How He Lost 180 Pounds Going Keto – CHTV 133
Meredith: Hello, everyone, and welcome to
Cellular Healing TV. This is episode 133.
I’m your host, Meredith Dykstra, and we
have Dr. Pompa here on the line. Of course,
we have special guest, Jimmy Moore. Before
we jump into the conversation, let me tell
you a little bit more about Jimmy.
Jimmy Moore catapulted onto the health scene
in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight
loss enabled him to come off of prescription
drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure,
and respiratory problems. He’s the energetic
personality behind the über-popular blog,
Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb and the host of
the longest-running and one of the top ranked
iTunes health podcasts, The Livin’ La Vida
Low-Carb Show. Stumbled over that one. All
Jimmy also hosts two other active podcasts,
Keto Talk with Jimmy Moore & the Doc and Low-Carb
Conversations along with the retired podcast,
Ask the Low-Carb Experts. He has interviewed
over 1,100 of the world’s top health experts
and has dedicated his life to helping people
get the best information possible about healthy
living so they can make the right decisions
for their health. Jimmy is the international
best-selling author of The Ketogenic Cookbook,
Keto Clarity, and Cholesterol Clarity along
with the upcoming October, 2016 release, The
Complete Guide to Fasting. Learn more about
Jimmy and his work at www.LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com.
Impressive bio, Jimmy. Welcome to Cellular
Jimmy:Thank you, guys. Appreciate you having
me on the show.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. Hey, Jimmy, The La Vida – I
just kind of want to break out into that song
when I hear the La Vida Loca. How often do
you get that?
Jimmy:You know, it’s funny. When you Google
Ricky Martin’s Song, Livin’ La Vida Loca,
I’ve been around so long now that it actually
brings up my podcast, and my website, and
everything. Have I surpassed Ricky Martin?
Dr. Pompa:I don’t know.
Jimmy:I’ll take his money. I’ll take his
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. That’s right. That’s right.
Gosh, look at the size of your mic. His mic
is so much bigger than mine, Meredith.
Jimmy:That’s just because it’s close up.
Dr. Pompa:I feel like I have to do – there!
Jimmy:My mic is bigger than yours. Yeah.
Dr. Pompa:You know what’s funny? I watched
one of your videos with you and your wife,
and I said, “Oh, my gosh. This guy’s a
funny guy.” I love that. I love the – bringing
the sense of humor because my scientific part
of my brain can bring me too serious sometimes.
I have to make fun of myself, even.
Jimmy:That’s how you attract people, too,
to the message. If you’re boring and – people
aren’t paying attention to you, but if you
throw in a little humor, it gets them to understand
the message better. I do that in all my books.
I throw in some humor in there, some cultural
references, and it keeps people’s attention.
Yeah. If we can be a little funny and a little
silly sometimes to get people attracted to
the message, then that’s the way you do
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. Absolutely. Look, I loved
your story. I do, and I’m going to have
you tell your story. I mean 180 pounds in
one year, actually – and you weighed 410
Dr. Pompa:I loved how you gave the analogy
of you and your wife actually got within 75
pounds of one another because –
Jimmy:That was fun.
Dr. Pompa:That’s great. Anyway, yeah. Tell
your story. It is a remarkable story.
Jimmy:Yeah. I’ve always been big my whole
life. My mom was big; my brother was big;
my sister was big. All of us were just big
people. My mom was a single mom most of my
childhood, so I grew up eating what I like
to describe as crappy carbage. It’s just
processed foods that’s just carb-based.
What was funny is I grew up a child of the
1980s. What was popular in the ‘80s was
low-fat everything. Yeah, you, too – so
Mama would have rice cakes, and fat-free ice
cream, and skim milk, and diet Coke, and all
these things. Meanwhile, juxtaposed to that,
she fed us kids Boo Berry Crunch, and Fruit
Loops, and Doritos, and Coca Cola, and all
the processed junk food you could possible
think of. That was what I grew up with as
food. That’s what I thought of as food.
Everybody’s like, “When you became an
adult and you got out of the house, surly
you knew how to eat right.” I’m like,
“Why would I know how to eat right?” I
learned a certain way, so thus, I kept eating
Then the other thing was once I started gaining
weight, and I wanted to lose weight, the other
thing that I learned from watching my parents
growing up was to lose weight, you had to
cut fat, you had to cut calories, and you
had to exercise until you dropped. That was
the imagery that was in my mind for so many
years. I ballooned up in my twenties when
I went to college, and got out of college,
got married, all the things that everybody
goes through, I got bigger, and bigger, and
bigger until I reached 410 pounds.
The interesting thing about the 410 was at
the time, I thought I weighed, maybe, 330,
which is bad, but I was so cognitively dissonant
from the reality. I wasn’t stepping on scales,
and the last scale I had stepped on that could
weigh me said about 325, 330. I thought I
was about 330 pounds. It was in the fall of
2003 that I had a series of events. Everybody’s
like, “What’s the epiphany that made you
change your life?” I say, “Well, it wasn’t
really one thing; it was a series of things.”
I was a substitute teacher at the time in
the fall of 2003. I remember I was writing
the message on the board for them – the
lesson for them that day. In the back of the
room, way back there, I could hear that little
boy. He said, “Man! Mr. Moore’s really
Dr. Pompa:My god. That’d probably be my
son, Simon, in the back.
Jimmy:What was ironic is that little boy was
pudgy himself, but that’s another story.
Dr. Pompa:So is my son, Simon. Anyway, another
Jimmy:I turned around, and I started laughing
because the whole room was laughing. I started
laughing to keep from crying. I was like,
“Yeah. I am. I am fat.” It really kind
of jarred me because I knew I was big, but
I think the reality of hearing it out of the
mouths of babes really kind of jarred me into,
“Hey, I really should consider doing something
Then I was at a carnival event at my church,
and they had a rock wall. I was watching all
these kids and adults going up and down like
Spider man. I thought, “Okay. I can do that.”
