The Ketogenic Diet-Induced Weight Gain With Decreased Energy Consumption

Inan Olmez, Mary Montgomery, Kaitlin Campbell James, Jesus Eric Pina-Garza

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The ketogenic diet (KD) has been used to improve seizure control in patients who have intractable epilepsy. It typically stimulates energy metabolism and, thus, calorie requirements, raising the concern of growth impairment among children. We have identified 3 patients who paradoxically gained weight over time with decreased daily calorie requirements while on the KD. Although the exact mechanism for this unexpected side effect is unknown, it is likely related to improved seizure control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-31
Number of pages3
JournalInfant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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