A little background on the keto diet if you haven't been following along at home: It's short for "ketogenic," and promotes weight loss through a diet low in carbohydrates (less than 20 grams a day), high in protein, and moderately high in fatpicture a dinner plate featuring a salmon filet, a mound of broccoli, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Instagram alone has a wealth of keto-focused hashtags that highlight crazy keto transformations ( #ketotransformation and #ketofam , to name a few). And if the below photos don't spark your keto-interest, some of the captions definitely will.

"I've never been so happy with a diet in my life," says @the_keto_wife. "The keto diet and regular exercise have made me into the healthy mom and wife my family and I deserve," says @keykeypeaches; and per @byebye.carbs, "Keto has worked wonders for my body."

Of course, celebs are pretty crazy for it too s/o Halle Berry, Kourtney Kardashian, and Vanessa Hudgens, to name a few. But honestly, these real-person transformations are where it's at (they may even tempt you into stocking up on avocados, lean meats, and cheese the next time you're at the grocery store).

Something to keep in mind if you are (or this story makes you) keto-curious: the diet isn't exactly meant to be long-term, according to Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy . (It's a little too restrictive for thatliterally so much meat and cheese.) You should also check with your doctor before starting any new diet plan.

Still, a little extra motivation never hurt anyone. Check out the impressive before-and-after shots belowthey may just turn you into a keto convert.

View this post on Instagram carb face vs. keto face! #facetofacefriday . for years, the woman on the left ate brown rice, oatmeal, low fat yogurt, lean meat, 100 calorie snack packs and got herself to almost 170 lbs. I couldnt figure out what wasnt working! Werent these healthy foods? It wasnt until a year ago, when I first heard the word keto, that it finally all clicked. it feels so good to break the yo-yo diet cycle and finally find a truly healthy, sustainable way of eating. . . . . #keto #ketotransformation #ketoweightloss #ketojourney #ketobeforeandafter #ketoinspiration #weightloss #ketosis #weightlosstransformation #ketodiet #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney A post shared by Rachel (@rachelgonzale) on Jul 19, 2019 at 11:01am PDT

View this post on Instagram hey everyone I know I got some new followers! (Thank you so much) let me introduce myself Im angelina (my friends call me angi) Im 16 Ive always been a big girl chunkster if you will. Nooooow the first picture is probably me in my heaviest weight. The second picture is last week! (This is the same shirt )When i took the first picture I didnt feel ugly or fat. (I was used to seeing my body and thinking I cant do anything about it ) But in the second picture I felt hideous I saw my flaws and to be honest my whole day was ruined because of this picture Ive been trying so hard....killing myself why God why do I still look like this but when I compared the pictures THE SAME SHIRT! Sis Im practically swimming in it now! The first picture I was so depressed so lost with a big fat fake smile and in the second picture Im happy,independent and I know my worth yeah I had a bad day but those flaws are my successes ...I did that! What girl my age can say that ...not a lot. Anyway if youre feeling like its not working just look back at who you once were and who you are now....I love the new me! Thank you god Ive been killing myself trying and because of you Im not giving up thank you for making me healthy again #transformationtuesday #transformation #selfcare #selflove #glowup #keto #teenweightloss #weightlosstransformation #weightlossmotivation #weightlosss #ketotransformation #ketoadapted #explore #explorepage A post shared by angi (@anngizzz) on Jul 30, 2019 at 11:28am PDT

View this post on Instagram Gooooood morning #ketofam if you would have asked my 5 years ago if I would ever be comfortable wearing a bathing suit I would have laughed in your face!! But honestly, 5 years later I have to say I am loving the person I am becoming! I have overcome anxiety and depression! I still have a long way go! I will be 42 in a couple of days and I must say I look pretty damn good!! Happy #transformationtuesday my friends!! #wlscommunity #wlstransformation #panniculectomy #ketotransformation #ketoweightloss #ketobeforeandafter #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlossbeforeandafter #weightlosssuccess #fatlossmotivation #weightlossprogress #weightlossjourney #weightlossinspiration #fatlossjourney #weightlossmotivation #lowcarbweightloss #healthjourney #ketocommunity #ketoweightloss #ketoresults #motivation A post shared by Lisa_leese (@finally_living_keto) on Jul 30, 2019 at 9:40am PDT

