Jenna Jameson is the latest celebrity to jump on the Ketogenic band wagon.
The former adult film star has taken to social media to document her weight loss journey, and credits a keto diet and intermittent fasting for helping her shed 63 pounds.
The 44-year-old became motivated to lose weight after delivering her third child, daughter Batel, in April 2017. Jameson revealed that at her heaviest, she weighed 187 pounds, and after 10 months of struggling with the post-pregnancy body, she began following the keto diet in March of this year.
Nearly six months into following the strict low-carb, high-fat diet, Jameson has lost 63 pounds and proudly shared a photo of her scale showing her current weight of 124.6 pounds.
Although she’s loving her new fit frame, she admitted she appreciates what her body has done for her — at any size.
“When I do make these before and after pictures it motivates me to continue! But to be honest I look at the before picture and I see a beautiful body that gave life to 3 perfect children,” she captioned a recent photo. “But looking at this image on the right I’m in awe that THIS body birthed three humans!”
Jameson frequently shares motivational tips for her followers — and even lets them in on what she eats in a typical day.
“I am one of those odd people that doesn’t need variety,” Jameson said. “Every morning I eat the exact same thing. Three eggs with cheese and an avocado. Lunch is my biggest meal, I always eat arugula salad, grilled asparagus or zucchini with some kind of meat (usually a hamburger patty or grilled chicken) then I snack whenever I feel hungry (usually on almonds or macadamia nuts… sometime cottage cheese) that’s it! [sic]”
Jameson says she then fasts from 6 p.m. until 11 a.m. the next morning and has completely cut out all processed foods from her diet. Since going keto, she says she now feels “happier, smarter, and much more confident.”
The keto diet has had a resurgence in popularity thanks to stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, LeBron James and “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino, who chronicles his keto lifestyle through his Instagram account, @ketoguido.
What is the keto diet?
The cornerstone of the diet is training the body to use fat as a form of energy. This is done by restricting carbohydrate intake, and upping the amount of fat you consume.
After about a week following a strict ketogenic diet, the body enters a state called ketosis, meaning there aren’t enough carbs for your cells to use for energy. The body adapts by making ketones to use instead of carbohydrates and begins to burn fat for energy.
According to registered dietician Jessica Cording, the diet was originally designed to help people suffering from seizures. Aside from ketones, the modified diet also produces decanoic acid that can help minimize seizures.
Patients who followed the diet began losing weight, prompting the diet to make it’s way to the masses.
What you can — and can’t eat on the keto diet
The keto diet bases its success on a high-fat and moderate protein diet, meaning any meat consumption has to be monitored. Eating too much protein can make it harder for the body to enter into ketosis and begin burning fat.
Fish, eggs, cheese and natural fats like olive oil are all allowed on the keto diet, including butter. Nuts and Fresh or frozen vegetables are permitted – but only if they grow above ground (bye potatoes). The only fruits allowed in moderation on the keto diet are berries – which means the diet is very low sugar.
Bread, candy, alcohol, beer, chocolate, pasta, rice and sodas are all a no-go for keto followers, although some wine in moderation is permitted.
The keto flu
While burning fat as fuel may seem like the golden ticket to the body you’ve always wanted — people who first adapt the lifestyle often find themselves feeling sick with the “keto flu.”
Life without carbohydrates often produces flu-like symptoms such as nausea, headache, constipation, muscle cramps, dizziness, muscle pain and difficulty sleeping. While the keto flu eventually goes away, it can often be a deterrent for people to quit before they begin seeing results. Experts suggest drinking plenty of water and eating more fat to help the body adjust to the severe carbohydrate restriction.
Criticism for the keto diet
While following the keto diet most definitely results in short-term results, it has gained criticism for it’s long-term sustainability. Many experts argue that the long-term restriction of whole food groups could lead to gaining the weight back in the long-run.
Aside from weight fluctuations, many dieticians warn that the severe carbohydrate restriction could negatively impact your mental health.
“Your brain runs on glucose (a simple form of carbohydrates),” registered dietician Adrien Paczosa explained in an interview with Shape magazine. “When you cut carbs, your body has to ‘make’ carbs from breaking down other parts of the body. This results in what I like to call a hungry brain. You experience slower cognition , memory loss, headaches and confusion. Also, those who suffer from depression and anxiety may have higher levels of those periods when note eating carbs on a regular basis.”
While the keto genic diet may be trendy, it’s always important to consult your doctor or a healthcare professional to develop a plan that works for you and your body.