Not quite fat adapted, but am I getting there? How do you know?

Answered on September 25, 2014
Created September 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Hi all,

I feel like I'm getting fat adapted, which is a main goal of mine for paleo just so that I don't get blood sugar crashes or brain fog when hungry. But how do I know?

I'm almost to week four of being paleo. Some days I can go about five hours without eating between breakfast and lunch, if I have enough extra good fats with breakfast. I'm not able to miss a meal, but when I was eating SAD I'd have to get a snack within 2 to 2.5 hours after breakfast and lunch. So, I think I'm getting there, but it's not full-blown.

Also, one thing I've noticed is that I'll get hungry, but not too bad. But then I'll get really hungry for a couple of minutes, and after I tough it out, I'm suddenly not hungry at all. I bounce back and forth that way for a bit before I decide I really do need to eat. Is that a sign that my genes are switching on, but not completely? I notice that I can eat like, four almonds, and that will boost me for a quite a while.

Any ideas what else could help me get there? More fats in the morning? Would adding exercise spur the adaptation--I've wanted to wait so that I don't accidentlly overdo it during the transition.

Thank you fot the advice.

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on September 25, 2014
at 10:39 AM

Sounds like you're already somewhat fat adapted because you can last 4-5 hours after breakfast.  If you eat, you'll get hungry again later on.  When you do eat, stick to lower carb items, and prefer protein and fat (mostly fat).


Are you drinking anything in the morning such as coffee? If so, what do you put in it?  Even the tiniest bit of sugar or other sweetener will usually turn off the ability to go without eating.  You could get away with some cream, but not much else, and don't use those fake creamers which are mostly hydrogenized oils and carbs.  Eating carbs will make you hungry for more.


Try something like bulletproof coffee for breakfast, either with coconut oil or MCT oil, or even just black coffee.  The caffeine in coffee is an appetite suppressor.  The MCT fraction of coconut oil can provide a nice source of ketones to use until your mitochondria is fully capable of burning fat again after years of mostly burning carbs.


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