The 3 Biggest Diet Mistakes (& They’re Not Food Choices) – Part 2

You know everybody’s got their favorite
diet whether it’s paleo or low carb high fiber high carb low fiber plant animal
keto carnivore. But I still don’t think that’s the point. I’ll go into that. It
was surprising to me that I got very few hater comments on that because I think
people begin to understand. There’s some basic bigger issues we’ll cover those in
just a minute. You know diet is such a big debate and
it deserves to be. It’s a huge thing. It’s the top three priorities in terms of
health: diet, diet, and diet, then you get into exercise and sleep and some other
things. So when I did a video started a series a couple of months ago called “The
3 Biggest Diet Mistakes’ and by the way subtitle (They’re Not Food Choices), I
really expected to get a lot of hater comments, a lot of pushback. Now, as I
mentioned, I did a video on it and for those of you who have asked for
part two here it is. And thanks for your patience. As you see we’ve had over 7,000
views on it. A lot of people liked it and again a lot of people wanted to know
what’s next. Some of this started with debate internally to this channel. I did
a video on the potato mono diet. Penn Jillette lost a hundred pounds on it. One
of the viewers just I think you have 4.50 just ripped off on it, saying “I
can’t believe you talked about that diet you supported that you believe in the
potato mono diet.” Well let me take it forward fifty. Again if it helped Penn
Jillette lose a hundred pounds, I care a lot less
about what he ate to get there. He is much healthier at a hundred pounds less
and you know what else what goes on inside our head is a major part of how
we control our way. Now wait a minute. Am i talking about weight or diet? Two
very very different things right? All right so let’s get speaking of debate
and diet let’s get into some of that. So you got “Fat Chance” by Robert Lustig. He’s
saying stay away from sugars. Then you’ve got Mr. Washington here who is the
poster child for The New York Times article about how heart attack is coming
back. Mr. Washington there who’s grilling burgers died at age 49 and you’d say
well he’s not that heavy, is he? Yes, he was heavy enough to have some issues. One
of them being insulin resistance at a young age. Now we all know you know some
of the original debate. This is not new. There’s been debate about food for a
long time. Somebody told me you know the term “you are what you eat.” Somebody told
me that was C. W. Post, the founder of Post Cereals. I don’t think that’s true. When I
looked it up it sent it seemed to be much older than that but it just struck
me as kind of funny that everybody would want to be a piece of cereal or look
like one. So let’s go to the next slide and talk
about what are some other debates that we have. You’ve got a paleo diet
over here on the right. I only recognize that because that’s where I saw it then
you’ve got “The Obesity Paradox,” Dr. Carl Lavie where he’s talking about how some people are healthier even though they
are heavier. So again sort of confusing and muddying this situation about obesity being too heavy and health. Then
you’ve got Tufts University over there saying look we just did some research
and supplements are a big deal but not if you take them. You have to get them in
your diet. Okay again, paleo diet, eating clean which one of my nurse
practitioners used to talk about. And actually many people talked about and I
still don’t know what eating clean is. I mean I try not eat too much food that’s
on the floor but I don’t think that’s what they mean. Vegan. Keto. Again, you name
it, it’s out there. But meanwhile, we are getting fatter. This is the CDC’s maps
for obesity in the U.S. This is 2011 and obviously the more red, maybe it’s not
obvious, the more red the state is, the higher of the obesity rate. This is 2011
where you got about 1/3 1/3 1/3 orange red and green. And this is 2017 where
there’s only what two or three green states now you got about 30 to 40%
yellow, 30 to 40% orange, and now you have developed states which are deep red.
These are states that have greater than what… greater than 35 percent obesity. Now
so how did I come up with my… I’m gonna digress for a second. So we’re again I am
linking obesity here with dietary mistakes. Why am I
doing that? Well it’s from prevention as a experience as a prevention doc
hundreds of patients or actually thousands of patients supervisions of
hundreds and no actually thousands of docs, internist, family practitioners, ER
docs and others. To go back to the previous video (the first video in the
series), I made a case that mistake number one is
not knowing that you have insulin resistance, prediabetes, metabolic
syndrome, type 2 diabetes. In other words, if you eat carbs, they’re damaging you
and resulting in plaque burning your arteries. My 25-year-old son can eat a
lot of carbs on a regular basis. His blood sugar doesn’t go over 120. I’m 62-years-old. If I eat the soup out of of Valter Longo Prolon diet, my blood
sugar spikes up to 180. No it doesn’t stay there long but I have to keep an
eye on what I eat, unfortunately. As the CDC will tell you, 90% of the people that
have insulin resistance (like I do) don’t know it. So again, that’s what I would say
mistake number one is it’s not… no, it’s not which foods you eat. It’s not knowing
that you can’t digest carbs without inflaming your arteries. You never looked…
you never did a hemoglobin A1c, you didn’t do a fasting glucose, or maybe
that’s all you did and it was hidden and it remained hidden. You never got an
OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test). You never did a fasting insulin and you
never did a craft or Hayashi test or oh my I our people have been asking me
about home IIR recently. Not gonna get into that. It’s a little bit technical
but let’s go back. This is the second video, not the first.
What’s the mistake number two? That I would say too much focus on diet
as in carb keto paleo 5 to clean etc and not enough focus on BMI or fat mass.
And as I said, we’re getting fatter. Here’s an article from CNN. Basically it
talks about BMI then it talks about the average BMI is increasing between 1999
and 2000 up to 2015 and 2016. Significant increase in the BMI of your typical
adult the average weight of American men 2015 was 198 pounds, for women it was 170.6. This is up from 190 pounds so a 10 pound weight loss weight gain for men
which is about 5% and a what 4-pound weight gain for women which is not quite
5%. So these it may sound like oh that’s not much I gained 5 pounds all the time.
Well multiply 5 pounds times how many people are in America, 300 million, that’s
a lot of pounds. So then this article goes into a lot of detail about BMI. Now
before you start beating me up too much about BMI and relative fat mass, I
understand the difference between those and I’m not really going to get into
those today. In fact, let me just segue over into something else.
Why aren’t I even focusing on fat? Because of this issue right here. Adipokines mediated inflammation and insulin resistance. What are adipokines? Adipokines, well, leptin is the most well known and still even though leptin
is the most well known and you know that makes the point right there. Most
people don’t know what adipokines are. Adipokines are biochemical
indicators. They cause cardiovascular inflammation as the title just said and
they also cause insulin resistance as the title said. So it doesn’t
if you’re on keto and you’re eating 3000 calories a day and continuing to get
fatter and fatter and fatter you’re still driving this process of driving
insulin resistance and driving cardiovascular inflammation. Likewise, if
you’re on a vegan diet and you’re gaining weight, if you’re on a paleo, it
doesn’t matter as long as you’re gaining fat. You’re gaining these adipokines.
You’re gaining inflammation. So again, BMI is not the same. Relative fat mass is a
little bit more specific but most people people don’t know what relative fat mass
is and actually even a lot of people don’t know what BMI is. So let’s go back
finish some things up. There’s a lot of information in science, both popular
science and deeper science, out there about how we get fat and what to do
about it. This is a very popular book “Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary
Taubes. In fact, he made a career basically out of writing about that one
topic. Robert Lustig endocrinologists from UC San Francisco
did some great work on this topic. David Ludwig an endocrinologist at
Harvard also doing great work on it. Jason Fung. A lot of people criticize
Jason Fung. I don’t agree with everything he says but I do think that
prolonged water fasting is one of the most powerful tools that we’re still not
using very much. And then you got Valter Longo again already recognized there’s a
very good science I would agree with fun but long goes a little bit too cautious
sometimes. But again, right on the science, long ago learned from his friend and
mentor Roy Walford who was the caloric restriction doctor. Most people say they
know what the term caloric restriction means. Generically caloric restriction
means restricting calories but this is a term of art. Meaning there’s special
meaning associated with that and that special meaning is that associated with
it is basically you decreased calories on a steady basis every day.
Not like Fung where you would do eat one day and then fasting the next. So again,
I don’t care quite so much what you eat. I really care I do but I care more
about how much body fat you have. If you’ve made it this far, thank you so
much for your interest. I wanted to remind you that if you’d
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  1. Ordering a test for fasting insulin levels is one of the simplest ways to verify insulin resistance. Multiple fasting glucose by fasting insulin and divide by 405. If the result is 2.0 or higher you should definitely be concerned. It's best to be at 1.4 or less.

