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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Keto Waffle Breakfast Sandwich (+ a Giveaway!)

March 16 2019 - Breakfast: it's perhaps the menu with the most stumbling blocks for those living low-carb. Eggs are great, but—let's face it—get old without some variety. At times we may find ourselves missing th...

Low-Carb & Keto Chayote “Apple” Crisp

March 10 2019 - Chayote squash is having its day in the sun as of late, but it's been used for centuries in Latin American cooking and baking. The chayote squash (also known as mirliton squash) is a mild-tasting, rel...

19 Keto Soups

March 31 2019 - Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today's recipe. There's nothing quite like cozying up on the couch with a warm bowl of rich and hearty soup. Unfortunately, hearty soup recipes often rely...

The Best 17 Keto-Vegan-Paleo Recipes

April 07 2019 - Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today's recipe. Is it possible to go keto while omitting all dairy and animal products as well? It might seem difficult, but these 17 keto-friendly vegan an...

15 Easy One-Pot Keto Recipes

January 31 2019 - Thanks to Paleohacks for today's awesome keto recipe roundup! Following the keto diet is a snap with these easy, one-pot recipes! Skip the complicated recipes and keep dirty dishes to a minimum with...

Keto Earl Grey Collagen Fat Bombs

March 31 2018 - The good folks at Pique Tea have stopped in this week to serve up two awesome keto recipes to our Primal crowd. Enjoy these rich and chocolatey Keto Earl Gray Collagen Fat Bombs today, and be sure to ...

Subscribe to the Keto Reset Digest Newsletter

March 06 2019 - Subscribe to the Keto Reset Digest Newsletter   Whether you're a passionate keto devotee, a Primal person curious about keto, brand new to the Mark's Daily Apple community and looking for a way...

September 19 2017 - Stay in the keto know! Sign up for the Keto Reset Digest, our keto-themed newsletter. You'll get: Exclusive unpublished commentary about new research, trends, discussions and observations about t...

Keto-Friendly Recipes

October 05 2017 - People assume that keto is a limiting diet. They focus so much on what they "can't" eat, they never get around to enjoying what they can. For me, there's not much difference between my keto meals and ...

12 Favorite Keto Blogs

April 04 2019 - With the explosion of keto, there's an ever growing constant stream of new information about the significant benefits, supposed risks, and varying “rules” for how to adopt a keto diet. As with mos...

19 Keto Soups

March 31 2019 - Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today's recipe. There's nothing quite like cozying up on the couch with a warm bowl of rich and hearty soup. Unfortunately, hearty soup recipes often rely...

The Best 17 Keto-Vegan-Paleo Recipes

April 07 2019 - Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today's recipe. Is it possible to go keto while omitting all dairy and animal products as well? It might seem difficult, but these 17 keto-friendly vegan an...

15 Easy One-Pot Keto Recipes

January 31 2019 - Thanks to Paleohacks for today's awesome keto recipe roundup! Following the keto diet is a snap with these easy, one-pot recipes! Skip the complicated recipes and keep dirty dishes to a minimum with...

12 Favorite Keto Blogs

April 04 2019 - With the explosion of keto, there's an ever growing constant stream of new information about the significant benefits, supposed risks, and varying “rules” for how to adopt a keto diet. As with mos...

The Keto Reset Diet Excerpt—and a Video!—to Celebrate Today’s Release

October 03 2017 - Thank you so much for your support and interest in my latest passion of keto as we finally arrive at the official release date of The Keto Reset Diet—today, October 3rd. The response to my assorted...

Dear Mark: Gender and Retirement Mortality, Muscle-Sparing Keto, Freezing Keto Recipes, Net Carbs, and Carb Timing

November 06 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering 5 questions from readers. First, are there differential mortality effects of mortality on men and women? What role do social networks play? Second, is k...

Introducing The Keto Reset Diet Cookbook (Plus, an MDA Pre-Order Bonus Deal)

October 16 2018 - The Keto Reset Diet Cookbook is here! Well, almost here, but my team and I are excited to release it to the world—and especially to you, the readers of Mark’s Daily Apple. In fact, I decided to do...

Holiday Eating: Considerations for Keto and Primal Types

November 13 2018 - ‘Tis the season… for wondering “Seriously, what the heck am I going eat this holiday??” I’m guessing that most Mark’s Daily Apple readers can relate to the angst that comes with trying ...

