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The Keto Kamp Podcast With Ben Azadi

Nov 20, 2020

Today, I am excited to have with me a fitness and weight loss expert, Vinnie Tortorich. He is the author of best-selling book "Fitness Confidential," dispelling the widespread mistaken beliefs regarding weight loss and exercise and teaches us how to lose weight, get fit and reclaim our lives. 

Using his 35 years of experience in the fitness and weight loss industry in Hollywood combined with an absolute commitment to good health, Vinnie has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world lose hundreds of thousands of unhealthy pounds easily and sustainably. 

His listeners love him for his fearless humor, unwavering honesty, extraordinary nose for BS, and simple message. Join Vinnie and his inspiring guests - doctors, scientists, researchers, journalists, farmers, athletes, and more - to hear the latest scientific discoveries and unravel the myths that have been hampering our health. Laugh your way to health and fitness with Fitness Confidential and Vinnie Tortorich.

In this episode, Vinnie Tortorich joins the show and dives into his background helping Hollywood starlets lose weight. We talk about why Vinnie wouldn't use the word keto during the beginning years of his podcast. Also, Vinnie explains why insulin is so crucial for our bodies to function and the reason why you're not going to get fat by eating fat. Stay tuned as Vinnie gives us the scoop on his movie, Fat: A Documentary. Plus, he reveals the big news of part two and part three coming soon! 

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[01:40] About Vinnie Tortorich

  • In Hollywood, Vinnie helped actors and actresses lose weight.
  • Movie companies need their starlets to look a certain way. Vinnie would receive the call to get people into shape in three weeks.
  • You can’t run off fourteen months of bad behavior. Instead, weight loss is all about diet.
  • Vinnie knew that meat is a great way to lose weight, decrease inflammation, and feel better overall. Plus, meat is heart-healthy.
  • Vinnie wrote the book Fitness Confidential; he didn’t want to put the word ketosis in the book. He knew the medical community would say he was trying to kill people. 

[06:45] Why Vinnie Never Used The Word “Keto”

  • In 2013, Vinnie heard about net carbs. It doesn’t work! If it worked, Vinnie would tell people to do it.
  • Vinnie gives away his information for free – he has never charged for his information. So, why would he lie to anyone?
  • Vinnie owns the rights to NSNG (no sugars, no grains).
  • No one is certifying the word “keto.”
  • You can take a bowl of sugar, wrap it up, and say it’s keto-certified. In reality, it’s not keto-certified because it’s not good for you.

[12:15] Why Insulin Is Important

  • If insulin is so bad, then why do people need it to live? Insulin is a hormone that we need to live. All hormones control mechanisms in our bodies.
  • Insulin does a lot of things. It gets released to go down and cover sugar in our liver. When you eat a piece of fruit, the sugar gets to your liver. Then, the insulin will convert sugar into glucose and stores it around your body. In order to maintain homeostasis, we only have a couple of teaspoons in our blood.
  • Sugar can’t go anywhere. So, our body will store it as fat though long-chain triglycerides. The long-chain triglycerides take a lot of work to break it down.
  • When we eat too many carbs, you are getting an insulin load. It makes us insulin resistant. Then, we can end up type 2 diabetes.
  • The key is to eat foods that are insulin friendly.

[18:25] Can Fat Make You Fat?

  • Yes, fat can you make you fat if you eat it in excess. However, fats aren’t going to make you eat in excess.
  • For example, you can eat a whole bag of corn chips. Once you start eating them, you can’t stop. People who are obese can’t stop eating corn chips.
  • While on the other hand, if you went to steakhouse, and you had a giant fatty steak. When you take the last bite and they bring you a second steak, you would bag it up and take it home. Why is that?
  • With the Doritos, the hormones are pouring out. With the meat, you feel satiated.
  • You are going to feel full on fatty things vs. carbs.

[27:50] Drinking Too Much Heavy Cream

  • Vinnie tells a story about one of his clients, Gabriella, who stopped losing weight. She had another thirty pounds to go.
  • Gabriella would drink coffee with heavy cream in the morning and eggs. She explains the rest of her diet and it was all perfect. However, Gabriella was actually drinking 18 oz of heavy cream every morning.
  • Even when you have too much fat, you may not get fat. However, it may prevent you from losing weight.

[31:55] What’s Wrong With Calories In and Calories Out

  • Exercise more and eat less. That’s challenging to do, and it doesn’t even work!
  • Thirty minutes on treadmill, you might not even burn a bag of M&M’s.
  • You can’t run off a bag of M&M’s. How are you going to burn off snacks and alcohol?
  • If you run a car out of gas, you can’t expect it to keep running.
  • You can’t run your body out of energy and think it’s going to keep running.
  • Athletes can bonk in the middle of a race.
  • So, how do you get your body fat-adapted? Once your body learns how to use fat as energy, it will do it right away.

[37:50] The Inspiration behind FAT: A Documentary

  • Vinnie has been doing a podcast for nine years about low carb.
  • Everyone told Vinnie that he needs a movie. However, he didn’t have the money to make it. So, Vinnie did crowdfunding for the movie. He got over $260,000 to make the movie.
  • On day two of FAT: A Documentary on iTunes, they were soaring up the charts. The next day, FAT: A Documentary was number one on iTunes.
  • When they filmed the first movie, there was too much footage. During COVID, Vinnie used the extra footage to make Fat 2.
  • Bonus! Vinnie is also working on part three.


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