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October 9, 2019

insulin resistance and intermittent
fasting what’s that all about these are two terms that are thrown around a lot
when it comes to diabetes and weight loss and keto and so forth today we’re
going to make sense of them and see how they fit together coming right up I’m dr. Ekberg I’m a holistic doctor and
a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to truly master health by
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insulin resistance and intermittent fasting what are they and how do they
fit together so first of all insulin resistance
what is insulin insulin is a hormone that helps you get your energy the
glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cell that’s the purpose so when you
eat things that raise blood sugar more then your body makes more insulin so the
more carbs the more sugar you eat the more insulin your body produces to get
that sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cell this is one of the driving
factors of insulin resistance because when it’s balanced when you don’t eat
too much carbs and you don’t eat all the time then the body raises the blood
sugar and the insulin but then the blood sugar comes down and the insulin comes
down and your body gets time to burn off the fuel that you ate since the last
meal and you become you stay insulin sensitive but if you eat too much carbs
and you eat too frequently now there is a whole lot of excess energy that excess
energy has to be stored so the insulin starts pushing this glucose into the
cell until the cell is full and then the cell starts converting the glucose into
fat and once it’s full of fat then the cell becomes insulin resistance it says
I’m full I can’t take anymore whatever reasons you have to push that glucose on
me I don’t want it anymore and now we’ve developed insulin resistance
that’s how insulin and insulin resistance works so the things that
drive insulin resistance the most are factors that raise blood sugar so foods
that are what we call high glycemic those are primarily sugar and grains and
specially processed grains but all grains really do it very very
significantly because sugar is a single molecule grain and starch is are chains
of these single molecules but it only takes the body a few minutes to take
these chains of starch and carbohydrates and lop off those single sugars and turn
that into blood sugar that’s why there’s very little difference in blood glucose
blood sugar response between table sugar and bread they’re basically the same
the first factor are things that increase blood sugar a lot the second
factor are things that increase liver congestion when that insulin starts
stuffing the cell full of fuel the cell has to burn off that fuel before it’s
ready for more and there’s one sugar in particular and that’s called fructose
you may have heard of high fructose corn syrup well table sugar is 50% glucose
and 50% fructose but high fructose corn syrup is more than 50% fructose and what
does fructose do well fructose can only be metabolized can only be processed by
one type of cell in the body and that’s the liver and the liver is the metabolic
it organ of the body it’s the chemistry factory so anything chemical or
metabolic that happens in the body for processing it probably happens in the
liver and when we have a lot of fructose large volumes of this
one sugar that can only be processed in the liver now
the liver gets very very quickly overwhelmed because it’s a small organ
relative to the rest of the body all the cells in the body can burn off glucose
and fat but only the liver can burn off the fructose blood glucose liver
congestion and the third thing that really matters that really drives
insulin resistance is how often we eat so we’ll look a little more closely on
that in just a moment so that’s what insulin resistance is and what drives it
now what is intermittent fasting intermittent fasting is the fasting is
when you don’t eat simply put so if we look at a typical
pattern of eating let’s say that you’re the average person you eat like you were
told you wake up in the morning and you have a breakfast you have your skim milk
and your cereal and your orange juice and your toast and jam and then you get
off work and you have your mid-morning snack coffee and a doughnut or maybe a
fruit if your or a granola bar if your health minded and you think that’s a
good idea then you go out for lunch then you have your afternoon snack then you
have dinner and then you have a late evening snack so six times a day you eat
things that increase blood sugar so from 7:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night
you’re eating at certain intervals so the time that you’re not eating is
called fasting so if you had your last meal at 9:00 then during the night from
9:00 until breakfast now you’re fasting that’s your intermittent fasting period
so with the time as we described here you have a 10 hour fasting window and a
14 hour feeding window so there’s only 10 hours that the body has the
opportunity to not be stimulated by insulin that it has a chance to burn
through the stores and become less resistant to insulin okay so another way
of looking at that would be like this we’re sleep during the night then we
