What Is A Ketogenic Diet?

Wellness Wednesday content provided by our partner, Dr. Martin Fried ~

Dr. Martin Fried has now lost 45 pounds in five months at a rate of 9 pounds a month by making good food choices and being active. He has incorporated a “Ketogenic” eating plan in this process. So what is a Keto diet? Basically, it’s a low carb diet, so the body can produce ketones in the liver to be used as energy.

When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin.

Since glucose is used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

This is a natural process that the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates. Dr. Fried says “I do cook most of my own food and eat a preponderance of fresh veggies with some un-ripened fruit where I can taste the sugar even in a green tomato secondary to limiting sugar in my diet. I feel that many of us are addicted to sugar fat salt especially when we eat out.”

Remember, weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is a process it doesn’t happen overnight.

Call 732 -682- 3425 to contact Dr Fried if you are looking for a healthy solution because weight does matter. Dr. Fried is a gastroenterologist in Ocean, New Jersey who combines the practice of medicine with a specialization in nutrition.  He is one of only 300 doctors across the country who specializes in this area of medicine. As a Physician Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Fried brings a unique point of view to his patients because his training and his approach is more comprehensive than traditional primary care physicians.

“Your health and wellness is my primary concern,”  Martin D. Fried, MD 


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