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Dr. Webster here. I'd like to talk to you about the possibility of being healthy and being
an efficient fat-burner while being a vegetarian. No, I'm not recommending everyone be
a vegetarian. In fact, I typically don't recommend it because I have found that it is not
really that compatible with the human metabolism. So if you are not a vegetarian and
never intend to be one and you don't know anyone else who is a vegetarian, then this
video may not interest you. But if you are or are thinking of becoming a vegetarian, this
will be one of the most important videos you will ever watch.
And I also want to make it clear that I am not telling you to give up being a vegetarian.
And I am certainly not trying to impose any of my morals or religious beliefs on anyone.
That is not my job. So if you have chosen to be vegetarian based on religious or moral
grounds, by all means continue to live by your own moral code. Just listen to tips I have
in this video so you can optimize your health and fitness while being a vegetarian. All of
my recommendations are based on health reasons alone and in fact, this video is mostly
to help the vegetarian continue to be vegetarian while also maximizing his or her health
and fat-burning potential.
Religious and moral reasons aside, everything about us points to the fact that we are
omnivores. Our teeth aren't like those of a pure carnivore, say a cat. But they aren't like
those of a pure herbivore, say a cow, either. They are sort of in between. We have
teeth that are good for chewing both meat and vegetables.
Our gut is larger than the gut of a pure meat eater like a dog, but not as big as the gut
of a vegetarian gorilla or other herbivore primates. And not nearly as large as the gut of
a cow or horse. And I'm talking pound for pound. Our gut is proportionally in between
those of meat eaters and vegetarian animals and it is equally suited to digesting both
meat and vegetables.
And then there is the metabolism- that complex biochemistry set in our body. That
thing that I have been studying for the last 10 years and will continue to do so for the
rest of my life. Everything about the metabolism points to us needing both vegetation
and animal products.
Did you know that the nutrient requirements of a human is very similar to those of all
other animals? We all need protein, we all need vitamin C and other vitamins and
minerals, we all need essential fats otherwise we will become ill and eventually die of
nutrient deficiency. Our bodies and those of other types of animals simply can not run
without all of the essential nutrients- vitamins, minerals, essential fats and amino acids
But have you ever noticed that a lion can eat a diet of pure meat that is virtually devoid
of any vitamin C, yet the lion doesn't suffer from scurvy or severe vitamin C deficiency.
And a cow can eat pure green grass his whole life and never suffer from protein
deficiency even though a human could never do the same. Does that mean the lion
doesn't need vitamin C, or that a cow doesn't need protein? Not at all. In fact the lion's
requirement for vitamin C is very similar to ours. It plays the same protective anti oxidant
role in a lion and it helps the lion build healthy bone and cartilage tissue just like it does in
us. Yet the lion doesn't need to eat a single milligram of vitamin C in his entire life.
Seems strange doesn't it?
This brings us to the point where the differences in our metabolism can be contrasted
to both pure carnivores and pure herbivores.
The reason the lion's body requires vitamin C yet the lion never has to consume vitamin
C is because a lion has the ability to produce vitamin C internally. All he has to do is have
some glucose (sugar) in his blood and his internal metabolism can make as much vitamin
C as he needs. Human being can not do that. We lack the enzymes to convert glucose
into vitamin C therefore we MUST consume adequate amounts of vegetation to insure
that we stock our bodies with plenty of vitamin C. And the same goes for several other
vitamin s and nutrients that are primarily found in vegetables and other plant life. In
shot, this is why human beings are NOT carnivores. No matter how much you like that
Rib-eye steak, you had better eat plenty of fruits and vegetables otherwise you will
quickly sink into nutrient deficiency with ill health and a sluggish metabolism soon to
Now we can use this same logic to show that we as humans are also not pure
herbivores, or vegetarian. The cow or gorilla can get away with a diet of green grass
because the amino acids in plants are all that are required for a herbivore. They can
make all of the rest or the amino acids to for a complete protein from the few amino
acids found in plant life. Herbivores also have the ability to synthesize certain vitamins and
to efficiently absorb minerals from a plant based diet, whereas humans do not. Some
examples would include vitamin B12 and iron.
We humans can't synthesize vitamin B12 no matter how hard we try. We have to
consume it. And to consume vitamin B12, you have to eat animal products. It is virtually
non-existent in plant based food.
Iron is present in plants but not in very high amounts. Even spinach does not have
nearly as much beneficial iron as we have been led to believe primarily because back in
the 1800's when German scientists were trying to measure the iron levels in spinach,
some faulty lab techniques led to tainted iron measurements which were reported for
many years. Further, spinach contains some substances called phytates and oxalates that
make it very difficult for humans to absorb iron and other minerals from spinach. There is
another myth that when the same German scientist originally measured the amount of
iron in spinach he shocked the world with his report that spinach was an extremely rich
source of iron. But it wasn't until decades later that it was discovered that the scientist
accidentally misplaced a decimal in his calculations resulting in the report that spinach has
10 times more iron than it actually has. Well, that myth is not true but there is truth to
the idea that spinach is not all that rich in iron and the iron that is present is not well
absorbed by humans.