wake up for breakfast and so the the same colors here so the green would be
the time that we’re not eating and the red would be the time that we’re eating
and during our our eating period we six times during the day we eat something
that triggers blood sugar that triggers insulin so this is a message to pack
more things into the cell to store more fuel for the future but the future never
comes where we need the fuel because we’re always filling up more we eating
six times a day and then after all this storage we only have ten hours to try to
lower insulin to burn through those stores this is a recipe for insulin
resistance when we’re eating high glucose foods and we’re eating
frequently intermittent fasting is when you extend the fasting window so let’s
say that you just decide to skip the snacks you eat a little bit healthier a
little more protein a little more fat a little bit less carbs and you skip the
snacks because now when you eat fat and protein you stay full longer and now you
eat breakfast at seven you skip the snack you have lunch at noon you skip
the afternoon snack you have dinner at five and you skip the evening snack now
we have shortened your feeding period to ten hours and increased your fasting to
fourteen when we look over here there’s a whole lot more green a whole lot more
fasting a longer opportunity for your body to burn through the fuel and not
need to release insulin in response to food and there’s a shorter feeding
window and there’s only three times during that feeding window that we are
telling the body to release insulin and to store more fuel for for future use
and then what happens a lot if you start teaching your ball in this
pattern and you cut back on the carbohydrates then you don’t become
hungry and I have patients all the time they come in and said I used to eat six
times a day but now that I eat this way I’m not hungry anymore do I really have
to eat breakfast and the answer is no okay
it is one of the most widely spread myths that breakfast is the most
important meal of the day that’s if you have taught your body that it needs
blood sugar topped off every three hours then you might depend on breakfast but
as your body gets into balance then there is no need to eat breakfast unless
you’re really hungry then you eat breakfast and maybe skip another meal so
on this pattern now we skip breakfast we eat lunch at noon and then we have
dinner at 6:00 and that is all we eat in a day so now we see the fasting the
feeding window is very short relative to the fasting window and there’s only two
times during the day that we eat something that raised blood sugar that
tell the body to stimulate to release insulin to store some of that food to to
remove the glucose from the bloodstream and store the excess but there’s less
and less excess because there’s a longer fasting window so not only does this
help with weight loss that’s why the low carb and the
intermittent fasting groups are getting so popular because finally people are
reversing insulin resistance and they are losing weight with no effort and of
course insulin resistance isn’t just about weight gain it is also about
diabetes and a whole host of degenerative diseases so by using
intermittent fasting we are helping ourselves on in all those areas so
intermittent fasting is about eating less frequently eating fewer meals
that’s what it means and if you think about it you
carbohydrates stimulate blood sugar and insulin then low-carb stimulates less
blood sugar results in less blood sugar and stimulates less insulin but even
less than that is zero carbohydrate so by the during the time that you’re
fasting your eating is zero carb so that’s the ultimate low carb diet if you
will so what I would recommend if you do intermittent fasting though is to
combine it with a keto or a low carb diet because it’s gonna
make it much much easier on you you’ll stay fuller you have less sugar cravings
you have less blood sugar spikes and the more you can stabilize your blood sugar
the more time the longer you can go between meals and the more you will
control your hunger you’ll be fuller you won’t have cravings so insulin
resistance and intermittent fasting go very much hand-in-hand
insulin resistance can be reversed very powerfully by intermittent fasting but
it’s not the only thing so if you want to do address this if you want to
approach this from as many directions as possible if you want to give yourself
more tools then you want to look into things like low carb intermittent
fasting exercise and also stress reduction if you enjoyed this video
you’re going to love all the other videos that we have done on all these
topics we have plenty of instruction and education on all things relating to this
so how common is insulin resistance well insulin resistance is the primary
factor involved in weight gain and since eighty seven point five percent of the
population in the US are now officially overweight that will give you an idea of
how prevalent this is if you’re like most people and you probably have a lot
of people you know that are insulin resistant and that have diabetes and
that might be overweight this is rampant and these are the mechanisms that will
help you understand how to reverse it thanks for watching

