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Which fatty foods give you the most energy, fat adapted or not?

by 188 · June 29, 2014 at 04:19 AM

Before being fat adapted i've noticed coconut oil was the only fatty food that gave me subtle energy, now that i'm fat adapted I noticed that the fatty foods that give me the most energy are coconut oil, anchovies and avocados, on the other hand butter, eggs and olive oil seem to not promote as much energy. I am curious if these foods also promote or drain energy in you guys whether fat adapted or not and yes I know coconut oil and omega 3's generally promote energy, particular fish suggestions would be appreciated. Also what are other fatty foods that give you energy? I am trying to diversify my recipes a little bit.

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0 · June 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

One of the healthiest fat that you can get is from bones and bone marrow, which may be added while making stews. This also energizes a lot. Other good sources can be salads drizzled with macadamia or homemade or virgin oil.

Dipping food in guacamole or homemade mayo. Adding avocado to your salads etc. are good source healthy fat in Paleo.

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1207 · June 25, 2014 at 02:27 AM

Coconut oil makes my heart race and gives me a feeling that is like anxiety - very unpleasant. Same thing if I eat too much olive oil. I can't eat as much fat as other paleo eaters seem to, it either gives me a racing heart or makes me sluggish. I can only eat 2 eggs tops. I seem to tolerate dairy fats better, and fatty cuts of meat. Go figure. I've wondered if what I feel as "anxiety" is what others feel as "energy". Bulletproof coffee would probably send me into a full-fledged panic attack.

That's my n=1.

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560 · June 24, 2014 at 09:04 PM

When eating eggs I tend to avoid the whites. The yolks hold almost all the fat and micronutrients and are easier to digest and less likely to bring down your energy levels.

Sardines canned in olive oil is great.

Macadamia nuts seem to be an incredibly powerful calorie source. Not very micronutrient dense but they fill you up fast and provide lasting energy. I eat about an ounce or two per day.

Avocados have a similar effect and are more micronutrient rich but also contain a lot of omega 6... same story with egg yolks, of which I eat 4 on most days.

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982 · June 23, 2014 at 06:03 AM

For a cup of roasted macadamia nuts, you're looking at close to 1,000 calories at 62% fiber for < 7 grams of net carbs. A while back, I ran a sort function over a nutrient database spreadsheet and was surprised to finds nuts / seeds having a much better fiber / sugar ratio than lettuce.

I find eggs to be a great source of energy, but I don't like eating more than 4 or so at a time, which is fairly limited calorically. The other day for breakfast I did scrambled eggs in ghee over crumbled bacon fried in coconut oil inside a couple round zucchini bowls that were baked with cheese along the inside, then broiled with cheese on top, then topped with guacamole and eaten with a couple side salads with nuts / fruit / cheese / assorted veg and a few long drizzles of olive oil. I get great all day energy with those 1,000-2,000 kcal meals, compared with say.. anchovies.

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