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Good Fat, Bad Fat Has Arrived! Order Your Copy Today and Get a Free Gift!

May 17 2016 - I talk a lot about fat on this blog—body fat, healthy fat, harmful fat—so when I came across Romy Dollé’s book Good Fat, Bad Fat, I was more than intrigued. The only problem was, it was written...

The Definitive Guide to Fats

June 01 2020 - Cholesterol usually gets the gold for most demonized nutrient, and fats undoubtedly take the silver. It's time to confront the misunderstandings around fats. When I switched from a high-carb, low-f...

Mark Sisson Is Not Afraid of Fat, Part 2

November 15 2006 - The Harvard School of Public Health has announced the results of a painstaking 20-year study: fat does not make you fat, or sick, or anything else we've been taught about fat. In fact, a high-fat, hig...

Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters

June 07 2016 - All fats are not created equal. We know this because we're constantly correcting people who get it wrong. There are good fats and bad fats and really really bad fats and fats that are conditionally go...

Fish Tartare: A Recipe from Good Fat, Bad Fat

May 21 2016 - In honor of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest release, Good Fat, Bad Fat by Romy Dollé, we thought we’d share another recipe from this healthy fat resource. If you missed the Rösti with Fried...

Monday Musings: Dairy Fat Good and Placebos Win (with a twist)

December 27 2010 - Dairy resides in a murky area for some of you guys, but I think most of us can appreciate a good slab of grass-fed butter, maybe a bit of raw cheese, and some fermented dairy, either kefir or yogurt. ...

Dear Mark: Soy Lecithin, Healthy Fat Alternatives, Wasted Workouts, and Magic Grapefruit

May 02 2011 - Things got a little heated regarding the milligrams of evil soy lecithin used as in emulsifier in most dark chocolates in last week's Dear Mark post, so before launching into today's questions and ans...

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...

Fat-Oxidation Damage Control

July 17 2008 - Earlier this week we watched Mark make his signature salad: a veritable cornucopia of vegetable wonder (and anti-oxidant powerhouse). We’ve also heard Mark talk about his personal penchant for a goo...

The Definitive Guide to Fats

June 01 2020 - Cholesterol usually gets the gold for most demonized nutrient, and fats undoubtedly take the silver. It's time to confront the misunderstandings around fats. When I switched from a high-carb, low-f...

Mark Sisson Is Not Afraid of Fat, Part 2

November 15 2006 - The Harvard School of Public Health has announced the results of a painstaking 20-year study: fat does not make you fat, or sick, or anything else we've been taught about fat. In fact, a high-fat, hig...

Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters

June 07 2016 - All fats are not created equal. We know this because we're constantly correcting people who get it wrong. There are good fats and bad fats and really really bad fats and fats that are conditionally go...

Monday Musings: Dairy Fat Good and Placebos Win (with a twist)

December 27 2010 - Dairy resides in a murky area for some of you guys, but I think most of us can appreciate a good slab of grass-fed butter, maybe a bit of raw cheese, and some fermented dairy, either kefir or yogurt. ...

Dear Mark: Soy Lecithin, Healthy Fat Alternatives, Wasted Workouts, and Magic Grapefruit

May 02 2011 - Things got a little heated regarding the milligrams of evil soy lecithin used as in emulsifier in most dark chocolates in last week's Dear Mark post, so before launching into today's questions and ans...

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...

Fat-Oxidation Damage Control

July 17 2008 - Earlier this week we watched Mark make his signature salad: a veritable cornucopia of vegetable wonder (and anti-oxidant powerhouse). We’ve also heard Mark talk about his personal penchant for a goo...

Dear Mark: Low Carb Powerlifting, Why We Store Fat, Houseplant Bathing, and Elk Tallow

February 16 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from readers. The first one comes from Mike, a powerlifter who's looking to drop carbs and eat healthier without sacrificing his performa...

This Is a Big Fat Blog Post

January 12 2007 - Apples, as you know, this is a pro-fat health site - pro-fat meaning we recommend eating beneficial fats, of course, not getting fat. There are a lot of issues to consider when it comes to fat - heart...

Dear Mark: Soy Lecithin, Healthy Fat Alternatives, Wasted Workouts, and Magic Grapefruit

May 02 2011 - Things got a little heated regarding the milligrams of evil soy lecithin used as in emulsifier in most dark chocolates in last week's Dear Mark post, so before launching into today's questions and ans...

Dear Mark: Low Carb Powerlifting, Why We Store Fat, Houseplant Bathing, and Elk Tallow

February 16 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions from readers. The first one comes from Mike, a powerlifter who's looking to drop carbs and eat healthier without sacrificing his performa...

This Is a Big Fat Blog Post

January 12 2007 - Apples, as you know, this is a pro-fat health site - pro-fat meaning we recommend eating beneficial fats, of course, not getting fat. There are a lot of issues to consider when it comes to fat - heart...

Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism

August 21 2012 - A few months ago, I addressed the role gender plays in how we respond to intermittent fasting. That post sparked a great discussion, and I've since received a fair number of emails from readers eager ...

CrossFit Training: How to Lose Fat with Primal

July 27 2017 - Note: Many of you have written to me wondering about my newfound obsession with CrossFit. I'm responding to a steady stream of requests from CFers who want to do Primal but have been led to believe th...

Dear Mark: Is Caloric Density the Answer?, Fat Starving the Brain, and High-Intensity Primal Endurance Training

May 02 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions from readers. First, should the primary focus in constructing a healthy diet be caloric density? Is the key to weight loss and optimal h...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted? – Part 2: Q&A

July 10 2012 - As I figured it would, last week's post on fat-adaptation generated a lot of comments and questions. I couldn't answer all of them (maybe another time), so for today's post, I tried to collate the mo...

Dear Carrie: Cellulite

June 06 2011 - Hi again, everyone. Thanks for the comments and emails in response to my last post on menopause and hot flashes. I’m working on getting through your questions and hope to do several posts throughout...

Dear Mark: Cycling Harder Than Running, High-Fat Football Training, and Orange Theory

May 23 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions about training. First, why might cycling feel harder than running at the same heart rate, and what should be done about it? Second, is i...

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...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

The 7 Habits of Thin (Healthy) People

July 11 2007 - Bibliona Flickr Photo (CC) There are more diets than donuts, and the truth is that most of them will work in the short-term. But the reason few diets work long-term is because they are rarely sustain...

Is Keto for Everyone? Cautions, Caveats, and Contraindications

June 21 2017 - In a few months, I'll be releasing a book extolling the virtues of a ketogenic diet. I'm currently several months into a ketogenic experiment, which is going well. I just wrote a Definitive Guide exp...

How to Ensure Your Final Years Are Good Ones

February 11 2014 - We talk about aging gracefully, but what does it mean? How does one age gracefully? To me, it means ensuring your final years are good ones. Basically, we want to avoid the "regular" maladies of agin...

Where I Part Ways with the Popular Keto Movement

October 04 2017 - The explosive growth of interest in the ketogenic diet has been a net good for the state of nutrition. For one, people have accepted the fact that eating fat won't kill you, and they're even getting c...

Dear Mark: Diet to Get Lean, Exercise to Get Healthy?

September 24 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be discussing the role of exercise alone in weight and fat loss. If it seems like I've been harping on this same topic for a couple weeks now, it's only because ...

Why We Crave Comfort Foods

May 09 2013 - We all have them - ”comfort” foods that feel like more than just food. Far beyond the random edibles of our day, these are imbued with the likes of positive memories, celebratory identities, nurtu...

How to Deal with Common Primal Stumbling Blocks

September 20 2011 - A 30-day Primal Blueprint Challenge wouldn't be complete without you facing some actual challenges. Yesterday, because we're all in this together, I asked you to share your struggles with everyone in ...

Dear Mark: Fasting Followup

February 27 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering questions from the comment section of last week's fasting post. You guys brought up some great points, and I'll be addressing some of them. First up, do...

Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat

March 14 2011 - Ah, sleep. Nothing like a good dose of the stuff, right? Losing even a single wink of your usual forty (or an hour, as the case may be) is enough to throw off an entire day. But do you know who mig...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Sensible Vices: Round 2

May 28 2008 - What can we say? We love our vices: those delightful, scrumptious, indulgent little morsels of gratifying transgression. O.K., this isn’t really how we look at it, but it’s kind of fun (and relati...

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...

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...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

Why Did My Cholesterol Go Up After Going Primal?

June 26 2012 - While the majority of people who go Primal see their blood lipids improve, a significant minority do not in the short term. They see LDL cholesterol skyrocket, or their total cholesterol increase, and...

Fresh Mix

January 19 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: Not just the latest news - the best! 1) Folic Acid Rocks A major study on folate is making a splash. Scientists say folic acid appears to help stave cognitive declin...

The Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts

September 12 2012 - With the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge having just begun, it's the perfect time to go over the Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts. I believe that fully grokking these powerful ideas is crucial to suc...

Guest Post – Building Muscle 101: Master the Basics

May 18 2008 - Much like was discussed in Fat Loss 101, building muscle is basically a hormonal event. Hormones such as testosterone, insulin, growth hormone and cortisol are giving the body signals on whether to bu...

Fish Tartare: A Recipe from Good Fat, Bad Fat

May 21 2016 - In honor of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest release, Good Fat, Bad Fat by Romy Dollé, we thought we’d share another recipe from this healthy fat resource. If you missed the Rösti with Fried...

Adaptogenic Keto Fat Bombs

June 10 2017 - The basic ketogenic diet garners about 65-75% energy needs from fat sources. While a good Primal diet offers much in the way of healthy, varied fats, with keto it's helpful to have extra strategies fo...

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 ...