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  • Reply Dr. Sten Ekberg June 3, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Intermittent Fasting is so powerful. Are you or have you tried fasting? Learn more about intermittent fasting

  • Reply Xiao Zhang June 3, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you doctor for the simple and easier way to understand the theory and explanation.

  • Reply Mokhtar Beydoun June 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Dear Dr. Ekberg. Each time ur video have a valuable informations. I think patients needs to study medicine to finish with the diabetes problem and not taking pills or medications. Understanding diabetes is the key to reverse it. I have a question Dr. Ekberg : I'm monitoring my glucose continuously through libre free style. I have observe when I start sport in the range of 60 to 65% from heart rate my glucose levels rise. Do u have explanation for that??
    Thx a lot for what u r doing.

  • Reply Blaze mordly June 3, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    One thing I would add, for me at least, the last week I've done 18 & 6, until yesterday at around 2pm, i ate just that once but it was almost all carbs (plate of homemade Nachos with cheese and peppers), this morning, my glucose tested at 139 and slowly went up through this morning to an all time high of 160, only in the last 1.5 hour has it fallen quickly. It would almost seem that having ate the way I did, (still well below 50g carbs even at that meal), I induced an insulin release that had me waking this morning knowing my glucose was high.
    Normally I keep my carb intake around 20g or less daily.
    Is it possible that I'm causing myself to become even more insulin resistant?

  • Reply bgregg55 June 3, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I've been doing at least 16:8 IF for the better part of a year now…like you said, it's so easy on LCHF because there is so little hunger.

  • Reply Mike's Tool Shed June 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Damn Dr. Your channel blew up in the past year. Congrats Sir

  • Reply Cindy Hsu June 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Dr. Ekberg, can you talk about OMAD in the morning? skipping dinner? Is that better than at dinner time? Thanks for all the videos

  • Reply Ty M June 3, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    34 year old male type 1 diabetic had it for 20 years. I'm trying fasting as well, but what about my basal insulin it's a long-acting they say up to 30 hours. I find myself pretty insulin resistant right now. What about type 1 diabetics and fasting and getting a hold of insulin levels to manipulate to use for fat loss?

  • Reply Manny June 3, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I do LC + IF. I break my fast with a cup of black coffee with sea salt. By around lunchtime my fasting, if not counting my coffee intake, would be around 18 hrs.

  • Reply MiHiHemi June 3, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Can't say enough good things about Keto. Started OMAD last Sept. being pre-diabetic and have since lost 70lbs and off B.P. meds after nearly 30 years.

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  • Reply Maxi Bake June 3, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Keto & IF 20/4, sometimes OMAD, for 10 months now. Giving up sugar at the very beginning stopped my cravings, & the need to snack went too. Best thing I ever did. Thanks for sharing this important information, in a way that's easy to understand. & Take care too. ❤🙂🐶

  • Reply N J June 3, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the video! It correlates with Dr Jung’s “Diabetes Code” that I have been listening to. I absolutely believe all you “Keto Guru’s” have hit the nail on the head with this GLOBAL issue. But, to throw another idiom atcha, it is only the tip of the iceberg. I’m guessing that there is at least a step 5 and that is where I’m stuck. It could be time is a factor? How long someone has been abusing there body, because yes, I have now changed my definition of that eating lifestyle as “body abuse.” Once a person has progressed to T2, how long does it take to heal the body? I know every body is different, but still! Seriously? I have faith in the journey, now if my body would just cooperate! ‘Cause you can do all the right stuff and it still seems like the body just does what it wants. Cut back carbs to 20/day & OMAD, and still can’t maintain BS to 70-90, even with Metformin. Upped drug to 1000 2xday, started exercising daily, started implementing weights; and still the blood sugar wants to get to 133 if I let it. I’m going to assume it’s my liver detoxing itself? Somehow my dawn effect is wonky! Guess I’ll go Carnivore, oh wait, too much protein spikes BS too! 😅

  • Reply AK 76 June 3, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Love u doctor. U Jason fung and dr berg helped me to reverse full blown diabetes

  • Reply Moh'd Saleh June 3, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    thx dr. for the as usual great video. I have a question but would like to see a complete video expliaing the answer. my question is: we hear that red meat can cause cancer, maybe thats not true if we eat organic grass fed meet, but we know also that red meat increase acidity of the body and also increase (Mtor hormon) thats is related to cancer causing, so how first those on carnivore claim healthy? does cancer occur in acidic body? so eating meat causing acidic body, eating vegies turn body to alkaline? sorry I dont know how to put my question but cancer is something in my family and i try to avoid it by understanding and following healthy diet( ketogenic diet) . execuse me for long question

  • Reply Rob H June 3, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks doc. I do keto and 18/6 IF, but I made the mistake of over stuffing myself during the eating period that I got a hemorrhoid LOL! Now I see why many pregnant women get it. Maybe in your next video you can show us the proper way of doing IF and the dangers of what can happen if not done properly.

