Dane DeValcourt

Why EnergyBits ?

**Disclaimer:  I’m not sure if I need to post a disclaimer as I do not profit in any way from EnergyBits (www.energybits.com). I am however a “Brand Ambassador” now for them due to how strongly I feel about the benefits the product has provided me. What that entails is I get a custom 30% discount code (GeauxBits) that saves me and you 30% off on all EnergyBits orders.  I paid nothing to EnergyBits to become an Ambassador (other than being...

Status Update Due to Recent Inquiries

I’ve been receiving some requests for information regarding my weight loss and the status of my McArdles disease and how I’m doing with the whole ketosis/ketogenic thing which I assume is due to the new book that has my success story in it, “Keto Clarity” by Jimmy Moore. I’ve been pretty open about things and have shared as much as I have because of how dear the topic is to me and how it has truly changed my life in...

Low-Carb Conversations Podcast

I recently had the privilege of being a quest on the Low-Carb Conversations Podcast with Jimmy Moore and Dietitian Cassie. I must say I was incredibly nervous about this as I’ve never participated in a Podcast before but it ended up being a wonderful experience and although I wish I had opened up more and had more to say considering how passionate I am about the topics I remain incredibly grateful for having been given the opportunity and hope it will...

Stay Safe Please!

I am seeing way too many deaths  involving hit and runs with cyclists in my home town as well as others in the news. I myself have had a couple of very close calls running with drivers too damn busy looking at their phones and not the road. It’s absurd how irresponsible people are and their lack of concern not only for themselves but more importantly innocent people around them. I am begging all of you to PLEASE do yourself...

Video by Dr. Jeff Volek – “The Many Facets of Keto-Adaptation: Health, Performance, and Beyond”

Great video by Dr. Jeff Volek  titled “The Many Facets of Keto-Adaptation: Health, Performance, and Beyond”. The following is from the video description: “Obesity is a condition of excess fat accumulation in adipocytes where the person is literally stuck in storage mode diverting a disproportionate amount of calories into fat cells as opposed to oxidation. Thus it is more productive to think of obesity as a problem in ‘energy flow’ rather than energy expenditure (i.e., calories in, calories out). The most...

Upcoming 2014/2015 Gulf Coast Races

Trying to maintain a list of some of the larger upcoming races along the Gulf Coast for the later half of 2014 as well as 2015.  This is more for me really then anyone as I try to document races I’m interested in and start learning more about what is available in the area.  Please feel free to comment with any races you think I should look into.  Marathons/Halfs and 10ks (or greater than 10k) as well as Tri’s.  I...

Keto Clarity – Get this book!

Full Disclosure: I have had the privilege of getting an early copy of Keto Clarity due to my own personal success story being one used in the book. I don’t believe I’m biased but I suppose anything is possible. I’m so glad to see this book out and I’m very hopeful it will see great success and start to not only change many people’s misconception regarding fat (I know I had to do a complete 180 myself) but also that...

McArdles, Ketosis and Half Marathon – Test Results

I originally posted this to Facebook back in early April after my last lab results which took pace exactly 24 hours after my half marathon.  Forgot to post here as promised and trying to remedy that. Results are in… and yes they are elevated. CK: 792Normal CK range for people is between 44-196So now I suppose is when I start making excuses and trying to justify things. Yes the result is high and outside of the “normal” range. However this...

Ketosis and McArdles – Proof is in the numbers

Obviously I have had a lot of success with weight loss thanks to a very low carb diet (no sugars and grains of any kind) and staying in a state of metabolic ketosis (not to be confused with ketoacidosis). I not only lost over 110 pds in 10 months but my CK tests have never been better even after intense exercise.  I also feel like a million bucks and have successfully completed many running races including half marathons.  The key...

Glycogen Storage Disease Type 5, Ketogenic, Running and Paleo / Primal ?

Glycogen Storage Disease Type 5 (McArdle’s Disease), Ketogenic, Running and Paleo / Primal ? Approximately 10 years ago I was diagnosed with McArdle’s disease (Glycogen Storage Disease Type 5) through a muscle biopsy in my upper right thigh.  This metabolic disease affects 1 in 100,000 individuals and basically prevents muscles from being able to utilize glycogen (primary source) for energy. In the time since being diagnosed I sadly allowed myself, under false beliefs it was the only safe option, to...