In Run on Fat, Preventative Cardiologist Dr Philip Mills tells us that the heart muscle prefers ketones for fuel over glucose. How do we get em? Try the Great 8 for starters....
2. The Brain prefers ketones to glucose.
Read Grain Brain? Neurologist Dr David Perlmutter leaves us in no doubt that the brain prefers ketones too. Improved cognitive function at any age? It's a no brainer really.
3. Awaken your Original Energy source.
Whether you’re a Pro athlete, a weekend warrior or a captain of industry, improved “day to day” energy levels are useful for anyone. Improved satiety, stabilized blood sugar levels and real hunger take center stage for the fat adapted.
4. Run all day?
Sure you can. Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring rowed unsupported across the Pacific for 45 days, completing the physical equivalent of 2 marathons a day EACH on a wholefoods, high fat fueling strategy. Guys like Zach Bitter and Timmy Olsen run 100 miles for fun without blinking (or bonking!). These folks are tearing down “the wall” in endurance sport. Caveat: your performance will suffer through the induction phase (first 4-6 weeks)*** before you earn your wings ;)
5. The Key to Recovery
Run on Fat showcases Dr Steve Phinney's (no intro needed, right?) research into the anti inflammatory benefits of a whole foods, low carbohydrate, high fat diet. Dr Peter Brukner also gets into the benefits for athletes in there but the summary is pretty simple: Recovery is critical to sustaining performance levels and you CAN grease those wheels quite beautifully with coconut oil & co.
Cereal Killers 2: "Run on Fat" (2015) is the sequel to Cereal Killers (2013). Trailer + Worldwide Viewing here
***One of the reasons why sports scientists point to fat adaptation performance studies then scream "IT DOESN'T WORK!!!" is that they typically don't adapt the subjects for any longer than 2 weeks. so they are testing non adapted athletes slap bang in the induction phase and expecting to see what exactly? Shoddy science.... the FASTER Study (Volek et al) can't some quick enough. The second reason? Is their research (or their salary) either directly or indirectly (at arm's or even a football field when it's very hush hush) length financially supported by a carb interested party?