Doctor Oz: Intermittent Fasting “Health Guru” Healthy?

Doctor Oz: Intermittent Fasting “Health Guru” Healthy?

Hey today I want to comment on a video
by Dr. Oz where his guest was a health guru who eats 5,000 calories of junk
food and claims he’s still healthy coming right up hey I’m Dr. Sten Ekberg
we’re the Wellness For Life and if you’d like to truly master health by
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so found a video on dr. oz channel that was curious to say the least but quite
disturbing actually and I I read some of the comments and they were all saying
that yeah this is how you lose weight but no one really questioned the quality
of food or if this was a healthy thing so dr. oz asked two questions in the
beginning asked how can you eat 5,000 calories a day and still lose weight and
then he asked also is this even healthy so we’re gonna answer those two
questions because they even though we asked the questions he didn’t really
answer them in the video so weight is about insulin resistance primarily there
are multiple reasons why you could gain weight but the primary reason is insulin
resistance insulin is a hormone that helps your body take sugar from the
bloodstream and into the cells so when you have when you eat sugar or
carbohydrates your blood sugar goes up and insulin is necessary to move that
sugar into the bloodstream once we get into a modern lifestyle and eat lots and
lots of meals that are high in carb now every time that we eat something
it’s a signal for the body to store fat to take the sugar out of the bloodstream
put it into the cell where the cell converts it to fat and if we eat six
times a day then we’re reminding we’re telling the body six times a day to
store fat what he does was this guy called Blake what he does properly and
this is kind of what this is all about he does what does what’s called
intermittent fasting or one meal day so this does a couple of things
first of all if you only eat one meal a day you’re only telling the body to
store fat once right instead of six times that’s a good thing and if you eat
one huge meal then your body can only absorb that so fast if you put in six to
eight pounds of food like this guy does the body can’t absorb it all in 30
minutes and put it in the bloodstream it’s gonna kind of seep out gradually
even if there’s a lot of sugar and carbohydrate in there because the body
just can’t get to it that fast that’s very different from eating sugar by
itself or drinking something like a soda because if you have a soda on an empty
stomach there’s nothing else to slow down the absorption of that sugar the
sugar is already liquefied it’s ready for absorption and it’s in your
bloodstream almost instantly if you eat a huge meal it’s gonna slow down
absorption the other thing that happens if you eat one meal is the body is
really really good at adapting so if you eat six meals a day your body gets
dependent on six meals a day it gets used to it it says okay it’s been two
three hours since you ate give me something new again give me give me some
more food I’m hungry again but if you teach your body if you give
it the expectation and it’s only gonna get food once a day now it actually
doesn’t expect food that often and all of the food that you stored from last
night your body can now retrieve it so once your body gets used to that one
meal a day that also reduces the insulin resistance because the body learned how
to retrieve that those calories that energy from what you ate in that huge
meal and as a consequence and he’s absolutely right in this is once you get
used to one meal a day you don’t get hungry the rest of the time because the
body learns how to deal with that it learns how to pull from the stores the
second thing that works in favor of this guy is he is very active and activity
does two things and the one that they focus
on here is that it burns energy that’s true but then one thing that it’s even
more important that activity does physical activity reduces insulin
resistance once you move then that cell membrane the insulin receptor becomes
more sensitive it’s more likely to let that sugar through with a very small
amount of insulin so moving in itself not the calories but the movement the
fact that you’re activating a muscle you’re increasing circulation in your
body actually reduces instantly resistance it increases insulin
sensitivity it changes the properties of those receptors so that’s physiology and
this these two things explain why someone might be able to get away with
eating a very large amount of food the third thing that works in favor of him
is he’s young he started this when he was about thirty
so he wasn’t broken yet okay he hadn’t lost his carbohydrate
tolerance so if you think of all the bone in the body organs as parts of a
machine that has a job they do different things and as long as they have a
certain capacity to perform their work let’s say it’s at least above 50% then
you’re not gonna have any symptoms the work will go on they can keep up it’s
not broken yet and carbohydrate tolerance it’s like a machine that has
to process and take care of these things that you put in your body so
carbohydrates are a stress on the body it has to adapt it has to make insulin
it has to store it it’s an extra step it’s a little bit of a burden but if