The bottom line is this: We are not herbivores. If you only eat vegetation, there are
many vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other essential nutrients that you will be missing
in your diet. Nutrients that a cow or gorilla can synthesize from a plant based diet, but
that humans can not. If you are deficient in B12 or iron or both, you will eventually
become anemic which means that your red blood cells will decline along with your ability
to make aerobic energy. That's right, you will not be able to convert fat into energy.
Your fat burning goals will be crushed if you are deficient in just one of these crucial
Again, I am not here to advise for or against vegetarianism. If you are still watching this
video then there is a good chance that you or someone you love has chosen to be a
vegetarian. And that is ok. In fact it is great because I am going to use the information
that I have already shared with you and I am going to show you how you can easily
overcome any possible deficits in your vegetarian diet. That way you can be as healthy
as possible and also be an efficient fat burner all the while sticking to your moral code of
Have you ever noticed that some vegetarians seem very healthy yet some seem very
week and frail? It's because some vegetarians have learned what I am sharing with you
today while others have not been educated on the absolute necessity of
supplementation when it comes to being a vegetarian. You might be imagining that
stereotype of the weak, pale, scrawny vegetarian with a high percentage of body fat.
Well that stereotype exists because that is exactly what happens when you eat a
vegetarian diet without proper supplementation. You become anemic which makes your
skin pale and you develop dark circles under your eyes. You don't get enough carnitine
so you have trouble burning fat. You don't consume enough protein and what protein
you do eat gets converted into carnitine, hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters
(brain chemicals) so you end up losing muscle tissue. You don't absorb enough minerals
so you end up with fatigue and possible chemical or hormonal imbalances. Basically you
start to degenerate rapidly due to multiple nutrient deficiencies.
Some of you might be saying "hold on Dr. Webster, I eat plenty of protein. I eat beans
and grains with every meal so that I am not low in protein." and you would be partly
right. You can get a decent amount of protein from beans and grains and in fact the
combination gives you a complete protein, meaning that you get all of the essential
amino acids that the human body requires. But the problem is, when you eat enough
beans and rice to get adequate amounts of protein, you end up consuming a massive
amount of starch along with it since both beans and grains are much higher in starch
than protein, especially grains. So you end up with tons of sugar in your system which
defeats our fat-burning goal. Remember, you can only burn fat or sugar for energy. And
if there is a bunch of sugar available, you will always burn it and store the fat for later.
Plus, the beans and grains plan doesn't address all of the many other deficiencies in the
It might seem as if a vegetarian must chose between abandoning their decision to be
vegetarian and sticking to their decision to be vegetarian while living with the
consequences of being unhealthy and an inefficient fat burner. But that is not at all the
case! You can be very healthy as a vegetarian and an efficient fat burner as long as you
know what your diet is missing and what nutrients you must supplement. In the 1950's
and 60's there was a bodybuilder named Bill Pearl who decided to become vegetarian.
He was among the two or three best bodybuilders in the world at the time and he
totally destroyed the idea that it is impossible to be lean, strong, muscular and fit while
also living as a vegetarian. But Bill Pearl knew what he was doing. He understood that his
vegetarian diet was not complete and that it must be supplemented, otherwise he
never could have won the 1971 Mr. Universe at 41 years old, a full two years after
I have made supplementation for the vegetarian very simple with my new Vegetarian
Support Packages. I have put together all of the nutrients that you will need to
supplement in order to be healthy and have full vitality as a vegetarian. There are two
packages, the Vegetarian Support Package and the Vegetarian Support Iron Free
Package which does not contain the chelated iron supplement called Ferrochel.
The reason is that some people just simply don't need to consume more iron, even if
they are vegetarian. If you are female and still having a menstrual cycle, it is safe to say
that you need a bit of iron supplementation, especially if you are vegetarian. On the
other hand if you are male you may or may not need additional iron. If you are female
who no longer has a cycle, then you may or may not need additional iron. The best way
to know is to have me or your doctor check your ferritin levels in your blood to
determine your body's iron levels. Ferritin is a common and very inexpensive blood test
that we should all monitor, especially if you are vegetarian.
- If your ferritin is below 100, then you should take 1 ferrochel per day.
- If it is below 50, take 2/day.
- If it is below 25, take three per day.
- If it is between 100-200 and you are vegetarian, then it won't hurt to take one
per day in order to maintain your excellent levels.
