The Modified Ketogenic Diet is a less restrictive version of classic Keto, and can be helpful when starting the diet, or when tapering down to a less restrictive, long term diet. Carrying a macronutrient ratio between 2:1 -1:1, the diet is designed with flexibility in mind to increase compliance and decrease potential digestive discomfort and nutrient deficiency that can occur with long term classic keto eating.
LIFESTYLE AND OTHER FACTORS
Ketogenic therapy includes more than just diet. Nutritional supplements, electrolytes, hydration and activity levels are also key. Individuals who are suffering from digestive problems generally need additional support. This is where an experienced ketogenic specialist can be extremely helpful. Monitoring ketosis is another important aspect of therapy. Ketosis can be measured by three different methods: Blood, breath and urine. Blood readings are the most accurate and reliable method of testing, though it is also the most expensive. Urine strips provide an affordable option, though readings can vary widely based on hydration. Though technology is improving, breath monitors have similarly varying results, and a higher initial price.
Am I a candidate for a Ketogenic Diet?
While the short answer is yes for the majority of people consuming a western diet, we urge you to consult your doctor prior to making the switch to Keto. The Charlie Foundation will provide you with the information and tools necessary to adopt the diet. Partnering with your doctor during this process will ensure the safest and most therapeutic outcome.
What are the benefits of ketosis?
Achieving a state of ketosis can have many benefits from treating chronic illnesses to optimizing performance. While the benefits are well documented, the underlying mechanism of action is not entirely known. The diet seems to enhance the ability of mitochondria, the power plants of our cells, to deliver our bodies’ energy needs in a manner that reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. Through optimizing the way our body uses energy, we fortify our bodies’ ability to take on the ever-growing stressors of our modern way of living.
How long should I be on a Ketogenic Diet?
According to the International Ketogenic Study Group* a 3-month trial of the diet is advised for children with epilepsy to determine its effectiveness. The diet is typically used up to three years in children. A time-frame has not been established for adults with epilepsy. The report also advises adjustment to therapy or potentially discontinuation if an adverse effect occurs that cannot be rectified.
Since most people following a western diet are not proficient at metabolizing fat optimally, this period allows the body time to become “fat-adapted”, utilizing dietary fat efficiently and effectively. There are a variety of nutritional plans that will enable a ketogenic lifestyle, and flexibility is one of the hallmarks of the diet that make it easy to adopt as a life-long tool to enhance your health. Our nutritionists can help figure out both the short and long-term options best suited for you and your lifestyle.
Do you 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.
*Kossoff EH, Zupec-Kania BA, Amark PE, et al. Optimal clinical management of children receiving the Ketogenic Diet: recommendations of the international Ketogenic Diet study group. Epilepsia 2009;50:304-317.