  2. 1. Over consumption of Carbs or Not knowing about insulin resistance (6:00) :
    Example used was his son vs Dr. Brewer himself – His son can eat a large amount of carbs and feel fine, blood sugar levels don't rise very much (don't go over 120), meanwhile Dr. Brewer can't eat a small soup from Prolon Diet sugar goes up to 180. Do tests throughout your life pls.
    2. Diet switching/obsession over diet and no focus on BMI/Fat Mass (7:53) :
    It doesn't matter what diet you're on as long as you're gaining fat. You could be on a super low carb (keto, carni) diet and if you're consuming too much then you're damaging your body.
    3. I couldn't find a third one, but it's probably the lack of caloric restriction and lack of fasting that's mentioned at the end of the video.

  3. I was very impressed by a YouTube video: “Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease: Fact or Fiction?” by Dr Esselsyn. This is most impressive, and well worth watching.

  4. Excellent video. Thank you for all you do. Even though I know this stuff and agree I don't get tired of hearing the message communicated 100s of different ways.

  5. Diets don't work because they are a temporary change in eating habits to reach a certain goal. If after reaching the goal, a return to previous eating patterns will result in gaining the weight back. Biggest Loser showed us that. A change in eating habits is what's required. Something you can stick with long term. If you're gaining weight on any of the eating protocols you mentioned, you're doing something wrong. I think most people do these "diets" to loose weight with only a small percentage doing them for heart health. I hope Teller can keep it off since a potato diet is not sustainable. Bottom line: get your BMI into the low 20's by whatever means that are sustainable.

  6. Vegans say that diabetes is primarily caused by lipid toxicity and intramyocellular fat, and in addition that meat is fairly insulogenic. Can you explain why you think this is wrong? Thanks!

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