Doctor Mike on Diets: Ketogenic Diet | Diet Review Reply

Doctor Mike on Diets: Ketogenic Diet | Diet Review Reply


Hey this video is a comment on Dr. Mike
on diets where he did a diet review on ketogenic diets. It was a great video I
really enjoyed it very clear very well organized I just felt that perspective
was a little bit limited and a lot of the comments indicated that people don’t
really understand this still so I just wanted to broaden the perspective a
little bit. Coming right up. Hey I’m Dr. Ekberg with Wellness For
Life and if you’d like to truly master health by understanding how the body
really works make sure you subscribe and hit that notification bell so that you
don’t miss anything. Ketogenic diets is one of the hottest
topics around a lot of people have an opinion but to this day a lot of people
still don’t understand a whole lot about it. What it is or how it fits into human
physiology or what’s the historical perspective is it a natural thing etc. So
we want to understand that the ketogenic diet
it’s just part it’s it’s on a spectrum if we look at carbohydrate consumption
as going from extreme as in the standard American diet down to low carbs to
ketogenic and to intermittent fasting and fasting. This is really just extreme
ridiculous amounts of carbohydrate versus more normal versus restricted
levels to reverse conditions so standard American diet people eat about 3 400
grams of carbs per day a low-carb would be about 60 to 80 grams and if you cut
that back enough so that the body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to
always burn them first then the body will learn to develop an alternate fuel
it will learn to access fat and as it breaks down fat some of those byproducts
are called ketone bodies and when we cut the carbs way way back the brain can use
as much as 50 to 75 percent of its energy from ketone bodies so a lot of
people say that Oh well the brain to have glucose it runs only on glucose
that’s not true the brain is designed to run on glucose or ketone bodies and it
just depends on what phase of carbohydrate consumption were in
historically this has been a important survival tool because if there is no
food around for a week then we go into starvation we go into fasting no
carbohydrates we need something else so humans have done this for since we long
as we’ve been around basically so Dr. Mike did a great review of what it is
and and so forth, but then I wanted to kind of elaborate just a little bit on a
few points because his he said that it was proven for weight loss and diabetes
type 2 and epilepsy and he said that’s great so for those things go ahead and
then he said that there wasn’t really much evidence for it working with
anything else well that’s kind of a medical perspective that’s looking at
diseases as individual entities but once we understand that insulin resistance is
linked to every degenerative condition there is there is virtually no disease
and I’m sure you can find one exception somewhere but the vast majority way way
over 90 percent of diseases that we die from and suffer from and spend money on
in our healthcare system which is a disease and symptom management system
depend on insulin resistance and this is just a scale and based on physiology we
understand that if this is creating the problem then reducing this is going to
resolve a lot of the problems and clinically this is what we see so we’ll
come back to the to the research part one more benefit and if you want to talk
research then of course it’s this fairly new but there was a Nobel price in 2016
awarded to a person who proved the mechanics of autophagy and autophagy is a clean up and recycling process that’s been proven
to be beneficial in all sorts of different conditions so in addition to
insulin resistance if we combine the fact that we’re reducing insulin
resistance with the fact that we can produce some autophagy down in the
states of ketogenic diet and even more so in the intermittent fasting now we
understand that even though the research isn’t there yet this may be the simple
single most powerful tool and concept that we have to reverse all kinds of
diseases one of the drawbacks Dr. Mike mentioned was that the potential harm of
giving up large food groups so this is a little bit a little bit too
narrow-minded this means you don’t really understand nutrition especially
historically the only food group that you’re giving up is grains and starchy
carbohydrates that’s the only food group that you’re giving up and humans have
not had that food long enough to become dependent on it for most of human
history we haven’t even had that food group so that argument doesn’t really
have any bearing whatsoever he did say though that some people develop side
effects and they get what’s called a keto flu and we want to understand that
there’s more to this than just eating a ton of fat and cutting out carbohydrates
because it still needs to be quality food and the other reason that people
develop side effects is that the more toxic and the more degenerated and the
more sugar dependent you are the more withdrawal symptoms sugar is a drug so
first when you give up a drug you will have a reaction there’s just no way
about it heroin has reactions of withdrawal and so does sugar and the
peeps um people have tried this can attest to how difficult
can be because sugar is a drug and the other part is toxicity everything that
the body gets used to become sort of a status quo and anytime that you change
it you will have a reaction anyone in clinical practice that works with
changing diets and changing lifestyle is going to observe this so that’s that’s
not news it doesn’t mean that there’s something bad it means that there’s a
healing crisis there’s something that you have to get through before the body
is used to the new lifestyle he said that he would not recommend it for the
