“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Previous posts highlighted the pervasive risk factors of Metabolic Inefficiency [MetS] and the primary benefits of Metabolic Efficiency™. This post delves into the benefits of fat adaptation. Subsequent posts will outline the principles and protocols of Metabolic Efficiency™.

Optimal health and performance mandate an integrative approach to the whole person.

In order to transcend your health, performance, and potential in life and sport you must make appropriate decisions.
Said decisions depend on your Stage of Readiness.

Performance Medicine™ is an innovative medical specialty advancing the essence of preventive health care, endurance sport performance, and self-actualization. A diagnostic assessment is a prudent step to initiate an inside-out analysis.

“The best training plan is worthless if the nutrition plan fails.”
Bob Seebohar

The key to optimal health, performance, and potential is balance.
Homeostasis is the result of one’s cellular foresight.
It is applicable whether we aspire optimum wellness and longevity or a podium finish after a 100-mile trail race.

The foremost nutrition limiter to endurance sport performance is depleted glycogen stores. Reliance by many athletes on carbohydrate [CHO] as their primary fuel source remains pervasive and indefensible because it sabotages one’s health and potential.

Endurance athletes erroneously fixate on replenishing the limited supply of CHO [1,200 calories] in the tank while transporting nearly unlimited fuel stored as endogenous fat [80,000 calories].

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
Lao Tzu

The Issue

The body shifts its primary fuel source from fat to CHO as intensity levels increase. This shift is an ineffective route to optimal health and sport performance. Why mainstream America and the endurance athlete community continue to re-fuel their CHO tanks versus utilizing endogenous fat stores highlights mindless versus mindful nutritive decisions.

Lifestyles are determined by habit.
One of the most insidious aspects of habit is its ability to dull your awareness and discipline.

The typical diet induces nutritional stress. Ingest commercial sports drinks composed of simple sugars [sucrose or fructose], sugar substitutes, or maltodextrin and you get both quick energy and an unhealthy cycle of blood sugar spikes and crashes.

Insulin-stimulating carbohydrate represents an insidious path to the podium of self-destruction.
Enter catabolic coherence.

Whether you run across the Sahara Desert or spend three hours shoveling snow your desired outcome is to facilitate constructive metabolism [anabolism] not perpetuate destructive metabolism [catabolism]. Consuming lean protein, fiber-rich CHO, and healthy fat represent the nutritional foundation of Metabolic Efficiency™ [ME™].

Your body must be adept at fuel oxidation per fuel availability [Metabolic Flexibility | MF™]. The mayhem begins when your body becomes inefficient at changing between glucose and fat substrates based on need and availability. The path to metabolic inefficiency and insulin resistance is contingent on MF™ failure.

ME™ testing is a unique submaximal protocol yielding precise metrics thanks to stabilized substrate circulation and indirect calorimetry. Reversing the mayhem requires dietary [75%] and exercise [25%] interventions. ME™ testing is a life-and-sport game changer.

“The only journey is the one within.”

The Solution

Preservation of glycogen until it is needed ought to be the maxim. Insulin sensitivity is paramount to this process and it is attainable only via metabolic efficiency. Fat adaptation is paramount.

ME™ is the catalyst to optimal health and performance. Its profound impact on mitigating health markers while maximizing sport performance is unparalleled. It is an inside-out approach to disease prevention and sport performance.

ME™ is the body’s ability to utilize endogenous carbohydrate and fat stores at varying levels of intensity, duration, and rest to enhance sport performance and mitigate chronic and degenerative disease risks.

ME™ is a concept grounded in blood sugar management. Dietary intake has a profound impact on this concept, sport performance, and optimal health. It is an exercise physiology and nutrition-based intervention.

ME™ manipulates cellular processes through aerobic training by increasing the size and number of mitochondria in your cells. Mitochondria represent one of the most important organelles within a cell. It is the energy powerhouse of the cell. It is found in significant numbers in which the biochemical processes of respiration and energy production [adenosine triphosphate | ATP] occur.

The path to ME™ includes both macronutrient partitioning and aerobic exercise adaptation in order to facilitate fat oxidation. It then becomes possible for fat oxidation at a higher intensity thereby maximizing output. The key is balancing dietary and training protocols.

The Benefits

  • Enhanced concentration and focus;
  • Increased sustained energy;
  • Lower caloric needs during exertion;
  • Reduced cravings;
  • Satiety;
  • Enhanced moods;
  • Better fasting blood sugar levels;
  • Improved sleep quality;
  • Accelerated body fat loss;
  • Enhanced HbA1c levels;
  • Decreased risk of chronic and degenerative diseases

The Key

ME™ manifests sport performance excellence because of your diet and exercise regimens — not in spite of them. A by-product of is its innumerable benefits respective to mitigating health markers.

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Generation UCAN® with SuperStarch offers sustained energy to fuel exertion at any intensity level. Its unique metabolic characteristics and applications will transcend your health and endurance sport performance –> Generation UCAN®.

Mitigating the insulin response during exertion is vital to endurance sport performance and longevity. Fat adaptation is a key component to wellness and performance. The fat and CHO oxidation intersection plays a profound role on maximizing health and performance –> Crossover Concept.

“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”

MetS is an insidious lifestyle disease that takes no prisoners.
Its global impact is undeniable. Health must precede performance. One can be fit yet unhealthy.
Diagnostic and ME™ assessments offer unprecedented paths to identify one’s level of health.

The beauty is we can eat and exercise our way out of any self-induced MetS snare dependent on our Stage of Readiness.
Mindfulness manifests synergy which cultivates self-actualization.

ME™ testing is the catalyst to these Performance Medicine™ principles:

  • Endurance Capacity;
  • Body Composition;
  • Disease Prevention;
  • Metabolic Efficiency

Nutrition represents the cornerstone of optimal health and sport performance.
Our fuel choices ought to nourish our bodies not zap our energy as precursors to chronic and degenerative diseases.

When you honor the sanctity of your whole body ~ it will honor you. It is at this stage one begins to experience and understand the unique path of mastering the difference between effort and struggle.

Our unique wellness and nutrition consults, diagnostic and performance assessments, integrate revolutionary technology with expertise from board-certified specialists in health, nutrition, sport dietetics, and natural medicine Performance Medicine™.

Wellness is a choice.

May your Sadhana thrive!


Jeff Kildahl

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Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ https://100for100.me.

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~ http://thewholisticedge.com.

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