7 Foods a Keto Expert Would Never Eat (and What to Reach for Instead)

If there's one buzzy diet that dominated conversations in 2018, it's the ketogenic diet. Nutritionist Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, called it in December, saying the keto diet would be "the fastest growing of 2018 … and possibly the next 10 years," and it's certainly lived up to the hype. Both Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian swear by the strict meal plan. So what is all the fuss about?

Put simply, the keto diet is a very low-carb meal plan that puts the body in a state of ketosis, where it burns fat rather than carbohydrates for energy. "This can be helpful for supporting exercise recovery, dealing with cravings, and improving energy levels," says Axe. While he does not recommend attempting the keto diet long term, he sees value in "keto cycling" for three to six months to reap the benefits. "When you’re cycling, you increase your carb intake substantially one to two days per week, which gives you more flexibility and makes the diet easier (and potentially safer) to follow long term."

Considering trying the keto diet? Here are seven foods that are best avoided on the popular meal plan and what to reach for instead.