you’re reasonably young and not broken yet your body can get it can’t can take
care of it you can get by so that explains the first question how can you
eat 5,000 calories and still lose weight and I myself is an example of this
because when I was an Olympic athlete and I was training 5/6 hours a day I ate
probably five six seven thousand calories a day and a lot of it was sugar
and candy and cereal and ice cream and bread and on and on and on and I had 3%
body fat so sure there’s lots and lots of people especially young people who
can get by with this so here’s the next question and this is where everyone
misses the point is it healthy and we really have to change our entire
perspective on health because we’re getting really really sick as a nation
and we’re getting really really fat as a nation and therefore we say Oh fat must
cause the disease and that nothing could be further from the truth even though a
fat person is not healthy that doesn’t mean that it’s the fat that caused the
problem it’s the other way around there’s all sorts of health issues
there’s all sorts of imbalances that lead to the disease to various diseases
and to the fat gain it doesn’t mean there’s a causative relationship from
the fat to the disease and this is where we need to rethink these so some
examples that can you have high blood pressure and be lean absolutely can you
have autoimmune disease and be lean of course you can so obese people have more
of these problems like blood pressure on immunity diabetes IBS cancer dementia
liver failure etc but there’s lots and lots to lean people who have these also
so these are not the cause of the of the obesity and vice versa the obesity is
just one more consequence of having deficiencies and imbalances what’s the
problem with the video because here’s a guy who was 60 pounds overweight and he
started eating like this and he lost the weight so because most people aren’t
don’t understand the that lean is not healthy that that’s not
necessarily synonymous they’ve give this guy a lot of credibility I mean he’s an
example he did this he has life experience so the problem is he
basically did a case study with a sample size of one that means there was one
person himself and it worked for him that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea or
that it’s a good idea for anybody else so I went and looked at his website
and/or his YouTube channel rather and all the thumbnails I looked at a few I
listened to one of his explanations that really didn’t have much common sense or
or physiology or any sort of knowledge in it but it was his experience I can’t
blame him and most of those videos most of those meals he eats once a day or in
a four hour window that he says he it’s four to five hundred grams of
carbohydrates and most of the meals are high in sugar a lot of the a lot of the
video titles – about M&Ms and chocolates and candy and and this and that
at donuts cookies and most of those they’re very high in sugar they’re
mostly processed flours almost every meal has bread and pizza and buns and
donuts and cookies in them and I didn’t check a whole bunch of videos but one
someone asked if the syrup on the pancakes was sugar or sugar-free and he
proudly said it was sugar-free and that means it has aspartame and sucralose in
it which which are neurotoxins so if you want to learn more about artificial
sweeteners and neurotoxins you can check out this video right here the problem
with this is that these are not healthy foods you can get by your body can cope
with a lot of things for years even decades but it doesn’t mean it’s healthy
it just hasn’t caught up with you yet and high sugar sugar and processed
flours do not have nutrients in them they say
in the dr. Oz video that oh I make sure I count all my calories and I count all
my nutrients I make sure I get all of them no you can’t because the nutrients
aren’t in the sugar the nutrients aren’t in the processed flour you are depleting
your body of nutrients if you eat that way sure you can stay lean for many many
years maybe forever can you be healthy no because you’re missing nutrients
you’re not eating real food the way that nature made it and then he did this case
study of one he includes his girlfriend and says oh look were both lean and then
he gets testimonials from people who have success with his method and of
course if you have if it’s gonna work for 50% and not work for 50% he’s going
to get the testimonials from the people it works for and again the the key word
is does it work well it helps people lose weight does it help them get
healthy of course not because he’s not basing this on clinical experience he
doesn’t have an office where thousands of people come come through and he has
to deal with autoimmunity and diabetes and digestive problems and Crohn’s
disease and and trying to turn those around if you tried this diet with any
of those conditions then you would be very likely to screw that person up very
very seriously then you’re saying but wait dr. oz asked is this healthy and
then he tested him they did blood work they checked him out and dr. oz stated
that all the values were in the optimal range so glucose fasting glucose was 84
that’s optimal that is what you’re gonna get pretty much if you’re not terribly
insulin resistant and you do intermittent fasting for a good bit then
