Yes, you can lose weight on the keto diet, if that’s your goal — but it’s far from a well-rounded, or even healthy, style of eating. “Originally designed to help patients with epilepsy, a strict keto diet guides you into ketosis by eliminating significant food groups that you may normally enjoy on a daily basis, including healthy carbohydrates that are part of a balanced diet,” explains Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, deputy director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Nutrition Lab and GH’s registered dietitian. “While keto dieters may lose weight, it can come at the expense of a sudden surge in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which can be harmful to your heart.”
In fact, the messaging that “carbs are the enemy” is longstanding diet language that’s outdated and worth rebranding — because carbs are actually your body’s preferred source of fuel, and it’s okay and important to eat them, Sassos says. The key is to focus on nutrient-dense carbs like fruits, vegetables and whole grains that offer fiber, antioxidants and more nutrition benefits.
Editor’s note: Weight loss, health and body image are complex subjects — before deciding to go on a diet, we invite you to gain a broader perspective by reading our exploration into the hazards of diet culture.
But if you do follow the keto diet for medical reasons or under the care of your physician, it can definitely be challenging to navigate the world of eating out. That’s because choices are limited to avoid sugars and carbohydrates, so your body can maintain a state of ketosis. This can be especially difficult for those who can’t live without a daily caffeine fix. Caffeine itself isn’t off-limits for keto dieters, but there’s a very good chance that your favorite iced coffee or tea is loaded with ingredients that contain sugars and carbohydrates… especially if Starbucks is your go-to coffee hotspot.
Unless your go-to order in the morning is a simple cup of black coffee, you’ll have to hack your way through Starbucks’ menu to enjoy something completely devoid of sugar. While there are thousands of creative videos found on sites like Instagram (#KetoStarbucks racks up 47,000 posts alone!) and more on TikTok,…