majority of patients because it was too hard it was too restrictive you would
have to drastically change your food habits and that’s one point of view but
again if we look at how well are we doing as a nation we spend three point
two trillion dollars on health care we have the sickest people on the planet
and our diabetes and our obesity is through the roof it’s exponential it’s
not even under any sort of control so we have to ask how well are we doing with
what we’re currently doing and then we want to ask if we want to change it then
maybe it’s going to be a little bit hard maybe we have to wake up and understand
that if you go through a grocery store and there is 20,000 shelf items then all
but 200 are modern all but 200 are grain and sugar and processed foods and
chemicals and artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners and artificial
colors and the list goes on and on and on so sure it’s gonna be a bit of a
change but are we worth it as a species or are we just gonna say oh it’s too
hard and possible side effects we kind of talked about that they’re not really
side effects they’re just transitions and then he says that there’s a lack of
research and I’m all in favor of research I think we should research
things I think we should understand as much as we possibly can about research about every phenomena that we’re studying so research is great but we can’t wait for
the research we have to look at clinical results and we look– have to look at
what humans have done historically and we have to look at physiological
principles and then if the research can fill in the gaps afterwards that’s great
but if they can’t it doesn’t mean that we don’t do the things that make sense
and what makes sense again if you go through a grocery store and you think
that food is whatever is on the Shelf then maybe a ketogenic diet isn’t going
to make sense maybe it’s going to seem too extreme but if you understand that
there’s nothing in that grocery store that existed ten thousand years ago then
it’s not so extreme the ketogenic diet is not the extreme part the extreme part
is what have we done to our lifestyle what have we done to our food supply our
food chain our environment in the last 50 to 100 years that’s the extreme part
and it’s it’s unfortunate but somewhere we have to kind of wake up and do
something the other thing about research is we have to ask who’s going to pay for
the research so the vast majority of research is paid for most of the medical
organizations most of the government agencies their major contributors are
pharmaceutical companies and processed food industries and neither of those
entities have anything to gain from you eating natural food and getting healthy
there’s about and another part of the research thing is not only who pays for
it but how much is going to get published so there is a rule I call the
90/10 rule that says basically 90% of research is going to be published if
it’s favorable to whoever paid for the study and 10% is
gonna be published if it’s not favorable so there’s a huge discrepancy in what
research not only gets done but what gets published so we don’t really know
what’s going on and long term what are the long-term effects well if we really
honestly look back and if we study human populations that have been around for
tens of thousands of years we have plenty of cultures there’s been tribes
in Africa who eat nothing but meat and and blood and milk we have that’s a very
very low carb that’s basically a ketogenic diet we’ve had Eskimos the
Inuit that have lived for as long as they have existed on basically a
ketogenic diet year-round they have no long-term health issues they have no
cardiovascular disease they have no major health issues so I just wanted to
add my my perspective on things I have been on either a low-carb or a ketogenic
diet for the last five years I’m not overweight I don’t do it for those
reasons I do it because carbohydrates create disease and today we have a
population depending on how you define insulin resistance by the strict medical
definition we have maybe 50 60 % of the population being insulin resistant but
if you start looking at how many people are not at optimum levels of insulin and
insulin sensitivity if your A1c starts to creep up in the 5.4 5.5 range we have
basically 80-90 % of the population here is insulin resistant and that is what’s
driving all the generative disease everything that they talk about with
cardiovascular disease and stroke and diabetes and metabolic syndrome and
syndrome X and all these different things they’re all based on insulin resistance and it’s not a rare thing it’s almost all of us so in that
context I wanted you to take take another look at the ketogenic diet. Is it
for everybody? No, I don’t think so I think that if you’re not insulin
resistant or if you just moderately insulin resistant then I think you do
fine on a low-carb diet just reducing your carbohydrates until you get back to
a species-appropriate level I think you’ll do great
but I think for anyone whose insulin resistance I think that would be the
best thing that you can do for yourself and if you have a more severe condition
of some sort like autoimmunity or leaky gut or diabetes etc etc then I would
suggest that you take a serious look at this and that you also include some
intermittent fasting so that you can start taking benefits of this incredible
mechanism called autophagy. Thanks so much for watching. If
you enjoy this sort of content make sure that you subscribe and hit the
notification and again this channel is for people to learn what health is it’s
to save lives it’s to understand the bigger picture of what we’re doing so
that we can end or at least reduce this suffering we can’t change people but we
can inform them and let them make their own choices so help us in that process
and until next time thanks for watching

