Actors Who Follow a Ketogenic Diet

April 29, 2018

The ketogenic diet, or keto lifestyle, has been receiving a lot of hype in Hollywood these days because of its vaunted weight-loss claims and its promise of better overall health and accelerated energy. In fact, the most googled diet in 2017 was the #Ketodiet. However, the popularity of keto is not only due to its purported health benefits, but it’s also due to the Hollywood actors and celebrities who swear by the program. Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has been a proponent of the ketogenic diet for many years, and she credits the plan with greater energy, smoother skin, and it even helps Berry manage her type 2 diabetes by reducing blood glucose levels. The ageless beauty has also said that the keto diet is “largely responsible for slowing down my aging process.” You can see why this diet is getting some heat among many in the entertainment industry!

The concept of the ketogenic diet is to increase fat intake in the form of healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, whole eggs, grass-fed beef, olive oil, nuts and seeds, ground turkey, and many more high-fat foods, all while reducing or eliminating carbs like rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread. The goal is to force the body into a state of “ketosis” where fats are burned for energy rather than carbohydrates. Staying in a state of ketosis can be demanding and even downright rigorous. In fact, hard-core ketogenics stick to a very strict ratio of 75-percent fats, 20-percent protein, and 5-percent or less of carbohydrates. There are various forms of keto including the targeted, cyclical, and high-protein keto, but the 75-20-5-percent balance is often referred to as the standard ketogenic diet. Regardless, the goal is to drastically reduce carbohydrates and drastically increase healthy fats. “The idea of it is you train your body to burn healthy fats, and so I eat healthy fats all day long,” Halle Berry said on Live! with Kelly and Ryan.

Matthew McConaughey reportedly got his physique absolutely shredded for the male stripper epic Magic Mike through a ketogenic cycle. And certainly weight training for three to four hours a day, along with intensive cardio helped a bit as well; but, that’s another story. Vanessa Hudgens, a young keto devotee, claims she lost the twenty pounds she gained for her gut-wrenching role in Gimme Shelter by adhering to the keto lifestyle. “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,” she says.

Megan Fox, the world-renowned beauty and star of the Transformers franchise, credits the ketogenic diet with her slim figure and healthy glow. “I cut out all bread and those sort of carbohydrates,” she told E! Online. “No crackers, no pretzels, no chips.” As well, Megan takes her commitment to a whole other level as she never allows herself a cheat day. She said, “I don’t have any cheat days. It’s like giving up smoking. I gave up smoking cold turkey. I’m one of those people–when I’m committed, there’s no stopping me. So, I did it and after about a week, it repulses me. Like, there’s bread over there, and never again would I put that in my body.”

It’s important to keep in mind there are potential drawbacks to the ketogenic diet. Some people experience constipation or increases in their cholesterol levels, and individuals taking medication might need to have their dosage adjusted; so, it’s wise to see a doctor before starting on a keto diet. (paragraph amended)

How about you? Are you interested in the ketogenic diet; or is it just another fad like the Baby Food Diet or the Blood-Type diet? Please share!