- If it is above 250 do not even think about taking any iron supplements.
- You should also talk with your doctor about concerns of high iron levels once the
ferritin level exceeds 250 or so because it can be a major health risk. I also advise
that you have your ferritin levels checked every 3-6 months so that you can
always take the appropriate amount of ferrochel.
The other five products are the same whether you choose the regular Vegetarian
Support Package or the Iron Free package.
The first product is Pure Pea Protein. It is a vegetarian protein powder derived from
peas. If you aren't eating a ton of beans and rice, which I advise against since it will ruin
your ability to burn fat, then you will need to supplement with a good protein source.
This is easily the best vegetarian protein source that I have found. It is low allergenic,
non-GMO and high quality and doesn't have all of the problems associated with soy
proteins like estrogen mimickers and high likelihood of being genetically modified. So take
one or two servings per day and you will insure that you will have plenty of protein to
maintain healthy muscle and bone tissue.
The second product is Taurine which is an amino acid that vegetarians often lack. It is
required to help you relax and sleep and is also the most important amino acid in
regulating your hearts rate and rhythm. I have found patients who are low in taurine
often suffer from either insomnia, anxiety, heart arrhythmia or a combination of all three.
And just because you don't have any of these symptoms doesn't mean you shouldn't
take taurine. If you eat a vegetarian diet, you aren't getting enough taurine and
eventually you will become deficient unless you supplement your diet with taurine. If
you have any of the symptoms I mentioned, take three capsules per day. If you don't
have anxiety, trouble sleeping or heart rhythm issues, then just take two capsules per
The third product is Carnitine Synergy which provides a crucial nutrient that
vegetarians often lack. This nutrient is required for your body to convert fat into energy
and it is found in high concentration in red meats and low concentrations in white meats
and fish and is not found in sufficient quantities in most plant based foods. It is such an
important molecule that your body will sacrifice 30 grams of protein in order to make just
one gram of carnitine! That explains why some vegetarians have such poor muscle tone.
First they don't eat much protein to begin with. Second, they don't eat any foods that
have carnitine so their body ends up cannibalizing the protein that they eat along with
their own muscle tissue in order to provide this crucial nutrient carnitine. I have found
that a nice carnitine supplement can help you burn body fat, give you more energy and
improve your muscle tone, especially if you are vegetarian but often even if you aren't.
Two capsules should do the trick unless you have low energy, lots of body fat or high
triglycerides. Then you can take four per day. But slowly work up to this dose starting
with one per day and increasing your dose every three to five days to allow your body
to get used to the change. Also, if you have a heart arrhythmia, don't take more than
one capsule of carnitine synergy until the arrhythmia is under control. That should be
enough to supplement a carnitine deficient diet. Often, a few days or weeks on the
taurine is all it takes to normalized heart rhythm and rate unless there is a more severe
underlying problem like a heart defect.
The forth product is Ultra B12/Folate. Almost every vegetarian is either low or very
low in B12 since animal products are the only real source for this crucial nutrient. When
you are low in B12 you can develop anemia, fatigue and neurological symptoms to name
just a few. But there is no reason to be deficient. Just take one capsule of Ultra
B12/Folate and you will have sufficient B12 and Folate intake. If you have low B12 levels
in your blood or are anemic due to low B12, then take two capsules per day. If you are
elderly and two capsules doesn't seem to improve your blood levels, feel free to take 3
or 4 per day. Eventually your blood levels and B12 related anemia will improve.
The fifth product is Complete Mineral Complex. As I mentioned earlier we don't
absorb many of the essential minerals very well from vegetation but rather from high
protein animal sources. I have found it very wise for all vegetarians to take a blend of
chelated minerals which means that the minerals are bound to an amino acid. This will
insure the optimal absorption of the minerals and help drive your metabolism and other
important functions in your body.
So there you have it. A simple combination of all of the nutrients to insure that a
vegetarian diet is complete. All of the products were chosen because of their high
quality, optimal absorption and 100% vegetarian capsules and powders. Please realize
these nutrients just replace those that you are not taking due to your vegetarian diet. I
still suggest you take the Basic 4 or Basic 4 IR package of nutrients and the
Mitochondrial NRG to help you convert body fat into energy. And you still may want
to test your metabolism with the Metabolic Profile or Complete Metabolic Profile so
you know if you have any unique individual nutrient requirements above and beyond the
basics. It's also wise for a vegetarian to run the Amino Acid Profile at least twice a year
to make sure he or she is not becoming deficient in any of these crucial building blocks
Now that we have cleared that up, there is no excuse for anyone including vegetarians
to be anything other than a fat-burning machine. Please share this video with your
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Until next time, I'm Dr. Webster. See you again real soon!
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