Ketogenic Diet Specialist

James J. Biemer, MD

Internists located in Portland, OR

Low-carb dieting is by no means a health fad. It's a proven, effective way to help the body burn fat and improve health outcomes for people with certain chronic conditions. At his practice in Portland, Oregon, James J. Biemer, MD, helps people adopt a ketogenic diet as a therapeutic tool for health and weight loss. To get started with a personalized consultation, call the office today to speak with a friendly team member.

Ketogenic Diet Q & A

James J. Biemer, MD

What is a ketogenic diet?

The ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates and generally used for weight loss. In the absence of higher levels of carbohydrates, the body naturally creates ketone bodies, which are derived from fat stores and are used as an alternative energy source. Over time, a ketogenic diet helps you break down excessive amounts of fat, so you lose weight. At the same time, it’s possible to preserve muscle by eating high-quality protein and protein supplements.

What are the benefits of a ketogenic diet?

While low-carbohydrate dieting has been around for years, the ketogenic diet has gained more popularity recently. Emerging research is showing that this type of diet is not only effective for weight loss, but it can also improve health outcomes. Some of the benefits of a ketogenic diet may include:

  • Improved insulin sensitivity
  • Better cholesterol levels
  • Increased energy
  • Fewer sugar or carbohydrate cravings
  • Lower risk of cancer

A ketogenic diet might also help to heal neurological conditions and eliminate the symptoms associated with cognitive problems by correcting the abnormalities in the way that cells use energy.

What is included in my ketogenic diet program?

Dr. Biemer offers the Ideal Protein diet as a ketogenic weight loss diet. Throughout the four phases of the Ideal Protein protocol, dieters receive one-on-one coaching and medical supervision from Dr. Biemer and his staff. This serves to motivate, educate, and guide patients through the process.

Another aspect of the ketogenic diet is learning how to work effectively with your energy stores so you can function at peak performance during athletics, at work, and in other daily activities. Dr. Biemer works with each patient, regardless of starting weight or health status. You’ll learn the tools for eating properly for weight loss, recipe planning, exercising smarter — not necessarily harder — and gaining more energy.

When you’ve hit your goal weight and desired health outcomes, Dr. Biemer can help you slowly reintroduce other foods back into your diet so you maintain your health while still enjoying life’s pleasures.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Biemer, call the office today.