View this post on Instagram The first picture was the first set of gym clothes I ever bought for myself. They were very expensive and barely fit. I love that I can walk into a store and buy them now. No more special orders for this girl! . . . #transformationtuesday #keto #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #gym #GymLife #gymmotivation #workout #exercise #hiit #personaltrainer #fitspo #weightlossmotivation #extreameweightloss #ketotransformation #GirlsWhoLift #obesetobeast #fatgirlfedup #evolve #elevate #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive A post shared by Stella (@stellaisstriving) on Jul 30, 2019 at 9:40am PDT

View this post on Instagram I was really proud of my weight loss progress 6 months into Keto. I continued to believe in the process and 12 months into my journey, I took off 108 lbs. I try to stick to strict keto as much as possible. Because Ive been diagnosed with type2 diabetes I refrain from eating all the Keto snacks with the popular sugar replacements . Fasting has truly been good to me as it allows me to eat away that fat around my stomach and hips. Keto on my friends ! . . . . . . . We know how difficult it is to do it alone Your goal is our goal Follow us @easy2weightloss . . . . . Credit: keto.till.its.done . . . #ketogenic #ketosis #ketodiet#ketofam #ketocommunity #ketoweightloss #ketolifestyle#ketofood #ketones #ketorecipes #ketotransformation #ketogains#ketodinner #ketoliving #keto #ketofriendly #ketogirl #ketoresults#ketomom #ketofamily #ketojourney #healthyfood #ketolife #ketobeginner#diet #hflc #recipe A post shared by Easy to Weight Loss (@easy2weightloss) on Jul 30, 2019 at 9:39am PDT

View this post on Instagram Its amazing what you can do when you have a little faith in yourself . . . . . . . . #bodytransformation #beyourself #loveyourself #selflove #trending #keto #fitness #bodypositive #curvy #curvyfit #cleaneating #health #healthylifestyle #celebrateyoursize #transformation #transformationtuesday #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #over100lbslost #ketodaily #instagram #instagood #beforeandafter #fitness #curves #fitnessmotivation #workoutmotivation #instagood #accountability #ketotransformation #weightlosssuccess A post shared by Toni Ann Caggiano (@_tonigettingtoned) on Jul 30, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT

View this post on Instagram TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY . . Over here trying to shrink while she grows . 40lbs down. Thats a whole Mila!! . . #keto #transformationtuesday #weightlosstransformation #beforeandafter #ketoresults #beforeafterweightloss #beforeafterdiet #ketotransformation #lowcarb #lchf #lchfdiet #ketogenic #intermittentfasting #momlife #motivation #weightlossmotivation #healthylifestyle A post shared by Sammi (@its_a_keto_thing) on Jul 30, 2019 at 1:56pm PDT

View this post on Instagram #TRANSFORMATION STORY PLEASE READ: I used to be severely overweight for a period of my life (probably considered obese). Some people have known me a long time and have seen my #progress, but some only know me now and don't know what I used to be. There are a few years of my life with zero to very few pictures of me because I hated the way I looked. After getting out of a toxic relationship (when I ate my feelings out of depression), I was able to lose a little bit on my own by focusing on #me and getting back into activities I loved (musical theater) and overall being happy again. But I was still overweight and sort of hit a plateau, so I gave up on trying because nothing seemed to be working. It wasn't until October of 2016 that I learned about the #ketogenic lifestyle and started that way of eating and was able to lose 10 pounds in 2 months, just from making better food choices. In January of 2017, I began a fitness regime, going to the #gym about 4-5 days a week doing a mix of weight lifting and cardio. My plan was to hit my #goal weight within one year. (To be honest, I didn't think I was going to do it, but told myself I'd be happy if I got close.) It's been one year since I did my first #workout on my own and I am so excited to say that I did it...I HIT MY GOAL WEIGHT!!! From June 2015 to now, I have lost about 76 pounds/7 dress sizes and I'm a happier, healthier, and stronger version of myself than I ever was before! It's not just about the number and how I look, but I've learned that I need to take care of my body from the inside out for #health reasons too. I now have more energy and I feel absolutely amazing. I finally feel like the version of myself that I always envisioned in my head. This has been a long and hard #journey and there were many times I thought I might give up. I'm sharing these pictures not out of vanity, but because I'm just so #happy that I did it and I want people to know that you can do whatever you set your mind to!! #follow A post shared by Kristina Nicole (@kristina.nicole13) on Jan 21, 2018 at 7:33am PST

