Kim Kardashian is fitter than ever after losing 56 pounds on a low-carb ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to less than 60 grams.
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diet with a macronutrient ratio of roughly 65 percent fat, five percent carbs and 30 percent protein.
Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Atkins Nutritionals, told me low-carb diets aid weight loss because reducing carbs and eating more healthy fats suppress appetite.
“Low-carb, high fat diets curb hunger better than low-fat diets because fat keeps you feeling full,” explained Heimowitz, author of The New Atkins Made Easy.
Kardashian isn’t the only celebrity who has slimmed down on a LCHF ketogenic-style diet. Sharon Osbourne has maintained her 30-pound weight loss for more than two years by following a low-carb Atkins diet that limited her carb intake to 25 grams.
While Kardashian’s star status has raised the popularity of the Atkins and ketogenic diets for weight loss, research indicates LCHF diets have various health applications, including combating depression, reversing type 2 diabetes, and managing epilepsy.
Obesity expert Dr. Jeff Volek, author of New Atkins for a New You, has followed the ketogenic diet for the past 20 years. He agrees the LCHF Atkins and ketogenic diets accelerate weight loss, improve mood, reverse type 2 diabetes, and prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer.
“It was nothing short of an epiphany when I changed to a ketogenic diet 20 years ago,” Dr. Volek, author of the “Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living,” told me. “I felt better, more satiated, and had more consistent energy.”
‘Ketogenic Diet Can Replace Chemo for Most Cancers‘
Cancer researchers also say the LCHF ketogenic diet can prevent and treat cancer.
While many people dismiss ketogenic diet therapy for cancer because most of the studies so far have been done on mice, renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, said the ketogenic diet actually works better on humans than it does on mice.
Seyfried, a pioneer in the nutritional treatment of cancer, said the ketogenic diet is the best treatment for glioblastoma (the most common and malignant form of brain cancer) because his research shows cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease.
Seyfried’s decades of research suggest the ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for most cancers. He hopes the medical community will embrace metabolic diet therapy as a viable alternative to toxic, expensive chemo.
“The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for brain cancer,” said Dr. Seyfried, author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease. “The ketogenic diet can replace the standard of care for brain and most other cancers. There’s no doubt in my mind.”