Scale Receipts: 28 days on The Emergence Diet

So I’ve been promising that I would share my weight progress after I had done The Emergence Diet for 28 days. My argument is that weight loss isn’t about calories, it’s about burning glucose efficiently. To burn fat you need NAD+. Burning fat lowers NAD+ availability and burning carbohydrate increases it. “Fat burns in the flame of carbohydrate” is the old adage. This is true IFF you can burn carbohydrate efficiently.

To help myself burn carbs, I’ve been:

  1. Eating ~500g of carbs per day.
  2. Restricting Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) to under 8g per day.
  3. Eating gelatin, bone broth, pigs feet, beef tendon, and headcheese
  4. Consuming 480mg of r-Alpha Lipoic Acid with meals
  5. Taking 600 mg of SEA in the morning to block inflammation
  6. Taking 1200 mg of theabrownin Pu-Erh tea extract with meals (also to block the inflammatory pathway)

This seems to be working. I dropped my fasting blood glucose by 25 points and aced my Oral Glucose Tolerance test.

Obviously no one cares about any of this. “Are you losing weight?”

I am! 14.5 pounds in 28 days. My scale keeps track for me.

My scale is so clever. It also tracks bodyfat composition. In the day to day it is full of lies, leaping around by as much as 4% bodyfat composition change from one day to the next. If you zoom out a bit, a trend emerges. My scale and the two inches I’ve lost around my waist measured at the belly button suggest that I’m losing fat.

Calories In or Calories Out?

I’ve read one billion studies about rodents and diet-induced obesity. The inescapable conclusion is that metabolic rate trumps calories every time. Everything I’m doing is designed to increase metabolic rate.

I’m eating 2800-3000 calories per day on average, some days more.


It’s about calories out!