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so I wanted to create a quick video just to answer another question someone was doing in a minute fasting and their cholesterol was actually going up and they were concerned and I understand you know you don’t wanna get a clogged artery and then end up getting a heart attack I totally got it but just hear me out for a second because if you’re doing in a minute fasting and keto together you are not gonna get a heart attack okay even if your cholesterol does go up temporarily when you do fasting you’re gonna mobilize your fat okay what’s in the fat it’s filled mostly with triglycerides okay there’s also some cholesterol neuro as well triglycerides are going to be used as energy okay primarily cholesterol is not going to be used for energy we don’t use cholesterol for energy it’s used to make hormones sex hormones like testosterone estrogen also cortisol which is your anti inflammatory hormones and there’s many other ones it’s also needed for cell membranes okay all of the cell membranes in your body need cholesterol so your body makes a lot of cholesterol it makes like 3,000 milligrams per day so when you eat more cholesterol your body will make less when you eat less your body makes more there’s a feedback mechanism going on but this next point is very very important repair cholesterol acts to repair damage in the body and because cholesterol doesn’t just float through the arteries it has to be put in a mechanism or a little shuttle-bus of protein so it can be transported through the body easily because cholesterol and blood don’t mix that well okay so it’s put into little shuttles they’re called LDL HDL etc and 99% of the time when you do fasting you’re gonna see a huge drop in triglycerides you’re going to also see a drop in LDL you may initially see a spike in cholesterol simply because it’s being mobilized but you normally will see a drop in LDL okay and a spike in HDL and these two shuttle buses kind of work in tandem so the LDL takes the cholesterol from the liver out through the body to do its work and the HDL will take the excess and bring it back to the liver from recycling so if your cholesterol is a little high realize you’re just in the transition phase it’s gonna come down and despite it being high it’s still not a problem a really good test for you to do would be this right here take your cholesterol and then you – your HDL and your LDL okay and you’re gonna get something called remnant cholesterol because what’s happening you have this dynamic situation where your body is feeding the hormones building the cell membranes doing some repair but also cleaning up any extra as well but the other thing you really need to know is that what’s really behind the high cholesterol and the high triglycerides is the carbohydrates it’s the desserts it’s the sweets etc when you do fasting or you bring your carbs down the body stops storing okay and it starts using the stored energy as fuel so I don’t want to beat a dead horse but it’s an important message and I know I’ve said this same thing in a thousand different ways but for some people it does take the repetition before it finally sinks in and they actually do apply the information if you’re liking this content please subscribe now and I will actually keep you updated on future videos
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In this video, I talk about why you might have high cholesterol after intermittent fasting, and if it’s okay. You may notice that I’ve gone over some of this information before. But, someone came to me with a question about this, and I want to make sure the message gets to those who need to hear it (or hear it again).
This person was concerned because they were doing intermittent fasting, but yet their cholesterol was still going up. I understand. If you experience high cholesterol while fasting, you could get worried. You don’t want to have a heart attack.
But, really, if you’re doing keto (ketogenic diet) and intermittent fasting, you’re not going to have a heart attack—even if you do experience high cholesterol temporarily.
When you fast, you mobilize your fat. The fat is filled mostly with triglycerides and some cholesterol. Triglycerides are primarily used as energy.
Cholesterol is not used to make energy. But, it’s used to make hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and cortisol (which is your anti-inflammatory hormones). Also, all of the cell membranes in your body need cholesterol. So, your body makes a lot of it.
When you eat more cholesterol, your body makes less. When you eat less cholesterol, your body makes more. There’s a feedback mechanism going on.
Now, this is something very important you need to know about cholesterol:
• Cholesterol acts to repair damage in the body.
But, cholesterol doesn’t just float through the arteries. Blood and cholesterol don’t mix that well. So, it’s put in little shuttle busses of protein (known as LDL, HDL, etc.) to be transported through the body easily.
A lot of the time, after intermittent fasting, you’re going to see a huge drop in triglycerides and LDL. But, you may see a cholesterol spike because it’s being mobilized.
If you do experience a cholesterol spike on keto and during fasting, it’s just the transition. A good test you can do is take your cholesterol and minus your HDL and LDL, and what you will get is your remnant cholesterol.
But, what you really need to know about high cholesterol is that it all goes back to a high carbohydrate diet. When you bring your carbs down, your body stops storing and starts using stored energy as fuel.
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Dr. Berg, 53 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. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.
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