34 thoughts on “Doctor Mike on Diets: Ketogenic Diet | Diet Review Reply

  1. Thank you for an extensive and very clear explanation of this Diet / Lifestyle. There is a lot of confusing information about it out there as sit seems everyone is jumping on it to try it.

  2. i am staying on keto and IF for life. it has sorted many different health problems i had. off all my medication which i was taking for 20 years.

  3. As always, thank you for another great, informative video.
    I think your approaches on nutrition and health are evidence-based, historical, scientific, and holistic.
    Along with Dr. Eric Berg and Dr. Ken Berry, you have helped me stay informed on my overall health and ketogenic lifestyle.

  4. It takes a little while to get into the mindset to eat keto but once you do it is so easy 🙂 I only need to look in about 2 aisles in the supermarket (keto 18 months now)

  5. This was a great video! I think you have explained things in a very easy way for people to understand. I am still having a lot of luck on this diet/lifestyle. I still have some days were I crave carbs like crazy and I find that goes in line with my cycle. It seems my p.m.s. symptoms get really ramped up but I am sure this will get better over time (I hope). That aside I am feeling better and better and still losing weight!

  6. Hi Dr. Elberg, I need advice. I’m trying keto for about the 4th time. I lose 6lbs.in the first 5 days and then start putting lbs. back. Already put back on 2. No cheating, I understand the diet. Is this just fluids bouncing around? Will the fat loss start and I’ll see the scale go down again? This is where I always fail and I’m tired of failing. Must be a mind thing with me when I see the scale go back up.

  7. Is someone able to tell me how i can make my periods regular? I'm 18. Have had my period since i was 12. But since i was 15 it has been soo irregular to the point i only get it maybe 4x a year that lasts only a day. Ive been through 3 ultrasounds and 2-4 blood tests in the last year and everything comes back fine, besides having h pylori each time. And they check me for everything (6-8 vials of blood each time) i do stress a lot but idk if that alone can have such a big impact on my cycle.

  8. I am hesitante of low carb diet, I tried it for almost a year (I am 52 y/o female post menopause, exercise 3xwk, light weight lifting videos or group body work class) and yes, I lost weight and inches from my waistline while I was on the LC diet… but I had to quit because I also lost all my muscle, my legs, my arms look like chicken legs now, all my muscle gone!! only soft skin now, even my celulite looks worst now and I was always tired.
    But now that I am starting to eat more carbs (complex) I am gaining weight again and is more noticible on my waistline.

    I really enjoy following a low carb diet, it wasnt hard for me at all but I dont know what to do now, I dont want to gain anymore weight but I do need to build some muscles…is that possible with a low carb diet? and how is done?