View this post on Instagram Ive been asked a lot about #Keto, and if I think it really works. As of today...Ive lost almost 40 pounds, have a ton of energy and am seeing a difference with my memory (also had a TBI in my accident). This isnt a diet its a way of life. If I can eat cheese and lose weight...count me in. #amysarmy #ketogenic @jason.wittrock A post shared by Amy Van Dyken (@amyvandyken) on May 14, 2018 at 1:05pm PDT

View this post on Instagram "One of the most amazing things that can happen is finding someone who sees everything you are and won't let you be anything less. They see the potential of you. They see endless possibilities. And through their eyes, you start to see yourself the same way. As someone who matters. As someone who can make a difference in this world. If you're lucky enough to find this person, never let them go" . . . . . From the day we met, he's never seen me for my weight. He saw me for me. It's so much fun to go through life with this guy. He's always KNOWN the real me... and now he gets to SEE the real me. #throwbackthursday . . . . . . . . #tbt #transformation #ketojourney #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney #fitnesstransformation #ketotransformation #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #losingweight #bodytransformation #love #mrandmrs #couplepreneurs #husbandandwife #powercouple #ketocouple #ketogeniclifestyle #fatfueled #ketogenic #ketolife #ketomom #ketofamily #ketoworks A post shared by Elena 100lbs in 1yr w/Keto (@thestairlady) on May 3, 2018 at 1:55pm PDT

View this post on Instagram Transformation Tuesday::: I wore shorts once last year, i felt good because they were a size 16 I think, down from a size 20. My size 2 shorts in the after picture are now too big. About a year between these pictures and at least 100lbs. I was working out, but @coach_jmo had just had the food conversation with me. It was vacation time and I was sad about not being beach ready in a little over 3 months. I was still making bad choices to help me cope with my weight gain from Postpartum depression and anxiety. I was still eating horribly, with cheat weekends and lots of pizza. I still thought exercising was enough to help me reach my goals. Working out 7 days a week with my trainer and a Ketogenic diet have changed my life. Down from a size 18/20 to a Size 0/2, over 130 pounds, and over 115 inches. A post shared by Keto. 130 lbs (@house.of.keto) on May 8, 2018 at 8:00am PDT

View this post on Instagram 1st Tippy Tale is now live!My 31-Day Keto Diet Transformation! (Link in bio) Truth: The last few months of 2017 was rough for me. With so many life changes happening, I found myself at the corner of mental and physical exhaustion. Bottling so much inside, I let my stress take the best of me. I started to neglect my health in ways I havent done in years. I desperately needed positive change. I desperately needed myself back... . . I talk about the horrible side effects that happened to me during those 3 months of neglect and my 31-day Keto diet journey to reset my lifestyle. You can watch my YouTube video (link in bio) or read my blog post on my website (tippytales.com) for details on the Keto diet, how I went about doing it, my honest opinion, my results, my current status 2 months post my reset and if I am making it a lifestyle. . . Putting yourself out there and showing a before and after picture is scary for a lot of people. I am no different to this thought but I needed to share this. Why? Quite frankly because I am proud and I know how hard I worked to get myself back. Although my aesthetics did change, I know the bigger change is within. I can full heartedly say I love my body and the woman Ive become from this fight to get myself back. If this inspires one person to believe in themselves a little more today than yesterday then these series of awkward poses served its purpose. . . We are all human and some times we have setbacks in life. I believe setbacks are there for a reason..to test us. To test how bad we truly and deeply want it. Besides, whats a good story without a killer comeback?! Not a good one in my humble opinion. #TippyTales A post shared by Tippy Wyatt (@tippywyatt) on Apr 5, 2018 at 11:25am PDT

