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April 8, 2018

The ketogenic diet has traditionally been used to control seizures in children and adults with epilepsy, but lately it has been gaining popularity as a weight loss diet. 

A ketogenic diet is high in fat, moderate in protein, and very low in carbohydrate (<30 grams per day).  When the body is not getting adequate carbohydrates, it breaks down its own fat stores.  Fat is converted in the liver to ketones, an alternate source of fuel.  The process of the body breaking down fat for energy is called ketosis. To lose weight more effectively, you must adhere strictly to the very low carbohydrate diet to stay in a lower level of ketosis.  If you are starting (or re-starting) a ketogenic diet, it can take a few days to a month for your body to switch to using ketones as its main fuel source.

This very low carbohydrate diet limits the intake of fruit, root vegetables, whole grains, milk, legumes and lentils, in addition to sweet treats and sugary beverages.  Foods that may be c...

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