Arguably the most well known internet diet, the keto diet restricts participants to less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day, forcing the body into a fat-burning state called ketosis, per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Meanwhile, the paleo diet generally favors whole foods and restricts anything processed or containing sugar and dairy, Healthline reports.
Though “special diets” like these attract nearly one in five U.S. adults, according to the CDC, they didn’t work for Drummond, she explained in her video. After trying keto and paleo meal plans for extended periods, she experienced plateaus. Instead, the Pioneer Woman stuck to controlling her portion sizes and eating foods that offer rich nutritional value, rather than calorie-rich picks like doughnuts, reads her blog. By following these rules, Drummond says that she was still able to enjoy all her favorite foods and didn’t feel the need to ban anything from her diet — with the notable exception of bananas!