Remember, I thought I was only 330 pounds.
I try to do it, and I can’t do it. I keep
falling off. I actually twist my ankle. It
was horrible, and I’m going, “What is
going on?” Then I would get in and out of
car, and I would rip those big and tall clothes.
I’d rip the sweet seat of the pants. I’m,
“Something is wrong here.”
I didn’t see myself as this 400-pound, behemoth,
morbidly obese man. All I saw was, “Hey,
I’m just Jimmy.” It didn’t really dawn
on me that anything was wrong.
Dr. Pompa:Jimmy, I saw your cute, little wife.
Come on, man. She was probably like, “Jimmy,
what the heck is going on here?” Was she
Jimmy:You know what was interesting was she
always, for lack of a better term, nagged
me about my weight, and was trying to get
me to eat salad, and all the conventional
wisdom things before she became educated.
I didn’t tell an important part of the story.
In 1999, my brother, Kevin, actually had three
heart attacks in one week that nearly killed
him – eventually did kill him at the age
of 41 back in 2008.
Dr. Pompa:Oh, wow.
Jimmy:That kind of was my first wake up call
to really get serious about the weight, and
I went on an all – no lie – no-fat diet.
I basically cut out all the fat in my diet
because, again, that’s what I was taught
that you had to do if you were going to lose
weight and get healthy. I cut out the fat.
Was very successful at losing weight, but
I was extremely hungry all the time. I was
irritable. My wife will tell you I was probably
the worst human being to live with in that
year, but I lost a significant amount of weight
very, very quickly.
Of course, one day, Christine, my wife, asked,
“Can you go get me some McDonalds?” I’m
like, “Sure, as long as you’ll let me
get a quarter pounder meal just this one time.”
Of course, you know what happened next. I
binged for the next couple of month and gained
back all that triple-digit weight that I had
lost. It was a sad state of affairs. It was
at that point that I said, “If I have to
eat low-fat and feel this crappy to be healthy,
I’d rather be fat, and eat whatever the
heck I want, and be happy in my life.” That
was kind of the position I was in.
Then fast forward five years later – five,
six years later when I’m looking at this
boy calling me fat in the back of the room,
and not being able to climb the wall, and
all this, I knew I needed to do something,
but what could I do? My mother-in-law, God
bless her, gave me a diet book for Christmas.
Dr. Pompa:The Atkins Diet!
Jimmy:The Atkins Diet, so Dr. Atkins’ New
Diet Revolution, read that book between Christmas
and New Years, and went, “This guy is whack-a-doodle!
He’s out of his mind if you think you can
eat fat and not get a heart attack. He’s
a cardiologist. What? What? How do you have
any energy if you don’t eat any carbs?”
I bought hook, line, and sinker into all those
conventional wisdom things.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah, yeah. You were there, man.
You were there. Yup.
Jimmy:I said, “Well, what the heck? I’ve
never tried this before.” Interestingly
enough, in 1999, when I was losing weight,
everybody was like, “Oh, you must be doing
that Atkins diet.” I said – no lie – “I
would never do that diet.” Again, famous
January 1st, 2004, I went on the Atkins diet,
did it by the book, which means not just meat,
eggs, and cheese. It’s a whole lot more
than that. I went on it, and the first month,
I lost a total of 30 pounds. In the second
month, I incorporated some exercise and other
movement – when I say, “Exercise,” like
three miles an hour on a treadmill for my
svelte 380 pounds. I tell people I was weightlifting.
You think about it, I was lifting 380 pounds
on my legs. I have some pretty muscular legs
today because of that.
Dr. Pompa:I bet you have some great calves.
I’m just –
Jimmy:I actually do. I lost another 40 pounds
in that second month. By the end of 100 days,
lost 100 pounds. It was like, “Hmm. There
must be something to this.” What was interesting
was nobody noticed I lost any weight at all
until after going over 100 pounds. I don’t
know what it was. I guess I just – I’m
6 foot 3, so I’m tall, so it kind of hides
it a little bit. I was like, “Come on, people.
I’ve dropped eight inches in my waist. What’s
going on? You should be noticing this.”
Then suddenly everybody noticed it after 100
pounds was gone. By the end of that year,
I ended up losing a total of 180 pounds. Got
the attention of the Atkins people, and they
wrote to me. “Hey, can we feature your story
on the front of our website?” I was like,
“Okay.” I didn’t eat any Atkins bars
or anything like that. Don’t eat that crap;
it’s nasty. It will stall you. It’s horrible.
I was like, “Sure,” so they put my story
up there in November of 2004. I started getting
all these emails from around the world. “Who
are you? How’d you do it? Where’s your
book? Where’s your blog?” I was like,
“Will you people leave me alone?”
Dr. Pompa:What were you doing before that?
Obviously, you started a blog, etcetera. What
were you doing? What was your profession?
Jimmy:Everybody loves asking this question,
and it’s kind of fun, too, because I feel
like all the jobs that I did before doing
what I do now for a living, I feel like prepared
for what I do now. I was a customer service-type
representative. The job I was in when I was
losing the weight was at a major food company.
I was answering literally all the emails that
came into this customer service department
for this food chain.
Now I get 500 emails a day. I was answering
3,000 emails a day for them. Now it’s a
little bit different, obviously, because I
get very specific questions now, whereas then,
it was just cut and paste, cut and paste.
It was kind of boring, but it prepared me
for what I do now. I’ve always been a people
person, so it’s been very easy to kind of
interact with people when I go to conferences
in person or speak. It’s very comfortable
for me to be out in public. I know not everybody
like that, but I do, and I think all my customer
service, and retail, and management, and marketing
kind of jobs that I’ve done prepared me
for what I do now.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. That’s awesome. Fast forward.
