are invincible or invulnerable. Be the true model of health that you seek to share with others! 😉

  56. Will  June 19, 2012

    I am on keto diet which has brought me down to 12% body fat.
    I think I’m adding some muscle too but it seems like everybody on the internet keeps saying that unless you are having gigantic carb loads that you cant build muscle. Is this true or false?
    does the body need carbs to build muscle? or can it be done by just using protein and fats?

    • Peter Attia  June 19, 2012

      Not true, but the complete absence of carbs (i.e., ketosis) is not optimized for hypertrophy.

  57. Kathleen  June 20, 2012

    Thanks for the information you are providing. I enjoy reading it and sharing it with my colleagues.

  58. Birgit  June 20, 2012

    I’m very excited to read all this! Looking forward to learning more about NuSI. I have recommended your blog to a lot of people.
    And, yes, DO take time to sleep, to play and for family, Mark Sisson is right. 😉

  59. Stipetic  June 20, 2012

    I’d like to echo what everyone seems to be saying, that you are a class act and doing a terrific job. Don’t stop.

    And if no one else has pointed this out, you misspelt “solutions” in the blog header (i.e. Customized eating soloutions based on real science).

    • Peter Attia  June 20, 2012

      Thank you. Yes, noted and will fix at some point.

  60. Pam  June 20, 2012

    I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon your amazing blog just a few weeks ago. I came to it after reading about Dr Tim Noakes’ recent comments. I grew up in South Africa and he is pretty famous there. My mother told me about his new approach to healthy living. If this well respected academic could look at the evidence and change his opinion then for me there had to be a decent mountain of validity to his position on healthy eating. I am also in the privileged position of being a family doctor in New Zealand. I feel privileged to have enough training to understand some of the complex biochemistry, and most of all I can experiment on myself quite easily. So – its early days for my lifestyle change – a month now. I feel good ( still fat but shrinking gradually) and I so want to prove that I can eat all the delicious ‘bad’ butter and bacon without my lipid profile exploding and with an improving HbA1C to go with it. If each one of us reading your blog or Gary’s or anyone else’s can show one other person the benefits and they show it to just one other: the power of One is enormous. Thank you for opening my eyes to a new ‘truth’. Leopards can change their spots….
    And this doctor says ‘look after yourself’

    • Peter Attia  June 21, 2012

      Yes, the transformation of Tim Noakes is a very inspiring story and I can’t wait to meet him in person, though we’ve corresponded a lot via email. Very impressive.

  61. Anne  June 20, 2012

    Not even a third of the way into Gary’s masterpiece I started to go low carb (such was his fine writing). After finishing it and then finding links to your page and others, especially Mark Sisson (who provides a more balanced view which will work better for my young family to do all together), my family is now joining me. None if us are fat or overweight so this is purely a health exersice for us. I now almost want to cry when I see children eating sweet especially or given a bowl of pasta or fries because they won’t eat anything else. Sometimes after reading through all the websites and books I feel like going low carb is only targeted at fat people. We shouldn’t loose sight of the fact that it is for everyone, for health.

    So what I want to say is that we are only a few days in and I already know that there will be no going back. I want to tell the who world to wake up! I can’t bear the though of my father eating his bowl of low fat muesli because he is supposedly at risk of heart disease.

    I so share your excitement about the NuSI and eagerly await its launch. I can’t sleep at night for thinking about how much the world will be so different without carbs. But do please look after your health, your family still needs you. All the very best of luck. You WILL change the world!

    Greetings from Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

    • Peter Attia  June 20, 2012

      Anne, you and my brother! My brother called me the other day to rave about Mark Sisson (who I adore and consider a close friend). A few minutes in, he said, “Oh, I mean, I think what you say makes sense, too, but I mean, Mark is just so, well, uh, …”
      Whatever means necessary to give people the right message to make a healthy choice!
      Here’s a little trivia for you: the first time Gary and I corresponded via email I was in Abu Dhabi.

  62. Vasco Névoa  June 20, 2012

    Peter, I join my thanks to those of others, both for your passion and continuous effort and for the patience of your wife. 🙂
    Your blog is the only one on the whole web where I could find enlightenment about the ketosis-exercise relationship and about cholesterol written with enough technical detail to be useful, educational, and credible, but not so much as to be obnoxiously impossible to follow.
    You strike the good balance, and this in itself is priceless.
    I may not agree with all your conclusions, but I definitely value the information you lay out.
    A big heartfelt thank you from Portugal across the big pond. I can’t wait for you to finish the cholesterol series and to disclose NuSI.
    Remember to take time out for family and rest once in a while, eh? 🙂
    Keep strong and focussed,

    • Peter Attia  June 20, 2012

      Thank you so much, Vasco. Your comments (and very thoughtful criticisms) are always appreciated.

