The “I Need More Fat to Lose Weight” Myth

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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about the “I need more fat to lose weight” Myth. This myth is illogical and would not help you lose weight because keto (ketogenic diet) is about lowering your carbohydrate and not increasing your fat. If you increase your fat while your carbs are high, you will not get into ketosis. The purpose of adding more fat is to replace the loss of carbohydrates, make it easier to do ketosis and can make you go longer between meals and do intermittent fasting.

So today I want to talk about this myth that I hear a lot that you need to add more fat to lose more weight. That’s illogical, it’s not going to help you lose weight because what makes keto (ketogenic diet), keto (ketosis) is lowering your carbohydrate, not increasing your fat. If you increase your fat while your carbs are high, you will not get into ketosis. To get into ketosis you must lower your carbohydrate, the purpose of having more fat is to replace the lose of carbohydrates, and make it easier to do this. So you can go longer between meals and you can do intermittent fasting. But I definitely recommend adding more fat when you start with the healthy keto (ketogenic) plan because it makes it more comfortable. That’s very satisfying. However, once you adapt to fat burning, you can actually lower your dietary fat but what i’m talking about is not adding fats to your diet. Just consuming the fats that are normally in the diet with the protein. So I wouldn’t necessary add the MCT oil or add more additional fat more than you need because what happens is that your body is gonna start using the dietary fat as your ketones. In the presence of low carbs, it won’t have to go after your fat reserve. But if your goal is to lose weight, we want to eventually kind of adjust the dietary fat to the point where your body starts tapping into your own fat using this as calories and not these (Dietary fats) as calories. And realize that its not just about having a bunch of ketones in your urine, it’s whether those ketones are made from your fat or made from the dietary fat.
Some people can keep the high levels of fat if their metabolism is high. But for the average person that has slow metabolism, they are going to have to eventually lower the amount of fats that they consume to really get your body into actually live off the fat calories. And the same thing goes with taking ketones. Exogenous ketones taken as a supplement can provide ketones and you’ll have ketones in your urine, but it won’t actually improve or increase your bodies ability to make its own ketones defeating the whole purpose. So the truth is that adding more fat doesn’t increase weight loss, however it makes it easy to do the program, it does provide the raw material. You don’t wanna go low fat, but you wanna have enough fat just to make it a healthy body. Thanks for watching!

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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