Here you are. Like you said, you love educating;
you love people; you love sharing your story.
Perfect, no doubt because you have good story
to share. All right. Give us a view of what
your day is like now. What do you eat? This
is what people want to know, you know? Even
though we do this day in, day out on this
show, they’re still going to ask the question.
We’re going to get the emails, right, Meredith?
Dr. Pompa:“Jimmy, what do you eat?”
Jimmy:“What do you eat?”
Dr. Pompa:“What breakfast if you eat breakfast,
lunch, dinner? What do you eat?” Tell us
that. Answer that question so I don’t have
Jimmy:It’s this really magical thing. Lean
in closely. Food.
Jimmy:That’s what you eat.
Dr. Pompa:I thought it was tree bark. That
was what it was in the ‘80s, right? In the
‘80s, it was like, “You have a diet? What
do you eat, tree bark?”
Jimmy:I choose to forget the ‘80s, but yeah.
Dr. Pompa:It was low-fat, low-carb. It really
was tree bark.
Dr. Pompa:You’re not eating tree bark. That’s
Jimmy:Or rice cake. I was telling you about
Mama’s rice cakes. My brother, Kevin, and
I, the one who died, we used to put peanut
butter and jelly on it to try to make it taste
better. It does not taste better. It’s nasty.
What’s a typical day? This is kind of an
interesting question because the answer will
surprise you. There is no typical day. When
you eat ketogenically, which is low-carb,
moderated in protein, high in fat, you actually
listen to your satiety. If you’re not hungry,
guess what? They say breakfast is the most
important meal of the day, but I say that’s
true. It just doesn’t have to be at 8:00
in the morning.
Breakfast literally means breaking the fast,
and so if you want to break the fast in 1:00
in the afternoon, there you go. That’s your
break-fast. I don’t eat breakfast, snack,
lunch, snack, dinner, snack, midnight snack.
I know Taco Bell a few years back was promoting
the midnight snack as the fourth meal. I’m
going, “I eat one to two meals a day.”
That’s about it because when you’re so
satisfied, you don’t need to eat that many
Dr. Pompa:You know, Michael, one of the things
I love to educate people on – because again,
if we go back to the ‘80s growing up, it
was obviously low-fat, low-calorie, exercise
your ass off.
Dr. Pompa:That was the message. The rice cake
was the perfect food then, right? It basically
offered you nothing – nothing. It was air.
The key was just eat less. It worked for that
10 pounds. All of us could eat less, lose
10 pounds, then we would fail. Then it was
eat less, and less, and less, and less. The
message I love to preach is what you just
said. Don’t eat less; eat less often.
Dr. Pompa:Eat less often.
Jimmy:Eat enough calories in those few meals
that you do eat so you don’t become hypocaloric
because if you go too low in calories, then
can lead to a lot of other things. I think
the mistake people make is, “Less is better,”
and so they purposely try to eat less. Then
the hunger and the cravings come on, and they’re
wondering, “Why am I having issues?”
I’m going, “Look, if you just added a
little butter to whatever you’re eating,
or coconut oil, or lard, or just a little
bit more fat, that bumps up your calories
just enough that you get the satiety from
it. You get all the benefits that you’re
looking for with food without having to suffer.”
If you’re suffering when you’re eating
your meals, you’re not eating the right
food or eating the right way.
Dr. Pompa:Absolutely. No. I couldn’t agree
more. What are some of your favorite keto
meals? Meredith’s the – she’s the queen.
I’m the guy that’s just like, “Ah, whatever.”
Jimmy:I want to hear Meredith’s meals if
she’s the queen.
Dr. Pompa:Hey, she won’t share. She won’t
share. She’s great.
Jimmy:Fire away, Meredith, and then I’ll
Meredith:This is something we can talk about,
too. I kind of go in and out of ketosis. I
find, for me, it’s most effective to cycle
it. I have days where I’m really low-carb,
but then we practice something called diet
variation, too, that Dr. Pompa can talk about,
and you can share your thoughts on where I
have higher carb days, as well.
As far as a keto arsenal, I love a high-fat
smoothie. Sometimes for lunch, that’s really
nice. I just use the whole can of full-fat
coconut milk and add in some steamed greens,
perhaps some wild blueberries, but – even
adding in coconut oil, MCT oil, adding in
a lot of that. I always have a lot of sea
salt. I think when I’m keto, always make
sure I have a lot of salt in my diet to have
that electrolyte balance. I feel better there.
High-fat smoothies are great.
I get a lot of local meat from the area, and
cook it in grass-fed tallow, and make sure
that I always have plenty of greens with that.
It’s really basic. I like fat bombs, making
fat bombs, too, which are really fun with
a little bit of natural stevia, and some chocolate,
and coconut oil, maybe a little bit of nut
butter, making those.
Jimmy:All right. I’m out of here now. Thank
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. That’s why I said – I
can’t compete with her. You can tell she
eats so much fat. Look how fat she is.
Jimmy:I know, right? P-H-A-T, yes.
Meredith:I was on the low-carb train for – the
low-fat train for many years, as well, as
many of us can relate. It’s just so amazing
because I was constantly dieting, constantly
keeping my fat low, and I’m much thinner
and leaner now than I was when I was doing
all of that.
Meredith:The proof’s in the pudding.
All right, Jimmy, your turn.
Jimmy:For me, if I wake up in the morning
and I’m not hungry, I don’t eat. Shocker.
I wait until maybe around midday, and, say,
1:00 in the afternoon, I start to get hungry,
I have chickens in my back yard back there,
so I can just go back and grab some fresh
eggs straight from my chickens.
Dr. Pompa:I thought you were going to say,
“Grab a chicken.” I had a vision of you
grabbing the chicken by the neck.