  63. Mark  June 21, 2012

    I also have a blog, mine on addiction recovery, and it has consumed much of my time. I have a blog partner who shares the writing and research time with me, so I can only imagine the time it takes to do this solo. Especially considering your other life priorities.

    I greatly appreciate what you’ve done here, and I’ve referred a few people to this blog who have seen my physical change and asked how I did it. I only wish I had this resource when I first started my own war on insulin. It would have made it much easier, but I’m glad it’s here now.

    I liked the old name, but I like the new one, too. All I really care about is the information.

    Thanks for everything, Peter.

    • Peter Attia  June 21, 2012

      Thanks very much. I’m glad the info can be there for everyone, also, independent of the title.

  64. John  June 21, 2012

    Peter, first of all keep up the great work! You truly come across very personable and likable which I think also makes you an above average teacher. Secondly, your blog has led me to start researching Generation Ucan’s superstarch. I recently learned about a new meal replacement supplement containing a carbohydrate they claim does not spike insulin levels, replenishes glucose stores, and increases metabolic rate. Created by Dr. Scott Connelly the founder of Met- Rx who also preaches the importance of controlling insulin and has had Gary on his online radio show. Your input and maybe point me in a direction to learn more.

    • Peter Attia  June 21, 2012

      Thank you, John. I will definitely be doing a post on super starch in the future.

  65. TheFatNurse  June 21, 2012

    A well deserved break Peter! Besides the blog and NuSI, you’ve also created a mini community in these blog posts and comments; I enjoy reading the comments as much as the blog itself!

    I was curious about NuSi. Where is it going to be based? From some of your previous posts it sounds like a lot of your work is based in San Francisco?

    • Peter Attia  June 22, 2012

      We’re based in San Diego, actually.

  66. Jason Williams  June 21, 2012

    I listened to your entire podcast interview with Ben Greenfield and am now making my way through all the info on your site. So awesome to finally see the light (of real nutritional science) after years of feeling lost in a forest of quackery. Thank you for not keeping all this valuable information to yourself.

    I have zero interest in athleticism and only do 30 minutes of light exercise each day–in addition to as much natural exercise as I can center my life around (hiking, building things with my hands, golf, etc.) I’m a writer and have been looking for a sort of “intellectual athlete’s diet” to help me be productive and focused for longer stretches of time. I wonder if ketosis is right for me? In addition to mental acuity/energy, I’m also passionate about disease avoidance–passionate about not dying, that is.

    How would you modify your personal diet if you were looking to be as productive/active/energized mentally as you are physically? Or do the two go hand in hand?

    Edit: Until I can figure my own body out, I’ll be doing my best to simulate your diet of 90% fat, 8% protein, 2% carbs. I’m curious what some of the key initial adjustments I should be making are.

    • Peter Attia  June 22, 2012

      Jason, this is a pretty involved question, and not one I can answer in short space. It’s really the essence of self-experimentation. For many people — athletes and not — ketosis offers a remarkable improvement in stead-state energy levels and mental acuity. However, the ratios of macronutrients you list were only relevant at that moment in my life, based on my (huge) caloric intake. Today, because I’m only exercising half as much as then, my caloric intake is less (about 30% less). As a result, I get about 5-10% of my calories from carbs (mostly in dairy and nuts), 20% from protein, and about 70-75% from fat.
      I’ll be updating folks in the coming months with some of nuances of how my eating has morphed.

  67. Gary Althiser  June 21, 2012

    Hey Pete, you scared me man! Went to the site and saw a new name & template, and my heart dropped in my stomach! I thought some company bought the rights to the site! Thankfully it’s just a new approach. I, like everyone else, appreciate all of what you do. Please know you are making a difference in people’s lives for the better. I know sometimes when you’re working hard with tunnel vision, you wonder if you are making a difference. Keep it up! And I hate to request something, but I’m overly anxious to read about the dreaded “Zone of Misery.” Maybe that could be your next blog, since I’m guessing it’s not as complicated a subject like cholesterol and you can use your own experience as a reference?

