“The Original Ketogenic Diet”
The Classic Ketogenic Diet is the original Ketogenic Diet that was designed in 1923 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic for the treatment of epilepsy. With a 4:1 ratio of fat to protein and carbs, 90% of calories come from fat, 6% from protein, and 4% from carb. Although a 4:1 ratio is considered the gold-standard for classic Keto, a 3:1 ratio is also included in descriptions of classic KD in most publications. Notwithstanding, classic Keto is an individualized and structured diet that provides specific meal plans. Foods are weighed and meals should be consumed in their entirety for best results. The ratio of this diet can be increased for a more therapeutic outcome, and also liberalized for better tolerance. This diet is also considered a low glycemic therapy and results in steady glucose and insulin levels.
In general, the diets of infants, and, children are the easiest to control, and, for this reason they are started on the more restrictive Classic Keto diet. Older children, adolescents and adults who prefer less rigid structure may fair better with the LGIT and Modified Atkins therapies. Transitioning from less restrictive to more restrictive and vice-versa is another approach that can be used to achieve goals. Individuals who receive their nutrition through an enteral feeding tube should receive the more restrictive diets since compliance is not a factor.
Think the Ketogenic Diet is right for you? Talk to your doctor before adopting a Ketogenic Diet, or connect with one of our qualified diet professionals to determine a course of action that is right for you. The below links provide access to diet professionals and hospitals with expertise in ketogenic therapies.