Even though the keto diet sounds a bit trendy, there are some real people out there (in addition to celebs like Mick Jagger) who are proving that this diet does work.
Reddit user Acid__Burn shared her story, and her incredible before-and-after photos had us convinced right off the bat. The 35-year-old first started on a keto diet — which is a "low-carb, high-fat, limited protein meal plan" which has yet to be scientifically tested long-term — about six years ago, and she lost an amazing 103 pounds. And you know what? She's kept off the weight!
F/35/5'7" [250lbs > 147lbs = 103lbs or 46kg] (9 months) Lost it 6 years ago with a keto diet, ketoing ever since. from progresspics
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And according to Acid__Burn herself, keto has had a helping hand in alleviating some of her serious health conditions.
"[My] pre-diabetes is long gone, [and] also most of my PCOS symptoms are gone," she wrote in a response to another user's congratulations.
Researchers have studied the link between, but they haven't studied the long-term effects of a low-carb, high-protein diet like keto.
"A ketogenic diet also has been shown to improve blood sugar control for patients with type 2 diabetes, at least in the short term... However, there is no long-term research analyzing its effects over time on diabetes and high cholesterol," Dr. Marcelo Campos wrote for Harvard Health Publications. That said, a lot of doctors will recommend lifestyle changes that can be sustained rather than yo-yo diets.
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Science aside, when asked about her favorite keto recipes, she had the best response.
"Oh, I'm worthless in the kitchen, I'm sorry. I've survived all these years mostly on omelets, beef and this chocolate mug cake."
So relatable! Chocolate mug cakes on a diet? Yes, please!
While the scientific jury is still out when it comes to any long-term health benefits of a keto diet, it's nice to see a story of one woman losing weight and keeping it off.
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