Keto Brain Hack | 3 Myths EXPOSED!


We’re talking Keto brain hack | Three
Myths EXPOSED and we’re starting right now! I’d David Barr if you’re looking to
get bigger faster stronger, get leaner, go longer, hit that SUBSCRIBE, then the
little bell so you don’t miss the latest tips and tricks. and I’m doing this in
collaboration with Mike T Nelson .com so special thanks to Dr. Mike T Nelson:
scientist, engineer, overall rockstar, strong guy. “Mike T Nelson; The guy with
the ‘T’ in the middle. So there’s a lot of information out about the keto diet
brain hack and really it is very very low fidelity. My goal is to help advance
the conversation advance the field so I want to explore three common myths
associated with this. Again, really help advance that conversation, because I love
performance optimization whether it’s brain, whether it’s just lifestyle, diet,
whatever it is, and right now the conversation with regard to keto diets,
keto supplements, it’s really retarded it’s being held back literally [definitively], because
there’s just massive infidelity with regard to the information -we all love
our echo chambers, it’s human nature but it’s one of those things if we really
want to help promote these diets as potentially healthy lifestyle, maybe an
alternative for athletes, we really have to have a higher fidelity conversation.
essentially we have to stop the bullsh– we have to get real. So myth number ONE: keto
diets are great for your brain. Pretty simple right? Pretty straightforward.
Hitting it hard coming out of the box, and right now the way you’ve read about
keto info keto diets, you would think that they’re just miraculous inventions,
like everybody benefits from them there’s nothing but great stuff. I mean
people are describing ketones PROMOTING ketones as “rocket fuel for the brain”
which is insane! I will get to that in a bit, but right now this is just patently
intellectually dishonest and it doesn’t mean that they can’t help people -that
the keto diet can’t help people, there are people who benefit dramatically with
these diets, but it is a minority of people, so we
need to have a like I said higher fidelity conversation about this, get
real what does the real research show? And there are two things that help
perpetuate this myth one is that we rely really really heavily on neuropathologies like epilepsy when referring to the key to literature, and man this is
overblown this needs to stop okay the fact that we have to lean so heavily on
neuropathology research that is very telling about the strength of the
research and healthy people okay that’s a problem and if you’re getting
triggered by this it’s probably because you’re stuck in the echo chamber I am
NOT anti keto, I’m not trying to take a keto diet away from you -if you’ve had
success with a keto diet that’s awesome -that’s exciting! I love hearing the
stories I get excited by them, you know it’s very motivating I think we all like
those stories, so I’m not saying anything negative about that it’s the fact that
we have to understand that referring to neuropathology and extrapolating to
healthy people that’s not the way to do it in fact it’s a bit like casting an
arm after a break and saying “Hey look, the bone got healthier -the bone was
stronger after it got casted after it had a cast on it, so we should all just
cast all of our limbs all the time, and they will get stronger!” Well obviously
that’s absurd right? So if you have a specific neuropathology that’s going to
benefit from a keto diet and you’re extrapolating that to healthy people
that’s a problem okay, we need to stop this. Now
full disclosure: I’m a little more sensitive to this with regard to
epilepsy because I’ve been personally touched by it, but that’s a whole
separate issue, right now really we just need to have a higher fidelity
intellectually honest conversation and we could start by shifting our
perspective to healthy individuals -research on healthy individuals. The
second thing that perpetuates this myth about keto diets is a brain hack is
anecdotal evidence, and I don’t know of another industry that relies on
anecdotal evidence more than the supplement industry but the keto claims
are approaching that so that’s a problem now again if you’ve had success with
these diets if you’ve had clients athletes who have had success that’s
fantastic I am not taking that away from you okay
you should be proud of that no one can take that away from you the point is we
need to have a higher fidelity intellectually honest conversation say
look we can’t rely on anecdote as objective evidence okay we know most
people are going to be reporting in echo chambers and the people who are
typically reporting especially the long term are those that have the success
with it you are not hearing stories from all the people who fail years after they
fail right if they die didn’t work for them if the lifestyle overhaul didn’t
work for them you’re not hearing about those stories you’re typically only
hearing the success stories and the longer the success the more likely we
are to hear about so just keep that in mind with regard to the conversation
again we’re really trying to help promote these diets as a potential
