The Keto diet molds itself as the trendiest weight loss plan for 2019. Successors say pounds just melt away on the low carbohydrates, fat-containing diets.
With promises, it's not surprising that everyone from Instagram influencers to your cubicle mate at work has jumped on the keto bandwagon. Celebrities are not immune to the hype, and many famous faces claim that the eating plan has helped them narrow down. Kosterney Kardashian participates in the launch of PrettyLittleThing by Kourtney Kardashian on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. ” width=”757″ height=”505″/> Kourtney Kardashian | Rich Fury / Getty Images
Keto has plenty of celebrity masters. Both Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have tried the diet. Gwyneth Paltrow has talked it on his blog Goop. Former adult movie star Jenna Jameson lost 80 pounds by going keto (and shared the pictures of her dramatic transformation on Instagram). Former NFL star Tim Tebow has taken over the diet as well, especially as it allows him to eat as many as four avocados a day.
Other stars who have lost weight on the keto diet are Al Roker, Halle Berry, Alicia Vikander, and Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino.
What exactly is the ketodite?
The Keto diet is similar to other low-carb diet plans that you've probably heard of, such as South Beach or Atkins. But keto is a little different, according to Harvard Health Letter, because fat makes up to 90% of the calories you should eat in a day.
In a ketodite you can eat a wide range of fats, such as coconut oil, olive oil and butter, as well as protein and a limited selection of vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, plus foods such as nuts and avocados. Candy and pasta are off the menu.
The diet – originally developed to treat children with seizures – works by forcing your body into a condition called ketosis. Because you eat very few carbohydrates (less than 50 grams a day), your liver turns to your stored fat to produce energy in the form of ketones, causing you to lose weight.
What do experts say?
While the ketodite is popular, experts have expressed reservations. The diet is high in saturated fat and has been associated with an increase in "bad" LDL cholesterol, Harvard Health Letter noted. Lack of nutrition is also a concern, as are liver and kidney problems. The long-term effects of diet for weight loss have not been studied.
A ketodite may have brain health effects and may also help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.
"While the research is exciting, there is very little evidence that this type of eating is effective – or safe – in the long run for anything other than epilepsy," the Mayo Clinic experts wrote. "Plus, very low carbohydrate diets tend to have higher side effects, including constipation, headaches, bad breath and more. Fulfilling dietary requirements also means cutting many healthy foods, making it difficult to meet your micronutrients needs."  Why Jillian Michaels calls the diet a "bad plan"
Not all celebrities have taken care of keto. Trainer Jillian Michaels recently blasted the diet into a video for women's health.
"I don't understand. Like, why would anyone think this was a good idea?" She asked, calling it a "bad plan".
"Your cells, your macromolecules, literally consist of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids," she said. "When you don't eat one of the three macronutrients – the three things I just mentioned – you're starving yourself. These macronutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and well-being. Each of them."
Instead, Michaels recommends Eating a balanced diet and avoiding processed sugar and processed grains, it calls "common sense".
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