  • Reply Nagendra Belad June 3, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    many thanks for all your videos, doctor. I have been able to lose about 11 lbs in a span of 5 months with IF and lc diet. I' will know if a1c has improved in my next blood test.
    I'm also hypertensive. last time when I was at the doctor's office my bp numbers were higher. I would like to lower my bp with diet alone and get off the medication if possible. do you have any advice for lowering bp as well?
    my bmi now stands at 25.
    many thanks

  • Reply Daisy60128 nailista June 3, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Another very instructive video from you. I learn so much here. Thank you so much for your clarity and such simple et clever explanations. Fasting brings me back energy, heal a lot of diseases, also keto diet on the top of that. knowing how to eat what to eat and when to eat is the key. You change my way of living thank you again.

  • Reply Joser Sanchez June 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for the info.. i enjoy your unbiased nutritional information… i have lost 70 pounds since november 2018.. A1c was 10.5 in november, 2018.. as of march.. it carne down to 5.3… following low carb… i basically stopped eating grains and no sugars. . Ive been on an 8 hour eating window for a few weeks.. i slowly got into that fasting period. . Also.. i have a theory on sugar.. since the liver is used to filter toxins like alcohol, etc…. maybe the body views fructose as a toxin?.. which is why it has to go first through the liver?.. thanks again for your informative videos..

  • Reply nicolagrimmer100 June 3, 2019 at 10:03 pm


  • Reply Radnally June 3, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Very informatuve content. Thanks
    Been IF and low carb for a while. All numbers are great and my bmi is under 21.

  • Reply Lolic Doc. June 3, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I do OMAD for 2 straight days and water fast for 3 days, been doing that for 5 months now, I’ve lost 45 pounds to date ! And I have the best blood sugar result ever, and my Blood Pressure returns to normal! WOw!!!!

  • Reply Laura Croft June 3, 2019 at 11:49 pm


  • Reply dematson June 3, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    One of your best videos! My problem is getting enough calories in only two daily meals. I usually use more than 1,000 calories exercising each day.

  • Reply John Parkhurst June 4, 2019 at 12:30 am

    I switched from PM to AM OMAD. Sleep much better.

  • Reply Mazen Al-Sakkaf June 4, 2019 at 1:28 am

    wonderful vedio…Thank you doc

  • Reply Jackie Stutmann June 4, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I just love your videos, and I collect them in a playlist and share them now to help everyone understand insulin resistance, which I think is an epidemic! Thank you Doctor Eckberg!

  • Reply Traveling Pair June 4, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Diabetic type 2, following a modified keto diet, lowered carbs to less than 20 grams a day, no sugar, low salt. Only have two meals a day, and sometimes an evening snack. Went from 225 on 4/17 to 125 on 5/30. I hope I'm on right track.
    Thank you for your videos.

  • Reply Parvin Hoenigmann June 4, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Dr , thanks , this video is the BEST , you very good and simple talk about INSULIN RESISTANCE . i share it with so many of my friend . and you are the first person to stop me to taking fruits .( some times one apple in salat )

  • Reply Lying Eyes June 4, 2019 at 3:23 am

    What happens to the insulin circulating in your system. How do we get it out of the blood, once it’s there.

  • Reply John Smith June 4, 2019 at 4:23 am

    All the carbs in the picture is what i call junk food. They are processed carbs where the fiber and germ have been removed. The typical Sad diet of American. Eating for pleasure not nutrition.