How to Render Bacon Fat (plus a Fennel and Dill Omelet Recipe)

July 31 2009 - Hey-o, Worker Bee here. There's been recent talk about how to render bacon fat, so with that in mind I've put together a how-to photo blog, as well as a follow-up recipe for how to put that leftover f...

Fat Guacamole Devils

January 23 2010 - Breathing new life into a tried and true recipe is a simple way of adding variety to your diet. Take deviled eggs, for example. They’ve been around as long as any of us can probably remember, althou...

Bacon, Chicken and Avocado Salad

April 17 2010 - Lauren Seaver had us with the first three ingredients in her salad: bacon, chicken and avocado. What is there not to love? This combination is not new to most of you, in fact, you might even throw it ...

Apple-Stuffed Roasted Chicken With Sweet Potato Chips

June 19 2009 - After all the animal fat talk this week, I figured a recipe was in order. But how could I make a dish that revolved around animal fat? Animal fats usually are just cooking aids, rather than stars of t...

Thick & Creamy Labneh

June 27 2015 - Labneh is a type of Middle Eastern “cheese” made from strained yogurt. Thick and creamy with a mild, tangy flavor, labneh is typically served as a spread or dip. Although labneh can be found in ma...

The Many Uses of Coconut Flour

March 27 2009 - A barrage of comments to our post on low-carb thickeners confirmed that while coconut flour is terrible for thickening sauces, it does serve other purposes. Our last post on a Primal flour – almond ...

Chia Flax Hot Pudding

July 25 2015 - This is a guest post by Kelly LeVeque. Kelly is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and celebrity health coach based in Los Angeles, California. Be Well grew out of Kelly's lifelong pas...

Little Leafy’s Keto Diet Success Story

September 08 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’...

What Does It Mean to Be a Fat-Burning Beast?

June 22 2012 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. I'm excited to be able to bring you this story today. As much as I'm not a fan of Chr...

Don’t You Just Love Making Doctors Speechless

June 24 2011 - 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’...

Regaining Control: Michelle’s Primal Journey

August 25 2009 - My weight struggle began when I turned 21. I got really stressed out at my job, and in turn I became depressed and very anxious to the point that my Doctor put me off work. That was the beginning of m...

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...

Primal Blueprint Success Story: Former Marathoner Beating Diabetes

June 20 2009 - Thanks to active forum member and fellow Primal Blueprinter, DiabetesCanKissMyButt. Let it be an inspiration to anyone who is living a similar story. Follow DiabetesCanKissMyButt as she journals he...

Diabetes Can Kiss My Butt

August 21 2009 - 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...

Can You Be an Endurance Athlete and Primal?

February 24 2010 - By now you know I have a biased point of view that rigorous endurance training is antithetical to health. Yes, I competed and loved it for 20 years, so I get the appeal it has for so many, but these d...

Shift Your Body Fat to Reframe Your Life

August 09 2013 - 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’...

Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters

June 07 2016 - All fats are not created equal. We know this because we're constantly correcting people who get it wrong. There are good fats and bad fats and really really bad fats and fats that are conditionally go...

Dear Mark: Soy Lecithin, Healthy Fat Alternatives, Wasted Workouts, and Magic Grapefruit

May 02 2011 - Things got a little heated regarding the milligrams of evil soy lecithin used as in emulsifier in most dark chocolates in last week's Dear Mark post, so before launching into today's questions and ans...

I Can’t Eat Anything!

January 15 2007 - Junior Apple Mike F. writes: "Mark, what can I eat? I hear dairy is bad, fat is bad, then fat is good, but some fat is bad, carbs are bad, but fiber is good. There is nothing left. I can't even hav...

9 Signs You Aren’t Digesting Fats and What To Do About It

May 06 2020 - If you're on a high-fat ketogenic diet and running on a fat-based metabolism, you need access to fat. Some of it comes from your own body, but not all. A good portion of your body's fuel will come fro...

Low-Carb Is Not a License to Live on Bacon

March 08 2007 - Yesterday I discussed the much-buzzed-about Stanford Atkins study...at length. As many of you know, I am very much in favor of a diet that is high in good fats, lean protein, and green vegetables - an...

Dear Mark: Low-Fat Versus Low-Carb Study and Plain Ol’ Olive Oil

August 17 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions from readers. First, I field one of the dozens of emails I received concerning the latest low-carb versus low-fat study making the media r...

The Problems with Antibiotics: They Kill the Good Guys and Make You Fat

November 17 2011 - Whenever I think about antibiotics, I stymie my inner Star Wars fan and admit that it's a good thing the Force isn't real and Art Ayers is not actually a wizened microbiologist version of Ben Kenobi. ...

Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat

March 14 2011 - Ah, sleep. Nothing like a good dose of the stuff, right? Losing even a single wink of your usual forty (or an hour, as the case may be) is enough to throw off an entire day. But do you know who mig...

Dear Mark: Wife’s Weight Gain; Upper Arm Fat

September 15 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a two-parter. First up is a question from a reader whose wife has gained weight following the Primal Blueprint way of eating and after completing a Whole30....

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

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