3. What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is extremely low in carbohydrates and high in fat. The diet used to treat epilepsy is different from the one popular today for weight control and other general benefits. The ketogenic diet for epilepsy generally has a higher fat ratio, with up to 90% of calories coming from fat. A weight-loss version of the diet may include cheat days, but eating any extra carbohydrates can lead to seizures in people with epilepsy.

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