Keto Diet The Ugly Truth

Morris County NJ Nutritionist debunks keto diet

Morris County NJ Nutritionist Debunks The Keto Diet!

Many Doctors have infatuated with diets, that other Doctors have created, christen them with new names, of diet programs that are the same, and have been around for decades. Then they claim them as their own creation. Kind of like: I built a class like zumba and I call it rumba. Then claim is a new aerobic class modality. Isn’t it ludicrous?. And the more pungent it is, the more lasting in the memories of people. Morris County NJ Nutritionist Debunks The Keto Diet: Keto diet is nothing but a vile copy of the Atkins diet. Like Atkins diet, the main component of the Keto diet, is the fact that fats and proteins only are consumed, so that the liver produces ketons, “water soluble molecules. The keto diet promotes an intake of foods low in carbs, and high in fats, eating foods that contain high levels of carbohydrates causes your body to produce both glucose an insulin. The problem here is that; of all the different molecules that your body produces, glucose is by far the easiest to convert and be turned into energy. For this reason your body chooses it over other energy sources. So right off the bat, these low carb diets never last, never make sense, and can never become a lifestyle.

Is The Keto Diet Healthy?

I will outline five reasons why you should stay away from the keto diet. If your goal is permanent weight loss. On part two of these series, I will also give you 5 diets that will work better than keto, without causing side effects like these diets do. On part two, I will go over, diet plans that are my top favorites, and have used them for 20 years on individuals that simply love to eat healthy and still have fun once and a while by going out cheating, and feel good abut it. People call this process a”diet”. I call it “a lifestyle”.

1-Lack of energy and lethargy

  • The reason for this is that your body has been relying on the process of carbohydrate breakdown for so long. And it has prepared itself to continue to do so. Therefore, your body has stored enzymes that are prepared to help in this process. The problem is that when limiting carbs, your body doesn’t know how to deal with the build up of these enzymes. Your body will also be forced to produce new enzymes to process fats.
  • Another results, is lower levels of glycogen in the muscles, which is to blamed for the aforementioned loss of energy and lethargy.


  • The amount of fats, the keto diet promotes and lack of fiber that is in it, causes people lots of constipation.
  • A healthy nutritional plan, primary objective should be the creation of a healthy ecosystem in the gut. Such as reducing the amount of sodium and augmenting the amount of water in the digestive track. Keeping food moving along the digestive track, should be a priority of any diet plan. The Keto diet careless abut this practice!.

3-Reducing physical performance

  • Your body needs fuel to burn fat. Performance carbs are necessary at any given point. Quinoa, apples, oranges, oatmeal, etc. You are going to the gym to burn fat, so why you keep on eating fat?.
  • Although healthy fats are essential, keto diet, promotes bacon and many animal fats no necessarily healthy for your liver. An unhealthy liver can cause fatigue and other health problems.

4-Increase Cholesterol levels

  • Keto diet increases Cholesterol. Again; although Keto diet promotes good fats, doesn’t really outline the elimination of bad fats. Which is a huge concern for anyone with high cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Low carbohydrate diets will always increase your cholesterol levels. Is a good rule of thumb to check with your physician before you start this diet, if you suffer from high cholesterol and triglycerides.

5-Keto diet can produce gallstones

  • It is well known that any diet high in fats, can produce gallstones. Bile is stored in the gallbladder and manufactured in the liver. Bile emulsifies fats, which normally sticks out in one clump because it is hydrophobic.
  • The bile can break the fat into small micelles that are like a little cells. When you give your gallbladder excess of fats, how do you think your gallbladder will become?. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT: unbalance.
  • Excess of fats deteriorate your bile, and give you gallstones.


Armed with this information, pick a diet that will match your health’s needs, a nutritional program that promotes progress, and long term health!. Consult with your physician before you start any diet, and fill out the form below, if you like to get a consultation for nutritional counseling with one of our experts.

PS-Read our recent story how to maximize your GI system for rapid weight loss!

How To Optimize Your GI To Maximize Your Weight Loss Part 2!