you’re going to end up around 80 to 85 that’s a very good
value that means it’s not very insulin resistant then they went on to
cholesterol and they said drum roll and normal a healthy cholesterol is less
than 200 and then they had the drum roll and they looked at it and going 118 and
they both went like oh that’s so amazing that’s so good
because in mainstream medicine cholesterol is seen as a problem and
therefore less is always better if they had found 3 they’d be even more
impressed here’s the problem cholesterol is a necessary nutrient it is the second
after fish oil after D H a cholesterol is the main component of your brain it
is the insulation of your nerves it’s what makes the nerves able to conduct
signals it is what gives your cell membranes you have a hundred trillion
cells they do a job they decide what goes in and out of a cell that’s how the
body organizes itself cholesterol is a crucial component in making this work in
preserving the signal properties of that membrane in functional medicine they say
that a healthy and optimal cholesterol and functional medicine our medical
doctors and and holistically minded people who look at the blood work a
little differently and they say that a healthy cholesterol is between 200 and
140 and a cholesterol of 118 would be a red flag that means we think there may
be something seriously wrong here and I would be very very concerned they have
found that of people above age 80 the ones who have the best mental function
have cholesterol zuv to hunt 220 to 240 so higher cholesterol reduces the risk
or is the so it is correlated with a reduced risk of
dementia and people in higher ages with lower cholesterol have a dramatically
increased rate of dementia and when you get as low as 118 I’d be seriously
concerned so I’m not going to diagnose the guy with anything cuz that’s not
what we do but this would worry me tremendously so
we have to change how we think about health when they ask healthy that just
means it hasn’t developed into a disease yet in in their frame of mind we want to
think about health more like a dimmer switch so you can have a light on at a
hundred percent and then if you turn the dimmer down let’s say you’re reading
something and you’re reading it fine at a hundred percent and then you turn the
dimmer down to fifty and now you start squinting a little bit but you can still
make it out but then you turn it down to twenty five and now you can’t read the
thing anymore that’s how your health is as well so think about health as a
dimmer switch think about it as an amount of function as an amount of
resources in the body that make everything balanced that make everything
function and let’s say that you’re starting at a hundred percent at your
optimum point in life then if the dimmer goes down which it will with age but it
goes down so slowly that you don’t get down to 40 50 percent where disease
typically develops and these are not absolute numbers these are just sort of
examples to give you an idea how this this works you could get to the end of
your life without developing diseases you could live to a hundred or beyond
and not develop a disease if you have enough functional capacity if your
dimmer switch hasn’t gone solo yet someone else could be less lucky they
may not ever get 200 their genetic makeup their development in utero may
not have in that favorable so they may have
started out at a lower level but if they take care of themselves if they step
continuously provide nutrients they take care of themselves they get exercise
they low stress then they can also make it to the end of their life without
developing a disease whereas someone who really abuses their body and has a steep
decline someone who wastes resources someone who eats high sugar processed
flour chemical Laden food neurotoxin someone who has a cholesterol of 118
they might be going at this rate and they might get sick and and die long
before their their natural lifespan and yet they could be at age 30 35 40 and
have no symptoms and be very fit and get get away with all kinds of things so we
got to look at this from a bigger perspective we have to start
understanding instead of asking the question how do we lose weight we have
to start asking questions how do we obtain the optimum health how do we
maintain the balance what is required for a healthy body how do we live in
balance with nature and our environment what is our natural environment if we
start asking questions like this will get much better answers than if we just
ask how do I lose weight okay I hope this was informative and helpful I made
this video because I want to straighten out these misconceptions when people
think that it’s all about weight they’re they’re mistaken because there’s lots
and lots of ways to lose weight and be unhealthy please share this video with
as many people as you can because we have to get this real there’s scientific
information out there the information that’s based on physiology and clinical
experience not on symptom treatment and anecdotal evidence so share your
comments below and let any questions let me know if there’s anything else on
these topics that you’d like to know more
about or if there’s anything else you’d like to explain in in more detail and
I’d be more than happy to try to do that so thanks for watching

