The high-fat, ultra-low-carb diet has gotten a boost by being endorsed by several famous faces.
Celebrities didn’t start the ketogenic, or “keto,” diet trend, but they’ve certainly added fuel to the already-hot fire. The eating plan has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and that could be due in part to its being embraced by several actors, sports stars, and reality TV stars.
The ketogenic diet is low-carb to the extreme. Followers of a common version of the plan source 75 percent of their daily calories from fat, 20 percent from protein, and just 5 percent from carbohydrates. All it takes is a few days of eating this way for the body to enter ketosis, which essentially means the body starts burning fat instead of glucose (carbohydrates) for fuel.
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The keto diet has been shown to have many health benefits, including weight loss and possibly reducing the risk or severity of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and epilepsy. According to a study published in August 2013 the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there’s also some evidence that the keto diet can help clear up the skin, because high-glycemic foods (which are high in carbs) can promote acne.
Cutting carbs this drastically isn’t easy. Some celebs refreshingly admit to having the same troubles everyone else experiences on the diet — including irritability and headaches (commonly known as “the keto flu”) when starting out. Here are 11 stars who’ve tried or endorsed the keto diet.