Morris County NJ Food sensitivity nutritionist

Morris County NJ nutritionist for digestive disorders

On part one of these series. I wrote about the pieces that connect to your GI, how food is traveled and transferred to your organs. This time will discuss symptoms affecting your GI’s health and preventing you from losing weight. Symptoms you might not be aware of. Morris county NJ nutritionist for digestive disorders. Is a food consultant in the Morris County NJ area, that will cover most of the intestinal challenges most individuals had, and the tools we used to helped them alleviate discomfort and bloating in the digestive track. This blog describe other factors influencing the digestion and absorption of nutrients and how to avoid foods that cause inflammation and allergic reactions in the GI.

Food sensitivity and allergic response:

People overeat in many respects due to a lack of plan, more than discipline. I have seen cases, wherewith people eat junk because can’t tolerate healthy foods. And in many scenarios, is not even their fault. For example: eat strawberries and allergies kicked in, eat nuts and, even worse, ginger, garlic, etc. There are over 100 foods that cause allergies, and people aren’t familiar with. Nonetheless, wheat, eggs, peanuts, selfish and milk are the most common. Food sensitivity is just the result of a toxic response to a component chemical in the food. Mainly due to an allergic response in the immune system, or a food intolerance involving a missing enzyme. Vomiting, diarrhea, hives, running nose and bleeding stools, are some of the most common symptoms of food allergies. The offending allergic substance (OAS) is commonly a protein that the person’s system cannot properly processed. One instance could be the cow’s milk protein call casein is the offending substance in milk allergies, and the protein gluten is the common offending substance in wheat allergies.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an intestinal intolerance of the protein gluten (found in wheat, rye, barley and oats). It is associated with dermatitis, herpetiformis, which occurs in 70 to 80% of people with gluten-included GI track damage. This form of dermatitis produces an extremely itchy rash of small sand paper-like bumps and blisters and tends to persists until the offending substance (in this case gluten) is removed from the diet.


Celiac disease has a strong genetic association, so relatives of someone that has celiac disease may also develop the condition. Uncontrolled celiac disease results in the following conditions:

1- Intestinal damage, with associated malabsorption and causes diarrhea. 2-Steatorrhea (fat malabsorption) 3-iron deficiency anemia, other vitamin deficiency and eventually weight loss Malabsorption related weight loss and profoundly uncomfortable sense of well being can further diminish the desire to eat , resulting in what appears to be a full fledged eating disorder.


A person might be a symptomatic for years before these symptoms occur, or some signs, such as milk intolerance or iron deficiency, must be present without any of the other signs. According to the national institutes of health. Digestive symptoms are most common between infants and children than in adults, but they may occur in all age groups. 1 in 100,000 people, but currently studies suggests it is actually 1 in 133 people.

Gluten restriction

Anyone with diarrhea, malabsorption, iron deficiency, or any other symptoms of GI dysfunction associated with celiac disease should consider the possibility that they not tolerate gluten!. According to the NIH. Wheat products containing gluten are even found in vitamins medicine and lip balms. Persons with celiac disease who removed gluten containing products from the diet are initially distressed as having this limitation in food consumption. However, the improvement of bowel function with gluten restriction often allows them to comfortably consume other foods that may have previously caused GI distress. Virtually all celiac patients feel much better with the restriction of gluten-containing products that they are self motivated to continue with a gluten free diet.

Lactose Intolerance

Depending on the ethnicity, the prevalence of lactose intolerance ranges from 5 to more than 50 percent. Most young children produce the enzyme lactase, which digest the milk sugar lactose (found in all mammalian milk) into its component parts (glucose and galactose). Lactase production may decrease, however, in some people after the age of 3, and it is this decrease in the production of lactase that limits a person’s ability to tolerate the sugar lactose. Adults of northern European descent appear to have the lowest prevalence of lactose intolerance (between 5 and 17 percent of the population). While populations from South Africa, South America and Asia have much higher prevalence rates of more than 50 percent.

Signs That tell you are LACTOSE INTOLERANT!

When lactose is not digest because the inadequate production of lactase in the small intestine, it enters into the large intestine as an intact dissacharide (carbohydrate), which in some people results in abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea, within a relatively short time after consumption, of the lactose containing food. The gas and bloating are likely caused by an increase of the processing of lactose by gut bacteria. These symptoms may easily confuse with GI problems, so people with lactose intolerance may not properly attribute the problem to milk consumption, lactose intolerance is diagnosed , with a lactose hydrogen breath test, there should be a severe reduction or elimination of lactose containing foods to eliminate symptoms. The highest lactose contents are found: fluid milk, condensed milk, dry skimmed milk.


