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Keto diet helps some issues, but not always weight loss

One of the hottest trends is a ketogenic diet. Millions credit keto with moving the scale in the right direction but critics call it too restrictive.

The United State's diet industry is worth billions. One of the hottest diet trends is the ketogenic diet.

It’s a high fat, low-carbohydrate plan for eating that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

A typical ketogenic diet is usually around 70 percent fat, 20 percent protein and 10 percent carbohydrates, a departure from the recommended dietary allowance of up to around 50 percent carbs, 30 percent protein and 20 percent fats.

For some people including, Lisa Dalton-Robinson, ketogenic eating plans have improved her health. She said the weight isn’t coming off, but other health markers are moving in the right direction.

“ My cholesterol is now 110, it was almost 300," she said.

We met with Ohio State University Food Innovation Center dietitian Liz Weinandy, who teaches ketogenic to people with epilepsy because it helps control seizures. Weinandy said ketogenic diets are too restrictive.

“It's overly restrictive and people probably are not going to going to be able to follow it long term,” she said.

Suggested keto-friendly foods include eggs, chicken, turkey, grass-fed beef, pork, fatty fish like wild caught salmon, full-fat dairy including cheese, nuts and seeds.

Healthy fats like olive and coconut oils, and non-starchy veggies like broccoli, greens, tomatoes and mushrooms.