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Jillian Michaels criticizes keto diet: 'Why would anyone think this is a good idea?'

The celebrity trainer is no fan of the popular diet, saying its focus on high fat and limited carbohydrates is not healthy.
Jan. 10, 2019, 8:06 AM EST / Source: TODAY
By Scott Stump

Jillian Michaels has no love for the popular ketogenic diet.

The celebrity trainer didn't hold back when asked about the high-fat, low-carbohydrate regimen in a video for Women's Health magazine when asked about the trendy diet touted by many on Instagram.

Jillian Michaels criticizes the keto diet
Jillian Michaels has revealed she's no fan of the keto diet. "You're starving yourselves," she said. Getty Images

"I don’t understand,'' she said. "Like, why would anyone think this is a good idea?"

The ratio of fat to carbs and protein is 4:1 in the keto diet, with a goal of burning fat for energy rather than carbohydrates in order to lose weight. Michaels, 44, is not buying it.

"You know what we need to do? All fat and animal protein!’'' she said. "No! Bad plan. For a million reasons."

In the view of the former "Biggest Loser" trainer, the keto diet doesn't provide proper nutritional balance.

"Your cells, your macro molecules, are literally made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids,'' she said. "When you do not eat one of the three macro nutrients — those three things I just mentioned — you’re starving yourselves.

"Those macro nutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and wellbeing. Each and every one of them."

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A few studies have shown that the diet may promote weight loss, lower blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity in diabetics while also boosting energy and mental focus. The downside is that it's hard to commit to the strict diet, and adjusting to such a small carbohydrate intake can cause micronutrient deficiency, fatigue, and nausea for a few weeks, Dr. Keri Glassman told TODAY in October.

There have been success stories, like Candace Brisco, a registered nurse from New Orleans who told TODAY last week about how the keto diet helped her shed 135 pounds. Virginia woman Tori Lewis spoke to TODAY in November that she dropped 120 pounds following the program.

Savannah TODAY spoke about her experience with Dr. Mehmet Ozon his show in November, saying she had less energy to work out due to the reduced carbohydrates but that her brain felt sharper throughout the day.

Al Roker also has been on the diet and even baked Savannah some keto-approved muffins after she got him into it.

"In some ways you have to deprive yourself,'' Savannah said. "No carbs whatsoever, and that's really restrictive, but it's opened up some things that I would never let myself eat a lot of, such as cheese and bacon, so I like that."

Those restrictions are why Michaels would not recommend the keto diet to anyone.

"You don’t eat processed sugar, you don’t eat processed grains, and to make a very long story short: avoid the keto diet," she said. "Common sense. Balanced diet is key."

#2 Brandon Mebane

Tragic news as @chargers #BrandonMebane reveals his daughter Makenna passed away last Thursday. She had been battling a heart defect since her birth last year. Our thoughts go out ? | Link in bio for story (?: Getty)

1,597 Likes, 98 Comments - AM 570 LA Sports (@am570lasports) on Instagram: "Tragic news as @chargers #BrandonMebane reveals his daughter Makenna passed away last Thursday. She..."


Los Angeles Chargers DL Brandon Mebane's 7-week-old daughter dies, but he still plans to play in playoff game

Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Brandon Mebane plans to play in Sunday’s playoff game against the New England Patriots -- even though it means taking the field just days after the death of his 7-week-old daughter.

Mebane’s daughter, Makenna, was born with a rare chromosome disorder and died Jan. 3 after spending time in a neonatal intensive care unit in Nebraska, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“You know, it’s been a tough year, period, but she would want me to be here doing my job,” he told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times. “No matter where I am, I still think about her. I’m just happy I’m still able to play this game.”

Mebane, 33, missed four games in November and December to be with his wife and two other children in Nebraska. He played the last two games of the regular season, but missed  Los Angeles' playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Makenna was born Nov. 12 with trisomy 13 – a defective heart condition that left her without a heart valve and required surgery to fix.

“She just kept bleeding from her stomach, and when they tried to feed her, it wasn’t good for her liver,” he said. “She wasn’t doing much better, and they had to make a decision.”

The Chargers tweeted their condolences to Mebane and his family Wednesday.

‘No matter where I am, I still think about her’: A grieving father plans to play against the Patriots

Brandon Mebane intends to play Sunday against the Patriots. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

January 10 at 11:07 AM

For Brandon Mebane and his family, this weekend’s high-pressure, winner-take-all NFL playoff game represents their first fledgling steps toward a different form of normalcy.

The Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle and his family lost 7-week-old Makenna Mebane on Jan. 3 to a rare chromosome disorder and Mebane had been away from the team, missing the first-round victory over the Baltimore Ravens. He is back now, doing as best he can the things a player does while preparing to play in a divisional-round game Sunday against the New England Patriots. “You know, it’s been a tough year, period, but she would want me to be here doing my job,” Mebane said (via the Los Angeles Times). “No matter where I am, I still think about her. I’m just happy I’m still able to play this game.”

Mebane missed four games in late November and December to be with his wife, Amena, and two other children, shuttling between Omaha, where it had been determined that Makenna would receive the best care when she arrived, and California. Mebane, 33, has played in big games before as a member of the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl-winning team, so he is familiar with the postseason rhythms and routines, even though he admitted that this is something else. “I’m doing pretty good,” he said. “I’m just trying to take one day at a time. It’s still painful. I thank God every day and still pray.”

“She just kept bleeding from her stomach, and when they tried to feed her, it wasn’t good for her liver,” Mebane told the Times. “She wasn’t doing much better, and they had to make a decision.”

With his family in Omaha, Mebane flew out each Monday and returned to L.A. on Tuesday during the season. “T13 is when you’re dealing with a heart condition and the baby doesn’t have a valve to her heart,” he told Chargers.com last month. “[There are] not a whole lot of surgeons in the United States to do surgery on babies, so we had to go to a specialist. There are only like four doctors in the U.S. that do this [certain procedure]. One of the doctors is in Omaha, so we had to go out there.”

“[This is] something that made me more aware of talking to God more, praying way more, [and] praying not just at night with my kids, but before we drop them off at school,” he told Chargers.com. “Hopefully this will [raise] awareness.”

#3 Thomas Davis



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