alternative maybe something help people we really need to have a higher fidelity
conversation myth number two keto diets are for everyone hopefully you’re not
buying into this one because keto diets are not only just they’re not diet
they’re a lifestyle change and a lot of people that is fantastic that is exactly
what they need for a lot of people that is something that they love it’s very
easy for them that is not the majority of people and we have to be honest about
that that’s okay it doesn’t take away anything from anyone else who succeeded
including yourself again this is just higher fidelity conversation now special
thanks to dr. Mike T Nelson he introduced me a research showing that
even something like fat oxidation is incredibly idiosyncratic it has great
individual variability different people burn fats at different rates and people
respond to keto diets at different rates we also have neurotransmitter
information on keto diets different people respond in terms of different
magnitudes with regard to the neurotransmitters that are produced and
this is particularly relevant when we’re talking about keto diet brain hack so
again important to understand this is a lifestyle overhaul may be very easy for
some people that is not the majority of people may be very effective in some
people that is not the majority of people there is no problem it doesn’t
take anything away from us to acknowledge these facts question of the
day how is the keto diet affecting your lifestyle is it affecting your health
as if in your overall performance is it
helping you with clients athletes that kind of thing let us know in the
comments below I’d really like to hear from you tip number three is coming up
and stay tuned because there’s two key questions that we have to answer in
order to figure out whether or not we’re going to use keto supplements and keto
diets to really hack the brain so those are coming up stay tuned for those myth
number three for keto diet brain hacks the idea that ketones are the preferred
fuel for the brain now this one has just been blown out of proportion it is
basically a marketing technique it’s a way to put a positive spin on using
ketones and don’t make us feel good about trying the keto diet whatever it
is the reality is you can think of ketones as junk fuel that the brain uses
so it can save the real valuable stuff that glucose for when it’s needed and if
that sounds harsh if you’re having an emotional reaction to that then
unfortunately you’ve been targeted by that marketing so consider this how does
that affect the application how does that change from preferred fuel to junk
fuel change anything it doesn’t that’s the point it doesn’t change anything
so the idea again if you’re triggered by this it’s you’ve been targeted by that
marketing unfortunately but we see this with muscle right we know that the body
uses facts first if it can once we get metabolically wrapped up to using fats
they will use glycogen or glucose for those higher intensity needs right so
it’s using the neverending fuel of fat think of his junk fuel and then
preserving the gold preserving that really valuable high intensity fuel and
you have to think it’s very ironic that some people are also invoking another
marketing term referring to ketones as rocket fuel for the brain well no it’s
the exact opposite most likely right I mean just as we see with muscle the
rocket fuel is the glucose the junk fuel is the ketones so again this marketing
spin to try to sex up keto diets and ketone supplements today it’s got to
stop if we’re going to be perceived as scientifically legitimate but rather
than just putting out all this nonsense this marketing hyperbole
I mean it’s approaching the level of the supplement industry so again have a
higher fidelity conversation to really help promote the scientific fidelity of
the diet consider that ethanol or the alcohol that we ingest is a preferred
metabolite when we ingest it right it gets metabolized before anything else
before fat before carbs before other types of alcohol that are used as
poisons like antifreeze I mean ethanol is actually used
medically to help treat antifreeze poisoning because it’s metabolized first
so by that rationale we should be using ethanol as our primary fuel source
because it’s the primary fuel it’s the preferred fuel right no it’s absurd and
it’s the same thing with ketones we just don’t need to have this marketing spin
that it’s preferred fuel it’s not a big deal it doesn’t change anything it’s
just a way of looking at and that perspective seems to change whether or
not people like the diets people like using keto it doesn’t need to be that
way so the two key questions we have to ask about ketones and keto diets number
one the neuro suppressive effects of ketones on the brain is it really direct
result of ketones themselves or is it caused by a decrease in glucose and
maybe insulin or is it a combination of all of them because once we’re able to
figure that out very precisely and the effects of each then we can start to
figure out whether or not we’re going to have benefits from applying ketones in
certain situations because it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of intervention
