THERE’S NO DENYING THAT the keto diet is popular. This high-fat, low-carb diet has an ardent following of people who believe it’s an effective way to lose weight – and lose it quickly. At the same time, keto has its share of critics – especially among nutritionists and other health experts – who say the keto diet is not sustainable and can even be unhealthy. In fact, for 2020, it was ranked No. 34 out of 35 diets evaluated by a team of experts for the U.S. News Best Diets rankings.
Nevertheless, keto-labeled food products, glowing testimonials and celebrity endorsements abound. The health editors at U.S. News teamed up with the food pros at America’s Test Kitchen to find out more by surveying people who are following the keto diet.
More than 300 people shared their personal experiences with this trendy way of eating. A little over half were relative newcomers, following the diet for less than a year. But the survey group included diehards as well; some have been doing keto for more than five years.
Why Pick Keto?
Interestingly, over 70% of those surveyed say they chose to do keto based on their “own research of the diet.” Less than 5% say it was because a registered dietitian recommended it to them.
In terms of goals, it’s probably no surprise that weight loss topped the list at 84%. Improving overall health scored second at 66%.