Mark Sisson

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Mark Sisson
Born (1953-07-20) July 20, 1953 (age 65)
Alma materWilliams College
OccupationTriathlete, marathoner, author

Mark Sisson (born July 1953) is an American fitness author, food blogger, and a former distance runner, triathlete and Ironman competitor.[1]


Sisson is married to his wife Carrie. They have two children, Devyn and Kyle.[2]

Sisson finished 4th in the February 1982 Ironman World Championship.[3]

Sisson was born in Maine and is the oldest of four siblings. 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.[3] He was asked to step down from the roles due to conflict of interest in 2003 when he started his own dietary supplement company, Primal Nutrition.[3]

Sisson is a follower of the paleo diet[6] and markets his own version of it, called the "Primal Blueprint" diet.[7]. As part of this initiative, he started a food blog, "Mark's Daily Apple", in 2006 and has also written a number of diet and exercise books.[8]

Primal Kitchen[edit]

In 2015, Sisson and Morgan Buehler co-founded Primal Kitchen, " authentic, premium and growing brand that ... offer[s] health-conscious consumers the best possible choices in Condiments, Sauces, Dressings and Healthy Snacks." In 2018, Kraft Heinz announced a definitive agreement to acquire Primal Kitchen for approximately $200 million. [9]


  • The Primal Blueprint (2009, ISBN 978-0982207703)
  • The New Primal Blueprint (2016, ISBN 978-1939563309)
  • The Keto Reset Diet (2017, ISBN 978-1524762230)


  1. ^ Lynch, Rene (February 28, 2015). "Getting primal with Mark Sisson". Los Angeles Times.
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  3. ^ a b c Dwyre, Bill (August 1, 2008). "Cheaters still prosper in drug games". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ a b Dorsey, Patrick. "Mark Sission, 57, shows it's never too late to get ripped". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  5. ^ Haskell, Bob (August 20, 1976). "Mad Witch field minus Babbidge, defending champ". [Bangor Daily News.
  6. ^ "Can you master your own epigenetics?". Los Angeles Times. May 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Lambeth Hochwald, "Paleo vs. primal diet: What's the difference?" Archived 2017-09-18 at the Wayback Machine, Mother Nature Network, 28 May 2015.
  8. ^ Hirsch, Lauren (2018-11-29). "Kraft Heinz agrees to buy paleo mayo and dressing company Primal Kitchen". CNBC.
  9. ^ "Kraft Heinz Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Primal Kitchen". Business Wire. 2018-11-29.

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