    Thanks again for everything, I think I’m going to go eat a fatty piece of bacon!

    • Peter Attia  June 22, 2012

      Sorry for the panic, Gary. I’ll try to get to the zone of misery soon. Not sure when, but hopefully soon. Most of the time, the ZoM results from too much protein and/or carb, such that you’re still too low in carb to meet all of your brain’s needs for glucose, but you have too much (carb and/or protein) to promote adequate B-OHB generation.

  68. AVIV  June 21, 2012

    I need the “zone of misery” post from the “coming soon” BADLY… 🙂

    Appreciate EVERYTHING you doing, and will wait as long as it takes buddy!

  69. Kelly Clark  June 21, 2012

    Hi Peter,
    I am so thankful to have stumbled upon your blog; an incredible resource that has provided myself and my staff with much information. I started a weight loss clinic in Wisconsin approx. 1 ½ year ago. Our philosophy is based on lifestyle change. We utilize a very low-carb eating model for the purpose of acute weight loss. I am a nurse practitioner and my staff consists of RN’s. We pride ourselves on educating our patients along their weight loss journey. We believe to comply with any regimen (weight loss, exercise, medication, etc) one must understand the WHY they are doing what we ask them to do. We have had amazing success; countless patients removed from diabetes, HTN and cholesterol lowering medications.

    Something I am realizing more and more is that weight loss truly is a sub-specialty of medicine. The subject is controversial, perplexing and fascinating. I feel to provide solid advice/coaching/counseling requires ongoing education by provider and staff. I would not expect a primary provider would have the time for this in the midst of an active practice with continual demands to see more and more patients.

    With no end in sight to this obesity epidemic it is crucial to intervene. I feel part of this requires further developing the sub-specialty of “weight loss medicine.” I am hoping to accomplish this in my community and hopefully throughout Wisconsin.

    Again, thank you for your blog. It solidifies so much of what my clinic does and believes in. Keep up the amazing work and good luck in all future endeavors and with NuSI (sounds super exciting)!

    Take care,
    Kelly Clark

    • Peter Attia  June 25, 2012

      Thanks so much, Kelly. I think you’ll really enjoy what we do with NuSI when we roll it out shortly.

  70. Rogerio  June 22, 2012

    I live in Brazil, and I have followed and read all the articles from your blog, I would parbenizá it, I’m learning a lot and I convey this knowledge to my family and friends. Thank you.

  71. Aviv  June 23, 2012

    Hi Peter
    Your website has really inspired me, and together with my own journey, I decided to start my own blog in my own language – Hebrew.
    Trying to teach my family and friends in Israel about all what I learned is very important to me, I am starting to understand I could be the one who making a different and helping to spread the word in that side of the world.
    The thing is that most of my family or friends there wouldn’t read much English, let alone on the level of your blog.
    Information on that subject is almost not existing in Hebrew unfortunately and many of my close family and friends are suffering from it.
    My request from you I guess is that; would it be OK with you to post some of your posts (crediting you for it) in a translation to Hebrew?

    Would be awesome.


    • Peter Attia  June 23, 2012

      Absolutely. Feel free to borrow.

    • AVIV  June 25, 2012

      Thanks doc! 🙂

  72. Marilyn  June 23, 2012

    I don’t know if anyone uses a mouse pad any more or not (I don’t), but when I look at the red thing with the new logo on it, I immediately think “mouse pad.” 🙂

  73. Anthony  June 23, 2012

    There are many, many people out there who owe so much to you for the work and research you have spent hours on in order to give us a lesson that takes only 5-10 minutes a week via your blog. You don’t just reach the readers, but I imagine many more thanks to the people we readers speak to as a result.
    Your insight, and that along with the other mentioned paleo/primal players out there have made a huge difference in my life as a reader, and has allowed me to make a difference in my families life, who in turn also spread the message.
    Never underestimate the power and quality of the work you are doing. I am sure you are not which is what drives you to do what you do.
    May you live and blog well beyond 100.
    All the way from Australia.

    • Peter Attia  June 24, 2012

      Thanks very much, Anthony.

  74. catherine  June 25, 2012

    Thanks for all the hard work!
    I have learned so much.
    I heard Mary Vernon say that cardiac ejection fractions improve on ketones.
    Tom Dayspring interview over at Jimmy Moore’s was excellent! (sort of summarized a lot of your points, which I find helpful hearing information again ) This stuff is addictive.