Jimmy:Have a chicken – and a machete and
– I love my chickens too much because they’re
giving me eggs now, but someday, they will
be meat for me, too. Today, they’re giving
Jimmy:Go grab some chicken eggs from my chickens
and cook those in some grass-fed butter. I
love Kerrygold butter. Sometimes I’ll do
the coconut oil, but grass-fed butter really
tastes good. Then I will also put cheese on
top of that occasionally, and then I’ll
have a whole avocado with that, as well, to
make sure I get enough potassium, helps keep
the electrolytes balanced.
Then I’ll have either some bacon or sausage
with that. Then I might put a dollop of, say,
sour cream on top of that. Are you seeing
where you can get a lot of fat, very minimal
carbs? You moderate down the protein, and
we can talk about why that’s important in
a ketogenic diet.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. We’re believers in moderate
Jimmy:That meal, as you can tell, is going
to be very high in calories by design. If
it ends up being my only meal of the day,
I don’t want to be stuck having only eaten
Jimmy:If I have fifteen-ish hundred calories,
which is what that meal would be, in that
one meal and that’s all I eat the whole
day, I’m good with 1,500 calories for the
whole day. Then the added bonus that I know
we’re going to get more deeply into is you
get that great period of fasting. Let’s
say I’m finished eating by 1:30, and I don’t
eat again until, say, 8:00 the next morning.
That’s a great period of time of intermittent
fasting that gives you all sorts of benefits.
What’s interesting is the longer you do
this ketogenic thing, you do that automatically.
You don’t think about, “Okay, I’m going
to make sure I eat within this window, and
it’s got to be this window so I could have
this much” – that’s overthinking it.
I think if you let your body tell you what’s
the right amount of time between meals, you’ll
find you can easily do 16, 18, even upwards
of 24 hours between meals, and it’s not
a big deal.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. We do the exact same thing.
We practice the exact same thing. Michael
– I keep calling you Michael. I don’t
know why because of the name –
Jimmy:I look like a Michael?
Dr. Pompa:It’s Jimmy Moore. Michael Moore.
Jimmy:Oh, I’m not close to Michael Moore,
I promise you, not even ideologically or anything
close to –
Dr. Pompa:I’m not talking about that. I’m
not talking about that. It’s just his name
rings out in my mind.
Jimmy:He’s a vegan. He’s a vegan now,
so definitely not.
Dr. Pompa:I think you’re right. Quite the
opposite is the funny part about it, right?
Dr. Pompa:Anyways, I knew a Jimmy Moore in
high school, so I don’t know.
Jimmy:There you go.
Dr. Pompa:That’s another story.
Jimmy:I’m nicer than that guy.
Dr. Pompa:That is it. I have really gotten
good at listening to my body, as well. I think
that takes time for people. There are days
where I eat earlier just because whatever.
Dr. Pompa:I just get this hunger thing, and
for whatever reason, my body said, “Hey,
I need to eat earlier that day.”
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. Absolutely. Jimmy, I have
to ask you this question: Based on Meredith’s
question, she found something that I found.
Moving in and out of ketotic states really
works well for me. Now, I backed into this
because I would have people that would either
stop losing weight, or other things would
happen. Again, I’m dealing more with an
unhealthy population, typically the people
that I’m coaching, but I find that they
stop losing weight. Okay?
Then I would move them out of ketosis, and
certain things, they would feel better again.
I would move them back into ketosis, and all
of a sudden, magic would start happening again.
I realized, kind of like our ancestors, moving
people in and out of ketosis because that’s
what happened in the old, if you will, it
became this amazing benefit.
Dr. Pompa:Now, some people genetically, I
believe, they could stay in ketosis all the
time and succeed in – do you vary your diet
at all like that?
Jimmy:Because of my insulin resistance and
because of my past history – and I didn’t
really tell you what my diet was like before
I went Atkins. I was drinking upwards of 16
cans of Coca Cola a day. I was having whole
boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes a day.
I was having big plates of pasta. I was having
fast food on the way to work in the morning.
We’d stop by McDonalds, and I’d get two
bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits with the hash
browns and the big soda. It was just crap
after crap after crap. I think that came with
a price. For somebody like me –
Dr. Pompa:You think?
Jimmy:A little bit of a price. For somebody
like me, I think it’s extremely difficult
to stay in ketosis because of that past. I
believe my insulin resistance actually makes
me cycle whether I want to or not. I find
that that naturally happens for me unless
I’m completely eating nothing, doing a full
fast for longer periods of time, I’m actually
seeing my ketone levels come out of the level
of nutritional ketosis, and then if I can
bear down and maybe do a little intermittent
fasting, I see it start to come back up again.
Even if I’m eating something that’s very,
ultra low-carb, even just a little bit extra
protein will bump me back out of ketosis again.
I find I do it naturally when I’m not really
trying to. My goal is to stay in it as much
as possible, and I think people with metabolic
syndrome and insulin resistance, we’re the
ones that need it more than anybody to be
in there all the time. If Meredith is finding
great carb cycling benefits, then go for it.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah, exactly. It’s not like she’s
throwing down doughnuts when she’s eating
Jimmy:I have heard that online, though. There’s
a very famous guy, John Kiefer, online that
talks about carb cycling, and he’s like,
“Yeah, just have cherry turnovers.” I’m
Dr. Pompa:Listen. If you look at it just from
a weight loss standpoint – we interviewed
the gal, the scientist –
Dr. Pompa:Yeah, Kristin – how do you say
her last name?
Meredith:Varady, Professor Varady.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah, Varady. She wrote the book
of every other day fasting.
Jimmy:Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Dr. Pompa:That wasn’t the name of it, but
Meredith:Yeah. I think you’re right.
