Sports Nutrition 231: Fat-Adaptation for Plant-Based Diets, Should We Rely on ‘HbA1c’ Results, and More

March 7, 2016


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On this show with Ben Greenfield:

Nutrition for adventure racers that do multi-day events, race self-sufficiently, sometimes for 24-36 hours at a time, no aid stations, no drop bags, etc.

High “hemoglobin A1c” (HbA1c) results in high-fat fat-adapted athlete.

What does HbA1C measure? And it’s relationship with Type 2 Diabetes.

If you’re following a high-fat diet and are an athlete, why would your HbA1C be high?

How does a plant-based lifestyle fit in regards to fat adaptation, carbohydrate consumption, and the ultimate goal of being a metabolic efficient fat burner?
Needless to say, I’m a plant-based triathlete and been going strong for 4.5 years now.

Resources for plant-based athletes on diet:’s Guide for Vegans

Vespa’s guide to plant-based nutrition

Can you build up a tolerance to fat as you become fat adapted, and actually need more fat to feel full?


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