A missing enzyme is only the cause. Pay attention to these symptoms discussed. Minimize gluten and lactose foods since must of us can’t break either of the two. Try these enzymes we use with our patients for better digestion, and don’t forget to leave your comments below!

Check our related blog on Athlete’s GI optimization for peak performance!.

To your health!

Jose Fuentes/CN-CPT/Blogger

How To Optimize Your GI To Maximize your Weight Loss Part 1!

Morris County NJ Digestive Disorder Nutritional Expert

Morris County NJ Digestive Disorder Nutritional Expert

The GI system is bond to many organs that allow your body to function properly. We decided to write a three part article, so we can cover everything from: how food is processed to how food is absorbed and released. The 3 stage article will help you associate some of the techniques taught to your weight loss journey. So let’s start with all the places where food travels before hitting your GI. And how to make this process more effective for weight management and to achieve optimum digestion in your system.

Mouth And Esophagus:

Placing your food in your mouth initiates a series of events that begins the digestive system process. When food is put in your mouth, you must chew it slowly in order to recruit proper salivary enzymes that help break apart your food. As well as properly absorb it. Enzymes such as: salivary amalayze is immediately released to help your food to be broken out. All the food placed in your mouth is covered with saliva, which contain the glicoprotein mucin. With it’s excellent lubricating properties mucin helps food slide into the stomach, through the esophagus without irritation, the PH of the mouth is neutral (between 6.0and 7.0 ) and the ph remains neutral in the stomach.


Food passes from the esophagus to the stomach, where the additional digestive process takes place. A rapid shift in Ph occurs from 6.0 to 7.0 to between 2.0 and 2.5 when food enters the stomach. This highly acidic stomach environment initiates a series of events that promote protein digestion while continuing the mixing action that was initiated in the mouth. Specialize cells in the stomach also produce intrinsic factors which are important for the absorption of vitamin b12. With this being said, it is very important that you consider a healthy diet, since your stomach’s ecosystem turns acidic when food gets in it. A diet high in saturated fats and sugars, will be making your stomach even more acidic, which, it can turn in not just weigh increased. But also proliferation of bad cells since keeping a low Ph can induce diseases such as cancer and immune system related issues. Here are few foods you can eat to keep your Ph high :

  • Lentils and beans
  • Cactus pear
  • Jicama
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Coconut
  • broccoli
  • collard greens

Digestive Enzymes for Intestinal health And Weight Loss

Digestive enzymes are proteins involved in the digestion of food, and find naturally in the body. These enzymes are vital for intestinal health as well as weight loss. They are secreted in the pancreas and aid the body in breaking down nutrients such as: carbohydrates, fats and proteins, when normal function in the pancreas is disrupt due to bad eating habits, causing overweight issues, the body may not be able to absorb these nutrients properly. Digestive enzymes are recommended to aid the body in the digestion of these nutrients. For this reason, our first week diets, of our 12 week system is always packed with enzyme foods that can immediately help the pancreas to start its proper function. I recommend the following foods to accelerate enzyme production in your body, as well as to help vital organs that need the enzyme proliferation for important functions in the body. These enzymes will help you lose weight as well as keeping some of your body’s organs such as liver and pancreas, working optimally. Start with this list as soon as today!:

  • Bananas
  • Miso
  • Papaya
  • Pinneaple
  • Kiwi
  • Grapefruit
  • Apricot
  • Keffir
  • Avocado
  • Digestive enzyme supplements. Tornado enzymes deliver up to 9 enzymes like no other product out there. A complete enzyme supplement worth to try it!


We learned today, that we can no longer stay idly, while putting food in our mouth. The mouth and esophagus are important constituents of the digestive system. If we chew our food slowly our chances to get to our weight loss goal will increase, as well as using foods with a great ph balance numbers. Finally our enzymes are a vital part of our health. They are catalysts for food absorption and digestion. Stay tuned for part 2 of these series of blogs on “How to optimize your GI for optimal weight loss results”.

To your health!