Dr. Pompa:Okay. Anyways, so of course, one
of the things that she said was, “Look,
we found” – remember, they’re dealing
with a healthy population, not insulin resistant,
necessarily. It really didn’t matter if
they fasted, and it didn’t matter whether
it was every other day. Just periodic fast
days with periodic feast days, they could
eat whatever they want, and they still lost
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. I said, “Caution” because
that could – my clients could never do that
just from an addictive standpoint and also
from an inflammatory standpoint. However,
the science shows, though, it worked. The
diet variation of the fasts, the feasts, the
fasts, the feasts, the people still lost weight,
but again, healthy people. I’m not recommending
that. I thought the science was pretty interesting
Jimmy:I think moving forward in nutritional
health, we really need to get away from this
kind of looking at every human being as the
Jimmy:This is where we’ve made such a mistake.
We really need classifications of people.
If you’re ultra insulin-sensitive, you should
be in one section. They can test for that.
You can actually run different tests to see
that somebody’s very insulin-sensitive.
Then you got these people that are kind of
in the middle ground, that they’re starting
to show signs of insulin resistance, but they’re
not quite there yet. Then you got people all
the way on this end that totally are insulin
resistant. You see it all in their metabolic
markers. I think those three different people
groups need to have specific dietary recommendations
made for them, and stop pretending like we’re
all the same.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. I’m actually in the insulin
resistant category along that line, probably
the guy in the middle. I tell the story about
when I had high blood pressure in ninth grade.
I don’t tell that I also had high glucose.
I was pre-diabetic most of my teenage and
early adult – when I did gain weight, it
would be around my waist, and I’d make fun
because I was – felt skinny-fat. I wasn’t
a big guy.
I’m not a big guy like you, Jimmy, but I
was worse. When you’re like me, you don’t
carry the fat well. Skinny-fat is not a pretty
thing. Trust me. It’s like you’re skinny,
and then you have this fat around your waist
because of the insulin resistance.
Jimmy:Yeah. That’s right.
Dr. Pompa:It’s amazing body type, but you’re
right. Everyone is a little different, especially
when you’re dealing more with the challenged
population that I do. Every case is a little
different. We’re talking about when we eat.
It’s different for everybody. Being able
to monitor the glucose and ketones really
can help us determine when that is.
We’re doing a study with Joe Mercola right
now on that, just looking at some parameters
that change, and it can change these fasting
[00:28:11]. This is really new information,
Jimmy. Right? We’re a group of people here
that really is ahead of what most people think
is normal diet. You’re working with a good
friend of ours, on a book, Dr. Jason Fung.
Tell us a little bit about that.
Jimmy:Yeah. I met Jason at a conference in
South Africa last year. We shared a stage
together. We both were asked to speak. I had
never heard of him before. It was in February
of 2015. After he got done talking – he’s
a hilarious speaker, as you guys have – on
your show before, awesome speaker. I went
up to him, and I said, “Why haven’t I
heard of you before?” and started talking
to him about his work, and he talked about
how he was pushing intermittent fasting and
even some of these longer fasts, not just
a few days, but maybe a few weeks for some
of his most challenging patients.
In fact, he probably told you the story where
he had one patient go on a fast for 200 days
in a row. This guy was in really bad shape.
I thought, “Well, this might be a good book
to pitch to my publisher.” I had a publisher
at the time. Cholesterol Clarity was the first
one that came out, and then Keto Clarity.
Keto Clarity was such a big success, so I
was like, “Okay. We had this success with
Keto Clarity, a book about eating.” Now
I’ve got to pitch a book to my publisher
about not eating.
I get Dr. Fung on the line. I’m like, “Talk
to this guy. He’s going to tell you why.”
After speaking with him, they were like, “Yeah.
We definitely like this.” Actually, my publisher
was looking for a book on fasting, so this
was perfect. I was one of their successful
authors, and they fell in love with Jason,
so we teamed up. Then in preparation for the
book and for my material in the book, I thought,
“Let me do some experimentation on myself
to see how fasting would impact me.” I decided
in September last year to go on a 21-day fast
just to see what it was like.
Now, the longest I’d ever gone before then
was seven days. I had done a seven-day fast,
and actually, that one was ruined on – it
was a Sunday. It was the last day, and I had
communion at church, so I had the little glass
of juice and the little cracker. Don’t do
that if you go on a fast because hypoglycemia
hit me hard, as predicted. Anyway, I thought
God would honor the gift. After doing that,
I never wanted to fast again, but I decided
to do this 21 days.
I’m rolling along in September last year.
It was really, really, relatively easy. Second
day was really hard. Like I said, I’d normally
fast for 24 hours pretty regularly on keto,
but day two, my body was like, “Okay, we
should be getting fuel by now,” so I was
kind of getting a little more signals that
I needed to eat in the second day. Then the
magic kicked in. I was measuring my blood
sugar and blood ketones. By day three, blood
ketones shot way up.
Jimmy:Boom! It was at that point, I felt fine.
Everybody’s like, “Well, you haven’t
eaten in that long. How can you feel fine?”
I’m like, “You feel fine. Just do it,
and you’ll see what I’m talking about.”
I make it to two weeks, and I’m rolling
along. I’m like, “I got one more week.
I can do this.” Day 17, we go traveling.
We’re going to be with some friends at the
beach. Traveling, I find, is very stressful,
even happy stress, very stressful, and stress
starts raising the cortisol, which raises
the blood sugar, which starts killing the
ketones. Guess what happened to my hunger.
I was starving.
Dr. Pompa:Yes. Yes.
Jimmy:On that evening of day 17, my stomach
growled – no lie – 45 minutes in a row.
It would not stop growling. My wife is like,
“Will you please eat something?” I’m
like, “It’s nighttime. I’m so close
to 21 days.” I was really trying to do it.
I woke up the next morning, and I still felt
horrible. I could really feel the hunger and
the cravings. I said, “I got to end this
thing.” Dr. Fung, I, of course, was consulting
with him all through this, and he said, “Dude,
That’s the lesson there. Don’t try to
be the hero. Realize you’re getting the
benefits of it even if you don’t necessarily
make some arbitrary goal that you set for
yourself. Seventeen and a half days was pretty
hardcore, and I’m very proud of that.
