What Is Keto? Trendy Diet Allows for Plenty of Cheese and Fat

Updated | Ketogenics is the latest diet darling in the nutrition world, particularly because of celebrity backers like Halle Berry. In essence, the keto diet is a low-carb diet that emphasizes eating moderate amounts of protein but plentiful amounts of fat, such as avocados and cheese. The thinking: By eliminating carbohydrates, your body will instead burn stored fat through a process known as ketosis, which helps drop pounds.

Related: Low-carb and low-fat diets equally effective for losing weight: Study

Avocados are displayed during the opening day of the Fruit Logistica trade fair in Berlin on February 8, 2017. The trendy keto diet is full of fat but allows for few carbs. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

Pegah Jalali, a doctor at the New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, told NBC your body enters this state in roughly two days. In what will come as a relief to most dieters, calorie counting isn’t necessary to make the plan work.

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