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Weight And Diet

Weight And Diet

What foods and diet have people tried to reduce their weight and thus seizure rate? Has it been successful?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I’ve been on the Keto Diet since March of this year but I still ended up having a few seizures a few months after but now I’ve eliminated dairy from my diet and my focals have been minimizing by the day so I’m pretty sure the dairy has a lot to do with it. I’m willing to try anything but medication at this point and it’s working!

posted about 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Eat healthy and do what I do exercise like a machine. I maintain about 7% body fat and refuse to let my Epilepsy impact my training. I regularly have partial seizures running and just plough on. My record is 4 during a 40 minute run. NSWIS recommends a diet with 50% of plate vegies, 25% carbs and 25% protein for people doing athletic activity. My son is an elite gymnast and we are forced to go to their nutrition seminars.

posted about 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Ketogenic diet, lost 10 pounds but it is coming off so slowly. My seizures are less severe though.

posted about 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

A lot of medication causes weight gain.
My neurologist started me on topiramate which causes weight loss fast!
It's good medication, you can eat anything you want and not put on any weight.
It's really helping my myoclonic epilepsy 👍

posted about 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I’ve been doing keto for a couple months and haven’t had any seizures. I feel better, more energy while also more relaxed & less pressure in my head & body. The only time I feel weird is if I took my lunchtime medicine too soon (before I’ve eaten and waited 30 mins).
I’m focusing on keto in order to help control my epilepsy and also to continue weight loss. I’m now sticking to 10g net carbs, higher fat & higher protein, but still under or around 800 calories. I’m not a fan of big meals, they are too much food at once for me. I have around five smaller meals/snacks & drink at least 2 liters of water (such as two 32oz bottles of water + one La Croix sparkling water) throughout the day, and black coffee with 2T coconut oil + 2T nondairy milk and black/oolong/green tea.

posted about 3 years ago
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