Dr. Pompa:One of the things that I always
say is, look, I’m training doctors around
the country in these concepts of fasting,
intermittent fasting. We really do strongly
see the benefits of what I like to call block
fasts versus intermittent fasts, where we
pick a block of time.
Jimmy:Yes. Yes. Yes.
Dr. Pompa:I always said, “Set a goal for
four days,” because the magic happens after
Dr. Pompa:You know how it is. My daughter
just did a water fast. She just finished yesterday.
She did four days, and she had to leave for
school. Day one was easy because she was 24-hour
fasting all the time. Day two, she was grumpy.
I’m going to tell you that right now. Day
three, she was grumpier, and then turned over
that night. Day four, she was like, “Maybe
I should do a week,” but she had to go back
Dr. Pompa:The magic happens. Ketones rise;
glucose drops; everything feels really good.
Dr. Pompa:My point is this: You have to understand
fasting. We’re training doctors because
you just said people do dumb things during
Dr. Pompa:It’s like we eat this doughnut
that clearly, maybe – I don’t know that
you should fast with instructions, but here’s
the deal: Can we go back – I don’t know.
Meredith, what episodes were those? One of
my doctors fasted 22 days, and another – and
he had bounding energy the whole time. Matter
of fact, barely had to sleep, and his wife
caught him painting the ceilings, or walls,
or something in the middle of the night.
Then another doc, he had fasted about 30 days,
but he did some bad things. He was working
out during the fast, and like you, forced
through it, and different things. I can tell
you both of them had some remarkable things.
Cancerous things were falling off Don’s
body. Both of them had these lesions come
off and skin tags fall off, so amazing stuff.
We’re strong believers in fasting, but please…
Jimmy:I actually ran some blood tests, and
I was shocked by some of the changes. Now,
predictably, you would think in your lipids,
your HDL would probably go down, and mine
did, statistically, very minimal. It was five
or ten points. It wasn’t that much. The
thing that really – my triglycerides were
already low, so they weren’t going to go
much lower than they already were, and they
did fall, as well. It was the total cholesterol,
which was mostly in the LDL, that shocked
me more than anything in that 17 ½ days.
This failed 21-day attempt actually dropped
my total cholesterol 100 points in 17 ½ days.
A statin can’t do that.
Dr. Pompa:Did you measure particles of cholesterol?
Jimmy:I’m getting there. I’m getting there.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah because that would be – we
have seen that, as well. People that particles
won’t budge, periodic fasting – one of
the things, Jimmy, I love to teach is not
just one fast. What I’ve seen clinically
is multiple fasts, every fast, the body gets
more adapted, every fast, the body gets healthier.
Even a four-day fast every other month – and
I even have people do it monthly. Remarkable,
and remarkable the healing that occurs when
you allow the innate intelligence to do what
When we look at blood work, and when we look
at these – what happens in these kinds of
fasting, it truly is remarkable, just absolutely
astounding. Meredith, you probably have some
questions at this point. I know. I could see
it. I always see this look in your eye.
Meredith:Jimmy, did you finish you point about
Jimmy:I did not. I still have a whole bunch
of data points I was going to throw out. He
stole my thunder!
Meredith:Go for it.
Jimmy:You were asking about the LDL particles.
I actually got an NMR before and after, the
NMR LipoProfile Test. Tested for the LDL-P,
which is the total number of particles. I’ve
always had really high in that. I’m one
of those hyper responder keto people. I want
to say it was around 2,800 before, and after,
it went down to 1,600. Pretty significant
drop in LDL particles. Then of the small,
the small started at somewhere around 1,100,
and it got down to about 500. It dropped pretty
significantly there, as well.
Dr. Pompa:Wow. By the way, when you said,
“I was getting there,” I didn’t know
you were getting there in your conversation.
I thought you meant, “I’m going to do
Jimmy:No, no, no. I’m getting there in the
conversation. I just needed to be able to
Dr. Pompa:Sorry, dude.
Jimmy:I’m a talker, dude.
Meredith:[inaudible] time for Pompa.
Jimmy:I podcast for a living. I want to talk.
Dr. Pompa:I didn’t know. I thought you were
saying, “I’m getting there,” like…
Jimmy:I’m getting there, now shh. Lipoprotein(a)
is another one that I measured, and this was
really the big shocker for me, too. It’s
always been very high. Four forty-three was
my lipoprotein(a), which is – you go to
a conventional doctor, they think you’re
walking dead there. It dropped down to 130
in 17 days. Now, it’s interesting because
since that fast – and I’ve done many fasts
since then, and we can talk about the infamous
one in January this year in a minute. I forgot
where I was going with that now.
Dr. Pompa:I just ruined you, see?
Jimmy:You did, man. I never forget anything.
Dr. Pompa:I took your momentum right out from
Jimmy:Yeah. I’m trying to remember.
Help a brother out. That’s what I always
say. Okay, LP(a) –
Jimmy:Lipoprotein(a) – yup. Went down from
443 to 130, was significant, like sixty-something
Dr. Pompa:A lot. You’re going to think of
it, and this is going to help you, not hurt
Dr. Pompa:Talk about your blood glucose and
insulin levels because, “Oh, my gosh. I’m
diabetic. I’m pre-diabetic. How can I fast?”
Dr. Pompa:Tell us about that, and you’ll
remember the other thing.
Jimmy:I didn’t test insulin because that’s
extremely expensive, and you can’t do it
easily at home. I did test blood sugar every
single day, as well as blood ketones, and
predictably, like you said with the doctors
that have been on here before, first couple
of days, and then whoosh! Day three is just
– it’s nirvana. The blood ketones go higher.
The blood sugar goes lower, and it’s beautiful.