    • Peter Attia  June 25, 2012

      Yes, there is some evidence that this is the case. Cardiac myocytes may actually prefer B-OHB even over triglycerides, which they likely favor over glucose.

    • Sabrina Beauchamp  July 7, 2012

      Catherine, this was exactly my case yesterday! I ROCKED my stress echo. My cardiologist said he wished all his patients at age 50 had a heart function like mine. When I told him I’m Keto-adapted his face looked like a dogs when you whistle!

    • Peter Attia  July 7, 2012

      I love it! The revolution is in progress.

  75. bill  June 25, 2012

    YAY! Good on ya for changing your logo!

    Love the new site. Now let’s get back to lipidology.

  76. count  June 26, 2012

    I seem to have an allergy to vegetables. I get nauseous quite sick when I eat most types. I tend to be ketogeic and I would like to ask you if there is a test I can take to find out if my stomach is missing bacteria or why vegetables torture me so much. As a child I somehow knew what was right because I remember once being told I cant get up from the dinner table unless I ate my brocolli. I sat there the rest of the night until my mother gave up and sent me to bed. Coincidence?????

    • Peter Attia  June 26, 2012

      Not sure, but something isn’t feeling right, try to isolate the variable and confirm exactly what it is. This is likely more valuable than doing a standard allergy test, which can generate a lot of data.

    • lorraine  June 27, 2012


      People with gut dysbiosis often have trouble with vegetables, especially raw. Check out the GAPS Diet. The developer of it, Natasha Campbell McBride, spoke at Weston Price and there’s a great youtube vid of that talk. Chris Masterjohn (The Daily Lipid) also speaks about this diet as a method to heal leaky gut. You may have to do fermented vegetables for awhile, do some gut repair work and/or take digestive enzymes before you can handle vegetables.

  77. Christa Crawford Valency  June 26, 2012

    It was great to hear you speak last week. All of the work you are doing is very exciting. The site looks great.

    Christa Valency

    • Peter Attia  June 26, 2012

      Thank you, Christa. I’m hoping to get a version of that talk on the blog soon for others to see, also.

  78. JimB  June 27, 2012

    I just read an opinion piece in the NYT by Mark Bittman, Titled ‘Which Diet Works”- he referenced an article published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association led by Cara Ebbeling and David Ludwig that compared various diets, including a LCHF diet, referred to as the ‘Atkins’ diet( 10% carbs, 60% fat and 30% protein)- the arcticle concluded that while the;Atkins’ diet was good for short term weight loss, it was not good because
    ” the “Atkins” diet also had marked problems. It raised levels of CRP (c-reactive protein), which is a measure of chronic inflammation, and cortisol, a hormone that mediates stress. “Both of these,” says Ludwig, “are tightly linked to long term-heart risk and mortality.”

    Most of the material I read on this diet suggests a reduction, not increase, in chronic inflammation- any comment (if you can find the time)?
    I have been following your blog almost since it has been going on, and following an LCHF diet after reading Gary Taube’s books, losing 25 pounds over 6 months. Getting my blood work done next month.
    I found your Cholesteral series fascinating but difficult and look forward to reading about your new project.

  79. Katie  June 27, 2012

    Congratulations! I am truly amazed and inspired by your passion for what you love. I love this blog (and I actually liked “war on insulin” – it made me feel like a warrior) and look forward to the NuSI launching.

  80. Nick Offerman  June 29, 2012

    Peter, your blog is fantastic! I am glad you will continue. I was inspired to change my eating habits and lifestyle by reading your blog. I’ve been eating close to zero sugar and carbohydrates, medium amounts of protein and lots of fats (the good ones) for the last 9 weeks. I feel great. I’ve lost about 10 pounds and I am getting very lean. I am a marathon runner and I’ve found I can still perform long runs burning fat rather that glucose very efficiently. Anyway, thanks for all the great information. I’ve also been following Dr. Phil Maffetone’s Maffetone Method in my running. He recommends a similar diet. Also, I plan to read Gary Taube’s book Why we get fat.