right key question number two about Paquito brain hack is going to be
whether or not the neuro suppressive effect is a net limitation or if it’s
going to be an overall limitation so if we’re talking it’s just not gonna let
the brain go above a hundred percent activity dip into that
pathophysiological range then that’s awesome right that’s exactly what we
would want but if it’s a net suppression saying overall net 20% suppression then
that’s going to be a problem because that means it’s going to suppress those
times of healthy normal activity when we are trying to learn and we want to have
higher brain activity so again it’s that difference between not letting the brain
dip into a pathological state versus an overall suppression effect and that’s
very important right now the literature doesn’t seem to have a lot of
information about that although there are a couple studies showing a neuro
suppressive effect in healthy individuals unfortunately I don’t like
to go into rodent research unless we really have to and unfortunately when it
comes to keto and neuro stuff we typically have to rely on rodents
because it’s a lot harder to get a brain biopsy from a human I’ve only had a
couple myself but it’s really unpleasant so not something you want to do but in
the one case there was a pretty serious about 50% decrease in out learning
response in rodents when keto diets were applied so it’s one of those things we
need to be careful of that and understand that we can have higher brain
activity when we are learning thinking long term potentiation that kind of
thing but it’s not necessarily going to be pathophysiological so there are times
when well not everyone needs higher brain activity but hopefully if you’re
watching this you’re having a higher brain activity and my point isn’t to
specifically cherry-pick the studies that have been negative and we’re not
even talking about the key to adaptive period I mean let’s get rid of that we
understand that’s going to be problematic but right now what’s
presented in the literature is so overwhelmingly biased in terms of
Proheat oh stuff again largely pathophysiological neural pathologies so
it’s good to actually acknowledge that yeah there are some studies that show
this may not be the best thing in the world this could actually affect
athletes it could affect you know students people who require the high
cognitive function do a lot of learning so we need to be very careful and
present a well-rounded approach and I’m not trying to do a lit review here I’m
just saying there’s more to it than what’s typically being presented now we
do talk about the athlete impact of Phaedo diets on performance in a book I
co-authored with an TL Matta this is free I’ll link to it and it is fully
referenced there is a ton of information I really think this helps advance the
conversation and it’s one of those things where yeah we actually worked for
a carbohydrate company when we produce this book that’s not just acknowledge
that’s discussed I think in depth but I no longer work for that company nor does
my co-author auntie Al Motta and the beauty is we could still be
proud that work we can still stand by that
work because it’s based on the objective literature there’s no bias now even
though there was one at the time or there was a conflict of interest at the
time there is no conflict of interest now and they still stand behind the book
but goal is to help advance the conversation have a higher fidelity
conversation I think the book can do that videos like this can do that so let
me know what you thinking maybe we can work together on this help advance that
conversation help people out here I like to other videos in this series you’ll
definitely want to check those out but overall for keto diet brain hacks
definitely not a rock solid solution for anybody we haven’t talked about the
energy fluctuations I mean that’s great if that helps you but again that’s a
specific subset is not specifically the ketones impacting your brain and we need
to make that distinction while also saying this is a hugely potentially
beneficial impact for a lot of people but if you’re not having blood sugar
swings if you’re not having fatigue all the time it’s maybe not something that’s
going to impact everybody again we just need to be honest about that component
so if it’s affecting you and positive way that is awesome I’m psyched let me
know I want to hear about it but otherwise again let’s just help advance
that conversation yet special thanks to Dr. Mike T Nelson of Mike T Nelson dot com
I love the stuff there, be sure to check it out. Thanks for watching, I’m David Barr,
until next time Raise The Barr

3 thoughts on “Keto Brain Hack | 3 Myths EXPOSED!

  1. Hey man, you are mad 'swole! Did you really read all of those books?! Any comments on the keto diet / brain metabolism with respect to "job type." Like … maybe if you are a serious athlete with a job that is not cognitively demanding (e.g. assembly line worker), you can tolerate ketosis. But if you're an accountant or engineer or something … I wonder whether your on-the-job performance might be affected? Just a thought…

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