Burning Calories vs. Burning FAT Calories? – Dr.Berg

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Today we’re going to cover burning calories vs. burning fat calories. When you exercise, it’s rare that you will burn any fat calories at all. The calories that you burn when you exercise are mainly stored sugar calories in the form of glycogen. 

What really determines if you’re going to burn fat calories is if you keep your dietary carbohydrates or glucose really low. Drinking things like Gatorade or eating fruit after a workout will pretty much nullify any benefits of exercise. This is because you’re going to burn up that sugar instead of your own fat. 

If you exercise in the absence of glucose and sugar in your diet, you will trigger hormones that will work for you 24-48 hours later when you’re sleeping. The benefit of exercise is mainly in recovery. But, if you have any sugar before, during, or after exercise, you won’t burn fat calories. 

When eating fewer calories, it matters what kind of calories you’re eating less of. Fat calories are neutral when it comes down to triggering insulin. If you’re eating fewer carbohydrate calories, that’s good. But, if you’re eating fewer fat calories and keeping your carbohydrate calories high, you won’t lose weight. It’s not about burning calories. It’s about burning fat calories.

To burn fat calories, you have to keep your glucose and sugar as low as possible (20-50g per day or less). 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio: 
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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand burning calories vs. burning fat calories.


JT says:

Burn 500 calories exercising daily and keep your daily carbs under 100g and eat a total of 1700- 2000 a day.

singh y says:

I lose around 700gm after a weight lifting session for more than 2 hour so you are wrong.

Dainty flower says:

I normally eat a nut bowl with yogurt after 40 min of skateboarding, is that okay?

nazar A says:

doctor berg is a man of truth, all what he says is right, fact and based on science,
the trash we eat is the cause of all diseases, hormones imbalances, the body is struggling "liver and kidney" to clean what we through in our mouths, until we get a liver or kidney or pancreas problems which leads to malfunction of these organs then after that all the diseases come out one time diabetes and high b. p. and much more.
in other people's tradition they fast for a period of time, to give the body the rest it needs to expel access poisons and fat.

Ruhul Amin says:

Thanks doctor

littlenel17 says:

I think you misspoke. You won’t lose fat after 3 hours but you will lose weight, it’s water weight but you will lose it. I wrestled all my life and many times I had to lose weight before a match. Garbage bags under my clothes and an hour on a bike and 2 lbs down every time.

circe. says:

I just realized who Dr. Berg reminds me of: Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) from Netflix Ozarks! Smart, straight to the point, clean cut, and gets the job done! 🙂 Thanks Dr. Bryde … I mean Berg for another great video LOL.

Cody Stephenson says:

Go Vegan you'll lose weight. Stop eating hormone injected GMO animals and you'll shed fast.

Kaleb Tate says:

I just started working out hard I'm 5"11 I barely eat and I've gone from 178 to 155 in 3 weeks of hard work outs and just to mention I've starved myself alot and it's not as bad as it sounds instead of eatting after you work out drink a lot of water it helps you feel full with the benefits of not eatting your workout back

koala10ish says:

Hello, I am 104 kg with a belly fat of about 10kg. So, in order to lose belly fat fast and gain muscle, does it matter if I take whatever type of foods [carbs, proteins, fats] as long as I limit to only one meal of 1200 cal a day after fasting for 18hrs and doing 1hr of HIIT plus 1h of power training? Thank you for your advice and comment.

River Savage says:

Excellent explanation!

Samuel Torres says:

So should I work out after fasting for 16 hours so that my glyco stores are already depleted? Now it's time for workout calories to come from my fat stores?

Nima Mahmoud نعمة محمود says:

Thank uuuuuuuu ! ❤️

Mubeen Mughal says:

so many bullshiters on youtube bullshitting people with their theory

Luqman Hakim says:

Just do weightlifting first then follow up with cardio.. and keep your calories off your basal metabolic rate… weightlifting to build muscle fueled by glycogen, then burn fat by extending the cardio.


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Wil Jet says:

20g of carbs every day is unreasonable. Can it be done? Yes but is very unrealistic long term. & the fact he just threw # out there like it applies to all without factoring height, weight, age and etc let’s me know he’s not entirely knowledgeable about this topic. But When live in a carb scared world when we look at carbs as if it’s some bad thing. Carbs are good for you. Your body first energy source is carbs. If you eat 20g or less of carbs for long periods of time. You can throw your metabolism out of whack. And trust, you don’t want that. I’ve experienced it. Remember what your carbs, fats, and protein is used for. Protien to build muscles, body repairment , fat is for energy reservs & temperature regulation and carbs are for 1st priority energy. Understanding this, helps you understand how carbs actually help with the transportation of proteins to the muscle cells

Ste Ven says:

Reducing sugar intake is definitely the way forward. I have a very good metabolism and exercise a lot, but without reducing my sugar intake my stomach fat remains the same. Reducing sugar and continuing to exercise gets results. It takes time and effort but it’s worth it

Ian Salsbury says:

Thank you for your informative videos. I hope it is more of a calorie in v calorie out. Because tomorrow I have a body composition scan booked. My intention is Wednesday to fly to France and then on a thru hike for 57 days. I plan hiking 15-20miles average per day with a 22lb backpack, I don't consume alcohol and intend to live on lots of fresh and dried fruit, nuts, cafe con leche, chocolate, chips whatever I want etc but maxing out at around 2500- 3000 cals a day intake (counting via Myfitnesspal) i intend to do pressups and stretching each evening. I am hoping to lose around 30-35lb followed by another body composition scan when I get home to see what muscle, fat etc changes have taken place. I know best laid plans don't always go as expected, but we will see. I'm currently 61yrs, male 6' and 205lb (having gradually come down by 40lb over the last few years slowly – yo-yo-ing to some degree).

Claes Lundin says:

Thank you for your videos. Enjoy learning from you.

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