If you’ve been intrigued about it enough to embark on the road to good health through a new concept that teaches you to burn fat for fuel, then you may also be interested in learning how this protocol can help repair mitochondria and defend against cancer.
As I shared with Dave Asprey in a Bulletproof podcast, everyone needs the “radiation” that the sun gives us. The trick is in knowing that when you get into the sunlight, you’re not only getting vitamin D, but getting help in repairing and restoring your mitochondria.
When it comes to burning fat for fuel, though, as I detail in my upcoming book, “Fat for Fuel,” there are three important components to optimizing this for the best health of your life. One is that you’ve got to shift your metabolism to burn fat as your primary fuel. That’s something I didn’t appreciate until recently — but continually living on low or no carbs is not good either.
You also have to pay attention to the amount of protein you’re eating — too many people eat far too much protein. An ideal protein intake is likely around one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. For most people this equates to about 40 to 60 grams a day, but many Americans typically consume three to five times that amount, which — just like excess sugar — can raise your risk of cancer.
That will give you a real anabolic stimulus, especially if you’re treating cancer. In fact, there was a group in Turkey who were working with this idea and getting incredible results.
There is so much more to this, too — and it’s all things I’m excited to share in my new book. It’s true: a high-fat diet can actually help you starve cancer! The foundational aspect that must be addressed is the metabolic mitochondrial defect, and this involves radically reducing the non-fiber carbohydrates in your diet and increasing high quality fats. But the bottom line is strategies that support and optimize mitochondrial function, such as nutritional ketosis (achieved by a high-fat, low-net carb diet), intermittent fasting and high-intensity exercise are all part of the solution.