66 thoughts on “Doctor Oz: Intermittent Fasting “Health Guru” Healthy?

  1. he says that is not very active. Just doing bicycle and sometimes fitness. But his argument is that you can also do his plan without going to the gym

  2. Thank you Dr. Sten! Being a type 2 diabetic myself, I had to learn how to eat healthy again and also the importance of staying active over going on fad diets, binge eating, purging and dieting.

  3. Learn more about intermittent fasting.

  4. I am on Blake's website his food is all nutrient rich and he makes everything him self has sertin amount of protein fat and fiber and he uses natural sweeteners just not sugar. This guy doesn't know all what blak dose if he did he would have a very different video here. Insted of listening to this guy that only saw his YouTube not the website go look for your self and make up your own mind. This guy is miss informed

  5. Hi Dr Ekberg… Hmm not too keen on Dr Oz think his channel is abit 'off'… Thank you for doing this its really informative as always… Look forward to your next update!

  6. respect man you know your stuff when you say is missing nutrients……… it proves u dont know as much as you think……is eating so much stuff over 200 grams of protein there is way more than enough…….of everything and by the way he looks is getting a lot more than you……

  7. Most of the food he eats so much processed crap i dont find it healthy at all. He says he makes meals that gets his nutrients but he acts like all calories are the same and food quality. I like fasting and i been doing it for 2 years eating once a day and i been doing keto too for almost a year. And eat alot of lean meats with good fats and veggies and cheeses and try to eat organic. But what he eats is unreal and gives something to it in a wrong way but i agree with what your saying.

  8. So… Pretty much the same thing Blake is doing is good then. Stop hating, every body is different. This works for us, so thanks for the redundant information.

  9. Literally 3+ lbs of fruits and or veggies in every meal Dr. Oz showed yet you focused on white flour and supposed sugar. Not surprised.. people focus on what they crave. 

    And you claimed you're concerned for my health but never reached out to me. Sounds like your more concerned about your YouTube views. Sorry you got so few 🙁

  10. This vid is very clear easy to understand and well presented. Very helpful
    totally makes sense. Subscribed and look forward to exploring your other vids!

  11. Finally! Thank you for making a response to this diet by Blake because what he is doing is some what confusing. I can see how intermittent fasting can give a person leeway to eat a not so optimal meal on occasion, but not all the time.

  12. It works I’ve tried it but you definitely need to work out. For me just running a mile on the treadmill at 7.0 speed always bring me down to the weight I was before when I eat a lot.

  13. Look up what Dr. Oz show did to Dr Eric Berg. There’s a video on it. The show is propaganda and it gives half truths. It will give you a idea that works (intermittent fasting)and the add a twist (misinformation) to confuse people and keep them from doing things correctly. The mainstream in America does not want you healthy! When will people figure this out? If it’s on tv 99% chance it’s BS! This is clear propaganda to get people who intermittently fast and do Keto to stop keto and try this.. keto works and the powers that be don’t like it!

  14. LOVE the way you deconstruct certain unconscious thought patterns and beliefs, and then bring the basis into clean out the context before the information is presented.

  15. Dr. Ekberg
    I am concerned because back in the day, when I was eating less than 10g of fat per day (and staying thin, mind you) I took a cholesterol test at a health fair and they told me mine did not even register…I was happy then…but now that I know what is good and am following a ketogenic diet and just heard that our brains are made up mostly of cholesterol, I am wondering if there might be some long (or forever) lasting effects on my brain. My cholesterol is now 204…which l don’t think is bad. I’d appreciate your input on what I should do, watch out for, etc

  16. Wish they had shown his Triglyceride #. Common sense is out the window. Must always remember Dr. Oz has lost all credibility or almost all. He is a show boat. Marketing Puppet. Oprah -centric.

  17. I'm 64 and recently been diagnosed diabetic. I eat 2 scrambled eggs and 2 pieces of turkey bacon about 7 am. By 10 am i am hungry again, what do i need to do to curb the hungry pains through out the day, DRINK water?

  18. As others said before : your videos are T H E B E S T . Every explanation is so beautifully explained. I just do not like that you let viewer like Black 201 (just his name said it all) to tease you. Just tell him to look for "another tree to climb on" . You are too nice Dr Sten. BTW – Dr OZ is Passe . no one really cares what he says anymore , especially when you are in the Keto community .I am your fan although I am in Keto for years , but still have a lot to learn from you and others , just to spread the word of Keto . Thanks again

  19. Hm..for me IF alone is not working. I started IF and keto and saw result..i gave up on keto,fasted 16 hours a day and eat 1 2 weeks i gained back what i getting back on keto..i'm skinny-fat. Skinny body but big belly..every carb i eat goes directly to my belly and i struggle gaining muscle mass whule loosing belly fat..

