Jenna Jameson is Embracing Her 20-Pound Weight Gain for This Totally Relatable Reason

Jenna Jameson, now retired from her career as an adult film star, recently packed on 20 pounds.

A year and a half ago, she thought she had found the perfect solution to her keeping her weight down for good, but now it appears she may have fallen off the wagon.

Here’s what she has to say about the weight gain and why others may be able to relate to it.

Jenna Jameson’s baby weight

Jenna Jameson on the red carpet
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After giving birth to her daughter Batel in April of 2017, Jameson had 80 or so pounds to shed. Vocal about her weight loss struggles, she sang the praises of the ketogenic diet and how effective it had been for losing and maintaining weight.

The diet, which focuses on a low-carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high fat intake, enabled Jameson to lose those 80 pounds. 

Feeling like her best self, Jameson reported that she felt happier, smarter, and much more confident. She even documented her transformation on Instagram sharing before and after shots with the world. Along the way, she shared diet tips and encouraging words surrounding inner beauty, mental health, and accepting yourself with her followers. 

Jenna Jameson’s weight loss wasn’t easy

Ultimately, sticking to the diet and keeping the weight off proved to be somewhat difficult for Jameson. She revealed that after a year and a half she had taken a break from her new eating habits and gone “carby.”

As a result, she quickly put on 20 pounds.

Most people who have attempted the diet can totally relate to that. Although the diet can have brain health benefits and might help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes, it can be difficult to stick to it.

Is the ketogenic diet safe?

Not only does the diet ban junk foods like soda, candy, and cookies, but all grains, sweeteners like honey, and starch and sugary fruits and vegetables are also restricted. It also cuts out many healthy foods making it difficult to get needed vitamins without excessive supplementation.

Some experts suggest that the keto diet may not be safe to follow for long periods of time. Being high in saturated fat, it may not deliver adequate nutrients which raises heart health concerns and can lead to liver and kidney problems.

Also, low-carb diets can have a list of side effects including constipation, bad breath, and headaches.  

Other celebrities who follow the diet

Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, have all reported success with the keto diet. Former NFL quarterback. Tim Tebow, not only follows the diet, but he and his wife formed a partnership with, a diet challenge program designed to kick off weight loss rapidly.

Other celebrity adherents include Halle Berry, Al Roker, Alicia Vikander, and Vinny Guadagnino.

Jillian Michaels called the plan a bad idea. Noting that our cells are made up of protein, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and fats, she told Women’s Health that when we don’t get enough of those macronutrients, we are virtually starving ourselves.

She recommended instead using exercise and eating a balanced diet in combination with limiting processed sugars and grains.  

Jenna Jameson says she’s done with keto

Forty-five-year-old Jameson temporarily abandoned the diet when she moved to Hawaii in 2019. She admitted to “losing control and eating like a crazed banshee.”

Still, she felt she had the willpower to get back on track. Now, she may be done with the diet. Reporting that she is living her best “carby” life, she is now looking to other sustainable forms of eating like vegan, calorie counting, and avoiding sugar.

She suggests getting in touch with one’s true hunger and practicing intuitive eating.