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So why ask questions you already know the answer for, thats waisting our time.
I guess I could answer: You get enough calories if you eat enough calories?

(Old Baconian) #242

I believe the point @Shatz was trying to make was that the amount of calories eaten is irrelevant to the process of fat adaptation. Fat adaptation occurs when muscle cells are spared the burden of having to metabolise great quantities of glucose. The mitochondria can metabolise glucose, but doing so damages them over time. A healthy mitochondrion can metabolise both glucose and fatty acids, but too much glucose makes it sick, though after we stop eating too much glucose (i.e., carbohydrate) it can recover and be healthy again. Metabolising fatty acids keeps a mitochondrion healthy.

But when we stop eating too much glucose (i.e., carbohydrate), it takes all our mitochondria time to heal and to make new baby mitochondria. Until that happens, our muscle cells have trouble. We are not giving them lots of glucose, they don’t really like ketones all that much, and they haven’t yet recovered to the point of being able to metabolise fatty acids as successfully as they’d like, either. Athletes who go keto notice a drop in their endurance until their mitochondria and other pathways in their muscle cells fully recover. At that point, they find that they have returned to their previous level of endurance, and possibly even better. It takes glycogen levels somewhat more time to recover, and explosive power will continue to suffer until it does, but a recent study showed that by the two-year mark, a ketoadapted athlete’s glycogen levels are identical to those of carb-burning athletes.


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