View this post on Instagram (60/60) 17.5 inches and I lost 23 pounds!!! . Today is a BIG, BIG deal for me. I'm celebrating #60daysketo and I've lost and gained so many things! . What I've lost on #keto : 23 pounds 2.25 inches on arms 3 inches on waist 5.5 inches on pooch 3.5 inches on hips 1.75 inches on each thigh 1.5 inches on each calf . YOU GUYS, I lost 23#, and more than 17.5 inches in only 60 days in #ketosis !!! . Because of having surgery only a couple of weeks into my 60 day goal, I wasn't even able to work out much, and so I'm just now getting back into the swing of #powerlifting again, so almost ALL of this is by diet alone. . I didn't count calories, I only counted my carb and stayed below 40 net carbs every day. . So what comes next? . Well first, new swimsuits. Mine are falling off, and I can see baby abs coming through, so HELLO TWO PIECE! . I am also sticking with keto a bit longer, because @matthewlindow is still on it to lose weight for the military (I'll post his progress pics soon) but after that I'm going to be doing #modifiedketo where I consume about 25 g of carbs 30 minutes before my workout for a couple of months, and the guage if I'm still losing fat and gaining muscle. . My body is an experiment right now, but worst case scenario I'll be unhappy with adding in more carbs and will go back to keto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #gains #muscle #fitness #fitspo #weightloss #fitnessfriday#cardio #obesetobeast #fitfam #fattofit#noexcuses #flexfriday #flex#weightlossjourney #bodyrecomposition#fitnessmotivation #thickfit #girlswholift#goals #legendary #health #diet#countingcalories #weightlossmotivation#foodisfuel A post shared by gretchen - keto recipes (@fitmomjourneythm) on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:02am PDT

View this post on Instagram Introducing @lowcarbjourney_jf: Hi there, my name is Jordynn, I have lost just over 60lbs using keto diet, started in early November getting married in 2019, and looking to be my best self! My goal is to lose 100-110lbs total. . . . #myketotransformation #fitspiration #weightloss #weightlossjourney #ketofam #weightlossmotivation #transformation #fitfam #weightlosstransformation #extremeweightloss #fitness #instafit #inspiration #motivation #fitnessmotivation #beforeandafter #diet #exercise #trainandtransform #beforeandafterweightloss #biggestloser #keto #lowcarb #lchf #ketotransformations A post shared by Keto Transformations (@ketotransformations) on May 14, 2018 at 10:31am PDT

View this post on Instagram 2009, Jamaica. One of the best vacations ever If you've never been, definitely go. Dunns River falls was amazeballs Now smaller boobies and decent eyebrows A post shared by @ muffin2muscles on Apr 17, 2018 at 2:40pm PDT

View this post on Instagram Next month I celebrate one year since I started Keto. I don't even know who the person is in the yellow top. Feels like a lifetime ago. Love this journey I've been on and even though I'm not 100% Keto all the time, love the Keto way! #keto #ketoweightloss #ketosuccess #ketosis #ketofam #ketodiet #ketogenicdiet #ketogeniclife #ketogenicliving #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlossinspo #ketogenicweightloss #lowcarb #lowcarbweightloss A post shared by Jolene (@yummyinspires) on Aug 25, 2017 at 3:09pm PDT

View this post on Instagram O n e Y e a r : Thankful for the Gospel and its power to transform all areas of life. Only Gods grace allows me to look back one year ago (almost to the day) to reflect on how far Hes actually brought me and my family. Lots of negative circumstances took place over the course of the last year, but the perspective of the guy on the left is VASTLY different from the guy on the right. I truly believe there are no negative circumstances in this life, only misunderstandings of whats actually good (dare I say, best) for us. Keep pressing on, keep pursuing, keep searching for the only One worth anchoring your hope to. | #wonthedoit #godisgoodallthetime #stewardshipoflife #identity #hope #fattofitjourney #50lbsandcounting #Keto A post shared by Jay Albright (@jayalbright) on May 14, 2018 at 9:09am PDT

