It’s not all about weight loss

By Catherine Orda | Lead photo from Instagram

The ketogenic diet comes as a predictable addition to the barrage of trendy diets that occasionally makes waves on social media. Though it’s a relatively novel installment that disproves a piece of standard nutritional information: that fat is bad and we must therefore avoid it at all costs.

But turning to celebrities (as we do) who have tried it out, you’ll learn that another thing that sets the keto diet apart from most fads is that it’s not only meant to target weight loss. Personalities like Vanessa Hudgens and Halle Berry, for instance, decided to follow it for more specific and complex health reasons. Here’s a list of the celebrities who went keto:

 

Halle Berry

#FitnessFriday Today let’s talk about food. I think the most important part of being healthy and in great shape largely depends on what and when you eat. Being diabetic most of my life, I have always had to take food very seriously. So for years, I have been following the keto or ketogenic diet. I hate the word “diet” so while you’ll see the word diet, just know I encourage you to think of it as a lifestyle change NOT A DIET! Keto is a very low-carb food plan which actually forces your body to burn fat like crazy. I also believe it’s been largely responsible for slowing down my aging process. The keto lifestyle offers so many benefits such as weight loss, (moms that’s how we get rid of our baby bellies), appetite control, more energy and better mental performance. If you’re like me, you can possibly reverse type 2 diabetes, you’ll experience better physical endurance, better skin and also less acne if that’s an issue. And it even helps control migraines! I’m sharing two links (check Stories!) that will explain the lifestyle in detail and it also offers a plan to help you get started! So today I encourage you to say yes to keto, give it a try… what do you have to lose?! 💪🏽 #FitnessFridayHB

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Long before the ketogenic diet became the trend that it is today, Halle Berry has always been a vocal supporter of the no-carb-high-fat regimen. Her decision to eat this way was mostly brought on by diabetes, which she’s been battling since she was a teenager. “Being diabetic most of my life, I have always had to take food very seriously. So for years, I have been following the keto or ketogenic diet,” she writes on Instagram.

 

LeBron James

Among the many personalities who have been known to dabble with the keto diet, LeBron James comes as a surprise considering the fact that athletes are known to function really well on high-carb diets. But James nevertheless did the unexpected: He stuck to a 67-day Paleo and ketogenic diet focused around meat, fish, lots of vegetables, and low-sugar fruits occasionally, he told Sports Illustrated. The results of the routine are up on his Instagram.

 

Adriana Lima

Bring it on, start your week strong #teamlima / 📷: @ysaperez

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The Victoria’s Secret model is very serious about the keto diet, taking an all-or-nothing approach to the routine by totally cutting out carbs. Lima’s plan is a lot stricter than how most people would go about following the diet, and so all she would eat are vegetables and steamed or grilled meat, and protein bars and shakes for snacking. “Definitely zero carbs for sure,” she told The Cut.

 

Alicia Vikander

Go see Tomb Raider this weekend! 🏹

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To prepare for her role as Lara Croft, Vikander made sure to not let her daily carb intake surpass 25 grams. Magnus Lygdback, her trainer, told POPSUGAR that this also meant that Vikander also had to limit the vegetables she was eating. In addition to strength training, the actress stuck to the diet plan, making sure to avoid starchy vegetables and eating a lot of protein.

 

Vanessa Hudgens

Oui 😉 tonight for the golden globes @instylemagazine #styledbynat

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Vanessa Hudgens’ commitment to the keto diet is well-documented on The Rachael Ray Show, where she discussed an important food myth that may be the cause for some of the qualms surrounding the keto diet: “I think that we’ve been brainwashed to think that fat is bad, but really, it’s what’s going to make you feel fuller, longer. And your body can burn it and use it as fuel.”

 

Vinny Guadagnino

Left: March/2015. Around 197 lbs. Around 25% body fat. Eating a high carbohydrate/sugary diet. Right: June/2016. Around 160 lbs. Around 12-13% body fat. On a high healthy fat / keto/ plant diet and I haven’t turned back. All natural through food and exercise.These are MY results.Everyones body is different, but I do believe this way of eating will help the majority of people lose weight and be healthy. Studies prove that the government has steered us the complete wrong way for nutrition and foods that we think we shouldn’t eat we should, and foods that we shouldn’t eat take up 99% of the grocery store. I started this page to help people who WANT to learn more about this. And share my findings with those that do. People who disagree are welcome as well. You need discourse to learn and discover. But I will post my products, research, and findings here that work for me. Enjoy

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The Jersey Shore star deserves a spot on this list if only because of his unique dedication to the keto diet: He’s created an Instagram account called ketoguido, a visual documentation of his weight loss journey as aided by strictly subscribing to the high-fat diet. The bio of the said account goes: “Not a nutritionist, trainer, scientist. Just a guido who went keto, lost a lot of fat and has never felt better.”