Jose Fuentes/MS/CN/CPT

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Exercise And Hormonal Adaptations

Parsippany NJ Exercise Plans For Women

Parsippany NJ Exercise Plans For Women

Parsippany NJ Exercise Plans For Women. Is a system dedicated to women in its totality. I hear many times women coming to me with the same story: I have done jazz exercise, hot yoga, zumba, bootcamps and can’t lose the weight. It is frustrating, they exclaimed!. Problem with those systems ‘is that in fact they are not designed for women. No matter how much they want to sell the idea of it. Or how easy they seem compare to other methods of exercise. They are not designed for women whose hormones aren’t working optimally. And the bad news: some women have gained even more weight, or can’t lose weight with these systems, that’s a sign, indicating their hormones are slowed. Let’s discussed some of the causes and solutions to this issues, so some of you reading can get to a good start this 2019!.

Worse exercise programs for slow hormones:

The mechanisms of hormonal interaction with muscle tissue depends on several factors. First when exercise acutely increases the blood concentration of hormones, a greater probability of interactions with receptors is possible.The combination of many different mechanisms is thought to stimulate exercise induce hypertrophy (MUSCLE GROWTH). Or (MUSCLE DEFICIENCY)  programs with lack of muscle toning elements, or worse yet. Programs whose base are olympic lifting style such as: cross fit, heavy weight, bootcamps, wherewith women not only tend to bulk but gain weight at the expense of gaining strength. Take a second look at that way of exercise, they are not weight loss friendly!.

What most of these systems can’t  understand, is that neural factors, integration of the nervous system, and the various hormonal mechanisms is different on each individual. For example certain hormonal mechanisms, such as those mediated by testosterone, may be fully operational in women. So why training to boost testosterone?. Furthermore, women have  a wide array of hormonal mechanisms with different effects based on program design, training level, age, generic predisposition and adaptational potential appear to provide a myriaid of possible adaptation strategies for the maintenance or improvement of weight loss goals and strength.

Hormonal shifts as you age!

We understand that with age hormone concentrations in women indicates several possible fates for their bodies, like : greater degradation of hormones, decrease secretion of  hormones or some combination of these. We focus on the following factors in women, and their physiological mechanisms such as:

  • Fluid volume shifts. Body fluid tends to shift from the blood to the cells as a result of exercise. This shift can increase hormone concentration in the blood without any changes in secretion from endocrine glands. Therefore, proper aerobic activities combined with fast pace core activities are vital for women to be able to secrete anti-diuretic hormones to manage fluids properly.
  • Tissue clearance rates. Tissue clearance rates. This is the time it takes a hormone to go through the circulation of the tissue. Hormones circulate through various tissues and organs, with the liver being one of the major processing organs in the body. The time delay as the hormone goes through the circulation in the liver and other tissues keeps the hormone out of blood circulation and away from contact with target receptors in other parts of the body or can degrade it and make it non functional.  An exercise program with proper periodization times for women such as 2 or 3 times a week, should be able to promote tissue clearance rates.
  • Interactions with binding proteins in the blood. Hormones bind with specialize proteins in the blood that help transport it. Hormones interact differently with tissue. While training properly, with right exercise prescriptions and proper adaptations to work outs, free hormones in the blood will interact rapidly with membranes and other cellular receptors, understanding this principle will lead to great improvement in tissue regeneration, and a weight loss outcome as a result of it.

EXERCISE to boost your hormones:

Although organs such as muscle and connective tissue are the ultimate targets of most resistance training programs, for females many adaptations occur within the endocrine system as well.These changes are related to changes in  the  target organs and the toleration of exercise stress. The potential for adaptation in the endocrine system is great with so many different sites and mechanisms that can be affected in women. Following are examples of the potential types of adaptation that are possible with the right exercise program for women:

  • Amount of synthesis and storage of hormones
  • Transport of hormones via binding proteins
  • Time needed for the clearance of hormones through liver and other tissues.
  • Amount of hormone degradation that takes place over a given period of time.
  • How much blood to tissue fluid shifts occurs with exercise stress.
  • The degree of interaction with the cell nucleus (which dictates how much muscle protein to produce).

Armed with this information should be easy for any woman to realize we have the tools to  help them reach their weight loss goals. The hormonal interactions in your body will determine the size of your results.

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