If you're living a life in ketosis, you've probably heard the term "fat adapted". But, what does that actually mean? And what is the process your body is going through as it becomes adapted to fat?
(Likely) Most of your life has been spent carb-adapted.
The process of getting fatty acids to work right.
Longer and stricter ketosis = quicker fat adaptation.
Getting over glucose! (And moving on to fat).
And some practical steps you can take to speed up your fat adaptation.
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Chad: 00:06 We're getting a lot of questions regarding the proper way to live life in ketosis. We have you covered in our midweek mini series called Sunday supps. Every Sunday we have a quick supplemental episode where we answer your questions on all things keto. So our question today comes from, actually Eric, I don't know who this one comes from. We, we lost the name or never had the name of the person that asked the question. So I apologize if they sent it to us, but it was such a good question. I wish I could give credit, um, because I think it's so basic and it's actually something that we really haven't covered very well. So, um, the, the person asks, um, when you talk about being fat adapted, could you please clarify what exactly does that mean and how will I know?
Eric: 00:48 Good. Yeah, that's a big buzzword right now, uh, in a keto world is fat adapted and uh, you know, it's, it's, it's actually mean something very, very productive. Okay. And so they say, you know, as you start keto, and we all know this at the beginning of a keto, you are not fat adapted. You are glucose adaptive carbohydrate adapted. Your brain is glucose adaptive completely because however, how old you are, you've been doing glucose adaptation to your brain all those years. You have not been doing fat adaptation to the brain, which you can't do fatty acids to the brand because it won't cross the blood brain barrier, but you can't provide it with something that fat makes and that Ketones, Beta hydroxybutyrate molecule high and being fat adapted. Obviously you get more fat adapted to send those fatty acids to the liver to actually produce ketones Beta. All right, and so that's one part of being fat adapted and the longer you're in keto and kind of the stricter you are without scaling out the, you become more fat adapted to get fatty acids from your adipose tissue and some dietary to the liver to create the Beta.
Speaker 1: 02:03 That's one part of fat being fat adapted. The other fat adapted that most people are talking about in. And I think, you know, especially in training or racing or anything, and in energy is actually getting the fatty acids that is carried by albumin protein and other things. Those are being released from your adipose tissue. Okay? From the HSL is getting taken to your muscle cells to be used as energy, okay? Being more adapted fatty acids, you're using them in your muscles to be an energy source to produce ATP, okay? It's not going to the brain because it can't, but fat adaption is getting all your fatty acids to work, right? Go to the liver to make ketones go to the muscles and the heart and all the other organs to be used as an energy source. And remember your heart says, Hey, I get first dibs on your fatty acids. I don't care about your glucose right now. I want fatty acids. The heart loves fatty acids, Mitochondria loves fatty acids, a lot of the other organs love fatty acids. The getting your muscles to actually incorporate those fatty acids faster and quicker and more efficiently. That's being fat adapted. And that's why fasting is so good to push that fat adaptation, intermittent fasting, pushes fat adaptation, a training cardio without in a fat in a fascist state pushes fat adaptation. So you're going to burn those fatty acids and use that energy that you have stored.
Chad: 03:33 Great. Yeah. As simply, and you can correct me if I'm, if my thinking wrong, but just simply for me when I think of being fat adapted or not, what I'm thinking is my, when I'm fat adapted, my body can now burn and utilize my fat as an energy source a. Whereas if I'm not fat adapted, it's using the glucose in the carbs as an energy.
Eric: 03:57 Exactly. Well said man. Do you summed it up in 15 seconds and I took longer to get to that point and now all I'm getting to is fatty acids are your supreme fuel source. That's what your body is intended to use. Either make ketones Beta or you send them directly to the Mitochondria to be used and it's more efficient. Way More so and, and you know, you'll, you'll notice if you're racing or just energy wise like you, Chad working out and all the things that we do. You just keep going longer and, and in. Yes, that's right. We did a podcast on, on muscle loss and um, and we talked a little bit about there too, so they can always go back to that podcast too.
Chad: 04:42 Yeah. Great. Well, thanks for biohacking with us today. Thank you. And I want to thank all of you for joining us on this quest for optimal fitness. If you're ready to begin your own journey and live your life in Ketosis, be sure to check out biofitcoaching.com or biofit coaching on Instagram that handles @keto.biohacker and until next time, stay keto.