Recently fitness advocate and television personality Jillian Michaels came out with a series of statements and articles downplaying the benefits and even the safety of ketogenic type diets. It is unfortunate that people in that position choose to spread information that they have virtually no knowledge of and certainly no educational background for doing so.
I’m sure that as a fitness coach and an exercise guru she is effective, but when it comes to dietary advice and certainly biochemistry she falls far short. Her comments about the ketogenic or low carbohydrate diet are both unfounded and unreal.
Furthermore, they are untrue. The overwhelming evidence that we have today, and in fact since the early 1970s, continually illustrates the benefits of the ketogenic type diet for diabetes, obesity, and even common overweight problems. She is subscribing to an outdated paradigm by the Dietetic Association wherein all weight loss and weight management is simply calories in and calories out.
This concept has proven to be ineffective for the majority of overweight and obese individuals. Programs like The Biggest Loser, which she was a part of for some time, are doing a tremendous dis-service to those who are overweight and obese.
The program and lifestyle these programs suggest are unreal and impossible to maintain. Once individuals go off of these programs or those similar, they invariably regain all of their lost weight and more over a very short period of time. It’s truly sad that someone with her level of popularity in certain circles advocates against something that she obviously has no understanding of.
I refer you to the works of the late Robert Adkins MD, as well as Jason Fung, MD, who have established and continue to establish the benefits not only for weight loss but for optimal wellness of the ketogenic type program. Here at our research Institute we evaluate each client before they are placed on a weight management program. Once we establish their metabolic type we can design a program, which often revolves around the ketogenic type diet, but not exclusively, to best suit their body needs. Our work is based in science and not marketing. Check back next week for more Weight Loss Tips.