View this post on Instagram Congrats to Vanessa Von Reth (@ketoquestgirl)! You faced your fears and took a leap of faith that paid off tremendously. Your physical transformation is incredible, but the transformation you made on the inside is what matters most. We are so proud of you! You will receive $100 and a FREE keto t-shirt from @mamamadeink A post shared by Jason Wittrock (@jason.wittrock) on Feb 5, 2018 at 5:22pm PST

View this post on Instagram Motivation Monday! No matter where you are starting this journey from, I promise you the destination is worth it. When I first started Keto I was at my wits end. I was sick all the time, I had no energy, my emotions were everywhere, I hated my body, and I felt like I had tried everything to fix it but nothing worked. Keto is more then just for weight loss, its for overall health. Im no longer burdened with a disease I dealt with for years, my energy levels are always high, my emotions have levelled, and now when I look in the mirror Im proud. Im not going to sit here and tell you guys that it was easy because it wasnt. But it was so so so worth it. . If you guys are struggling to get going and have questions, or just need help staying on track, give me a call! Im a certified Ketogenic Nutrition consultant (with a real diploma and everything ) and Id love to meet with you! - - - - #keto #ketoer #ketosis #ketofit #ketodiet #lchf #lchfdiet #ketogenic #ketogains #ketogenicdiet #ketogeniclife #ketoworks #ketofollow #ketogeniclifestyle #ketoaf #fatadapted #kcko #bodybybacon #ketoyyc #ketocanada #ketoweightlossjourney #ketoweightloss #ketoweightlosstransformation #yycfit #yycfitfam A post shared by Megsies (@keto_megsies) on May 7, 2018 at 9:41am PDT

View this post on Instagram Some back-side #transformationtuesday --- #weightlossprogress #ketogenicweightloss #ketogenicdiet #ketogenicliving #weightlosspics #weightlosspic #transformation #transformationfitnation #transformationpic #progresspic #progress #beforeandafter #beforeandafterphoto #beforeandnow #thenandnow #progressnotperfection #pcosweightloss #pcosfighter #pcosweightlossjourney #pcoswarrior #ketoweightloss #ketogenicweightloss #lowcarbweightloss #lowcarbliving #lchf #lchfweightloss #ketogenicliving A post shared by Sarah - Keto LCHF (@baconandcream) on Jan 17, 2017 at 11:13am PST

View this post on Instagram No words. A post shared by Black Keto Girl, LLC (@blackketogirl) on May 6, 2018 at 3:00pm PDT

View this post on Instagram Gosh I remember the feelings I had before I started keto... feelings of fear, feelings of being discouraged or letting myself down again... what if I fail at this like I have with every other thing Ive tried the past 12 years. Looking back a year ago on Mothers Day reflecting where I was then to where I am now not just my weight loss but also my mental state at the time. Things were better but I was no where near where I am now. The weight loss and drastically changing my eating habits have all contributed and Im so thankful I made myself show up everyday. So what if? What if I never gave myself the chance? I preach believing in yourself a lot because you are the only one who can push yourself to make the change. No one else just you. Dont let the whats ifs hold you back. Believe in YOU. Show up for YOU. Tip toe if you must but if its something you want soooo bad... everyday wake up and TAKE THAT STEP! Its worth it Happy #transformationtuesday A post shared by Stephanie -84lbs With Keto (@ketointexas) on May 15, 2018 at 9:59am PDT

View this post on Instagram I have been in keto for 42 days now! I have lost -11 pounds. I have never been so happy with a diet in my life. The picture on the left was day 1 with 140 pounds and on the right Is day 42 now with 128.9 pounds. The #keto diet has really changed my life not only have a lost weight, but now Im more energetic and less fatigue. Im encouraged to keep going as I want to achieve my desired goal. Along with this diet I also exercise about 3 days a week to keep a healthy life @ketotransformations @fatloss_transformation @transformationspirit @ig_transformations . . . . . . . . #weightlossjourney #ketotransformation #ketoliving #ketogenicdiet #ketogenic #fatloss #transformation #myketotransformation #fitfam #instafit #extremeweightloss #diet #motivation #exercise #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #ketogenicweightloss #lowcarb #ketosis #ketolife #fatburner #fatburn A post shared by Mariana / Keto Journey (@the_keto_wife) on May 14, 2018 at 2:39pm PDT

