LOW CARB KETO DIET – Debunking 7 Misleading Statements

Let’s face it the ketogenic diet is arguably the most popular dietary trend in our world today, especially for those living with diabetes. It is likely that you’ve been tempted to follow a ketogenic diet to lose weight, drop your A1c and flatline your blood glucose. Even though it may seem tempting to enter the metabolic state of ketosis it’s important to understand the caveats of ketosis, so that you fully understand your risks for developing long-term complications. What exactly is ketosis, and why is ketosis a popular recommendation for those living with diabetes? A ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate diet by design containing a maximum of 30 grams of dietary carbohydrate per day. At the base of the ketogenic food pyramid are eggs, dairy, meat, oil, and fish, which make up the bulk of calories eaten. Starchy vegetables contain too much carbohydrate energy and are avoided while non starchy vegetables or green vegetables are included along with nuts, seeds, and a very limited amount of fruit, mainly berries. Now, the ketogenic diet explicitly prohibits the consumption of grain products, even whole grains as well as pasta, refined sugar, milk, corn, legumes, including lentils beans and peas, as well as rice. When you eat a ketogenic diet your muscles and liver switch from oxidizing glucose as their primary fuel to fatty acids as their primary fuel, and in order to withstand a very low carbohydrate intake your liver manufacturers ketone bodies as an emergency backup fuel for your brain when in the state of ketosis. If you’re living with diabetes this may sound like a great idea, because your pancreas is provided with an opportunity to reduce insulin production insulin due to low carbohydrate intake. Now, millions of people around the world who eat a ketogenic diet achieve a flatline blood glucose profile and greatly reduce or eliminate their need for oral medication and insulin. If You’ve experienced this yourself you may be thinking “Great! I solved the problem eating! A ketogenic diet is keeping my blood glucose in control and therefore my diabetes health is going up!” In addition, the state of ketosis induces a number of short-term benefits, including rapid weight loss, reduced fasting glucose, reduced post-meal blood glucose, reduced A1c, reduced total cholesterol, reduced LDL cholesterol, and flatlined blood glucose. The problem is that eating a ketogenic diet significantly increases your risk for chronic disease and premature death in the long term. After researching the advice from the top ketosis gurus we made a list of the seven biggest and most dangerous misconceptions about ketogenic diets in this video. We’ll go into detail about the truth underlying ketosis, and refute many common statements backed by misleading science, incorrect biochemistry, and a fundamental lack of understanding of human biology. Ketosis misconception number one: Insulin is your fat storage hormone. Now, you may have heard people in the ketogenic community refer to insulin as your fat storage hormone, and that by adopting a very low carbohydrate diet you prevent your blood glucose from spiking after a meal. Now, hold on a second, open any biology textbook and you’ll find that the primary function of insulin is to help glucose exit your blood and enter tissues. But that insulin also helps fatty acids and amino acids out of your blood and into tissues. It is absolutely critical to understand that the primary function of insulin is to help transport glucose out of your blood and into tissues and a secondary effect of insulin is to help transport fatty acids and amino acids out of your blood and into tissues Simply because insulin has the ability to transport fat into tissues does not mean that it’s factually correct to label insulin as your fat storage hormone. This is a gross exaggeration of the actual role of insulin and it is meant to scare people into believing that any amount of insulin in circulation will make you fat. Insulin triggers macro nutrient uptake in this order: Priority number one: Insulin transports glucose into the tissues to either be burned for energy or to be stored as glycogen for later use. Priority number two: Insulin transports fatty acids into tissues to be immediately burned for energy or to be stored as triglycerides for later use. Priority number three: Insulin transports amino acids into tissues to be synthesized into new protein to be burned for energy or to be converted into other compounds. Understanding this insulin priority hierarchy is very important, because it reinforces the concept that insulin’s primary role is to handle all things related to glucose metabolism BEFORE it begins directing fatty acids and amino acids into tissues. Insulin is the most powerful anabolic hormone in your body, meaning that it promotes more growth and more fuel storage than any other hormone in your body. Ketogenic dieters exaggerate this fact, condemning insulin entirely claiming that even small amounts of insulin will make you fat. Fact: Insulin is the most anabolic hormone in your body, responsible for more fuel storage and cell growth than any other hormone in your body. Fact: Insulin promotes more growth than testosterone. Fact: Insulin promotes more growth than estrogen. Fact: Insulin promotes more growth than growth hormone. Fact: Insulin promotes more growth than IGF-1. The truth is that all mammals secrete insulin because insulin is absolutely required for life. Your dog secretes insulin, your pet hamster secretes insulin, your neighbor’s cat secretes insulin, monkeys secrete insulin, raccoons secrete insulin, your non-diabetic co-worker secretes insulin. In fact insulin is so important that if your body stops manufacturing it, you’ll die. Without insulin your dog would die, your pet hamster would die, your neighbor’s cat would die, your non-diabetic co-worker would die. In truth a physiologically normal amount of insulin is absolutely required to stay alive. But secreting or injecting excess insulin is what substantially increases your risk for coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease as a whole. Ketosis misconception number two: eating carbohydrates spikes your blood glucose. Proponents of the ketogenic diet often argue that eating any food containing carbohydrate energy will spike your blood glucose and that the only way to avoid dangerous glucose spikes is to avoid carbohydrate-rich foods. Technically speaking, when you eat carbohydrate rich food your blood glucose will rise. Furthermore, reducing your carbohydrate intake will keep your blood glucose more stable. For these reasons ketogenic dieters maintain a total carbohydrate intake less than 30 grams per day, representing less than 10% of total calories on average. What those in ketosis don’t understand is that the amount of glucose in your blood is not only determined by the amount of carbohydrate that you eat, but instead a reflection of both your dietary carbohydrate and your dietary fat intake. We have written extensively about the detrimental role that excess dietary fat plays