  • Reply Ursula Torchio June 4, 2019 at 4:30 am

    You are AMAZING DR. EKBERG!!!! Ultimately explicit, so knowledgeable, pleasant, and professional!!!! You have such a way about you … that there is no misunderstanding!!! Thank you so much for all your hard work and effort you put in to everything!!! 🌻🌻🌻

  • Reply Methuselah June 4, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Hey Dr Ekberg can you do a video on sexual health ( dysfunction and improvement ) for man and women, you once did a video years ago but it wasn't clear on the Audio

  • Reply Baba Haramdev June 4, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I have no idea why Google recommended me this but this guy reminds me of Creed from The Office

  • Reply tarkieb June 4, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I am big fan of you and I like the way you present. Can you please do a video on how to increase the testosterone by using Keto and IF?

  • Reply borg386 June 4, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Best explanation ever! Thanks!

  • Reply Glen Graham June 4, 2019 at 11:15 am

    The new dogma is for everyone to skip breakfast. The previous history for thousands of years was to eat a high protein healthy breakfast. Alternative view is that stressed out people in the modern world should address the root cause of problems instead of treating symptoms.
    Some people, perhaps even most, do better by eating a high protein breakfast. Eggs are very beneficial for providing essential nutrients for superior brain function, healing a fatty liver, and improving sex hormones. Runny yolks increase the nutrition value.
    Fasting 2 non consecutive days (24 hours from 6 pm to 6 pm) a week becomes easier once a person breaks the unrecognized addiction to sugar and carbohydrates. It takes about 7 to 10 days of total abstinence to break the addiction to sugar and carbohydrates. It takes about 30 days to form a new eating habit. PPT avoid the wrong people, wrong places, and wrong things for at least 30 days. Avoid any possible triggers for at least 30 days. Avoid restaurants and fast food places for at least 30 days. Learn how to cook. Go to a grocery store and buy groceries. Eliminate all sugar and carbohydrates from your home and office and life for at least 30 days.
    Stressed out people do better by eating breakfast especially a high protein ketogenic breakfast.
    It was dogma for thousands of years that a healthy breakfast is healthy. New dogma is don't eat breakfast.
    It's important to address the root cause of problems.
    People struggle to eat healthy and have limited access to healthy food. Too many people are stuck eating fast food instead of cooking healthy food at home.
    Learn about hyper palatable foods and msg. Some processed foods and fast food places and restaurants use flavor excitotoxins and flavor enhancers and msg and sugar to sell more product and make more money. Learn to cook

  • Reply alesis100 June 4, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Why does IF have to be about skipping breakfast only? Why not dinner? Doesnt that make more sense as one goes to bed on a light stomach and not burden the digestive system whilst inactive? I have been skipping dinner after having lunch around 2 pm and then having breakfast the next morning around 10 am – hence fasting about 18 hrs and it works just great. Sleeping on an empty stomach is best as you sleep much better. Try it!

  • Reply Fran-Sez I'Magina June 4, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Thank You Dr. Sten. I am IF and eating twice between 1 and 5 pm . seems to be working.
    I do have bullet proof coffee in morning with Stevia and butter. Your videos have helped me stay on track.

  • Reply Yolanda Russell June 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Why does my dietitian say this is dangerous, she also says I don't eat enough carbs. I understand IF, and i tell her i don't eat because I am not hungry then she says that's why I'm not losing weight. It doesn't matter what I eat my sugar is always 220 to 380 when I wake up AFTER FASTING. #frustrated

  • Reply Marlene Lira-Marrero June 4, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Hello doctor- I started IF KETOOMAD yesterday. I’m looking to lose 100lbs – I’ve had small success before with IF AND KETO BUT I’m hooked on do by them together. I believe this is going to be the special tool i need to lose the weight. I’m not a diabetic yet. But I am 42 and needing to finally get healthy. I just subbed too!

  • Reply Phala Iles June 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    How long does it take to see results? I have been fasting for 7 days now for 18 to 24 hrs.

  • Reply Kaity Trinidad June 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    What if you are hypoglycemic? I'm struggling to fast for prolonged hours even with low carb high fat. Tx!

