SoleFit Events: Is Fat the New Fast?

A couple weeks ago, SoleFit presented a seminar on fat adaptation entitled 'Is Fat the New Fast'.


A couple weeks ago, SoleFit presented a seminar on fat adaptation entitled ‘Is Fat the New Fast’.  As health care specialists, we realize how important it is to not only focus on our area of expertise but also to look more holistically at what might be causing the problem.  The role that nutrition plays into systemic injury and illness is becoming increasingly apparent.  Here is a brief set of take aways that we had from our talk.  

* This talk was geared more towards athletic performance but almost all of the concepts apply to general improved health.

Become less reliant on ingested calories. One of the huge advantages of becoming fat adapted is that it gives us the ability to use stored body fat as fuel.  Instead of relying solely on ingested calories, it would be great to be able to tap into some of that energy stored as fat.  A 150lb male with 10% body fat will carry upwards of 50,000 calories of body fat!!

Keep insulin levels low. Eliminate processed foods, sugar and high heated oils found in refined foods.  Focus your nutrition on whole sources with the foundation of your carbohydrate intake from plants and vegetables.  This promotes insulin sensitivity and signals less fat to be stored and more to be burned.  Starting with a range of 100-150g/day is a great launching point.

Increase fat intake.  Source high quality fats from olive, coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds, full fat dairy (if tolerated), eggs and animal fats.  Balance your fat with the remainder of your caloric needs per the pattern of your exercise.

Take advantage of natural hunger regulation through fasting. Prolonging periods between eating to allow greater sensitivity to hunger signals, balanced blood sugars and automated maintenance our bodies are hard wired with.  Eat meals further apart.

Train fasted.  Dependent on intensity and duration, most workouts can be comfortably trained in a fasted state.  This keep blood flow to muscles and avoids getting into a pattern of constantly refuelling because blood sugars stay balanced.  Eat post workout when insulin sensitivity is high.

Adjust lifestyle.  Our bodies burn fat at low intensity and with basic movement.  Move as often as possible all day long.  Make sure your training offers a large dose of easy intensity work (80%) with periodic high intensity via lifting, sprinting or intervals (20%).  Until the perspective shifts and more people apply and validate this model, the market, its product and general marketing landscape won't always offer the best insight.

SoleFIt Presentation about health.

REFERENCES

Here are a few reliable books and websites that can shed some light on the subject of health, whole foods and high fat, low carbohydrate eating.

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance:  Steven Phinny and Jeff Volek

The Primal Blueprint:  Mark Sisson

The Big Book of Endurance Training:  Phil Maffetone

Primal Endurance Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns

Why We Get Fat:  Gary Taubes

Good Calories, Bad Calories:  Gary Taubes

Keto Clarity:  Jimmy Moore

Ketone salts to help with ketosis and fat adaptation

*All attendees were given samples of Keto//OS ketone salts.  Products like this may be helpful to leverage the adjustment to training fasted, or help hurdle the mental adjustment to low carb.  We are excited to get more feedback on exciting new products like this!

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