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How to Follow a Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet is for people with epilepsy who do not respond to treatments, including anti-seizure medicine.


  • : Consult a doctor before starting this diet. The diet usually begins in the hospital where the person is observed closely.
  • Step 1: Fast the body Fast for 24 to 36 hours until the body produces a moderate to high amount of ketone.
  • Step 2: Keep ketone levels high Keep ketone levels high by following a low-calorie diet that is high in fat.
  • TIP: A meal can include a small piece of fruit, chicken, and a high-fat item like butter or mayonnaise.
  • Step 3: Follow the specific diet Follow the diet precisely. Any slip in the diet will make it less effective.
  • Step 4: Measure and weigh food Measure and weigh all food. Prepare meals in advance to make it easier.
  • Step 5: Take vitamins Take vitamins and minerals. Your body will not get enough nutrients for healthy growth.
  • Step 6: Contact your doctor Contact your doctor if seizures, vomiting, constipation or behavior changes occur.
  • FACT: An electroencephalogram is a test to diagnose epilepsy. The test detects electrical activity in the brain.

You Will Need

  • Doctor
  • Meal plan
  • Measuring cups and scale
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements

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