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Is the Ketogenic Diet right for Me?

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Should I be on the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has been gaining popularity in the diet world as the new up and coming diet for weight loss.  The diet is a low carbohydrate and high protein diet.  By eating large amounts of protein and very little carbohydrates it puts your body into a state of ketogenesis or where the body produces ketones in the liver that is used as energy.  When we eat carbohydrates our body produces glucose and insulin.  The body in turn uses glucose as the chosen energy source for our body.

When we reduce the amount of carbohydrates and increase the amount of fats in our diet it places our body in a metabolic state called ketosis.  When your body is in this state of ketosis it becomes very efficient at burning fat for energy and even supplies energy for the brain.  The ketogenic diet has been linked to a reduction of blood sugar and insulin levels that has many benefits on the body including fighting against Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and epilepsy.

The ketogenic diet means that you are eating less than 15 grams of net carbohydrates per day.  This allows your body to lower your glucose levels and use other sources for energy. The diet typically consists of about 70% fats, 25% proteins and 5% carbohydrates.  There are variations of this diet but the main take away is to keep your carbohydrates low.

If you are looking to start the ketogenic diet or feel this diet is right for you there are few things you should be careful of when starting this diet.  As your body is adapting to this new diet you may experience flu like symptoms including but not limited to poor energy, mental function, sleep disturbances, and digestive discomfort. If you think this is the diet for you call Desert Health Specialists today for a free 15 minute consultation.

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