  20. As a new subscriber, must say that I am very impressed with the way the information is delivered. Dr. Ekberg slower and clear presentation enables his audience to understand and assimilate very important information about health and nutrition. I am very glad to have discovered him.

  21. If it's the video im thinking of .. the guest actually spent time pointing out that the foods he was eating may have looked like junk food, but he actually takes time and care to eat high quality nutrition.

  22. Eating sugary crap for your 1 meal will, over time, destroy your arteries, liver, kidneys, etc. His insides are a cesspool.

  23. I'm sorry, but you said, "weight is about insulin resistance primarily." Actually, although insulin resistance or even sensitivity is important, primarily weight loss is still driven by thermodynamics. Calories in vs. calories out. You can have no insulin resistance and sensitivity and guaranteed if you are consistently bringing in more calories than you are putting out, you're going to gain weight. Then it comes down to things like insulin resistance, the type of foods you are eating, what kind of exercise you are doing, etc.

  24. Thank you Dr Sten, like my fortune cookies paper said “ Half True is the whole lie” I’m agree that health is more important than just loose weight ???

  25. Thanks again on your physiology aspect of wellness for life..yes i agree its got to be LONG TERM…not just about losing weight..I started my journey of healthy living after I got terrible health # results and wasnt happy my A1c was 7.1! It was time to look at the whole picture and educate myself with your help and real advice..not quick fixes…If it takes a long time to get unhealthy…it takes the same amt of time to change! Your health is worth it..thanks for your clear and to the point videos I have been following your advice? And Im a testimony…its been working?

  26. Sir plz answer my question. Sir instead of eating all junk foods once a day with so much calories can we replace it with fruits and vegetables?. Will we still loose weight?. Will i feel hungry? Is it okay if i eat 5000 calories of fruits and vegetables and not eat anythign that day?

  27. Intermittent fasting is garbage, long term fasting for the win. Your body isn't meant to eat daily, if you're fat fast yourself to the bone.

  28. If you are on his Facebook group (I joined for 1 month just to see if there was any science behind his method) you will see that all he is interested in is weightloss. And he says exercise doesn't matter. Everything is based on CICO in his world. Looking at all the crap food his followers eat made me feel sick. Will be interesting to see how long he lasts and whether anyone challenges him to reveal his full cholesterol profile.

  29. IMHO, 200 or less in cholesterol is not necessarily healthy. Depends hdl, ldl. Total number. Which number, researchers have changed blood work numbers all the time. Each body is different. And in the video you explained this!

  30. Another excellent presentation, Dr. Berg! Keep them coming in. You’re providing us with valuable information in a sincere, effective and scientific way!

  31. Yes, i was fascinated by this OMAD (specifically Blake's diet) at first, but after all, 23 hours fasting will do its work whether burning out the fat or maintaining the weight. This guy got it all wrong, and sadly, he's still misleading people into this poor diet where they think that losing weight is healthy no matter what they eat on OMAD, and in the long term, it will ruin their lives. Ironically, if you check his recent videos, blake is no longer fit or lean; he's gone skinny fat (yes i know and i agree that obese doesn't mean unhealthy and it's another way around, but i checked his comment below, so his argument is no longer valid). Time will tell Dr Ekberg, time will tell.

  32. Sorry, but most people is fat because of bad habits, leading to illnesses. And not diseases that makes them fat (that's only around 2%)

  33. Yes but if you eat whole grains with plenty of fibre your body will be able to deal with it. Most people don't consume enough fibre that's the reason why they get a high blood sugar spike. Not because they're broken lol that's just bullocks.

  34. I am intermittently fasting for last one month with hours 18:6 pattern. I am Hypothyroid patient & BP used to be 140/80. When I got checked my thyroid it was 1.13 was taking Thyronorm 62.5 mg & my BP became normal ie. 120/ 80. I almost lost 2 kg weight in this month. I am surprised & amazed by these results. Can I make this intermittent fasting my permanent life style.Please reply iam eagerly waiting for your response.

  35. You can't tell me that this man feels good eating M&M's and refined carbs. Sorry, I don't buy it. I've lived that lifestyle and I was miserable.

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