in the development of insulin resistance, leading to high blood glucose, increased insulin requirements, high cholesterol, beta cell death, and increased risk for many chronic diseases. It’s important to understand that only paying attention to how much carbohydrate you eat will mislead you into thinking that this single macronutrient controls your entire blood glucose profile, when in reality your blood glucose is determined primarily by how much fat you eat and, secondarily, by the amount of carbohydrate that you eat. To understand how your blood glucose responds to different macro nutrient profiles, let’s explore how a ketogenic diet a standard American diet and a low-fat plant-based whole food diet affect your blood glucose. When operating in a high fat ecosystem on a ketogenic diet the primary reason why your blood glucose remains flat is because of the near absence of carbohydrate rich foods. In this way eating a high-fat diet is very effective at flat-lining your blood glucose because carbohydrates are kept below 30 grams per day. As long as you avoid carbohydrate-rich foods your blood glucose is likely to stay very stable. But the minute you choose to eat carbohydrate-rich foods such as a banana, a potato, a bowl a quinoa, your blood glucose is likely to increase significantly due to a hidden state of fatty acid-induced insulin resistance. The standard American diet is a perfect example of a diet that is high in both carbohydrate and high in fat which increases your risk for high blood glucose, insulin resistance and diabetes. Because both fat and carbohydrate are president in large quantities controlling your blood glucose becomes increasingly difficult over time. Because a low-fat plant-based whole food diet is low in dietary fat your carbohydrate tolerance or your ability to eat carbohydrate-rich food increases substantially resulting in maximum insulin sensitivity and the opportunity to completely reverse insulin resistance altogether. When operating in a low-fat eco system on a plant-based diet it is quite easy to maintain flatline blood glucose as long as your total fat intake is maintained below approximately 30 grams per day and your carbohydrate intake comes from whole foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, and not from products containing refined sugars. Ketosis misconception number 3: Diabetes is carbohydrate toxicity and insulin resistance is a state of carbohydrate intolerance. Those in the ketogenic community often labeling diabetes as a problem of carbohydrate toxicity, suggesting that dietary carbohydrate is the primary cause of the disease process. In addition ketogenic dieters believe that insulin resistance is caused by insulin itself, triggered by an excess consumption of dietary carbohydrate. I cannot tell you how many people tell me: Cyrus, insulin resistance is not caused by fat. It’s caused by insulin. This my friend could not be farther from the truth. In order to make these statements factually correct it’s necessary to go back to basic biochemistry principles and understand that the vast majority of people who develop insulin resistance do so by eating a diet containing large amounts of dietary fat as we discussed earlier. The research world has known this for more than 85 years. This was first established in the 1930s by the pioneering work of doctors Rabinowitch and Hemsworth, then further proven by Dr. Kempner in the 1950s and by Dr. Anderson in the 1970s. Despite this the cause of insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance remains one of the most debated subjects in the world of diabetes even today. Think of insulin resistance as a series of metabolic dominoes. The dominoes are arranged in this order: number one – you eat a diet containing dietary fat greater than about 15 percent of total calories; number two: you go and eat a banana, a potato or a bowl of rice, and check your blood glucose two hours later to find that your blood glucose meter reads a high number like two hundred and forty six. You point your finger and say Hey, bad banana, bad potato! I guess these foods are bad for me because clearly when I eat them they increase my blood glucose. The reason this happened is not because bananas and potatoes and rice are bad foods but because insulin receptors in your muscle and in your liver have become dysfunctional due to too much dietary fat. That’s right under normal circumstances the glucose from these carbohydrate-rich foods are accompanied by insulin, and insulin job is to say Knock-knock, I have some glucose. Would you like to take it up? Normally cells in your liver and muscle would say Sure bring it in! but when you’ve eaten your way into insulin resistance, insulin receptors say You got to be kidding me! Do you see how much energy I already have inside? I gotta burn this stuff first! And then and only then will I allow glucose in. For now you stay in the blood. So when glucose becomes trapped in your blood due to these dysfunctional insulin receptors you have a choice: either you avoid carbohydrates like the plague and continue to remain in ketosis, or you drop your fat intake and gain the ability to eat carbohydrate-rich foods. So if diabetes is not a problem of carbohydrate toxicity but a problem of fat toxicity then the correct statement is this: Insulin resistance is a state of carbohydrate intolerance first created by the consumption of excess dietary fat Ketosis misconception number four: Carbohydrate is not an essential nutrient. The ketogenic world is quick to point out that there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate in contrast to required nutrients like essential fatty acids and essential amino acids. While this statement is technically true, labelling glucose as a non-essential carbohydrate implies that there is no use for glucose in the human body. Once again, we have to return to basic human physiology in order to understand the truth. Your liver, your muscle and other peripheral tissues are capable of oxidising glucose amino acids and fatty acids for energy. Your brain, however, cannot oxidise either amino acids or fatty acids for energy your brain can only run off of glucose for energy and does not possess the biological machinery to store glucose. As a result your brain must oxidise glucose on demand importing glucose from your blood 24 hours a day. Since glucose is your brain’s principal on-demand fuel, carbohydrate-rich foods are your brains primary fuel source. When you consume a low carbohydrate diet you force your liver to synthesize an emergency backup fuel known as ketone bodies to prevent against brain starvation, and you enter the state of ketosis in which ketone bodies become your brains primary fuel. Ketogenic diets were originally invented for people with epilepsy and are effective at reducing seizure incidents. However ample evidence shows the ketogenic diets come with a laundry list of unwanted side-effects that simply cannot be overlooked, including, but not limited to, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, vomiting, acid reflux, hair loss, kidney