What Happens “After Keto”?

April 04 2018 - Google searches for this question have shot up in recent weeks. I'm not surprised. An unprecedented number of people went keto in January purely as a quick weight loss hack, and now they're looking to...

Recipes From The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook—and a Giveaway!

May 08 2018 - Folks, I'm excited today. The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook was just released this morning. It's been a labor of love the same way The Keto Reset Diet book was. I literally threw myself into that pr...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

Dear Mark: Keto Reset Eating Plan, Better Weight Scales, PB Fitness Carb Requirements, and the Best Fish Sauce

July 31 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering/addressing four questions/comments. First, will my new Keto Reset book provide detailed meal plans or vague recommendations? Second, is there a better w...

Are You Ready? 8 Tools and Tips For Your Challenge Prep

June 07 2018 - How many of you will be joining us for the Challenge next week—and how many for the first time? (I'd love to see a show of hands in the comment section.) The cool thing about the Challenge each y...

Introducing the Primal Endurance Mastery Course!

June 27 2017 - I’m thrilled to introduce the launch of an exciting new direction for our educational and publishing ambitions here at Primal Blueprint: The Primal Endurance comprehensive online multimedia educatio...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

May 31 2017 - At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—"41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017." The idea here...

Dear Mark: Following the Money, HIIT Workouts, HIIT and ACL Recovery, Spinach, Collagen Timing

July 30 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering six questions from readers. First, is funding from a biased source sufficient to negate a study's results? Second, what are some good high intensity int...

Dear Mark: Ketosis and HIIT, Keto After Menopause, Inuit and Ketosis?

June 26 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a few questions from you folks. First, can a person maintain their high intensity interval training while starting a ketogenic diet? Is there anything y...

Can Keto and Cardio Mix?

February 27 2019 - We get lots of questions about how a ketogenic diet works in the context of exercise: Is it possible to maintain one’s fitness (strength, endurance, performance) and also drop one’s carb intake to...

Dear Mark: Keto Carb Timing, Fat-Burning Aerobic Zone, Stored vs Dietary Fat

October 30 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions from readers. First, why do I recommend that keto dieters (and low-carbers in general) position their carbohydrate intake shortly after ...

Exercising While Keto: 11 Tips for the Transition (and Long-Term)

July 25 2018 - People go keto for many different reasons. Some want to get better at burning fat so they have a clean, reliable source of steady energy at all times. Some people are treating a neurodegenerative dise...

Holiday Eating: Considerations for Keto and Primal Types

November 13 2018 - ‘Tis the season… for wondering “Seriously, what the heck am I going eat this holiday??” I’m guessing that most Mark’s Daily Apple readers can relate to the angst that comes with trying ...

The 2018 Primal Gift Guide (and One Awesome Book Deal)

November 29 2018 - It's about that time of year. Whatever your inclination or creed, whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukah or nothing at all, gift giving is a solid, time-honored way to establish and maintain bonds...

What Will 2018 Mean For Your Life? (And a Giveaway)

January 03 2018 - Every New Year, the cynics are quick to tell you how arbitrary all the motivational messages, resolutions, and new beginnings are. It's just another day, they grumble. And, sure, they have a point. ...

Are You Ready? 8 Tools and Tips For Your Challenge Prep

June 07 2018 - How many of you will be joining us for the Challenge next week—and how many for the first time? (I'd love to see a show of hands in the comment section.) The cool thing about the Challenge each y...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

May 31 2017 - At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—"41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017." The idea here...

My Experience with Exogenous Ketones: Tale and Truth

December 27 2016 - I woke up the morning of the ceremony with butterflies in my stomach. I'd done the necessary prep. I'd abstained from carbs the past week and food the past 24 hours. I'd performed four consecutive ful...

Find Your Tribe, Find Your Health?

June 27 2018 - Humans are a tribal species. We form alliances, align ourselves along ethnic, familial, religious, and cultural lines. Still, for the vast majority of people, “tribal” carries a negative connotati...

Why Fast? Part Seven – Q&A

April 25 2012 - By now, you should be caught up on all the benefits that fasting offers. By now, you're likely either intrigued by the practice, strongly considering taking it up, or basking in the smug satisfaction ...