  9. I wonder if you could comment on Hypertension when I first started Keto eating my blood pressure dropped so dramatically I had to stop my medication I think the lowest reading was 100/58 a bit hard to deal with when it was usually not that well controlled with meds. Now I have to moniter my bp readings and tablets to correspond. My question is can insulin resistance contribute to hypertension? It also is a genetic dna thing coming through my family line.

  10. I was watching an archaeology video about mummies of ancient South American royalty. The Narrator was commenting on the level of tooth decay in a mummy, which was, apparently, more extensive, due to the elites' ACCESS TO CARBOHYDRATES (corn, in this case, I think). That's one way they could judge a mummy's social caste: the carbohydrate-driven tooth decay. That started me thinking (having previously assumed that carbs had always been a big part of in everybody's diet), and opened the doors to consideration of alternative fuels for the human body. One thing led to another, and here I am, applying Dr. Ekberg's wisdom. First, I cut ALL the hidden processed foods' sugars. Then, I cut the processed grains (even pasta, which was a biggie), and then the starchy/high-carb vegetables. Next came the snacks ("Only three meals a day? What will I DO?") and sweet-tasting beverages between meals (even Stevia), while upping levels of fats to what I'd previously considered extreme levels. There was a bit of adjustment, as my body learned to burn fat – but it was far milder than "Flu" – more like a few days of grumpiness. Three-meals-a-day felt so good, I went for TWO. That worked so well, two days later, I went for ONE MEAL A DAY. First day was SLIGHTLY rocky – but nothing a glass of seltzer (and sipping 2 or 3 tablespoons-full of sea salt brine) couldn't get me over. NOW, I've been OMAD for a week, and feel so CALM. The mental clarity, and freedom from carb-driven mood swings and sleepiness, were what I was after. But I've also been losing weight (quelle surprise!)- to the point where I can anticipate getting back into my fragile Kiton suits, without fear of ripping the invisible silk stitches giving them their shape. I'd thought the suits were being endangered by all the muscle I'd put on, since starting to eat beef, a couple of years back (that only happens if you're lifting bigger weights, too). But apparently, there was a lot of fat which could be lost. Will be nice, getting back into my WHOLE business wardrobe…. the shirts from now-extinct Sulka… the neckties which were curiously becoming too short…

  11. Dr Ekberg, grain and starchy carbs are NOT the only food groups we give in ketogenic diet, we also cut up on FRUITS……… That one's the hard news.

  12. Why not to get into Ketosis during sleep to bypass the mental stress of lower glucose levels ? ? This is a question I have.
    Mild Hypoglycemia is a biggining of the Ketosis before the system switches to fat burning. Hypoglycemia is not the pleasent sensation and most people drop out of the Ketogenic diet bandwagon. There is the way of getting into making Ketones as one genius found out. To get into Ketosis trough the initial Hypoglycemic blues he said to switch to ketosis during SLEEP. The night before going to sleep he recommends to take Glucose Dispersals, natural like Cinnamon, Chromium Picolinate even (Some bodybuilders ) use Glucophage (Metformin) and taking MCT oil that initiates making Ketones during sleep and avoiding Hypoglycemic unpleasant feeling as it might happen while asleep. The morning we can confirm Ketones by Glucometer , anything below 50mg/Deciliter-10 cc of bloody indicates Ketogenic state of burning fat after using small amount of MCT oil. Further, one can use a Ketosticks to detect Ketones in the urine. The point is to get into burning fat into Ketones DURING SLEEP when transient Hypoglycemia might temporarily happen.
    Great respect & regards to all. G.B.

  13. Ketogenic diet can be very tasty and allows some Stevia for sweet tooth. It is not a depravation diet at all. Once a week on weekends one can introduce a faze of recomposition and just for 2 days increase carbs as briefly only spiking insulin supposed to have an Anabolic, rejuvenative effects . Mo-Fr keto eating gives a plenty of rest to the Pancreas.

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