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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...

Keto Kale Avocado Gazpacho (+ a Giveaway!)

May 24 2019 - Cool summer fare means more than just Big-Ass Salads. Nothing is off the table, including soup—particularly gazpacho. A perfect summer classic, this gazpacho recipe is a keto lovers dream: loads of ...

Primal (and Keto) Cowboy Burgers

May 26 2019 - It's Memorial Day weekend, and we know many of you will be celebrating with friends and family. To that end, we've got a perfect addition to your Primal and Primal-keto menu: the cowboy burger. With t...

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

June 06 2019 - With June here, we're all about grilling. For some lighter fare, we love these Primal- and keto-friendly kabobs with summer veggies. Primal Kitchen® Lemon Turmeric Dressing and Marinade makes this di...

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...

Keto Pulled BBQ Ranch Chicken Sliders

April 28 2019 - "Pulled" BBQ is a classic for potlucks, parties, game day spreads and casual family dinners. No wonder—it's easy to make ahead (in big batches no less) and even does well for leftovers. Still, th...

Keto Donuts

May 12 2018 - It takes less time to make these donuts than it does to drive to your local donut shop, and you’re rewarded with a yummy treat made from simple, pure ingredients. Almond flour, eggs, butter and heav...

Primal+Keto Cooking Made Easy: Tex-Mex Fajita Veggies

June 17 2019 - The last couple weeks I've grilled up some great Primal+keto meat dishes: steak and marinated chicken. But I'm a big believer in above ground, non-starchy vegetables for a Primal and keto diet. One of...

Chilled Zucchini Basil Soup (+ A Giveaway!)

May 31 2019 - Soup is one of the most overlooked ways for incorporating a rich variety of vegetables in your diet. That goes double for summer soups. We're loving this keto- and Primal-friendly Zucchini Basil Soup ...

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...

30 Keto Recipes Ready In Under 30 Minutes

May 21 2019 - Thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's recipe. Have food ready and on the table in under half an hour with these keto-friendly weekday meals! One of the hardest parts about st...

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...

A Day In the Life Of Keto

April 18 2018 - I get the question all the time: "So, what does a regular day of eating look like for you?"—particularly since I went keto. I get asked when I typically start eating and how I schedule my workout...

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...

The Definitive Guide to Keto

June 07 2017 - I use my Los Angeles surroundings as a barometer for changes in the mainstream approach to health, and it holds up quite well. Silicon Valley can claim to be the cradle of technology, but L.A. is defi...

Does Coffee Break an Intermittent Fast?

April 24 2018 - This has got to be one of the most frequent questions I see: "Does coffee break a fast?" Let's answer. To begin with, I'll make the case that you shouldn't worry too much about this stuff. T...

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...

My 16 Favorite Fat Sources (Plus My Latest Big-Ass Salad)

June 14 2017 - Going ketogenic has made me scrutinize my fat sources even more than before. This is an essential practice for anyone seriously pursuing a ketogenic diet. As fat will comprise the majority of your cal...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

12 Health Podcasts I’m Enjoying Lately

November 16 2017 - I love podcasts. They might be my favorite part of the Internet revolution. World-class lectures on every topic. Interviews with experts from every field. Hilarious comics ripping on each other. And i...

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...

Keto Kale Avocado Gazpacho (+ a Giveaway!)

May 24 2019 - Cool summer fare means more than just Big-Ass Salads. Nothing is off the table, including soup—particularly gazpacho. A perfect summer classic, this gazpacho recipe is a keto lovers dream: loads of ...

Primal (and Keto) Cowboy Burgers

May 26 2019 - It's Memorial Day weekend, and we know many of you will be celebrating with friends and family. To that end, we've got a perfect addition to your Primal and Primal-keto menu: the cowboy burger. With t...

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

June 06 2019 - With June here, we're all about grilling. For some lighter fare, we love these Primal- and keto-friendly kabobs with summer veggies. Primal Kitchen® Lemon Turmeric Dressing and Marinade makes this di...

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 Pulled BBQ Ranch Chicken Sliders

April 28 2019 - "Pulled" BBQ is a classic for potlucks, parties, game day spreads and casual family dinners. No wonder—it's easy to make ahead (in big batches no less) and even does well for leftovers. Still, th...

Keto Donuts

May 12 2018 - It takes less time to make these donuts than it does to drive to your local donut shop, and you’re rewarded with a yummy treat made from simple, pure ingredients. Almond flour, eggs, butter and heav...

Primal+Keto Cooking Made Easy: Tex-Mex Fajita Veggies

June 17 2019 - The last couple weeks I've grilled up some great Primal+keto meat dishes: steak and marinated chicken. But I'm a big believer in above ground, non-starchy vegetables for a Primal and keto diet. One of...

Chilled Zucchini Basil Soup (+ A Giveaway!)

May 31 2019 - Soup is one of the most overlooked ways for incorporating a rich variety of vegetables in your diet. That goes double for summer soups. We're loving this keto- and Primal-friendly Zucchini Basil Soup ...

Primal+Keto Cooking Made Easy: Devyn’s Grilled Marinated Chicken

June 10 2019 - Last week I shared with you how I cook my steaks. Today I'm covering another grilled favorite—chicken. A lot of people hesitate to grill chicken, especially skinless chicken, and rightly so. Its lea...

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: 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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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