The Keto Diet: how to make it work with your lifestyle

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - You've probably seen it on your social media feeds. Friends are trying the trendy Ketogenic Diet (Keto) in an attempt to lose weight.

Some have found success with the plan, including Green Bay mom Paula Bake.

"I was very depressed with how I was feeling about myself," Bake tells Action 2 News.

She say she tried several other plans to no avail.

"I did Herbalife, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers," Paula says.

In January 2017, she started the Ideal Weigh program at Prevea Health. It's a Ketogenic and Partial Meal Replacement Diet.

"It's kind of mind blowing. When I look at that picture, I don't remember that, but when I look in the mirror, I don't see this either. It's really surreal," Bake tells Action 2 News.

A search of social media sites will turn up variations of the Keto Diet.

The Atkins Diet is a Ketogenic Diet that is high in fat and protein.

Other variations say to eat less fat and moderate protein.

The concept, however, is the same. Put a strict limit on carbs, forcing the body to burn fat stores for energy. The process is called Ketosis.

"Absolutely this is a very effective way to lose weight," says Kari Jossart, Medical Director of Ideal Weigh at Prevea Health. "We see all sorts of different chronic illnesses improving. Acid reflux. Diabetes. High blood pressure."

If you're looking to drop a few pounds, but don't want to ban all carbs from your grocery cart, that's OK. A dietician says there is more than one way to find success.

"Carbohydrates incorporates so much of our diet, but if we stick with the healthier choices and watch the portion, they can be part of a healthy diet," says Deb Guenterberg, Dietitian, Prevea Health.

Guenterberg says making small changes can have a big impact.

"Let's just look at sugar. If you reduce your sugar, you are going to be eating healthier," Guenterberg says.

Ample protein is necessary because it keeps you from feeling hungry.

"If you look at your body weight in pounds and you divide it by two, that's a good estimate of how many grams of protein to have," Guenterberg says.

Regardless of what you choose, nutrition experts say the key is to pick something that you can turn into a lifestyle.

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