stones, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, hypoglycemia, low platelet count, impaired cognition, inability to concentrate, impaired mood, disordered mineral metabolism, stunted growth in children, increased risk for bone fractures, osteopenia, osteoporosis, increased bruising, acute pancreatitis, hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, elevated cortisol, heart arrhythmia, myocardial infarction or heart attacks menstrual irregularities, amenorrhea or loss of periods in women, and an increased risk for all-cause mortality or premature death from any cause Yes, that’s right, people who eat low carbohydrate diets die sooner and suffer for more disease in the long term If that’s not enough to dissuade you from eating a low carbohydrate diet, I’m not sure what is. Therefore, labelling carbohydrates as non-essential is not only factually inaccurate, it results in a wide variety of chronic health conditions that may ultimately shorten your lifespan decrease your quality of life and accelerate your risk for chronic disease. Ketosis misconception number five: low fasting insulin means high insulin sensitivity. People in the ketogenic community often measure their fasting insulin levels as an indicator of their insulin sensitivity. A fasting insulin test measures the amount of insulin your pancreas must secrete in order to control your blood glucose. The lower the number the less work your pancreas is performing. This is a good thing. Ketogenic dieters often report very low fasting insulin levels and then draw the conclusion that their insulin sensitivity has increased. This could not be farther from the truth. The only way to actually measure your insulin sensitivity is to utilize a glucose challenge in which you either drink a solution containing glucose dissolved in water, or you eat a food containing carbohydrate energy in the clinic. Your doctor may order a glucose tolerance test to measure your insulin sensitivity. The way that you measure insulin sensitivity using an oral glucose tolerance test is straightforward: Step 1: you drink a solution containing 75 to 100 grams of glucose dissolved in water. Step 2: a medical professional samples your blood at 0, 60, 120 and 180 minutes. Step 3: your blood samples are analyzed for glucose and insulin. Step 4: your performance is measured against a standard to determine your insulin sensitivity. The higher your glucose and insulin area under the curve the worse you perform on the test and the higher your level of insulin resistance The lower your glucose and insulin areas under the curves the lower your level of insulin resistance. The reason why this test is so valuable for measuring insulin sensitivity is because it measures the ability of your muscle and liver to uptake glucose from your blood when challenged by a food or drink containing glucose. Simply measuring your fasting insulin or fasting blood glucose independent of a glucose challenge is insufficient information to conclude anything about your level of insulin sensitivity. However, many ketogenic dieters and medical professionals fail to understand this concept entirely. If you never challenged your glucose metabolism with carbohydrate rich foods, or with a glucose solution, it is simply impossible to measure insulin resistance. Despite this, those in ketosis often claim that their insulin sensitivity has increased, even though they avoid eating carbohydrate-rich foods at all costs. Ketosis misconception number 6: low carbohydrate diets are not high-protein diets. Let’s go into detail to understand the caveats of this statement. The first question to ask is this: What proportion of total calories constitutes a high-protein diet according to the scientific evidence? Now, according to the evidence, diets containing more than 10 to 15% of total calories of protein increase your risk for cardiovascular and diabetes mortality especially if the majority of your protein originates from animal foods. Now, many studies have shown that protein intakes in excess of 15% of total calories increase your risk for heart disease, for high cholesterol, for atherosclerosis, for diabetes and various forms of cancer. As a result any diet containing in excess of 10 to 15% calories from protein is considered a high protein. It turns out that it is practically impossible for a ketogenic diet to be low in protein Why? It’s actually quite simple – because cheese, eggs, meat, butter, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, vegetable oil, coconuts and avocados make up the bulk of calories in a ketogenic diet. With the exception of vegetable or coconut oil, which is 100% fat every food that I just listed is not only high in fat, but also higher in protein. Ketosis misconception number 7 Evidence-based research shows that low carbohydrate diets are effective. Low carbohydrate diet advocates are masters of documenting the efficacy of their philosophy, using studies with small population sizes, conducted over short time periods, often over either weeks or months While these studies are helpful at assessing the short-term benefits of ketosis, they fail to document the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet. A classic example of this is a paper that was published in 2017, documenting the results of 10 weeks of a ketogenic diet on 262 patients following a diet containing less than 30 grams of carbohydrate per day and an average of a175 grams of protein per day. Now, the researchers document how ten weeks of ketosis resulted in an average A1c decrease of 1%, an average weight loss of 7.2%, and how more than 56% of participants reduce their need for oral medication. These are all great outcomes. The problem is that the study was conducted in a small cohort over a very relatively short period of time. Now, in order to determine the true effectiveness of any diet you have to do two things: number one – study your diet in large numbers of people, which is tens or hundreds of thousands of people; and number two – study the outcomes of people following your diet over long periods of time – greater than approximately five years. Studies conducted in tens or hundreds of thousands of people over five plus years indicate that low carbohydrate diets promote the following disastrous outcomes: number one – increased risk for cardiovascular disease; number two – increased risk for hemorrhagic stroke; number three – increased risk for hypertension; number four – increased risk for atherosclerosis; number five – increased risk for diabetes; mortality number six; increased risk for obesity; number seven – increased risk for cancer; number eight – increased risk for all cause mortality, which is premature death from any cause. No matter how you slice it, low carbohydrate diets trick patients and doctors into believing that ketosis is an excellent long-term dietary strategy, when in reality the long-term consequences are often worse than the initial condition they were designed to reverse. Now the next time you consider adopting a ketogenic diet ask yourself a simple question: Are the long-term consequences worth the short-term benefits? Plant based news (PBN)


