While this Real Housewives of Orange County fitness guru is open to trying different diets and workout methods to keep her health in top shape, one diet Tamra Judge won’t be doing anymore is the Keto diet. She told The Feast, “I’m sure it works, but I cannot wrap my brain around eating that much fat. Bad fat — cheese, sour cream, butter, all that stuff. So, I like to do the good fats — like I’ll do the avocado, but I’m not gonna drown my eggs in butter and throw the cheese on top of it. Just — I can’t." While Tamra did try Keto for about a month, it led her to get the “Keto flu” and she quickly gave it up. “They say there’s this Keto flu you get, and I just I fell off the Keto wagon,” she said.
The former adult star is one of the biggest advocates for the Keto diet. After starting Keto in April 2017 after the birth of her daughter, Batel Lu, Jenna Jameson reached her weight goal by losing more than 60 pounds on Keto. She took to Instagram in November to share just how Keto helped her: “Now that I’ve become well known for #keto... a lot of media has gone out of their way to hire ‘so called doctors’ to disprove the keto lifestyle and plant the seed that it isn’t sustainable. Well here I am folks, 7 months on keto and LIVING MY BEST LIFE. Here’s the moral of the story, DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Don’t let others push their agendas on you. Trust your intuition and GO FOR IT! There is no time like the present to get healthy!”
Kourtney Kardashian originally went on the Keto diet in 2017 at the recommendation of her doctor — but she loved it so much that she decided to continue after seeing the effects it had on her body. She shared her experience on her personal blog: "Once I knew the ground rules, I was very strict and really stuck to it. I ate minimal carbs and no grains, beans or legumes. Instead, I focused my meals on fresh vegetables and lean proteins."
When Savannah Guthrie stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, she shared that while she wasn’t able to lose any weight while trying the Keto diet, it did have one good perk: “It's not even doing anything," the Today Show host said. "I haven't lost anything! I haven't lost a thing, but you know what? I've eaten a lot of bacon and I like it."
While Andy Cohen isn’t actually on the Keto diet, he does have some pretty strong opinions about it. When Savannah Guthrie stopped by WWHL and talked about her Keto experience, Andy said, “Isn't it funny when sometimes super-smart newspeople do really dumb things?" We can guess he probably won’t be trying it out any time soon!
Katie Couric didn’t have the best experience while on Keto, but she didn’t have the worst experience, either. She shared on her Instagram stories that she did fall victim to the Keto flu a few days into her diet, but she didn’t totally hate Keto. “So I've been doing the Keto diet for a week now and I actually do feel better,” she said. "The fourth or fifth day, I felt a little shaky and headachy, but I feel much better." She also shared exactly what she was eating: “I'm eating mostly protein and some cheese. And I'm putting half-and-half in my iced coffee, and I gotta tell ya, it's damn good."
Gina Kirschenheiter is another OC ‘Wife who won’t be hopping on the Keto diet any time soon. “I think it’s kinda weird," she told The Feast. "I don’t know — I don’t get it. It's like, just eat only sticks of butter and then you’re going to lose weight? I don’t really understand that. I feel like that’s probably a slippery slope for me."
For Tim Tebow, Keto isn't just a diet — it's a way of life. The athlete spilled all about his dietary habits (particularly his love for avocados) and why he likes Keto in an interview with GQ Magazine. "I have to take in a lot of fat, and the number one fat comes from avocados. It's incredible. It's a super food. And even if that's not your diet, it's incredible food for you. I put them in my smoothies, guacamole, a bunch of different things," he said. "For me it's more than just trying to stay in shape for sports, it's a way of life, of trying to be healthy. Also when so many of our next generation kids are just having sugar and carbs all the time, well, can we moderate that just a little bit?"
Terry Dubrow is out with his Dubrow Diet, a concept he created alongside his wife, Heather. And while some may be quick to call this a “fad” diet much like Keto, he was quick to explain to The Feast that he thinks Keto is nothing like the Dubrow Diet. “This is a diet where you can eat the foods you like to eat,” he said. “And you also get to cheat on this diet. It's not like those other diets. Keto diet is the best example. With the Keto diet, you do go into fat as fuel stage like you do with this diet, but you eat high-fat foods, low carbs, low protein — it's completely not sustainable." That’s not all – Terry has some harsh words for those who actually like the Keto diet. “I think the Keto Diet — no offense to those who like it — I think it's kind of dumb. Physiologically... as a doctor... it's really dumb.”
He's the "Keto Guido," if you will. Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino created an Instagram account (@ketoguido) to document the shocking results of his Keto journey. “I’ve discovered the fountain of youth...Stop eating sugars and grains and instead 98% of the time eat real food like whole eggs, bacon, butter, fatty steaks, fatty fish and plants and exercise a few times a week," the Jersey Shore star wrote. "When I ate sugars and grains I was 50lbs heavier and looked 10 years older."
One celebrity you can expect to never try the Keto diet is chef and former co-host of The Chew, Carla Hall. In an interview with The Feast, Carla shared her distaste for the diet. “First of all, I think that everybody sees something that works for someone else and then they want to jump on it — and you have to look at your own body and what works for your body," she said. "It feels like another version of Atkins. It sounds like a fad. I think that in this country it’s akin to when people say, 'What are the In vegetables? What’s new? What’s trending?' I’m like... 'What?'”
Former Bravo's Top Chef competitor Chris Scott found some success after “sort of” giving Keto a try. The chef took to Instagram to share that he lost about 20 pounds by eating “no carbs, minimal sugar. Eating primarily vegetables and animal proteins only.” Of course, Chris is only human and also shared that he’s not super strict with the diet. “Don't sleep, I still slide a bowl of ice cream in the mix... but certainly not like before. I'm only human.”
While Curtis Stone doesn’t follow the Keto diet himself, the Top Chef Junior co-host isn't against those who chose to. He told The Feast, “I think it's a good healthy diet, there's nothing wrong with it, it’s natural. I think any diet that promotes two simple whole foods is the best way to go, and of course that's exactly where that's driving you — away from processed foods and away from highly refined stuff. I think grass-fed beef is the best protein you can have." He was also sure to say he doesn’t think it’s just a fad like some celebs and dietitians say. "I think it’s a positive diet," he said. "I don't know that it is a fad, they call it the caveman diet in some ways. I think that's great."
Clearly Keto is a hot topic in Orange County, California. Unlike Tamra and Gina, Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter, Briana Culberson, has had quite the success with the diet — it’s been so good, in fact, that her husband calls her the “Keto Queen.” He shared a photo of his glowing wife on Instagram and dished that Briana had no trouble transitioning into the Keto lifestyle, also. “So proud of Briana my keto queen! It has been such a easy transition for us over the last 5 months,” he wrote.
Star trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels has quite a strong opinion about the Keto diet, and she wasn't afraid to share it. In a video for Women's Health, Jillian slammed the diet and its potentially harmful effect on the body's cells. "Why would anyone think this is a good idea? You know what we need to do? All fat and animal protein!" she said. "Ding! Ding! Ding! No! Bad plan. For a million reasons." She went on to say that skipping out on the diet is "common sense" and that a "balanced diet is key."
After Jillian Michaels' scathing remarks on Keto, Al Roker was quick to jump to the diet's defense. The TODAY Show personality tweeted: "So [Jillian Michaels] says #Keto is a bad idea. This from a woman who promoted on-camera bullying, deprivation, manipulation and more weekly in the name of weight loss. Now those sound like bad ideas." After another Twitter user responded with some negative effects of the diet, Al responded: "That's right. My choice. What works for me, may not for others."