"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."
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.
"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."
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.
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.”
Thomas Davis says he's been informed by the Panthers he won't be back with them for a 15th NFL season.
The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker is the Panthers' all-time leading tackler. He overcame a torn ACL in his same knee three times to record 1,094 tackles, 28 sacks and 13 interceptions. Davis was an All-Pro in 2015, the year he went to his only Super Bowl.
However, Davis posted on Twitter late Wednesday night that the Panthers informed him they were moving in a different direction at linebacker. The 35-year-old Davis thanked the organization for "14 special years," but said that he's not retiring. He becomes a free agent in March.
Davis says "I feel like I have way too much football left in me to walk away from the game right now."