What is Glycogen?

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In this video, Dr. Berg talks about Glycogen. Glycogen is the storage of glucose molecules. An average person only has 1 700 calories of sugar. The first thing that will happen when we eat carbohydrates is it will be stored as glycogen. He also talks about excess carbohydrates. 25 to 31 tsp of sugar is consumed by an average person each day and a lot of the excess sugar is converted into fat.

Hey Guys! So I had someone had a big confusion on glycogen, glucose and ketones. And they are just confused I just want to sort that out in this video to keep it really simple. Glycogen is basically the storage of glucose molecules. So we have glucose right? If you string them together and by the way, you need potassium to help store glucose molecule. If you string them together in a storage form, this whole thing is called glycogen and it is used for a storage for sugar or glucose. You don’t have a lot of it, you only have 1700 calories. But you have a lot of fat. An average person that is not too fat might have between, 77 to a 100,000 calories of stored fat but only 1700 calories of sugar. This is meant as a very temporary thing. When we eat carbohydrates, the first thing that would happen is it will be stored as glycogen and that is one of the functions of insulin. Then at a certain point, excess cabohydrates are then stored as fat. Let’s talk about excess carbohydrates, what is that mean. Well if we take a look at normal blood sugar which is 180, that’s only 1 teaspoon of sugar for your entire blood. An average person consumes like 25 to 31 teaspoon of sugar every single day. That would be excess, right? So a lot of that is gonna be converted right to fat. But sometimes it actually has to go to the liver as stored fat and then in around the organs, and is called visceral fat. And then it starts pushing out into your belly. So its not necessarily just superficially. It could be deep and you might not see it. But the body will store the extra as fat and cholesterol but initially they will store it as glycogen. When you are in ketogenic diet program and you are not doing a lot of carbs, your body can then make glucose from fat and it can store glycogen as well. So it goes to the different process with fat, but the goal is to run your body on ketones so you are not constantly relying on this (glycogen). And then if your body needs some, it could make it from protein or fat. Because if you are relying on this (glycogen) all the time and you keep depleting it, you end up with blood sugar problems, up and down and it is really stressful in the body. Alright, thanks for watching!

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Dr. Berg, 52 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.

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