Modified Atkins Diet | Epilepsy Foundation

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What is the modified Atkins diet?

The modified Atkins diet (often abbreviated in the literature as “MAD”) is a change to the traditional “classic” ketogenic diet to make it less restrictive. Along with the MCT (medium chain triglyceride) diet and LGIT (low glycemic index treatment), it is one of three “alternative diets” used to treat patients with epilepsy.

Its history goes back to the early 2000s.  Some families who had used the ketogenic diet for many years eventually stopped weighing and measuring foods. They had noticed that ketones still remained high and seizures stayed under control. It was first formally studied in children and adults who had never tried the ketogenic diet at Johns Hopkins Hospital by Dr. Eric Kossoff and colleagues in 2002. The first paper on this diet was published in 2003. A larger series of 20 children was published in December 2005.

This diet is now over

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What is the difference between the keto diet and the Atkins diet?

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Minimal carbs, moderate protein and a lot of fat are top priorities for both keto and Atkins dieters.


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Fad diets certainly come and go. And 2019 was undeniably the year of the keto diet. But if you’ve ever attempted the Atkins diet, you might be thinking that keto and Atkins are a bit similar. So what is the difference between the two? Both star a low-carb diet geared to helping you lose weight, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same thing. Keep reading to find out the difference.  

High protein, higher fat

Each is a high-protein diet, so people often focus on the fact that they include a lot of meat, but focusing on that is actually shortsighted, and

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