In this episode we begin an ongoing conversation topic… do endurance athletes need to be in ketosis to get the benefits of burning fat?

Debbie and Brock chat in the first part of this episode about fat adapted vs. ketosis for endurance athletes. The second part is a quick chat with the Ketogenic Guru- Maria Emmerich as she sits outside in Maui and soaks up her last few days of fun in the sun!

Mark Sisson said it best in one of his blog posts (link below)- A quick note about ketosis:

“Fat-adaption does not necessarily mean ketosis. Ketosis is ketosis. Fat-adaption describes the ability to burn both fat directly via beta-oxidation and glucose via glycolysis, while ketosis describes the use of fat-derived ketone bodies by tissues (like parts of the brain) that normally use glucose. A ketogenic diet “tells” your body that no or very little glucose is available in the environment. The result? “Impaired” glucose tolerance and “physiological” insulin resistance, which sound like negatives but are actually necessary to spare what little glucose exists for use in the brain. On the other hand, a well-constructed, lower-carb (but not full-blown ketogenic) Primal way of eating that leads to weight loss generally improves insulin sensitivity.”

Here are some links Brock and Debbie discuss:

This is the Low Carb vs Low Fat article Brock mentioned:

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/weight-loss/is-low-fat-or-low-carb-better-for-weight-loss

Post exercise protein article:

https://peerj.com/articles/2825.pdf

Pruvit Keto Blog:  https://thewholesticmethod.pruvitnow.com/blog/

What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted?