Mark Sisson

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Mark Sisson
Born (1953-07-20) July 20, 1953 (age 63)[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Williams College
Occupation Triathlete, marathoner, author
Known for Proponent of the paleo diet
Notable work The Primal Blueprint

Mark Sisson (born July 1953) is an American fitness author and blogger, and a former distance runner, triathlete and Ironman competitor.[2] Sisson finished 4th in the February 1982 Ironman World Championship.[3] He has written several books, including The Primal Blueprint, which incorporates aspects of the Paleolithic diet. The Primal Blueprint is his fifth book. Sisson also blogs at his website, Mark's Daily Apple.

Early life and career[edit]

Sisson was born in Maine and is the oldest of four siblings.[4] He attended Williams College, where he was a pre-med candidate and earned a biology degree.[4]

In the 1970s, Sisson was a record-setting runner for the Portland (Maine) Track Club.[5]

Sisson had a top-5 finish in the 1980 U.S. National Marathon Championships and earned a qualifying spot for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.[4]

Sisson served for 15 years as chairman of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Anti-Doping Commission and as the ITU's liaison to the International Olympic Committee.[4]

Sisson currently lives in Malibu, California and owns the dietary supplement company, Primal Nutrition.[6]


  • The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy, Primal Nutrition, Inc. (2nd edition May 10, 2013) ISBN 0982207786
  • The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness, Primal Nutrition, Inc. (January 8, 2013) ISBN 0984755101
  • The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (with Jennifer Meier), Primal Nutrition, Inc. (July 15, 2010) ISBN 0982207727
  • Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (with Jennifer Meier), Primal Nutrition, Inc. (March 25, 2011) ISBN 0982207743
  • The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A step-by-step, gene reprogramming action plan, Primal Nutrition, Inc. (October 18, 2011) ISBN 9780982207772
  • Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings (with Jennifer Meier), Primal Nutrition, Inc. (December 5, 2012) ISBN 0984755152


  1. ^ Sisson, Mark (July 27, 2011). "2011 News & Updates: The Growing Movement, New Books and What I've Been Up To". Mark's Daily Apple. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Lynch, Rene (February 28, 2015). "Getting primal with Mark Sisson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Dwyre, Bill (August 1, 2008). "Cheaters still prosper in drug games". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Mark Sisson". Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Haskell, Bob (August 20, 1976). "Mad Witch field minus Babbidge, defending champ". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Can you master your own epigenetics?". Los Angeles Times. May 3, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 

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