The Ketogenic diet
The headlines about the Ketogenic diet are contradictory and confusing. But still, many people are switching over to the high fat/very low carb diet. The personal stories of dramatic weight loss and disease reversal are compelling. So why are some experts still warning us to stay away?
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What is the Keto diet?
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Dr. Michael Torreiter, ND, CFMP
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
What is the Ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet has surged in popularity in recent years, largely for its weight loss results. But people on keto don’t just lose weight. They have been reporting a wide range of health benefits, including improved mental clarity, reduced risk factors for heart disease, increased energy and improved athletic performance. The keto diet is being used medically for conditions as wide ranging as diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, PCOS, and migraines. The research behind the keto diet is mostly new and short-term but very promising.
How does the Keto diet work?
When we eat a diet with a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats , the body converts the carbohydrates we consume into glucose in the blood and brain and glycogen in the muscles and liver. This supplies a lot of our energy. In nutritional ketosis (this is where the name Keto diet originates), we starve the body of glucose so it is forced to use fats in the form of ketones as an energy source for your body. This actually mimics the starvation state and allows our brain to have an alternative fuel source in the absence of a ready supply of food. This was evolutionarily advantageous when food was sometimes in short supply.
Are there any side effects to the Keto diet?
When the body transitions from burning glucose to burning ketones -- usually about 4-5 days after starting the diet -- some people experience the “keto flu”. This is a very temporary state, which may include headache, weakness, irritability, bad breath, and fatigue. Other ongoing side effects can include constipation and muscle cramps. The CARESPACE Ketogenic Assistance Program can help improve results and mitigate these side effects.
What is the Ketogenic Assistance Program?
If you are going to put the effort into doing the Keto diet, you want to get results. The CARESPACE Ketogenics Assistance Program can optimize your success on the Keto diet. We offer:
Keto diet education & guidance
Monitoring of bloodwork and body composition
Help to mitigate potential side effects
Nutritional coaching that addresses mental barriers and limiting factors
Ongoing support and advice
What is Keto cycling?
As part of the Ketogenic Assistance Program, once your personal health targets are achieved, you will learn how to shift into maintenance mode so you continue to be healthy for years to come with Keto cycling.
Where can I get more information or support for the Keto diet?
Crash diets may have the ability to create instant results, but they soon disappear just as quickly. Working with a Dietitian or Naturopathic Doctor from CARESPACE can help you move away from the crash diet mindset to a sustainability mindset for long lasting results. They will guide you through your Ketogenic journey using a firm scientific foundation with care and support.
If you’re curious about going keto, but not sure if it’s right for you, book your first appointment - its FREE.
Are online options available?
It's your choice if you want to be treated online with TeleCARE or in-person at your clinic. With TeleCARE you can attend your appointment from the convenience of your computer, tablet or phone. It's easy, effective and your first appointment is free.
Most CARESPACE services both in-clinic and online are covered by most group health insurance plans. Please ask your practitioner for more information.
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