There are two subjects that people have been talking about on YouTube: fatty liver and insulin resistance related to eating fat and ketosis. Two doctors that I watch, Dr. Greger and Dr. Berg, have talked about this, but I need to put in my two cents because there’s some missing data. Let’s dive into the two topics and discover the best diet for fatty liver and diabetes.
1. Fatty liver
Dr. Greger says that chronic disease is fat deposited in the abdomen and in the organs of the abdomen, and I agree with that; that’s a true statement. His next statement, however, is that in order to prevent that, you have to go vegan, and that isn’t true. In fact, ketosis is better at cleaning up all that fat.
Dr. Berg has read his Guyton physiology textbook in his videos, and, reading from the textbook, he says that ketosis is a low insulin state, which results in fat deposition in the liver. There’s new research that disproves that—check out the link below—and then think about it logically: when you go into ketosis and your body’s burning fat, all the cells are burning fat. Fat is pulled from everywhere. Ketosis won’t pull fat from everywhere except your liver or put fat in your liver while it’s cleaning everything else up… that doesn’t make any sense. Ketosis is going to clean up everywhere, including your liver.
I talked to a guy yesterday on the phone, and he bicycles for exercise, and some days he’ll do 100 miles or 200 miles in one day. And he told me that the last time he biked, at mile 120, he got this energy suddenly, and then he started passing everybody. That’s because, at that moment, his body went into ketosis. During that time bicycling in that great state of health, in the middle of a 200 mile bike ride, was his body creating chronic disease by depositing fat in the liver? No, it was cleaning up the liver.
Likewise, if you go into ketosis after four days of fasting, and now you’re on day six or seven or eight, your body isn’t creating disease by depositing fat in your liver! There are many benefits of ketosis because it’s cleaning the liver and cleaning all your organs. Fatty liver disease is actually solved by ketosis.
In the link below, there’s a study showing that there’s noticeable improvement in the fatty liver problem in just three days of ketosis. That’s ridiculously fast. A nutrient that helps with cleaning up fatty liver, by the way, is choline, which is in dietary fat, and can be found in supplement form too.
2. Insulin Resistance
Dr. Greger says in one of his videos that insulin resistance is when the cells are filled with fat, and that prevents insulin from working on the cells, therefore, dietary fat is the cause of diabetes. That’s what he says, and it isn’t true. So then, what is the cause of diabetes? It’s sugar consumption. Keep in mind, however, if you add dietary fat into the equation, and you’re eating sugar plus fat, now that’s the worst thing you can do.
Dr. Berg had a rebuttal to Dr. Greger, and Dr. Berg had his physiology textbook out, and it says, basically, that there are different causes of insulin resistance. His rebuttal is that nowhere in the textbook does it say that fat in the cell is a cause of diabetes. You can argue back and forth about who’s right, is it Berg or is it Greger—Greger has newer information, new research—but the point is, the solution to insulin resistance is always the same: ketosis.
If it is the fat in the cells that causes diabetes, how do you get the fat out? You go into ketosis and it cleans it out. Ketosis cleans the cells of fat, it cleans the liver of fat, it cleans your organs of fat, it cleans your body of unwanted fat.
A study on ketosis:
I was at a seminar January of 2017 called Low Carb USA in Florida. There’s this particular study I want to reference. In summary, there were three categories of mice, one was on the Western Diet (WD), the second group was on a ketogenic diet (KD), and the third was the control group (standard Rat Chow). At the conclusion of the experiment, they sacrificed the mice, weighed the organs and looked at the health of the organs, and tested the blood. They had opened up their abdomen, and you can see that the high carbohydrate mice had fat embedded in their abdomen and the organs looked sick—they looked brown when they should have been pink. The ketogenic mice were lean throughout and their organs were pink and healthy. The bottom line is, if you want to solve either of these problems like fatty liver or insulin resistance, do ketosis!
Dr. Darren Schmidt