  • Reply Theresa w June 4, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I do this IF no sugar less than 20net carbs a day. I practice a 18/6 plan. Love how I feel! I do drink a bulletproof coffee in the morning keeps me full till my first meal at noon. I do have a 2nd. cup of coffee at 2pm with collagen powder, is this cool?

  • Reply molehead89 June 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    If you are extremely Insulin resistant like myself then it goes deeper than this. You have to pay more attention to how much protein you eat because too much protien can be converted to glucose by your body. For me intermittent fasting helps, but I also find I have to fast 2-3 days at least once a week to dump my body of it's glucose stores so my sugars don't build up to an unhealthy level. I am on a keto eating lifestyle, and if I don't add a 2-3 day fast into my plan then my sugars will crawl up on me. Part of it is because I don't like to be militant about my macros, but I certainly don't eat foods with many carbs. As I have gotten older it seems my insulin resistance has increased causing me to adjust my lifestyle to keep ahead of it.

  • Reply Taking Down Fat With Cdub June 4, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I am so glad I turn around my insulin resistance with OMAD. It amazing how much better I feel. Thanks Doc

  • Reply EIE June 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Brilliant and easy to understand explanation. Thank you. Will subscribe.

  • Reply Jake Romero June 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Hey Doc, how are we going to figure this out? >>>>>>> The New Heavyweight Champion With an Imperfect Body
    Andy Ruiz Jr. eats candy bars before his fights and was taunted about his weight. He answered with a shocking knockout win over Anthony Joshua.

  • Reply jamie nhb June 4, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    went from 120 hab1c to 41 in 2 months doing this, chicken and broccoli twice a day within 4hrs, sometimes steak and peas/green beans/cabbage only drinking water aswell, gym 5x a week, lost stone and half too, feel 100x times better don't get hungry anymore either

  • Reply Daisy60128 nailista June 4, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    At the beginning I thought that IF and no more eating carbs would be temporary but since I feel so much better without I l know now that it is over for good for me. I don’t need it @ all.

  • Reply myname balu June 4, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Dear Dr….medicine to be stop while do the fasting…pls advice ☺

  • Reply Anna Costa June 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    This is great information. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Jorge Fierro June 4, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Was at post 300 to 415 after strict diet now 130 🙂

  • Reply Steve Wez June 4, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks doc – sub

  • Reply GARY June 5, 2019 at 12:26 am

    This has got to be the easiest, clearest, and thourgh way of explaining the facts of fasting and insulin resistance I have EVER come across on YouTube! . Thankyou for this video. (SUBSCIBED) !

  • Reply Mark M June 5, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Hi Dr Ekberg, I’ve been trying two meals a day intermittent fasting but when I played a golf competition last Sunday, I felt exhausted. Does that mean my blood sugar was too low? I ended eating dried fruit. Is that the right thing to do?

  • Reply sam park June 5, 2019 at 4:27 am

    I've been doing 18/6 IF for a month with good results. But can someone tell me why I have stomach pain when I break my fast with a meal?

  • Reply Georgiana speaks June 5, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Your videos are fantastic. I wonder have you any info on caffeine and alcohol on keto…is it true the former can spike insulin and that spirits just halt fat loss…i wondered if vodka and no added sugar cranberry was ok now and then…but maybe that is fructose…also do we need ketosis to lose ? Thanks as always for such excellent info which has helped me immensely

  • Reply Jason Hurst June 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I am a Type 2 diabetic for over 20 years. I take both Lantus (24 hour lasting insulin), & Humulin R (mealtime 8 hr insulin). Have been doing Keto + IF for over a year, and added OMAD on May 1st after quitting insulin so I could burn more body fat.
    However when I quit Insulin my blood sugar levels went from levels of 4.2 – 5 2 mmol/L while on Insulin to levels of 5.7 – 6.5 mmol/L when off regardless how strict my diet was. My Beta Hydroxybuterate levels got as high as 3.1 mmol/L so I was definitely in Ketosis.
    But because I have been Insulin Resistant for so long my sugars would possibly take YEARS to come down; which I do not have the patience for since I want to burn fat NOW! But since my sugars are still high (5.7 – 6.5 mmol/L 2 hrs after a KETO meal) I still NEED to take insulin.
    I felt great, lost 17 lbs in the 18 days I was off insulin; but ended up in the hospital emergency room with a mild case of Diabetic Ketoacidosis. So now I'm back on both insulins so basically I'm screwed!