What’s interesting, I did several other
fasting experiments in the months after that
where I did it for a week. I found that I
didn’t do as well in one week as I did the
17 ½ days. Then I tried in December last
year – that was in October, the one week.
Then in December last year, I decided to fast
for five days, then come off, fast for four
days, then come off, fast for three days,
and then end it just to see if that little
bit of intermittent would help it, as well.
I found my blood sugars were all over the
place doing it that way. I seem to be one
of those people that does a lot better with
those extended fasts than breaking it up.
I don’t know if the insulin resistance has
something to do with that or what.
In January this year, I tried something very
daring. I thought, “You know what? Let’s
go a whole month fasting.” I said, “I
should be able to do this. I did 17 ½ days.
I know what to expect. I’ve done a lot of
fasts at this point.” I set out January
1st this year, and I said, “January 1st
to January 31st, I’m just going to have
bone broth with sea salt, Kombucha, and water.
That’s it. It’s much less than 200 calories
a day. Let’s see how I do.” How do you
think I did? Did I make it?
Dr. Pompa:I don’t know. With the Kombucha,
I would say, no. I would say it would be very
Jimmy:Your concern was with the Kombucha?
Dr. Pompa:The sugar, it could cause a sugar
up and a sugar down.
Jimmy:This is an interesting thing with the
Kombucha. I actually tested that because people
were criticizing me for that, and fairly so.
I said, “You know what? I will test.”
I tested before drinking the Kombucha, and
then I did 30-minute intervals for two hours
after drinking it, and it actually – my
blood sugar stayed exactly the same.
Dr. Pompa:There you have it. That’s why
you have to test. That’s why when people
say, “Coffee?” I say, “I don’t know.
Everyone’s different. Test after.” You
did the right thing.
Jimmy:I ended up making it 28 out of the 31
days. Again, what doomed me was my wife needed
to go visit her family in the middle of January,
so I drove, and driving stresses me out, and
I got hungry again. I said, “I’ve been
down this rodeo before. I’m going to eat
a meal,” but I got right back on it the
next day. Then, of course, three, four days
later when we come home, I drove, hungry again.
Came off of it.
I only had one other time once I got home
that I got hungry, but I was able to go – I
want to say I made it 16 days at the beginning
of the month, and then I had those two days
while we were traveling, and then one more
day that I didn’t fast, and then nine or
ten days at the end of the month. It was a
good fast. It was almost like two two-week
fasts that I did in there with just a few
days off. I enjoyed that one.
Dr. Pompa:By the way, we’ve found that some
people do better with extended fasts, as well.
It almost takes that innate intelligence that
long to really start getting efficient. Tell
me this: What are you noticing post-fast as
far as glucose, weight, blood markers?
Jimmy:You know, it’s interesting. I will
start with the monkey in the room because
I do have some added weight on me, and I’m
trying to figure out the best way to handle
the stress. I find I’m a hyper responder
to stress, and I didn’t really ever know
that until I started fasting.
Dr. Pompa:That’s amazing.
Jimmy:Fasting kind of awoken me to that fact.
I’m working on actively doing things to
bring that under control. If I can figure
it out, I’m going to write Stress Clarity
one of these days if I can figure out that
key. Doing some meditation, and having massage,
and doing all these kind of things to try
to get that in order because people live with
it daily, and it’s a fact of life.
My diet is immaculate, but I still can put
on weight very easily, and so fasting is helping
with that, but I can’t just constantly be
fasting. You said, “What are the benefits
that you’ve seen since?” I’ve seen I
need to keep doing fasting is what I’ve
noticed. When I’m not in that mode of fasting,
I see that I don’t get quite that benefits
that I need. My problem is I’m asked to
speak in so many different places, so I’m
almost going to have to say, “No” every
other month so I can at least get in a good
two-week fast or something.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. I tell you, Jimmy, I’ve
had a couple clients the same where they just
literally have to go from extended fast to
extended fast because they come out – but
here’s some encouraging news. They’ve
been down the road probably in the fasting
longer than you. Each time after the fast,
they’re becoming more and more stable with
the weight, with the markers.
Dr. Pompa:It’s taken time. In both cases,
they were bigger guys just like you. It seems
like that person definitely does better with
the extended fast, and the quicker they can
move from fast to fast, the better. You know,
you have a lot of stores. Someone like Meredith
and I, we do better with short, more periodic
fasting just because we don’t have the stores,
Dr. Pompa:That’s been the cases with my
clients, as well.
Meredith:Dr. Pompa, do you think it could
possibly be a methylation issue, as well,
that could be contributing?
Dr. Pompa:I think that it could be Jimmy’s
inability to adapt to stress well could be
a methylation issue. That’s one of the things
you’re going to have to watch.
Jimmy:Is that the MTHFR gene mutation?
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. There’s a product that we
have called MORS that offers active methylation.
You know, you don’t even have to have this
gene mutation. People that are loaded up –
Jimmy:I do have it, by the way.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. Like I said, I find it could
be still even without the mutation a problem.
By really boosting up your methylation, that
could be a significant factor. Toxins, you
probably have a lot of really deep toxins
within the fat stores that, again, they start
to mobilize, and a lot of them redistribute.
A product like Bind for Jimmy would be huge
because that just kind of snarks down the,
or CytoDetox, which knocks down the reabsorption
of the toxins.
We find in a lot of insulin resistance, you
could do the perfect diet and the perfect
fast. So much of insulin resistance today
is toxin – it’s a toxic issue. Toxins
are deep, stored into your bones from the
time you were a baby into your tissue. As
we fast, these toxins start to mobilize, and
many of them get redistributed. Cellular detox,
Jimmy, could be huge for you, man. Yep. Absolutely.
Jimmy:I’m game to talk about, all fair,
Dr. Pompa:Great stuff. Great question, Meredith.
Meredith:Yeah. I’m wondering, too, Jimmy,
what are your thoughts on exogenous ketones?
