In the past several years, the ketogenic diet has grown in popularity. And nowhere is that more obvious than on Instagram, where hundreds of accounts and hashtags are dedicated to the very low-carb, high-fat way of eating.
What’s with the rise in popularity? The No. 1 reason people turn to keto is for its potential weight loss benefits — at least in the short term, says Abby Langer, RD, of Toronto, the founder of Abby Langer Nutrition.
That’s not to say it’ll be easy, though. The diet, made up of primarily high-fat foods and relatively few carbs, is a far cry from the way most Americans normally eat, and Langer says it's notoriously difficult to follow correctly. Also, depending on your individual health, keto may not be the best fit for you, so be sure to check with your doctor before trying this plan. Once you’ve gotten the green light, turn to Instagram for meal ideas, along with inspiration to stay on track.
Whether you’re just starting out on the keto diet or have been a keto cheerleader for years, here are eight Instagram accounts to follow for motivation, inspiration, and photos of delicious keto-friendly foods.
To fill your Instagram feed with pretty food pics, look no further. This Instagram account is an extension of the blog All Day I Dream About Food. Author Carolyn Ketchum was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her third pregnancy, which motivated her to try keto after her baby was born. She didn’t want to give up her favorite foods, so she tweaked them to make them low-carb and keto-friendly (posting about recipes for faves like brownies, muffins, and sugar cookies). The bottom line? Keto doesn’t have to feel like deprivation.
Visit @ketokarma (with 330,000 followers) for super inspiring before-and-after pics. Suzanne Ryan (aka @ketokarma) lost 120 pounds since she ditched carbs and started loading up on fat in 2015. She’s also the author of two books: Simply Keto and Beyond Simply Keto. On her page, you'll find a bounty of colorful food photos and videos of simple, straightforward meals you can make yourself (always accompanied by a link to the recipe on her blog). Her recipe arsenal runs the gamut from breakfast to lunch to dinner, plus snacks and desserts, so there’s no going hungry when @ketokarma is part of your feed.
“I breathe, I’m hungry,” says blogger Melissa Sevigny — and if you can relate, you may want to give her a follow. On her Instagram feed, you’ll find gorgeous photos of sweet and savory foods alike (and, of course, they’re all keto-friendly). For her favorite recipes, you can head over to her website or check out her two cookbooks: Keto for Life and Squeaky Clean Keto.
Martina Slajerova has made a name for herself in the keto world. She’s a blogger, author of 10 cookbooks, and creator of the KetoDiet App. Oh, and she counts 165,000-plus followers on Instagram. She promotes the low-carb way of life (and says it’s helped her deal with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease) through informational posts about following keto, and tons of delicious recipe ideas.
Calling everyone with a sweet tooth: You just found your must-follow. Paola van der Hulst finds a way to put a keto spin on all of your favorite sweets, posting about keto-friendly Hostess Cupcakes, Cheesecake and Salted-Caramel Ice Cream. Her photos are rich and drool-inducing, so be careful not to scroll through the feed on an empty stomach. Her Instagram posts don’t exclusively feature keto recipes and her posting can be sporadic so visit her website for recipes for indulgent keto-friendly treats and more.
Ryan Lowery, PhD, takes a brainy approach to the diet. He has published dozens of research papers on human performance and sports nutrition, wrote a book, and focused his dissertation on enhancing the keto diet through different nutrients and supplements (including exogenous ketones). And his Instagram page is filled with inspiring posts — not just about sticking with keto but for living your best life away from the kitchen as well.
Cooking at home doesn’t always mean you’ll spend the same amount of time cooking as you do scrubbing down the kitchen afterward — especially if you follow the recipes posted by this account. Nearly every recipe they post about, from the Candied Bacon to the Keto Butter Chicken With Jalapeño, can be made in one piece of cast iron cookware (and the recipes are also 100 percent gluten free). Plus, with a recipe posted nearly every day, you’ll never run out of cooking ideas.
Jen Fisch, a Los Angeles–based blogger, spent years trying to find a diet that would help her manage the autoimmune and inflammation issues she struggled with for 20 years. In 2016, she discovered the keto diet, and today she counts over 140,000 followers on her @ketointhecity_ account. She doesn’t post all that frequently anymore, but you can find a backlog of appetizing photos of, and recipes for, her favorite keto-friendly dishes. She’s also penned four keto cookbooks. The keto diet has worked for her, and her account will give you the inspiration you need to make it work for you, too.