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Ample Health Podcast: Dom D'Agostino -- how ketosis can maximize fat loss, increase athletic performance, and optimize longevity.

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Ample Health Podcast: Dom D'Agostino -- how ketosis can maximize fat loss, increase athletic performance, and optimize longevity.

From April through June last year, I did a 2 month long experiment. I ate no more than 30g of carbohydrates each day, while loading up on all the fat I could. I continued my CrossFit workouts and olympic lifting workouts with almost zero glycogen to run off, and consistently hit the wall. So why the heck would I want to do that? The goal was to transition to a ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet is one that shifts the body’s fuel from carbs to fat. During this process, the body creates molecules called ketone bodies (like beta-hydroxybutyrate) to fuel...

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Science. Heck Yes. (Part 1)

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Science. Heck Yes. (Part 1)

As we mentioned, science is critical to Ample. We need to know we’re on track to make the most optimally healthy foods possible. We don’t see conducting studies as an extra frill when we’ve figured it all out. That’s not real science; that’s just marketing. We gotta do real clinical studies to continually improve on our nutrition profile and inform future versions. So we teamed up with Dr. Chris Masterjohn, professor of nutrition at Brooklyn College, to be the lead researcher for our first study! He’s a total nerd, in the best kind of way. For this first study, we’ll...

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Ample vs. Soylent

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Ample vs. Soylent

About half the time, when I tell people in San Francisco what I’m doing, the conversation starts something like this: Them: So you just got out of 500 Startups… what’s your startup do? Connor: It’s (surprisingly) not tech. It’s a food called Ample. It’s a super healthy, complete meal in a bottle made of really great ingredients that pro— Them: Oh like Soylent? Are you making a competitor to Soylent? Connor: Well, not exactly… Soylent is a meal replacement created by Rosa Labs, which was founded by Rob Rhinehart and others in 2013. Soylent has gained popularity in the software...

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Product Variation Announcement

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Product Variation Announcement

Different people require different nutrition. To stay consistent with our mission of simplifying optimal nutrition, we need to create an evolving line of product variants. First off, changes to the original Ample: we’re substituting more pumpkin protein for the pumpkin protein, while getting rid of alfalfa and Lactobacillus casei. These changes are all for health reasons as I’ll detail down below. Now here are the next 3 products in the Ample pipeline! 1st New Version: Ample X We’re substituting sprouted brown rice protein for the whey and collagen protein, and getting rid of stevia. Ample X will thus be completely paleo, vegan and...

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The FDA Daily Values Are Not What They Seem

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The FDA Daily Values Are Not What They Seem

This is the first of two blog posts about the flaws of the FDA dietary recommendations and why I chose not to play “the FDA Label Game” while crafting Ample. “Hey Connor, you once mentioned not liking the FDA’s nutritional recommendations. Can you elaborate? What’s wrong with the FDA’s daily values? How has it affected the way you created Ample?”  — Kumar, San Francisco, CA We encounter the FDA’s daily values so regularly that they’ve been baked into us. But it’s a useful exercise to look at how these recommendations were created in the first place—are we blindly trusting something...

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