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The Ketogenic Diet and What to Know | El Paso, TX.

If you have been paying any attention to the latest diet trends, the ketogenic diet has probably come under your radar. The diet has been gaining popularity for a while now and may stay that way—as those who follow the diet are able to obtain some impressive weight loss and other health improvements. The main question about the ketogenic diet is whether it is sustainable or not. It is a challenging diet to maintain, which means you will need to be quite motivated over the long-term to make it a permanent lifestyle.

Understanding Ketosis

Under normal dietary conditions, the body burns glucose for energy. Glucose, which comes from carbohydrates, is easy to access and works well for fuel. But under the right dietary conditions, it is possible to put the body into a state of ketosis, where it starts to burn fat for energy.

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How the Ketogenic Diet Works

The ketogenic diet is designed to put your body in a state of ketosis. Successful ketogenic dieters are able to burn fat at a relatively rapid rate. But reaching ketosis requires eating a lot differently than most people eat, especially those eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). In fact, it requires eliminating almost all carbs.

There is actually quite a history behind the ketogenic diet. It was developed over 100 years ago to help children suffering from seizures. There are definitely proven benefits to ketosis for at least the short term.

The average keto diet consists of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. Achieving this ratio takes focus and persistence, but it does start getting results quickly. It only takes around 72 hours to start going into ketosis and burning your body’s fat for energy.

What do Ketogenic Dieters Eat?

Popular foods in the keto diet include:

  • Dairy that is high in fat—like butter, high-fat cream, and hard cheeses
  • All types of meat—including beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork
  • Eggs
  • Seeds and nuts—including walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, macadamias, and sunflower seeds
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Leafy greens—like kale, spinach, lettuces
  • Coconut oil
  • Saturated fats

What do Ketogenic Dieters Avoid?

There are some foods that the keto diet definitely does not include:

  • All grains—including wheat, corn, rice, oats, etc.
  • Legumes—beans, peas, etc.
  • Fruit—bananas, apples, oranges, pears, plums, grapes, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers—yams, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes
  • Sugar for sweetening—agave, maple syrup, honey

What are the Challenges of the Ketogenic Diet?

Being a successful keto dieter requires a serious commitment to the task at hand. With the exception of perhaps the Inuit in the Arctic, it is difficult to think of a culture that does not eat any grains, fruit or tubers. Most meals are built around these staples. That means that finding a restaurant or going over to dinner at someone’s home and eating keto requires being very selective in what you choose. The best way to maintain your diet is to plan your meals and eat mostly what you make yourself.

The number of keto-specific options available at grocery stores and in restaurants has grown in recent years, but not enough to allow you to eat out at every meal and maintain your diet.

The biggest challenge of the keto diet is maintaining it over the long-term. Few people have the willpower to totally avoid pasta, bread, potatoes, fruit, sugar, and beans for years at a time. That does not mean you cannot try the diet out, switch to a regular or different diet, then switch back again if you choose.

Here for Your Health

As your chiropractic team, we are here to help you achieve and maintain optimal health. If you have questions about the ketogenic diet or other diets—or you just want to eat healthier—we would like to help. Contact us today to get started.


 

*FOOT LEVELERS ORTHOTICS* | El Paso, Texas (2019)

 

 

Functional custom foot orthotics understand the anatomy of the foot. By supporting the 3 arches of the foot, functional custom foot orthotics can help promote proper posture to prevent a variety of health issues, including neck pain and back pain. Over the counter, inserts may create more harm than good. Functional custom foot orthotics can also help maintain overall health and wellness. Because every person is unique, functional custom foot orthotics can help balance a person’s unique body structure and function. Dr. Alex Jimenez can help provide functional custom foot orthotics to patients who need to improve their overall health and wellness.


 

Foot Orthotic Catalog

A properly aligned body will have symmetrical feet, level knees, pelvis, and shoulders. With custom orthotics, imbalances and conditions caused by those imbalances are gone.

 


 

Metatarsalgia

99% of feet are normal at birth. But after the first year, 8% develop foot problems, 41% by age 5 and 80% by age 20. By age 40, almost everyone has a foot condition of some sort. Many foot conditions eventually contribute to health concerns, especially the generalized condition of “back pain” or runner’s knee. Spotting a potential problem originating in the feet can prevent other injuries from affecting your health and lifestyle.

 


 

Foot Exercises

When there are problems with the feet, it can cause problems through the legs and all the way to the spine. This can cause the ankle to pronate, meaning it rolls inward. This alters the way the bones of the foot line up which extends through the tibia, or shin bone.

 


 

NCBI Resources

There are several significant health benefits of a ketogenic diet. It was developed to be a way of life (WOL), not just a temporary diet and this was primarily due to the health benefits it provides. In fact, ketone diets were created to help allay or improve the symptoms of certain chronic health conditions, including epilepsy.

 

 

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