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  2. Wow! How can someone say so much bullsh*t so confidently?! Humankind has been consuming animal products for millions of years – how can anyone think they are 'bad' for us?!

  3. Interesting, could you cite studies for your claims, I'd like to look into it

  4. i tried your way…sorry..it didnt work…my blood sugar hit the sky….and….im back to keto again

  5. This is typical of YouTube. He’s on a plant based diet so he’s going to push a plant based diet and try to sway the keto diet people towards his channel. All people please listen. Regardless of plant based, keto, paleo or carnivores. Not every diet will work for everyone. Everyone is different. But whatever you try listen to your body and your labs. If you feel great and your labs are improving that’s the diet for you.

  6. Alopecia is an immune system response. Where are this guy's eyebrows?

  7. Problem with most keto Nazis is that they think it's perfectly fine to load up on crap like bacon and sausage. The diet is designed that you get your fats from healthy sources like avocados, olive oil, coconut, nuts, etc. Also, you don't need that much fat in order to be healthy.

  8. Eat healthy foods and you will be healthy. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Fruits, vegetables, protein, and fats in moderation. Balance diet with adequate exercise/physical activity and you’ll be good. Somehow an extremist moron will find some way to disagree with this statement.

  9. He knows nothing

  10. I am confused as hell!! I am not defending ketogenic diet but for now I think that problems start when you combine high fats with high carbs foods ……. I am still looking for the truth

  11. The BEST explanation EVER!!! 👏👏👏👏👏

  12. Someone is skipping his B12 shots.

  13. Stayed in ketosis for 9 months, worst mistake I ever made …
    Gave me psoriasis, provoked autoimmune response, damaged my stomach, gave me food intolerances…
    I was totally bought buy the keto gurus blaming carbs for all evil…
    How wrong I was…
    The more I studied trying to work out the more I realised how completed illogical it is…
    Keto is a short term survival technique when your body goes into a stress mode waiting for its main fuel source to come back…it's a starvation back up mechanism which can have short term benefits when ketosis is provoked through REAL fasting with water or intermittently…
    But long term ketosis is biologically unsound and deprives you of all the essential vitamins mineral phytochemicals antioxidants and even unfound nutrients found in carbohydrate sources…which are the most abundant in nature…
    We have taste receptors for starch and sugars…we were not meant to eat pounds of butter and pots of coconut oil and flesh for the majority of our diet…
    All the blue zones in the world live off a high carbohydrate diet, they live the longest, are leanest and are the healthiest…
    Keto is a short term fix for epilepsy or other serious conditions with the cost of long term unhealthy side effects

  14. a few questions. what is the normal range for non type two diabetics on glucose tolerance test and, what is it for diabetics? second, have you ever seen or has your program ever changed the range of a type 2 diabetics glucose tolerance test from the diabetic range to the non diabetic range? please be specific. thank you in advance for your answer

  15. Ok well I guess thousands of people doing Keto are going to die soon, nice to meet you, everyone.

  16. ketogenic diet goes hand in hand with intermittent fasting , because fat burns slow , you feel full for long period of time. and fasting has been found beneficial for generations and hundereds of years, people who eat carb rich foods cannot do fasting , carbs makes you eat more carbs and you can never escape the vicious circle of eating and eating and eating carbs until you die

  17. Lair!

  18. Prehisic men lived on meat alone

  19. I love this guy. He and Drs. Klaber. Barnard. Greger. Esselstyn. Mcdougal. Colin Campbell. They’re the ones I trust most. Vegan baby! New to it and blood sugar dropping. Meds can’t compete with this diet. I eat about 200+ grams of carbs a day. Some avocado a few nuts all Whole Foods otherwise. I’m eating a ton and never feel heavy or slowed down. I still crave meat but I’ll give this 90 days I’ve done 35 before and lost almost 20 pounds. For some reason I didn’t think it was enough and quit. And partly because vegan is difficult.

  20. I am truly sadden by the fact that even though most people have a general understanding of what ketosis is …… here comes a plant based advocate who spins the keto diet into a negative light. …… People if you listen closely to what he said, hr is simply giving to ways of resolving your issues, keto vs plant base in which he laid out some facts and then he sprinkle some lies in your mind about keto to make you doubt your positive results with keto…….. this is an example of how someone who has an agenda work on putting doubt in the mind of the people!

  21. Oh my goodness, you guys never stop with your errors about ketosis and more importantly healthy fats found in nature which Man has eaten since God create him!
    No, Ketosis doesn’t demand the total avoidance of any of those foods if you’re don’t need to for health.
    No, eating mostly healthy fats long term doesn’t and can’t harm your health but causes health!
    No, true and healthy Keto doesn’t state insulin is bad but rather, as you yourself say, excessive insulin is!

  22. The keto commenters crushing this video. No eyebrows, bulging eyes and lines. How old are you? Not exactly a role model for vegans.

  23. Who are you and what are your credentials. Keto works for me. In addition to controlling diabetes, I have very little amount of inflammation. No one is saying insulin is bad, but excessive insulin is not good. Give us the specific research so we can read it.

  24. So many lies in this video. You need to check you facts man.

  25. This is alien talking!

  26. Your agenda is preaching pure vegan. You are delusional. See other people how look and feel after few years on frutarian and pure vegan diet. I am on keto on last two years and all my blood test are great. I fell great. I have lots of stamina/energy. I was on keto many years back and at that time I was at my peak of my health. Pure vegan is not the ideal diet. A balanced keto (lots of vegetable, quality fats and moderate protein is the key). Depending on age and goals it can be adjusted but pure vegan is non-sense.
    The moment I switch to high carbs from fruits I am like a vegetable, with no energy and hungry all the time.
    You mention studies, lots of studies are just manipulation of $$$$ and you failed to mention named of the studies or who funded them.

  27. Can you give me the links to those long term studies you mentioned, but didn't actually cite. I can't help but notice your description doesn't provide links to your "research"… mostly just links to your veggie boy merch.

    I'm on keto. I've lost 45 lbs, lowered my A1c from 6.6 to 5.4. …and I feel pretty good.

    As a type 2 diabetic, I keep a close eye on my glucose when I have a cheat day. As far as I can tell, my insulin sensitivity has improved quite a bit. I pretty much have to eat a bucket of Halloween candy to break 200 these days.

    It did get worse after I fell "off the wagon" for a bit. I feel like you might be unintentionally misleading your viewers in that particular area. Still… If there are studies that show long term problems with this fairly new health approach, is love to take a look at them for myself.😉

    I'd love to just take your word for it, but frankly, sir, you look… umm… how do I say this?… unwell.

