I have a rough outline of a trial, let me know what you guys think.
I'm not really interested in 5-2, more in fasting vs eating "T building blocks" in the morning and at bedtime.
3 weeks: 5 almonds, 3 brazil nuts upon waking and at bedtime (similar to Tim Ferriss' protocol).
3 weeks: 16/8 IF
Thinking of sticking to an exercise schedule of walking everyday and doing resistance work (mostly pushups and pullups with core) MWF.
Hopefully sleeping consistent hours throughout the trial.
I take D3 and fish oil, and I've just started taking ZMA and boron. During the "nuts" period I will take these supplements when I eat the nuts (waking and bedtime). Suring the 16/8 IF period I will still eat nuts and take these supplements, but I will do it with meals within the 8 hour eating window.
Does that sound like a reasonable test?
Also, I'm torn on what numbers to get pulled. If I do a baseline test and then one after each 3-week period that's 3 tests, and could get pretty expensive.
I'd like to check total and free T, DHT, cortisol, hCRP, IGF, glucose, Lipids, prolactin, dopamine (can you test for that?), maybe estradiol, and SHBG. That is a lot of stuff, and way too expensive.
Any advice as far as prioritizing those?
I can do $1-200 per test, total cost of $4-600 for the three trials. Discounted labs has some good looking prices, but even there I can't afford to run everything I want to.
Thanks for any tips and feedback!