  • Reply Jason Hurst June 5, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    What if you've been Insulin Resistant for over 20 years and need to take exogenous insulin including Lantus which is basically a 24 hour long lasting insulin; even though you are doing a strict Keto diet with IF (for over a year), and eating OMAD 3 – 4 days per week ( added recently)? I'll be 60 in October – I don't have YEARS to wait for my IR to "repair" itself so I can get off of taking insulin so that I can burn some body fat!

  • Reply Krishnan Narayanan June 6, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Doctor, my wife is a Type 1 diabetes and have hypo thyroid. She started low carb foods (no cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli) from first April 2019 to till date. She drinks turmeric tea and fenugreek water and the resultant sprout is also used in food as raw. Her blood sugar level is down from 323 to 145 (Random). she is also doing exercise twice a day(combining your 3 Bird posture in to it). Her TSH have come down to 2.55 from 5.15. Thanks doctor for your tutorials. Can pancreas be made to produce insulin so that she can completely stop insulin injection? Her doctor have not reduce the dosage of insulin ( But he has reduced one tablet) and have not reduced the dosage of Thyroxin (used to take 75 gms a day). May she reduce without consulting him? THANKS FOR THE VIDEOS

  • Reply Shailendra Asodekar June 6, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Plz comment- I have been doing IF based on Dr Dixit Diet India. I eat 2 times a day. But I dont care what I am eating. This was just to get rid of my habit of eating 10 times a day. Its 6 months now. I found weight loss by 4 kg..but its not it goes up and down. I want to proceed next step. What is that? Can I manipulate my eating habits? Can I even eat 1 time a day? I found – that some day I did not eat anything and at dinner- I get FULL with small meal. I afraid something is wrong inside body…or as you said- body is used to it or activated pipeline to use energy from fats within body..still I have to reduce my tummy a lot… by the way I am not overweight…just wish to avoid Diebitis. I am 45, 172 cm height….and 75 Kg weight!!!!!

  • Reply Ruth Lopez June 7, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Hi Dr. I am a 63 yr old insulin resistant with hupothyroidism, on Metphormin and Livothyroxin. I started keto 20 days ago. I suddenly stopped feeling hunger or cravings. I intermittent fasted twice but I got diarrhea after each time. Besides other flu symptons. Two days ago I developed so much hunger, to the extent of having stomach pain and growling. I have done everything exactly the same, why now, what could be happening to me? Please help me

  • Reply HBS HEALTH BOUTIQUE SANTÉ June 7, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Your videos are so well done, clear, concise and easy to follow. Good job and keep‘ em coming. I would suggest a video on “whey protein” and the differences between “concentrate and isolate”. There are many versions of what’s good and not out there. I generally avoid any dairy, but I’d like your input on it. Thanks

  • Reply babybelle5 June 8, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    New fan here..I was the Queen of yo-yo dieting for years and couldn't understand why I was so hungry all the time. I tried cutting back on my food portions while doing low fat, and then all I'd have to do is eat a piece of pie or a couple brownies as a treat once in awhile and I'd put on three-four pounds overnight, and any weight loss would stop for a week. It was Insane..I was blowing up while feeling deprived. I went to an obesity doctor who recommended a low-glycemic diet; easily said: no white sugar and no white flour. And I finally lost some weight while feeling satisfied. However, I kept hitting plateaus that were two months in duration and my obesity doctor just laughed it off and said I'm doing fine..not to worry..and it will come off. But I want explanations, and coming here I've found them explained in ways I can understand. Thank you Dr. Ekberg – you've helped my confidence level immensely. I've lost 27 pounds since last Thanksgiving and know I will reach my goal of being a normal, healthy weight very soon.

  • Reply ds9quark June 9, 2019 at 6:42 am

    I have started using a. GM which helps me monitor my Bzg 24×7. I no longer snack, eat dinner at home, 4 oz of protein and lots of salad and veggies with no sauce or dressing. No acoholof any kind, no sodas, no bread or pasta, no sugars. I consume Applecider vinegar befor going to bed. BG has stayed in range more than 77% of the time. some 15 hrs. then goes uto 136 max after a meal. CGM has been invaluable for checking the trend.