  28. Very well said! The ONLY diet which leads to great health and longevity is whole Foods plant based diet!

  29. Thank you Cyrus

  30. the most of people who promotes Keto diet are Ripped ; )

  31. Yes he should have cited specific studies related to his statements. If you disagree with what he says because you agree with the Keto
    diet and promises about it, thats' your choice. Please however act like an adult and refrain from commenting about his looks, that is
    juvenile and unnecessary. For people who believe consuming 70-80% fat is healthy, or consuming 70-80% carbohydrates is healthy
    (as I do) wait to see the long term (over a year) results. Studies do show that a lot of fat in the diet does increase insulin problems as well
    as raise hormone levels. There needs to be many studies showing long-term positive studies regarding any benefits of Keto. The video from Mic
    the vegan does cite many studies regarding the problems with Keto. I believe, as many people do, that we are designed to thrive on high healthy plant carbohydrates. Keto believers think that they should thrive on "healthy" high amounts of fat. Noone wants to hear or read any information that criticizes their choices, especially with proven data, and people get very defensive when its' done. namaste', rachel

  32. Keto is obviously not for everyone. I'm sticking with it. I feel much better without carbs.

  33. Keto doesn’t disallow anything. You have a macro target in addition to calorie surplus or restriction your goal is to pick foods that fit those macros while getting all your micronutrients.

  34. This guy breaks out of Area 51 and now wants to condemn keto. Anybody fact check the studies he’s getting this info from?

  35. I wonder how much they paid him

  36. Good video! But you wanne tell me as a prediabetic my glucose meter won't spike to 140+ when I eat grapefruit, cashews, oats??🤔 (I list these carbs as they are lower carbs than the bad ones). If so I will switch NOW from my HF diet

  37. This isn't hate but genuine curiosity since I'm sceptical about going vegan. When I eat carbs I cramp and bloat but when I eat animal based I feel perfectly fine, good even. I've noticed that every long term vegan gets matte grey skin and these lifeless sunken eyes, meanwhile meat eaters' eyes look bright and their skin looks glowy and plump, so why is that? Shouldn't your health reflect on the outside? Again, I'm just going off what I've seen, this isnt hate and an answer would be greatly appreciated.

  38. Respect for sharing ur insights….

  39. This is wrong,wtf is this doctor thinking.how the hell does eating keto cause premature death.this is soo stupid

  40. You’re incorrect about the base of the keto diet.. you’re miss representing it

  41. Jillian Micheals salesman

  42. Can you link your sources?

  43. Inuits ate high fat diet, life expectancy was 50-60 years

  44. What happened to your eyebrows?

  45. Please provide your references.

    I find a lot of “low carb” studies with 40% carbs are used to summarize Keto diets with under 10% carbs. Low carb and Keto are not the same things. A low carb diet with 40% with fat is just dangerous.

    Seed oils are not healthy. Seed oils are not part of a typical Keto diet.

  46. So many people in the low carb community have disinfo with no proof, especially regarding human anatomy and physiology. Looking at every body system and how they work together it is clear that high carb, low fat, whole food plant based is the species specific diet that actually works with our body. Don’t ignore body systems like the lymphatic system, nervous system and digestive tract. It is clear that we have almost uncanny similarities to frugivors like apes and monkeys and herbivores like horses. Not carnivores like lions or omnivores like bears. Diseases like atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s caused from high cholesterol/ saturated fat cannot be seen in natural carnivores and omnivores but they will show up in frugivore’s and herbivores as soon as saturated fat/ cholesterol is ingested into their diets. That alone proves we are plant eaters only! Just because we can eat dirt doesn’t mean it is a food biologically created for us to eat. Same goes for animals bodies and by-products. Just because media says low carb is the best diet and you have now created an identity around it doesn’t mean you have to feel personally attacked when someone has better findings for a better diet. That’s called cognitive dissonance

  47. No sincere advocate of the ketogenic diet would ever assert that "any amounts of insulin are bad". Fact 1/7

  48. Claim 4: "While this is technically true…" – yes, it's true. The brain never runs off ketones on a ketogenic diet! Glucose is essential, but it does not necessarily have to come in form of an exogenous molecule, but the body can synthesize Glucose from proteins through a process called "Gluconeogenesis". That way, the brain can get its share of glucose and remain healthy.

  49. wow!!!!!!!! I was almost believing in the long term benefits of keto diet!!!!!! Thank you so much for this video!!!!

  50. A person with his credentials would have known the importance of citations and references.

  51. Dr Cyrus explains this very well.

  52. What dr. Cyrus says is spot on! I am a diabetic who used to take insulin. I am type 2 but doctors thought I was type 1 due to the amount of insulin I was required to take. I got off insulin with a vegan diet and I did this with out trying. This approach works people.

  53. The problem is is that there are too many Talking Heads there are pros and cons for a low carbohydrate diet everything you listed is definitely possible but you should also list the things that sugar and sugar substitutes in the massive amounts of carbohydrates that a person takes in daily and make a list of what all that causes because I’m pretty sure that it will be a lot more than that list that you had for a low carbohydrate diet in my personal Opinion I will do what works for me I have been doing keto and intermittent fasting for six months now I get daily work ups by my doctor every 3 to 6 months and everything that you listed I do not suffer from if it’s long-term I will continue to Be consistent with my doctors check ups but for now there is nothing on that list that I suffer from everyone is different yes will react differently to different dates it’s just about what works for the individual

  54. Holy shit. If insulin promoted more hormones than testosterone and everything else then these people who are a 1/2 ton wouldn't look like a blob of disgusting waste. Eating carbs is eating sugar. How are you getting away with lying to people with this garbage? Carbohydrates literally turn into glucose which then gets turned into fat. Being in ketosis forces your body to burn fat stores for energy, and since you're not dumping pure sugar into your body then you're constantly burning fat, creating energy, and making muscle. Nothing you've said in this video is anywhere close to being "fact."

