Ketogenic Diet Specialist

Murphy Medical Associates

Acute Primary Care & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Greenwich, Stamford, & Stratford, CT

Following a ketogenic diet, or very low-carb, high-fat meal plan, can offer you numerous health and wellness benefits. The expert primary care team at Murphy Medical Associates in Stamford, Stratford, and Greenwich, Connecticut, assist you with ketogenic dieting so you can achieve a healthy weight and reduce chronic disease risk factors. Schedule an appointment with Murphy Medical Associates over the phone or online to learn more about this popular eating plan.

Ketogenic Diet Q & A

What is a ketogenic diet?

The ketogenic diet, or keto diet, is a weight loss meal plan that’s very low in carbohydrates, low in protein, and high in dietary fat. The diet is often effective for rapid weight loss and reducing seizures in people with epilepsy. 

Traditional ketogenic diets contain just 4% of your total calories from carbs, 6% from protein, and 90% of your calories from fat. Sources of high-fat foods for keto dieting include plant-based oils, olives, eggs, nuts, seeds, nut butters, and avocados.

Other versions of keto diets are less restrictive, allowing a larger percentage of calories from carbs and protein. In comparison, the Institute of Medicine recommends eating plans containing 45-65% carbohydrates, 10-35% protein, and 20-35% fat. 

What are the benefits of ketogenic diets?

If you suffer from epilepsy, research suggests ketogenic diets can help reduce seizures. If you’re overweight or obese and follow a keto diet, you might experience:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Better blood sugar control
  • Reduced risk of chronic diseases

Achieving a healthy weight lowers your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic conditions. 

Is a ketogenic diet right for me?

While ketogenic diets can offer numerous health and wellness benefits, strict keto dieting may cause fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, constipation, headaches, and bad breath.

Your primary care specialist lets you know if you’re a good candidate for a ketogenic diet after reviewing your medical history and completing a comprehensive physical exam. They can customize a meal plan that minimizes side effects.

What happens during my appointment?

During medical weight loss at Murphy Medical Associates, your primary care specialist weighs you and checks your vital signs. They may use blood tests, urine tests, or imaging procedures to determine if you have a medical condition requiring treatment.

Your doctor develops a personalized ketogenic diet plan for you to follow between appointments. They can adjust your eating plan as needed to help achieve your goal weight and optimal health. Your doctor lets you know how often to schedule follow up appointments.

Don’t live with seizures or obesity when simple treatment options are available at Murphy Medical Associates. Schedule a ketogenic diet consultation over the phone or online today.