Episode 168: Mark Sisson – How To Become A Fat Burning Beast

Mark Sisson is a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness his life’s work. In his younger days, he was on the track toward medical school for a while , but he got detoured by a different track—literally—and a dream of making the US Olympic team for the marathon. As the decades passed, he realized that his calling was as an independent researcher, critical thinker, motivator, and communicator—to get people to take responsibility for their health and fitness.

Mark’s mission is to change the lives of 100 million people with his Primal Blueprint movement and where he blogs at Mark’s Daily Apple. 


Episode 168: Mark Sisson – How To Become A Fat Burning Beast

Subscribe on iTunes  or Stitcher Radio

The Learning Leader Show

“Your body will learn to burn fat if the glucose (sugar) is not there. Your body doesn’t know if it’s eaten bread or skittles.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes in people who sustain excellence: Their ability to deal with stress
  • Mark’s health philosophy:
    • Fresh, nutrient dense, high antioxidant, preferably locally grown/naturally raised food choices
    • Daily activity—whether it’s the gym or a walk along the beach, it all counts
    • Plenty of quality sleep, sun exposure, play, and intellectual stimulation
    • Avoid all sweets and sweetened beverages. Once you break free, they lose their allure
    • Time for fun—don’t take anything too seriously
    • Ethical behavior—because what goes around comes around
    • Taking responsibility for yourself and your life—openness to new things and ideas
  • The importance of gaining muscle mass
  • How we screw up our diet at birth
    • We must get away from a sugar based life
    • Eat meat, fish, seeds, nuts — You’ll be better at burning fat
  • Have walking meetings, use a stand up desk, use a treadmill desk
  • It is imperative that we get sunlight on a regular basis
  • How do you become a fat burning beast? Carbohydrates create glucose, body burns it and stores fat. Don’t eat pasta, cereal, bread, or crackers
    • The body will burn fat if glucose is not there
  • Why Mark is never hungry for breakfast
  • Why you should get rid of grains
  • Sugar is evil
  • Mark’s thought on “cheat days”
  • The NY Times story discussing the scientist who were paid to say that fat was bad and sugar was okay
  • How to maintain this lifestyle if you regularly travel
  • Discussing vegans — The success comes from what you give up more than what you eat
  • A typical day in the life of Mark – Food eaten, workouts done, business meetings
  • The 10 Primal Blueprint Laws

“I will teach you how to become a fat burning beast.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Mark Sisson on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Daor Design – Daor Design will help you build your brand like nobody’s business. Most of their work falls into one of four categories: Logo Design, Print Design, Web Design or Digital Marketing. They pride themselves in being a trusted, valued resource for their growing family of clients.

Leave A Comment