    You're advocating for veganism but you look like a walking corpse that's spent too much time under a heat lamp.

  55. The video starts off with a food chart where meat is the base of the pyramid. This is TOTALLY wrong. In Keto protien should only make up 20% of your calories. Needless to say i didn't watch the rest. If it starts off in the first 15 second with a lie, you can only assume the rest is crap too.

  56. I think he is talking about "dirty"Keto?? as the facts aren't facts!!

  57. 1. Honestly I never heard of a keto expert saying that that's the primary function of insulin, but yes, common sense if you consume a large quantity of carbs and you don't use them then you will store all the fat EVEN if you go low fat. Your point is?

    2. Never heard of a keto expert saying that carbs only spike and not fat. If you consume large calories of carbs why are fats the root cause.

    3. Multiple times this studies have been retired in regards having any association with the keto diet there are multiple reasons but the most obvious one is that this studies were done on people that was not eating less than 50 grams of carbs so hence not applicable to the keto definition of low carb, they were actually consuming more protein than the keto diet requires, plus this people were eating the worst of the worst fat – not a healthy keto diet. There is no correlation, sorry.

    4. False. Brain can work with ketones at 85% and glucose can be produced regardless without the need of carbs. He does fail to mention the studies that prove how beneficial are ketones for the brain.

    5. Partially agreed too much to say here but I'm using my phone but yes he's overall correct.

    6. They can be or not. Healthy keto does not required to eat lots of fats and just the minimum required of protein by the body and this varies person from person due to the weight, height, gender and age difference. For instance I only consume 95 grams of protein a day for my weight which is 190 pounds.

    7. Agreed but let's accept that is also not "our" fault that nobody has study the properly done and healthy keto diet for a long term. This must happens I agree this is very important and I would love to know the results of the diet that most probably is the most similar to the ones of our ancestors before the invention of agriculture.

  58. While I respect the Healthy keto approach e.g. Dr. Berg. I still believe that Peleo is the most optimal diet for human beings 100 to 150 grams or carbs sounds about right. Trying to count your carb intake and force yourself (everyday) to accomplish it, that doesn't sound natural for me. Just eat what our ancestors used to eat. Don't count calories, don't count carbs for a week, just use your intuition.. do it for about a month and then count your calories just one day for fun.. i bet you anything that you will be consuming about 100 to 150 no more than 200 grams of carbs a day. this is the natural state.. keep it there. The protein intake will be around 80 and 150 grams.. you be surprised, when you don't force it you will see that you are satisfied with this about of carbs.. then fat, will not be as much as the keto % requirement but i bet you that it's going to be more than carbs and fat. Sleep well, keep a natural instinctive diet, do activity (exercise, walk, etc).. don't weight yourself.. you will feel good very good and then check your weight in about 2 months. You be surprised. Our ancestor didn't sit down and ate fruit everyday but once in a while they found a mango tree and probably ate a bunch.. do that once a week.. no problem! just don't force yourself, don't eat it everyday… same as coconut oils and water, not natural.. eat it when you feel like it.

  59. Insulin increase more fat than other hormones.

  60. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  61. Not to mention, it's unsustainable in any way

  62. but seriously, why does this guy along with many other doctors look sick and malnourished, with sunken eyes, wrinkly saggy skin? I noticed that on most vegan promoting videos

  63. Youre not supposed to do it long term. Dr. Adkins says so if u read his book. The ignition stage is only the first 2 wks. Then u start to ad other carbs slowly as long aa u keep burning fat until u reach your goal weight. Once youre there u can add all kinds of carbs even bread.

  64. Why are your eyebrows gone? Did you shave them off?!

  65. The take away here for the cry baby Keto-Nazis is that a high fat diets CAUSES insuline resistance and this dirty little secrete is kept hidden by the fact the Keto-tards don't eat anything that would spike thier bloodsugar exposing the fat induced insulin resistance.

    It's all part of how the shady Keto crowd sells thier snake oil. Get you some results in the intro, hide the dangers, then disapear after years of irreversable Keto damage has ravaged the body. Thank Taubes for selling the nations health up the river for a 600K book deal paid for by the Atkins foundation. Bunch of snake oil BS.

  66. Your second counter point is bs. I was rocking w you after the first but your second is bs.

  67. Holy shit my boy. 13:22… You offer a choice but then take that choice away lol 13:40. What can you eat if not fat and protien?

  68. 14:15 lmao. No. It doesn't imply the body doesn't need glucose…. It says glucose from dietary foods isn't essential because our liver can produce all the glucose our brain needs even on our death bed…. The brain runs well on fat energy. You should of stopped after the first fact

  69. Your 1st and 5th point r true. All others r bs..

  70. 05:00 to 06:00 all this talk about insulin made me feel that in Ketosis you don't have Insulin well you do it's not absent from your body you just Give it a rest and try not to spike it so High as we used to in regular average layman potato couch diet..

  71. 12:50 the Same Argument is used against Carbohydrate rich foods…the Cells have a lot of energy reservoir from Carbs and Sugars so they reject glucose from the blood (which is not so much when you are in ketosis)…and this list of Keto side effects actually I got the opposite when i adopted the Keto diet. A better concentration, and recognition and memory also no acid reflux even though I'm taking Diluted Organic Apple cider Vinegar with a lemon squeeze every other day, No Kidney Stones when I drink alot of water…

  72. I think I've fully grasped these concepts, convimcing low carbers of these concepts is another story

  73. these comments are so funny ! all the keto people are losing their minds (and insulin sensitivity) in the comment section ! as someone who basically eats only unrefined carbs, and the occasional glass of wine, i can confirm……. carbs cannot hurt you. but enjoy ketosis! Everyone who's asking for citations on the facts— literally, do a google search. Every major civilization in history subsisted on a starchy, unrefined carb as a staple food: potatoes, wheat, corn, rice, millet, buckwheat, the list goes on ! Why are people so scared of vegans?

