A recent survey of registered dietitians named the low-carbohydrate keto diet yet again as the most popular diet in the United States. Its fans and marketers feed social media with before and after photos, crediting the diet for life-altering weight loss or other effects. They swirl butter into their coffee, load up on cheese and eat lonely burgers without their bestie: the bun. Staples like whole grains, legumes, fruit and starchy vegetables are being largely pushed off the plate as devotees strive for ketosis — when the body begins to burn fat instead of glucose as its primary energy source. The diet is hailed for dropping pounds, burning more calories, reducing hunger, managing diabetes, treating drug resistant epilepsy, improving blood pressure and lowering cholesterol, as well as triglycerides, the major storage form of fat in the body. People have reported improved concentration, too. First, a word: Choosing an eating plan or an approach to eating is very personal.
What if we told you that indulging in all the butter, cheese, and steak you want can help your energy levels soar, crush cravings, and melt inches off your frame? Well, those are the lofty results the ketogenic or keto, for short diet promises—and the actual outcomes aren’t that far off. Here’s a digestible rundown of how the diet works: Eating no more than 10 percent of your calories from carbs, about 20 percent from protein, and about 70 percent from healthy fats causes the liver to produce ketones, or byproducts of breaking down fat for energy, allowing your body to enter ketosis. I religiously logged my macros on MyFitnessPal. Naysayers swore I’d be irritable, hungry, and wouldn’t last three days. Yet regardless of the doubtful outpouring, my will to enter the magical state of ketosis remained unsullied. After reading countless blog posts about fellow dieters reporting exhaustion and fatigue during the first few days, I actually noticed my energy levels soar.
If weight loss is a goal of yours and you’re doing your research, you’re probably finding articles on endless diet strategies—from going vegan to intermittent fasting to Noom. And of course, the keto diet is one of those buzzy eating methods that never seems to go away. In fact, there are more versions of keto than ever, from targeted keto to cyclic keto. The benefits of this low-carb lifestyle change has been touted by celebrities like Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian, and Megan Fox. But it’s the real-person transformations that will really shock you they may even tempt you into stocking up on avocados, lean meats, and cheese the next time you’re at the grocery store. A little background on the keto diet