Do you use them? Do you promote them?
Dr. Pompa:Great question.
Meredith:What are your thoughts there?
Jimmy:It’s an emerging field, and for people
that don’t know what they are, it’s basically
pure beta-hydroxybutyrate, which is the key
ketone in your blood, and you basically drink
them in the form of a powder mixed with some
liquid. In fact, I think I – yeah, I do.
Jimmy:I have some right here. KETO-OS is the
one company that’s out there putting out
exogenous ketones. I think for somebody that’s
already ketogenic, somebody that’s already
low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, and
seeing ketone levels in that 1 to 2 range
on the blood meter, they’re probably not
Jimmy:That person’s already rocking it.
This is a – go ahead.
Dr. Pompa:By the way, Jimmy, I’ve got myself
a little loopy because I intermittent fast,
my ketones rise. I come back, and work out,
I’m like, “Whoo!” I shoot my ketones
up to a crazy level, I’m sure.
Jimmy:What’s interesting about the therapeutic
ketones, the exogenous ketones, is once you’re
kind of over 1, I’ve found that the ability
for it lift your ketones any higher is a lot
harder than if you’re out of ketosis. Let’s
say, Meredith, that you’re in one of your
days that you’re out of ketosis, and you
decided to try the KETO-OS. You test your
blood, and it’s .2 before you take it. Then
you drink it, and one hour later, it’s .8,
whereas on the day that you are low-carb,
and you are in ketosis, and you see, maybe,
a 1.3 on your blood ketone. You drink this
stuff. One hour later, it’s 1.5. Statistically,
it’s not that much greater. From 1.3 to
1.5, really not that much difference in how
I think if you’re already doing it nutritionally,
and you’re getting the benefits from that,
then do it that way. This is a great tool
for those people who struggle to get in ketosis
and have ketones in their system so they never
feel the full effects of it. For that purpose,
I do support it. I actually heard about this
interviewing the guy that developed it. Four
or five years ago, he was talking about, “Exogenous
ketones are coming.” I’m like, “Exoge-what?”
Now there’s here, and I’m glad they’re
out there. Yeah. I like the KETO-OS. I think
it’s a pretty decent product for people
that want to give it a go. I don’t like
the marketing of it. I think some of the marketing
of, “Eat all the carbs you want, and drink
our product, and you’ll be in ketosis,”
and I’m like “No, you won’t.”
Dr. Pompa:They market it even saying, “Be
in ketosis within an hour.” You’re not
Jimmy:No. You have ketones in your blood,
but not in ketosis. Right.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. You’re not in ketosis. Yeah.
Yeah. I don’t like that, either. We’re
going to learn a little more. My next November
seminar, we have Dominic D’Agostino.
Jimmy:D’Agostino – he’s the one I interviewed
four or five years ago about.
Dr. Pompa:We interviewed him on one of the
Dr. Pompa:He’s speaking at my seminars.
I know he’s going to speak a lot about some
of the studies they’ve been doing. When
people ask me about it, Jimmy, I always say,
“You know what? We’re still in the learning
Jimmy:Yeah. It’s an unknown, but I think
it’s a good tool for now. It’s just like
any other supplement. Use it as a tool in
the toolbox for you. If you feel like you
need a little boost, go ahead and take it.
Now, what I’ve found taking it is you get
that good whoosh in the first hour. It kind
of stays a little sustained by hour two. Then
by hour three, it’s died off. It could be
good performance-wise, so for athletes that
are running in a race, maybe take some of
that before your race. It gives you that fat
adaptation boost along with a low-carb diet.
Dr. Pompa:I have found that to be true, especially
when I’m not in major ketotic state. However,
I do get some weird stomach stuff that happens
every once in a while. I just kind of feel
Jimmy:It’s got salt in it. That’s why.
Dr. Pompa:It’s like I’m a little bloaty
or something, you know?
Dr. Pompa:Others have complained about the
same. Listen, just great. Gosh. Jimmy, we’ll
bring you back on the show. It would be great
to get me, you, Dr. Fung, right Meredith?
There’s a show. Write it down. There’s
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. Hey, we’ll help promote
Dr. Pompa:We believe the same things and practice
the same things, so it’s really exciting
to meet others on the same mission.
Dr. Pompa:Thank you so much. What a great
story, and you have so much more to share,
so we’re going to get you booked back on.
All the topics that you talked about are some
of our favorite topics, right Meredith?
Meredith:Oh, yeah. So much to talk about.
Lots more that we didn’t get to cover, but
wow. This was just such a great episode. Jimmy,
where can people find out more about you?
Jimmy:I’m real easy to find. As you mentioned
earlier, my website is LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com,
but if you can’t remember all that, just
type in a Google search, Jimmy Moore, not
Ricky Martin, Jimmy Moore.
Dr. Pompa:Not Michael Moore.
Jimmy:Not Michael Moore.
Dr. Pompa:Not Ricky Martin.
Jimmy:You’ll get a lot of weird stuff with
Michael Moore, but Jimmy Moore, and you’ll
actually see the first two pages is all my
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. That’s awesome.
Dr. Pompa:We appreciate –
Jimmy:I’m glad my name’s not Dick Clark
or something. It’d be really bad trying
to find me on Google.
Dr. Pompa:Yeah. Absolutely. Hey, I’d love
to talk to you off-air just – hey, listen.
I’ve got a couple things – he’s the
guy that tries everything, right? I love it.
He jumps in. I got some things that I want
to try with you.
Meredith:Great. We’ll get you guys connected.
Thank you so much again, Jimmy, for sharing
your wealth of knowledge and all of your experiences.
We can just all learn so much from each other.
Thank you so much for Cellular Healing TV,
Dr. Pompa, as always. Thanks, guys, for tuning
in, and we’ll catch you next week. Have
a great weekend.
Dr. Pompa:See you, guys.