  74. The constipation on a keto diet must be appalling.

  75. Lets face it you are arguably one of the most clueless doctors I've seen lmao. Where are the studies? Are you really a dr? Lmao

  76. Dr you don't look very healthy? You might want to rethink this Vegan thing

  77. Vegans just lie, lie and then lie some more…..

  78. Even without keto diet if you stop intake of refined starch&cabohydrates,Deep fried foods,alcohols and beers …you will be ok..

  79. Moved to Florida, started keto, lost 40 lbs including beer belly in 3 months and got pretty ripped at 56 years old.  Vlogged the whole thing beginning to end.

  80. Wow the back and forth gibberish between vegans and keto people just got old…so childish. I'm not a vegan or a keto person, but I watch my diet and eat clean…Why the need for labels? If a label is required, I say I'm paleo-based. I don't do dairy, but I do eat whole oats in oatmeal occasionally, wild and brown rice with quinoa, potatoes (moderately), eggs, mostly fish, and am mostly plant-based. Just do you, people. Just like Dr. McDougall says there are overweight vegans. There are vegans who are unhealthy and keto people who may be thin, but have too much fat, high cholesterol etc. I don't think keto is sustainable, long-term imo, but to each his own…this "show me metadata, your facts are unsupported stuff" is ridiculous

  81. Just look how Un-HEALTHY his appearance ? ? ? HOW MANY THUMBS DOWN ? ? ? for this Arrogant little Punk ? ketosis has Helped me to lose my belly and moved out on to being Hirisk to low risk in HBP…and who the heck you do you think you are ? I Don't gives a DMAN about your freeking Bull Shitt PHD ………

  82. Wow, just wasted almost 30 min of my life. The biggest laugh was at 23:06… That's called life!

  83. Long term keto diet is not sustainable and will kill you

  84. How the hell is butter high in protein. It contains less than 1 gram per 100 grams

  85. Who stole this man's eyebrows, give them back God dammit!

  86. I find this whole diet thing very confusing. I read a book by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, called eat right for your type. In short, depending on your blood type you are meant to eat only certain foods due to lectins that sent your immune into orbit. For example if you are type O blood you need to eat meat to be healthy if you don't you will become very sick. I his book he sights a clinical case of a Type O blood person was very sick on a vegetarien or vegan diet and as soon as the person ate meat he started getting healthy. For a Type A blood they are meant to eat plants and very little meat if any. Again in case history recorded in his book sights a patient who was eating way too much meat and was very unhealthy. When the meat was removed from the diet the person started to get well. I am a Type B blood person. In my own personal case history I suffered from terrible determatits for some 45 years of my life until I discovered that tomatoes and chicken are both inflammatory to my system due to the lectins contained in these foods. His book pointed out to me that these two foods I must to avoid eating. Also I had to avoid eating wheat, rye, barley etc. As I had eliminated these foods I no longer suffer from dermatitis. So to say that we all should be eating a plant based diet is not correct as it is no actually suitable for everyone. There is also A lancet study done that disproves the statements made by this guy. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/fulltext.( check it out for yourself).

  87. I don't understand why so many people seemed to have been riled up by what you said here. I agree that there are a lot of misconceptions about Keto that people fall into and I learned a lot about a sustainable future diet I may adopt. However could you clear up some more for me? I've heard that those low carb diets that have been studied were approximately 100 to 150 grams of dietary carbohydrate which is a far cry from the ~30 grams for ketogenic diet. Also doesn't the body produce limited amounts of glucose internally? Finally how do transfer from Keto to say veganism? A lot of what I enjoyed pre-keto was homemade bread and I found most rice and beans dishes to be bland or taste too strange to my normal palate.

  88. I continue to eat legumes in the form of DIY hummus daily and maintain ketosis

  89. I don't trust vegetarian people telling me what to eat. I eat meat, but I also eat a lot of veggies (except the starchy ones) in my keto diet. It's all about balance. This studies are biased and preposterous. This dude looks like he has illness, who trusts this guy?

  90. where are your eyebrows man?

  91. i followed the keto diet and got vv sick. diabetes type 2. and hbp

  92. He doesn't look healthy or fit. I don't wanna take health advice from a guy that looks like him. Plant based diet is slowly killing him and he doesn't even know it.

  93. Being in ketosis long term increase all cause mortality. That means dying from ANYTHING.

  94. I am so confused and have been for a while now.. I am just going to keep doing what I'm doing:

    95% usda organic diet
    frozen veggies, vitamin c spray (Garden of Life, not absorbic acid); occasionally a vitamin D3 or b12 spray (GOL)
    brown rice, potatoes, quinoa
    Our family of 2 adults and 1 toddler put away around 4 lbs of meat per week

    Maybe this will change, but the key is eating whole foods and limiting sugar. That seems simple enough.

    I have noticed I crave less meat since going organic. If I want to eat a meatless dinner 2 nights in a row and I need more protein, then I just drink some chlorella and I feel fantastic.

    I am a very healthy weight, but my husband is not. That is why I am looking into Keto vs plant based, but nomatter where you look, they are arguing.

  95. Proponents of plant-based diets for weight loss don’t seem to understand the power and scope of food addiction, which generally equates to carbohydrate addiction for most compulsive overeaters and obese people. A diet built around “healthy carbs”, which may be considered to include fruits, starchy vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, only perpetuates and exacerbates cravings for more and more carbs which inevitably triggers binge-eating of the unhealthy sweet and savory processed and refined foods that caused the individual’s weight issues in the first place.

    Just like the alcoholic, drug addict, or smoker, food addicts need to abstain from virtually all forms of carbohydrate in order to control their obsession. This is why so many overweight people are turning to and enjoying so much success with ketogenic diets. You can try and debunk the benefits of ketogenic diets from now until doomsday, but you won’t convince all the people losing hundreds of pounds and keeping it off 5 to 10 years or more that they doing anything counterintuitive to their health and well-being, especially among those who have reversed their life-threatening medical issues, such as Type 2 diabetes, systemic inflammation, hypertension, cancer aggression, seizures and a myriad of other deadly conditions.