View this post on Instagram On Tuesdays we transform A post shared by Ashleigh (killing.keto) (@all.things.ashleigh) on May 7, 2018 at 1:57pm PDT

View this post on Instagram Introducing @keykeypeaches: I started my keto diet late September and I am currently still dieting. I lost 35lbs by the beginning of March. I had my daughter in January 2017.After caring for my new family, I forgot to care about my self. I forgot to keep myself healthy and happy. The keto diet and regular exercise has made me into the healthy mom and wife my family and I deserve. . . . #myketotransformation #fitspiration #weightloss #weightlossjourney #ketofam #weightlossmotivation #transformation #fitfam #weightlosstransformation #extremeweightloss #fitness #instafit #inspiration #motivation #fitnessmotivation #beforeandafter #diet #exercise #trainandtransform #beforeandafterweightloss #biggestloser #keto #lowcarb #lchf #ketotransformations A post shared by Keto Transformations (@ketotransformations) on May 13, 2018 at 10:27am PDT

View this post on Instagram Oh, what a difference a year makes! Keto has worked WONDERS for my body. Last year I weighed about 13 lb heavier in the photo on the left, and was running or doing cardio every day but eating tons of carbs. Now I still workout every day, but function via a high fat diet. The pic on the right was taken yesterday (Ive been so MIA because Ive been at the beach with my friends!). Makes me so happy to see such PROGRESS!! #keto #ketogenicdiet #ketomeals #ketodiet #ketotransformation #ketobreakfast #ketorecipes #followforfollow #followtrain #follow4follow #lowcarb #lowcarbdiet #yum #food #ketodinner #weightloss #fitness #lchf #weightlossmotivation #ketofam #fitspiration #weightloss #ketofam #ketobreakfast #lchf #myketotransformation A post shared by Emily || Keto || 31.8lb (@byebye.carbs) on May 10, 2018 at 4:32pm PDT

View this post on Instagram Slowly fulfilling my dream of becoming a walking, talking weight loss ad . . . . . . . . #weightlossjourney #ketotransformation #lowcarb #loveyourself #beforeandafter #beachbody #keto #ketodiet #jeans #weightloss #hardwork #motivation #throwback #workinprogress #workout #workoutmotivation #fit #fitness #fitgirl #fitnessmotivation #fitspo #nocaptionneeded #nocarbs @ruthmayketo A post shared by Grace (@gracewharton_) on May 15, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT

View this post on Instagram Happy Transformation Tuesday I can honestly say a year ago, I never wouldve imagined surpassing my goal of a 50 lbs weight loss, but here I am 75 lbs lighter and feeling better than ever! The girl on the left was ashamed of her body and would cover it up to make sure no one would see it. The NEW girl on the right is confident, empowered, and STRONG! I feel so lucky to have a great support system around me and thank all of you who have reached out for advice or sent kind words Keep Calm and Keto On Friends! . . . #keto #ketoweightloss #ketotransformation #ketogenicdiet #ketodiet #ketogenic #ketosis #ketolife #weightlosstransformation #weightlossjourney #weightloss #fitness #fitnessjourney #stronger #lowcarb #lowcarbdiet #lowcarblifestyle #lchf #transformationtuesday #weightlosstransformation #transformation #losingweight #fitnessmotivation #fitchick #weightlossbeforeandafter #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #samebutdifferent #motivation #curves A post shared by Sugar Free Brie (@sugarfreebrie) on May 8, 2018 at 5:30am PDT

View this post on Instagram Embrace and love your body. It's the most amazing thing you will ever own A post shared by My Keto Journey (@abby_keto) on Jul 30, 2019 at 1:06pm PDT