The ketogenic diet has been around for nearly one-hundred years, but it’s gaining more and more popularity as modern dieters learn that the Western diet simply doesn’t work. In fact, some celebrities are even getting in on the diet.
Recently, it’s been announced as the diet behind Kim Kardashian’s baby weight loss and the fuel behind NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. These well-known public figures have figured out that pasta, grains and sugar are not the answer.
So how does the ketogenic diet help celebrities feel more energized and lose weight?
LeBron James, NBA Superstar
Basketball superstar LeBron James said he experienced drastic weight loss one summer while focusing on a ketogenic-style Paleo diet. This means he eliminated sugar, dairy, and most carbs from his meals for more than two months.
“I had no sugar, no dairy, no carbs,” said LeBron to Sports Illustrated. “All I ate was meat, fish, veggies, and fruit.” While most fruits are not typically ketogenic, James did include lots of healthy fats and olive oil/lemon vinaigrette dressings.
Based on some photos, experts believe he lost about 20 pounds on the diet. At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, dropping 20 pounds to lean up is no simple task.
Tim McGraw, Country Musician
According to the Fat Burning Man, Abel James, Tim McGraw and his entire crew adopted an entirely new lifestyle after years of performing on the road. Both Denny Hemingston and Tim McGraw lost over forty pounds each on a ketogenic-based Paleo diet.
The band dropped beers and parties for workouts and clean meals. “Tim is a beast, man, he keeps me on my toes, “ said Denny. Their workouts include pull-ups, push-ups, man-maker lunges, and sprints in parking lots between shows. “It keeps us off the bus and it keeps us out in the fresh air,” confirmed McGraw.
Abel James said their tour bus carried the aroma of strong coffee, fresh produce, raw nut butters, seaweed, protein bars, Brazil nuts, and grass-fed lamb. On the Tim and Faith tour, some meals included grass-fed bacon burgers (no bun), snapper with Poblano sauce, grilled chicken and asparagus, and shellfish, oyster platters.
Halle Berry, Actress
The 50-year-old actress and mother-of-two credits the ketogenic diet as her main effort to keep fit. She said, “The idea of it is you train your body to burn healthy fats and so I eat healthy fats all day long. Avocado, oil, coconut oil, butter, but don’t have sugar. So when your body gets trained to burn fats and you’re constantly on fat-burning mode, that’s the secret.”
She’s also decided that she would never take the risk of putting on weight for another role, at her age. As a mom and actress, she believes that keeping her weight at a certain level and taking care of herself is most important. She no longer takes risk, which would include gaining weight between or for a role.
Kobe Bryant, NBA Superstar
Like LeBron James, former NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant also understands how important energy and mental states are to the game of basketball, which is why he decided to get serious about his diet.
The Lakers entire team actually got on the meal plan. According to their trainer, “Pasture-fed foods, pasture-grazed beef from pasture-few cow, eggs from free-range chicken… are just some of the main staples of Bryant’s diet. Sugars, specifically anything with corn syrup should be avoided, and the intake of carbohydrates has been scaled down, consumed in moderation.”
“Kobe is probably the most diligent athlete I’ve ever been around in terms of preparation,” Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said. “He really takes his body and his preparation very seriously, both before activity and after activity.” Beyond diet, this also included ice baths and various stretching techniques.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Actress
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been writing cook books for the past few years as she’s taken smaller roles and focused more on her children, and her health. In fact, because she’s publicly announced that she has fed her children reduced amounts of bread, rice, and pasta, some people even worry that she’s malnourished her children. This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth.
In reality, most American are used to seeing plump children, so Paltrow’s thin children are surprising, but only in comparison. The Guardian writes, “We have no absolute requirement for carbohydrate,” but Paltrow even specifies, “”Sometimes when my family is not eating pasta, bread or processed grains… we’re left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs.”
There is that feeling of not being full, but that’s what you’re supposed to feel like. Feeling full means you’ll full of bread and other junk your body doesn’t need. Those on the ketogenic diet do not feel this sluggishness after a meal.
“If the daily diet in the Paltrow household includes protein (fish/meat/eggs/pulses), unprocessed fats (butter/olive oil), plenty of vegetables and some fruit, then it is healthy, nutrient-rich and lacking in nothing. If that’s what the Paltrow kids eat, she’s doing them a favor,” writes Joanna Blythman, for the Guardian.
Mick Jagger, Musician
Finally, there’s Rolling Stones legend, Mick Jagger. Since the 1990s, Mick Jagger has lived a relatively clean lifestyle after years on the road. Jagger, now in his 70s, still works out five or six days a week to improve stamina and balance. Before a show, he actually still runs sprints and can endurance run up to eight miles a day.
Before, Jagger ate like an endurance athlete, which included potatoes and rice. But now he focuses on the ketogenic lifestyle. Celebrity Weight Loss writes, “Despite having arrived late in life to the ketogenic scene, Mick Jagger’s obvious vigor promises to strut its stuff into the next twenty years.”
Celebrities on Keto Diet: Who Else To Follow
In addition to the list above, other reported ketogenic celebrities include Joe Rogan, Tim Ferriss Rihanna, Alec Baldwin, Kim Kardashian, Adriana Lima, Megan Fox, Grant Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Jones, Millie Mackintosh, Robin Wright, Jessica Biel and Drew Carey.
Some of these celebrities only used the diet to quickly drop weight, but it’s better to follow a healthy diet in order to keep the weight off.