As you've no doubt guessed by now, the account features people who have tried the keto diet—a.k.a. a high-fat plan that starves your body of carbs and sends it into a fat-burning state called "ketosis"—and who've lost a bunch of weight in the process.
“I feel younger, stronger, and full of energy," one man says in his caption. "I am definitely never going back.”
But, you know what they say about pictures speaking louder than words:
Nicole says on her website that she’s been overweight her entire life and feels like she's tried pretty much every diet out there. “I lost 45 kilograms three years ago, only to turn around and gain back 30 kilograms,” she says. “I needed a life change, not another diet.” So, she started on a keto diet in May 2016, and by December she had lost a significant amount of weight. She says starting the diet was the best decision she ever made.
Naturally, she's posted her own before-and-after photos, too:
“[Keto] has allowed me to still enjoy all of my favourite foods and feel amazing while losing the excess weight that made me fall into a very unhealthy range,” she says. Nicole says that keto “gave me my life back,” stopped her from bingeing, and “taught me that I can do anything, even if it seems impossible at first!”
If these photos and Nicole's story are enough to make you stockpile bacon and butter, keep in mind that all of the doctors Women's Health has spoken to recommend against looking to the keto diet as a long-term weight loss solution.
“Some in the medical community think that continued ketosis is dangerous because it could stress out your liver and cause destruction to your muscle tissue,” Tracy A. Siegfried, M.D., medical director at The N.E.W. Program, a bariatric and metabolic weight-loss centre, has told Women's Health in the past.
And even if more research ends up showing that ketosis isn't dangerous, you're still in for other no-fun side effects like constipation, headaches, period wonkiness, and dehydration—not to mention the sucky-ness of not being able to eat bread or grains.
So...there is always the less-sexy option of eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly if you're trying to lose weight. But if you want to follow @ketotransformations to keep peeping on other people who are trying keto, your secret is safe with us.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US