What Are You Doing to Live Awesome Today?

January 03 2018 - I've got a regular post coming soon, but I'm also kicking off something different this morning. Isn't that what new beginnings are for? For 2018, I'll be adding something new to the daily line-up o...

Is There a Problem with Weight Loss Culture?

August 16 2017 - I recently read a piece from the New York Times in which the author, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, recounts her lifelong struggle with dieting and body acceptance and her relationship to food. She tackles th...

Dear Mark: Gender and Retirement Mortality, Muscle-Sparing Keto, Freezing Keto Recipes, Net Carbs, and Carb Timing

November 06 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering 5 questions from readers. First, are there differential mortality effects of mortality on men and women? What role do social networks play? Second, is k...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

Dear Mark: 21-Day Challenge Rapid Fire Edition

January 18 2016 - For one of the 21-Day Challenge contests last week, you guys asked dozens of questions. Today, I'm answering a bunch of them in rapid fire style including how to get kids to eat more meat and veggies...

21 Books to Begin 2018

November 30 2017 - The book is an ancient technology whose importance has only increased in modern times. With a book, you gain access to another person's mind or life experiences. That's hard to beat. People who aren't...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

May 31 2017 - At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—"41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017." The idea here...

Primal Starter: Fasted Mornings

March 09 2018 - "The simplest way to building your fitness for going keto is to delay your first meal of the day until WHEN—When Hunger Ensues Naturally. This simple, intuitive strategy will turbocharge you fat- an...

How to Throw a Low-Carb Barbecue Party—With 20 Recipes

August 30 2018 - As we move toward September, we might be thinking of Labor Day parties or fall tailgating weekends—events perfect for a barbecue spread. But when you're eating Primal, keto or otherwise low-carb, tr...

Fasted Workouts: When They’re More Effective (and How I Incorporate Them)

November 07 2018 - Fasted workouts are a controversial topic in the fitness world. To some, the idea of working out without "carbing up" or doing the pre-workout protein shake is unthinkable. Won't my performance suffer...

Dear Mark: Liver for Babies, Flax Seed, and MCTs with Fruit

April 07 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, I've got a three-parter. First I discuss the suitability and proper dosage of grass fed beef liver for babies and toddlers. It's definitely a good choice, but you do have to kee...

50+ Primal Thoughts, Tips and Recipes for Your Thanksgiving

November 22 2017 - The team and I are hustling today, getting everything in place before the holiday weekend, and all of us are already thinking about the festivities (not to mention feasts) to come. So, you'll forgive ...

Keto Waffle Breakfast Sandwich (+ a Giveaway!)

March 16 2019 - Breakfast: it's perhaps the menu with the most stumbling blocks for those living low-carb. Eggs are great, but—let's face it—get old without some variety. At times we may find ourselves missing th...

Low-Carb & Keto Chayote “Apple” Crisp

March 10 2019 - Chayote squash is having its day in the sun as of late, but it's been used for centuries in Latin American cooking and baking. The chayote squash (also known as mirliton squash) is a mild-tasting, rel...

Keto Earl Grey Collagen Fat Bombs

March 31 2018 - The good folks at Pique Tea have stopped in this week to serve up two awesome keto recipes to our Primal crowd. Enjoy these rich and chocolatey Keto Earl Gray Collagen Fat Bombs today, and be sure to ...

2 Meat, 2 Pepper Chili

March 24 2019 - Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today's recipe. This rich keto chili is made with two types of beef and slow cooked in bone broth for stick-to-your-ribs heartiness. This rich and simple ...

A Thanksgiving Menu For Everyone At the Table

November 15 2018 - Well, folks, I'd say this does it. When I asked the bees to come up with some Primal Thanksgiving fare, I caught the looks exchanged that suggested they saw it as a personal challenge. Now I only regr...

Primal Keto Ice Cream

June 03 2017 - This is the keto ice cream you've been waiting for. It's creamy, rich and luscious, and made with just 5 ingredients. Primal keto ice cream is pure, unadulterated, guilt-free bliss. There's no dairy, ...

Primal Keto Bread

July 08 2017 - A slice of warm buttered bread can be hard to resist. When that slice is Primal keto bread, you don’t have to resist. Primal keto bread makes delicious toast and sandwiches a real possibility, wheth...

