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What Does It Mean to Be Fat Adapted?

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  • Fat-adaptation is the normal, preferred metabolic state of the human body. Sugar-dependency is an abnormal metabolic state that inevitably leads to insulin resistance and chronic disease
  • Once you are fat-adapted, your body can effectively burn stored fat for energy throughout the day, and can effectively oxidize dietary fat for energy. Hence less fat will be stored in adipose tissue
  • Fat adapted people essentially reprogram their bodies, allowing genes associated with lipid metabolism to be upregulated
  • If you can handle exercising without having to carb-load, you’re probably fat-adapted. If you can work out effectively in a fasted state, you’re definitely fat-adapted

By Mark Sisson

When describing someone that has successfully made the transition to the Primal way of eating I often refer to them as "fat-adapted" or as "fat-burning beasts". But what exactly does it mean to be "fat-adapted"? How can you tell if you're fat-adapted or still a "sugar-burner"?


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