  81. Catherine  July 7, 2012

    I just want to say that my #1 favorite thing about being ketoadapted (<50 gms/ day x 8 months) is how much time I have freed up. 😉 Looking for decent food every 4-5 hours is a real chore and a waste of time.
    I'm playing with a glucometer to see how various foods impact my blood glucose.
    My husband is a Marine officer in an elite unit, does occasional Tris, 300 PFT , etc and I am a tad shocked at how high his blood sugar goes after only 50 gms of carbs in one meal! (170!) He is 35 and is looking a bit IR to me. I only mention it because I use him as my "gold standard" in my biohacking adventures, but I think he should start planning ahead to knock off those Negra Modellos. (mother is diabetic, not fat)
    FWIW, I just saw a doctor regarding my TC going from 177 to 245 since this HFLC diet change and he said he is not worried because my HDL is 96 and my TG 56. (VAP confirms Profile A)

    • Peter Attia  July 8, 2012

      Catherine, I’m in the midst of an intermittent fasting experiment for a few months, so I only eat one keto meal daily and get all my calories in every 24 hours (in one meal). Talk about efficient! More on the results of this self-experiment later in the summer…

    • Gabe  July 8, 2012

      Does consuming a whole day’s protein and carbs in one sitting knock you out of ketosis? I’ve wondered this as now you have 30-40ish grams of carbs and 120ish grams of protein to digest. I’ve been wanting to do one meal a day but didn’t want to knock myself out so i’ve been doing 16/8 leangains style IF. I know it’s different for everyone but i’d love a quick glimpse of your findings before your full post later this summer.

    • Peter Attia  July 9, 2012

      For me, at least, consuming 20-40 gm of carb and 120-140 gm of protein in 30 minutes (which is what I typically do in my one-meal-a-day IF experiment) knocks me out of ketosis for at least 12 hours. I’ll spend a lot of time discussing this when I get to this topic.

    • Gabe  July 9, 2012

      Thanks for the reply. Hopefully one thing you touch upon in your upcoming post is; Phinney and Volek seem to suggest that once you get knocked out of ketosis you must go through a re adaption phase which can last as long as the initial adaption period. In my own experience once adapted and in ketosis consistently i’ve noticed I can go in and out of ketosis without any issues or re adaption period.

  82. Jennifer  July 11, 2012

    Peter- just wanted to say thanks for continuing your blog in whatever capacity you can. I am learning so much from your series on cholesterol and the way you write for folks of any background to understand.

    NuSi sounds so exciting and I fully support your endeavors with this! I look forward to hearing more about it in the near future!

  83. Tom  July 13, 2012

    I can’t wait for NuSi, thank you

  84. Nancy Mize  July 14, 2012

    so yeah, peter, this is your legacy. And thank you for making it comprehensible to the rest of us!

  85. Richard  August 23, 2012

    Hi Peter,

    Well, you officially have another disciple in Cape Town! 🙂

    Found your site through a Ben Greenfield podcast, and this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for.
    I am a cyclist and was put on to the benefits and possibilities of low carb endurance riding by a radio interview by Tim Noakes, similar to Pam’s Story above. (I am also a Tim Noakes Disciple.)

    As a matter of interest have you heard Jimmy Moore’s interview with Tim Noakes?

    And have you read his research on Sodium and endurance sport?

    Maybe you could write a book on time management because I just don’t know how you can possibly answer all these questions and do everything you do. AMAZING and THANK YOU.

    • Peter Attia  August 24, 2012

      Richard, yes I know Tim (though only through email – we have not yet met in person). Amazing stuff. I’m a little familiar with Tim’s work on sodium, but not enough to comment thoughtfully yet.

  86. Betty Witulski  July 5, 2013

    I have thought this for years–I’m glad someone else thinks so too. I have even had lapband sugery and although I have cut my insuline from 60 +units a day to 16 I still struggle to lose the weight that other people have.

  87. Allen  December 16, 2013

    Is there a link to an RSS feed of your blog, or do you tweet new posts on Twitter? I don’t do Facebook…

  88. Ripken Holt  January 10, 2014

    Well your old name might not have been great, but I sure love your new one!

  89. Travis  December 28, 2014

    I am listening to Peter Attia’s most recent Timothy Ferriss interview.
    At the 58:45 Minute Mark Peter Attia references a 20 Page e-mail about “Life Extension”.
    Is this e-mail posted online? I would really like to read it.
    I have searched but have been unsuccessful finding it.

    • Peter Attia  December 28, 2014

      It is not. Still in its infancy.

  90. Ricardo  November 2, 2017

    Do you organice any type of retreat, whereby in a week or so, one can understand and learn to apply your principles. If so, where can I find info?


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