Becoming fat-adapted is one of the most powerful health and performance goals to strive for. In this post, I 'll cover some of the basic steps, and provide links to an article and a podcost that feature high-level performance coaches discussing the importance of this concept.
When fat-adapted, your body's metabolic engine will work more like a fire burning logs instead of paper. Fueled by fat, your energy production system will run longer, stronger and cleaner. And every other system in your body will benefit from having a consistent, reliable source of energy that can be generated with a minimal amount of metabolic waste (like the ash created by burning paper). Less metabolic waste means lower levels of internal inflammation—the underlying cause of almost every modern, chronic disease.
When your body learns to recognize and utilize fat as its preferred source of fuel, you'll find that you won't always be hungry in the morning; you may even feel more energetic and focused when you wait a few hours to eat.
Becoming fat-adapted doesn't happen overnight. It takes a few weeks to a few months for your body to adjust the enzymatic and metabolic processes necessary for optimal, fat-burning efficiency.
How do you become fat-adapted?
By adhering to a healthy lifestyle and eating a nutrient-dense, metabolically-balanced diet. Download our free Seeds of Success and Food for Thought guides to get started.
Next, start paying attention to when and how often you eat, or need to eat. It will take some training and attention, but you'll soon begin to feel (and see) the benefits. Check out this previous post on why breakfast may not be "the most important meal of the day," and a short quiz that will help you determine whether or not you're a fat-burner.
Here's a summary of the basic steps to becoming fat adapted: