Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine

Sports Medicine & Aesthetic Medicine Practice located in Westfield, NJ

There are countless meal plans and diets out there promising to slim you down or improve your energy. While many are unfounded in their claims, the team at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine in Westfield, New Jersey, and serving serving all of Union county, Morris county, Middlesex county, and Somerset county including the surrounding towns of Cranford, Garwood, Clark, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Springfield, Summit, Chatham, Millburn, Short Hills, Maplewood, Watchung, Berkeley Heights, Livingston, Union, Edison, Woodbridge, and Elizabeth. Helps many patients achieve their goals with the ketogenic, or keto, diet. To find out if keto is the right approach for you, request an appointment by phone or online at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine today.

Keto Q & A

What is keto?

Keto is a popular diet plan that many men and women use to improve their metabolism and lose weight. The objective of following a keto diet is to reach a metabolic state called ketosis by significantly reducing the number of carbohydrates that you eat. 

In this state, your body can no longer derive energy from the carbs you get from your diet. Instead, it starts breaking down your stored fat into molecules called ketones that your cells can use for energy.

What foods should I avoid while following keto?

Overall, you should avoid carbohydrates to the best of your ability while following a ketogenic diet. This can be hard to follow at first, especially considering the fact that the average American diet consists of about 50% carbohydrates. However, research shows that a diet of this type contains too many carbs. This is why the keto diet is successful in helping you lose weight.

Carb-heavy foods to avoid while following the keto diet include:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Soda
  • Fruits and fruit juice
  • Cake
  • Pie
  • Ice cream
  • Candy
  • Alcohol

When helping you start on the keto diet, your provider at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine gives you a comprehensive list of the food to avoid and food that is fair game. A keto-friendly diet consists of mostly protein, like meat and nuts, and fat, like avocados and dairy. Your provider may recommend some helpful supplements, too.

What are the health benefits of the keto diet?

Continued research shows that keto provides numerous benefits for your health. Commonly reported benefits of the keto diet include:

  • Weight loss
  • Improved brain energy
  • Clearer skin
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Improvement of neurological conditions (e.g., epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease)

The keto diet may also improve allergies and result in better sleep.

A key reason why so many people report feeling better and even improving their chronic conditions with a keto diet is that reducing your carb intake overwhelmingly lowers your blood sugar levels. For this reason, many patients with type 2 diabetes see an immense improvement and may be able to lower their medication dosages.

Is the keto diet good for everyone?

Keto successfully helps many people reach their goal weight without restricting the amount of food they eat. However, it isn’t the best dietary option for everyone, and you should speak with the team at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine before attempting it to make sure that it is the best option for your health.

If you have questions about the keto diet and are interested in trying it, call or click to book a consultation at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine today.