  • Reply Jay Robertson June 9, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I'm pre-diabetic so these videos are very important to me!Thanks

  • Reply Katherine Gregory June 10, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Hello Dr. Ekberg,
    Can type 1 diabetes be reversed? Your videos are amazing! Thank you!

  • Reply aneesa fatima June 12, 2019 at 4:59 am

    We had ramadan last month I saw your video now, fasting in ramadan is as you are showing but we eat heavy while opening the fast i was watching similar videos your video is very helpful thanks 😊

  • Reply wildman0228 June 13, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Your videos are educational and inspiring. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Gina Mera June 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    After the massive heart atrack in March, when they also discovered my diabetes, I've followed a very low carb diet, my blood sugar dropped from over 400 to almost normal levels, without metformin, even though the doctored prescribed it to me. Only in the hospital they gave me Lantus for 2 weeks after the heart attack. I have also lost 12 kg from March until today, from 74 kg I have now 62, with no hunger and no significant effort. What you say is very true. I want to mention that for a month I've also eaten only 600 calories a day, 3 meals a day, at 8 in the morning, at 12 and last meal at 18, no snacks. I don't know what will happen with my body from now on, how I will manage my atherom plaque :(. Doctors say it is irreversable….

  • Reply John B June 17, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    This will work to reverse type 2 diabetes?

  • Reply cocorito Rosales June 21, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Dr. thank you so much for your wonderful videos I’m glad I found your channel. I have a question, How long does the body take to adapt or goes back to the normal status I would say, I mean or to heal completely and not suffer from insulin resistance? Hopefully you understand what I mean ( so sorry but my English isn’t perfect ) thank you so much in advance.

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  • Reply Stephen Cullum July 10, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Often the blood glucose I woke up with stays pretty much the same until I eat. Usually only one meal a day. My blood sugars are rock stable now. Even during extended fasting they vary little.

  • Reply joycelyn seah July 11, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Dr Sten, thank you for video. I have just started with 24hrs fasting and break fast during dinner because this is the only meal i have with my family. I will take a black coffee with no sugar with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning and at noon. Throughout the day i just had water. I am a t2 diabetic. Can you advise me if i am doing it correctly?

  • Reply Keshav Chari July 28, 2019 at 4:45 am

    So very educative and inspirational. Very well presented. Keep it up, Doc!

  • Reply Syed Ahmad Qusoiri August 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I used to digest all these information (even the graphs!) through academic presentations of many Keto and IF speakers in Youtube. Not very easy to understand for the public who are not familiar with academic the way of presenting information. Having stumbled upon this video cements my knowledge on Low Card and IF. I believe your presentation makes it easier for the public to start on this journey. Thanks Dr. Sten!

  • Reply Mette Harter August 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I enjoyed the video, thank you Dr Ekberg

  • Reply MysticMoonShop August 18, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you for the videos! I have been doing no sugar, no fruit and under 20 grams of carbs a day (carbs from veggies) for 4 months and I started doing intermittent fasting 16/8 (2 meals a day, protein and veggies) and felt great for about a week then I had a complete crash, got really tired and was experiencing hypoglycemia. Is this normal? Should I push through this or stop the IF? Or shorten the time on the IF?

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  • Reply Igor Eremenko August 30, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    My doctor of trust. thanks a lot

  • Reply TheLostSingles September 10, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Excellent explanation of the process of insulin resistance and fasting.

  • Reply Ron Johnston September 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Just had a visit with my doc today and even though he's fresh and young he's dogmatic about the traditional definition of insulin resistance and how it relates to fasting. Always wants to recommend another insulin forcing drug. My BG hasn't been below 140 in several months! Today I'm 20 hours in on a ? fast and my BG is 117! All I have otherwise is 10 units of base insulin taken last night before bed.

  • Reply Frankie Fernandez October 7, 2019 at 7:49 am

    87% are overweight…
    Wow. So the food pyramid needs to be revised ASAP !

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