    There is probably nothing more alarming than the consequences of morbid obesity itself. So at the end of the day let’s respect the fact that everyone’s needs are different, and we all need to find the eating protocol that is most sustainable for us as individuals and most conducive to our own specific needs based on age, gender, bio-chemical markers, medical and family history, genetics, and socio-cultural backgrounds. We cannot save the planet until we reclaim our own optimal health and well-being.

  96. ”Vegetarian diet and all-cause mortality: Evidence from a large population-based Australian cohort – the 45 and Up Study.
    Mihrshahi S, et al. Prev Med. 2017.
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    The vegetarian diet is thought to have health benefits including reductions in type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Evidence to date suggests that vegetarians tend to have lower mortality rates when compared with non-vegetarians, but most studies are not population-based and other healthy lifestyle factors may have confounded apparent protective effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between categories of vegetarian diet (including complete, semi and pesco-vegetarian) and all-cause mortality in a large population-based Australian cohort. The 45 and Up Study is a cohort study of 267,180 men and women aged ≥45years in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Vegetarian diet status was assessed by baseline questionnaire and participants were categorized into complete vegetarians, semi-vegetarians (eat meat≤once/week), pesco-vegetarians and regular meat eaters. All-cause mortality was determined by linked registry data to mid-2014. Cox proportional hazards models quantified the association between vegetarian diet and all-cause mortality adjusting for a range of potential confounding factors. Among 243,096 participants (mean age: 62.3years, 46.7% men) there were 16,836 deaths over a mean 6.1years of follow-up. Following extensive adjustment for potential confounding factors there was no significant difference in all-cause mortality for vegetarians versus non-vegetarians [HR=1.16 (95% CI 0.93-1.45)]. There was also no significant difference in mortality risk between pesco-vegetarians [HR=0.79 (95% CI 0.59-1.06)] or semi-vegetarians [HR=1.12 (95% CI 0.96-1.31)] versus regular meat eaters. We found no evidence that following a vegetarian diet, semi-vegetarian diet or a pesco-vegetarian diet has an independent protective effect on all-cause mortality”

  97. ”UK: the Health Food Shoppers Study, the Oxford Vegetarian Study and the EPIC-Oxford Study. The Health Food Shoppers Study, involving almost 10,000 health food store patrons in England, found a similar all-cause death rate among vegetarians and omnivores after seventeen years (6).

    The Oxford Vegetarian Study compared over 6,800 vegetarians and non- vegetarians and found a twenty percent reduction in overall mortality among the former after twelve years(7). More recent follow-up by the Oxford authors, however, found that the reduction in overall mortality had disappeared. In fact, the only significant difference remaining for any cause of death was seen for mental and neurological diseases, which were 2.5 times higher among vegetarians(8).

    The EPIC-Oxford Study, involving 56,000 subjects, also found no difference in overall mortality between vegetarians and omnivores after 5.9 years. Vegetarians displayed slightly higher mortality from all cancers and stroke(9).
    Contrary to popular claims, the above studies show that vegetarianism offered no protection from stroke, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, or prostate cancer.”

  98. ”Fat and Carbohydrate Intake and CV Mortality”
    The authors concluded that high carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with CVD, MI, or CVD mortality, whereas saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke. Global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings.

    These data support the need for dietary recommendations which limit carbohydrate intake, in particular, refined carbohydrates.”

  99. ”Effects of step-wise increases in dietary carbohydrate on circulating saturated Fatty acids and palmitoleic Acid in adults with metabolic syndrome
    The results show that dietary and plasma saturated fat are not related, and that increasing dietary carbohydrate across a range of intakes promotes incremental increases in plasma palmitoleic acid, a biomarker consistently associated with adverse health outcomes.”

    2016-Food consumption and the actual statistics of cardiovascular diseases: an epidemiological comparison of 42 European countries

    “…….Our results do not support the association between CVDs and saturated fat, which is still contained in official dietary guidelines. Instead, they agree with data accumulated from recent studies that link CVD risk with the high glycaemic index/load of carbohydrate-based diets. In the absence of any scientific evidence connecting saturated fat with CVDs, these findings show that current dietary recommendations regarding CVDs should be seriously reconsidered…..”


    ”LDL-C does not cause cardiovascular disease: a comprehensive review of the current literature”

    ”Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)
    BMJ 2016; 353 doi:”


    ”Effects of dietary fats on blood lipids: a review of direct comparison trials”

  100. Gardner CD, et al. Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN diets for change in weight and related risk factors among overweight premenopausal women: the A TO Z Weight Loss Study.
    Trusted Source
    The Journal of The American Medical Association, 2007.
    Details: 311 overweight/obese premenopausal women were randomized to 4 diets: A low-carb Atkins diet, a low-fat vegetarian Ornish diet, the Zone diet and the LEARN diet. Zone and LEARN were calorie restricted.
    Weight Loss: The Atkins group lost the most weight at 12 months (4.7 kg – 10.3 lbs) compared to Ornish (2.2 kg – 4.9 lbs), Zone (1.6 kg – 3.5 lbs) and LEARN (2.6 kg – 5.7 lbs). However, the difference was not statistically significant at 12 months.

    Conclusion: The Atkins group lost the most weight, although the difference was not statistically significant. The Atkins group had the greatest improvements in blood pressure, triglycerides and HDL. LEARN and Ornish (low-fat) had decreases in LDL at 2 months, but then the effects diminished.

    Dr Cristopher Gardner, Stanford university on the study. Tidbits 23.00 and 54.00 into the clip;

    ”23 Studies (randomized/ controlled trials) on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets — Time to Retire The Fad/Metabolic Health”

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