Does the Sight and Smell of Carbs Knock You Out of Ketosis?

Will the sight and smell of carbs knock you out of ketosis? Find out. 


Overview of Healthy Keto and Intermittent Fasting:

0:07 Will looking at carbs or smelling carbs knock you out of ketosis?
0:15 Dopamine
1:29 A study on dopamine 
2:01 Keto and dopamine
2:22 Overcoming addictions

Will looking at carbs or smelling carbs cause you to be knocked out of ketosis? The answer is: it depends on if you give into it. But, no. Looking at carbs or smelling carbs does not spike insulin.

However, it could potentially stimulate dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is similar to a hormone, but it works with the nervous system in the brain. The effect that dopamine has is pleasure. It creates more “want,” and it’s involved in lots of addictions. 

An interesting study found that dopamine was only increased upon the exposure to certain sights or smells if the person already has addictions, or if they’re a binge eater. If you don’t have addictions, and you’re not a binge eater, dopamine will not be spiked.

Once you start keto and intermittent fasting, the need for eating every few hours disappears. So even if you see or smell carbs, you’re going to be less tempted because it won’t spike dopamine. 

This is a really good thing to know about if you have an addiction that you want to overcome. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
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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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

So, will the sight and smell of carbs knock you out of ketosis? The answer is no. But, as you can see, there is a lot more to it than that.

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