Keto Cheesecake Parfait

July 21 2018 - This gorgeous summertime parfait is infused with healthy fat and flavor from ingredients like macadamia nuts, coconut and full-fat dairy.  A few teaspoons of gelatin make this dessert rich and creamy...

11 Keto Breakfasts (That Aren’t Eggs)

January 03 2019 - Eggs are an easy and nutritious breakfast, but some mornings a plate of eggs just isn’t what your body craves. Viva variety! These delicious keto breakfasts are either egg-free or include eggs as...

4 Low-Carb (& Keto-Friendly) Cocktails

December 06 2018 - It's holiday party season, and no one wants to be left out of the celebration. Whether you're eating Primal, paleo, general low-carb or even keto, there's no reason to relegate yourself to club soda w...

Feeling My Limitations Melt Away

January 26 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Being Keto-Adapted Is One Helluva Ride!

October 20 2017 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Life Is Full of Adventure and Possibility

December 10 2018 - It's Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Goodies Against the Grain: Sadie’s Story (and 2 Amazing Recipes) + IG Giveaway

February 13 2018 - Today's guest post is offered up by Sadie Radinsky, whom I had the pleasure of chatting with on a recent episode of her podcast, Jump For Joy. I think you're going to love her story and be inspired by...

The Missing Piece To My Puzzle (Plus a Recipe—and a Giveaway)

July 20 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

Make Your Overall Wellness a Joyful Passion

April 20 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

After Six Months I Was In Remission

March 25 2019 - It's Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

I Find This Journey a Joyous Experience

March 23 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

I’ve Transformed My Body and Mind

October 26 2018 - It's Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark's Da...

12 Favorite Keto Blogs

April 04 2019 - With the explosion of keto, there's an ever growing constant stream of new information about the significant benefits, supposed risks, and varying “rules” for how to adopt a keto diet. As with mos...

A Metabolic Paradigm Shift, or Why Fat Is the Preferred Fuel for Human Metabolism

May 19 2011 - There’s a good reason so many people (mostly the sugar-burners, whose disparate group includes fruitarians, veg*ans, HEDers, body-builders, most MDs, the USDA and virtually every RD program in the c...

Dear Mark: Marine Fat Sources, Not Gaining/Losing, Keto Breastfeeding

July 16 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First, what are some less expensive sources of marine fat high in omega-3s? Is canned salmon a good, safe, effective option? Second, a ...

Keto and the Menstrual Cycle: Is There Reason To Worry?

April 18 2019 - It seems every “keto for women” forum abounds with stories about menstrual cycles gone wild in the first few months of keto. Irregular cycles, breakthrough bleeding, and periods lasting much longe...

Dear Mark: Raising HDL Particle Number, Who Should Try Ketones, and Where’s My Keto Energy?

January 02 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions from readers. First up, what's the best way to increase your HDL particle count? There are dozens of articles explaining how to reduce L...

The Real Deal On Keto Body Odor

March 21 2019 - I'm continuing my crusade of keto mythbusting. Recently, there was keto crotch, then keto bloat, and today I’m returning to one of the O.G. myths—keto body odor. Yes, it seems detractors of the k...

Fasting versus Carb Restriction: Which Works Better for What Scenarios

June 13 2018 - Both fasting and carb-restriction appear to operate along similar physiological pathways. Both lower carbs. Both increase fat-adaptation. Both have the potential to get you into ketosis. Both lower in...

Dear Mark: Potato Diet, Lean Gains, EVOO/Butter/Ghee, Exogenous Ketones, and Early IFing

June 18 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering several questions drawn from the comment board of last week's post on fasting vs carb restriction. First, how do I square my recommendations with the su...

How to Restart Keto

January 02 2019 - Last month, I gave a heads up about what I'm calling the Keto Kickoff—a quick and comprehensive 7-day dive into the ketogenic diet, a pure distillation of the lessons contained in The Keto Reset Die...

Low Carb Diets Affect Short Term Memory

January 06 2009 - A soon-to-be published study in Appetite [2009 Feb;52(1):96-103] (but apparently already published online earlier this summer) done by a group at Tufts seems to have "proven" that when you remove carb...

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