Contest: An Experiment of One

In keeping with the recent “How to Conduct a Personal Experiment” theme, I’ve put together a fun contest. I’ve been sharing my ideas for personal Primal experiments. Now it’s your turn. Tell me your personal experiment ideas for a chance to win a Primal prize package. All the details are below. But first, the prize…

The Prize

You think Grok took a seat on a porcelain throne when nature called? Of course not! Grok squatted, and so should you. But what are we to do? Is it time for all-out bathroom renovations? No, there’s a simpler solution, and that’s where Squatty Potty comes to the rescue. The winner of this drawing gets their pick of the Squatty Plastic, Squatty Classic or the Squatty Tao Bamboo. Learn more about the benefits of squatting here and order your own Squatty Potty today.

As the Square36 website says, “Do you ever wish you had a bit more space to fully extend and maximize your workout without feeling confined? Now you can with Square36, the world’s 1st oversized workout mat.” That about sums it up. This exercise mat is 6′ x 6′ and is 6 mm thick – thicker than most yoga/workout mats. With the Square36 mat you can easily convert your living room into a workout studio. Just unroll it and you’re set. It’s also great for couples yoga or as a play mat for children. It retails for $99.99, but you can get one for free if you are the lucky winner of this contest.

A $100 gift certificate to Tropical Traditions. If you missed out on the contest I held a couple weeks ago, this is a second chance to stock up on Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, or some Grass-Fed Lamb, Beef or Bison. Or, if that doesn’t float your boat, you could pick up some massage oils, or something for your dog. The list goes on and on, and you’ll have your pick if you win this contest.

As if that wasn’t enough, the winner will also receive one canister of either Dark Chocolate or Vanilla Creme Primal Fuel.

That’s over $300 worth of Primal goodies, and all you have to do for a chance to win is…

The Contest

I want you to come up with your own personal experiments. Do it like so:

Goal: Lose body fat.

Hypothesis: Taking a walk in a fasted state every morning will lower my body fat.

Experiment: I will walk for 30 minutes upon waking and prior to eating breakfast.

Measurements to Take: Each week I will both measure my waist and rank my subjective “clothes fit better” assessment on a scale of 1-10.

Duration of Experiment: Four weeks.

Variables to Test: After four weeks I will conduct additional experiments testing the effect of walking for different periods of time, of walking at different speeds, and of fasting for shorter or longer periods of time before my first meal of the day.


Goal: To feel less stressed out in life.

Hypothesis: Daily deep breathing exercises can reduce stress and provide a sense of calm and relaxation.

Experiment: In a quiet place I will perform 5 deep breathing cycles (4 seconds to inhale, 7 to hold, and 8 to exhale) 3 times every day.

Measurements to Take: I will rank and record my stress levels on a scale of 1-10 both immediately before and after each session, and 1 hour following each session.

Duration of Experiment: Two weeks.

Variables to Test: After two weeks I will conduct additional experiments to see if more or fewer deep breathing cycles each session, and more of fewer sessions each day provide better or worse results.

Keep it brief, don’t take my examples, give maybe a line or two for each of the six sections, and email me your experiment ideas. Your ideas can be in any area that interests you and you think might be of interest to us. Each experiment up to ten counts as one entry in today’s contest. Ten experiments means ten opportunities to win. Use the email subject heading “Experiment of One” when submitting your answers, so I can easily find and organize all submissions.

The Deadline:

June 14, midnight, PDT. Only two days!

Who is Eligible:

Anyone with an idea for a personal experiment.

How a Winner is Chosen:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants.

Fine Print:

  • I will likely be compiling select submissions into a digital book that will be made available later this month. Stay tuned for details.
  • By emailing me your advice you are agreeing to let me use it in this digital book.
  • To ensure anonymity, your name will not be published.

Thanks to everyone in advance for participating. Grok on!

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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