You guessed it, a Low Carb High Fat Ketogenic Lifestyle. Getting enough protein and the remainder of my energy requirements from fat (all from real food sources like organic grass fed butter, free range eggs, wild caught salmon and grass fed beef) proved to be life changing for me. After a year I was ready to tell other people about it and show them how to do it as well. The Bacon Experiment was born.
Do you track your macros? What do they look like for a day?
Dan: The only macro I track/tracked before and after the experiment is protein really. I no longer track carbs because I am not really eating many veggies these days other than toppings for my bun-less burgers. I make sure I get between 120-150 grams of protein a day.
My carbs are probably between 8-15 grams a day since 90% of my diet consists of meat and eggs. During the bacon experiment my macros were the same each day since I ate exactly 1 pound of normal strip bacon each day and 1 pound of back bacon each day. This worked out to 244 grams of protein and 164 grams of fat roughly after being cooked. That is roughly 2500 calories.
Do you still eat bacon or are you sick of it?
Dan: I ate bacon for breakfast today. I don’t think it’s possible for me to get sick of bacon.
After 30 days of bacon, I imagine you’re a bit of a bacon connoisseur. Can you tell us what your favorite cuts of bacon are? Do you have a specific brand you can recommend?
Dan: When I ate only bacon for 30 days, I made sure it was the highest quality stuff I could find. It was pasture raised, antibiotic free, non-GMO and steroid free. It was also $11 – $12 per pound. Instead of having to get a loan to buy bacon, I now try to get thick cut bacon of whatever brand is on sale. I’m in Canada, so not sure if it’s available everywhere, but Presidents Choice Thick cut has been my favorite find so far. It tastes as good as the expensive farm bacon that I ate during the experiment.
How about method of preparation? How do you prep your bacon to get the perfect cook?
Dan: Depends on the thickness to determine cooking times, but oven cooked on a cookie sheet is a really good and reliable method. 400 degrees for about 18 mins. The best way is deep frying in bacon fat/grease. I had 2-3 cups of bacon fat at one point in my frying pan and the grease was an inch thick. I made sure I had a lid to keep the splatter in and would deep fry the bacon for a few minutes on each side. It turned out AMAZINGLY PERFECT.
Aside from bacon, what’s your favorite keto meal?
Dan: For taste and satisfaction, I would say a triple bacon cheeseburger without a bun, of course. I would probably include some chipotle mayo that I would make myself. For health and longevity, I would say grilled or fried wild caught salmon with a bit of apple cider vinegar, himalayan salt and organic turmeric to absorb as much of the omega 3’s and DHA possible.
Did you find it difficult to eat one thing for 30 days straight? If so, how did you find the willpower to stay the course?
Dan: The final week, I was REALLY craving steak. But it wasn’t really as hard as I thought it might be to get through the 30 days. I made some bone broth from grass fed beef bones to get me through the last week.
Do you have any advice for those just starting a ketogenic diet?
Dan: Become a student and continue to learn every single day. Join the ketogenic and low carb community. That doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time talking about it, but when you see other peoples results every day, I don’t see how anyone could not be motivated. The benefits to blood sugar control, the weight loss success stories, the health issues that disappear. The results clearly speak for themselves.
Takeaway #1: Eating fat does not make you fat. In fact, a low carb, high fat diet can be a great way to improve your body composition by simultaneously lowering body fat and maintaining muscle mass.
Takeaway #2: A high fat, low carb diet can actually improve your health markers including blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Takeaway #3: Bacon is delicious. Duh.