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Cheryl Burke loses 25 pounds on low carb diet and wants to help Rob Kardashian

Cheryl Burke loses 25 pounds.
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Sharon Osbourne and Kim Kardashian both have been vocal about their choices of the high fat low carb ketogenic Atkins diet for weight loss. But although Cheryl Burke has used high protein low carb diets for years, she now is denying that she's on a formal diet such as Atkins, reported People magazine on July 17.

Rather than obsess about meal times, Cheryl pays attention to her hunger. When it strikes, she eats foods allowed on her high protein, low carb diet. Among her favorites: Tuna, string cheese and eggs, reported People magazine previously.

But now that she's lost more weight, she seems concerned that the public will assume she's on the Atkins diet. "I'm not on a diet. I'm not on Atkins or anything," Cheryl clarified about her weight loss.

"I'm taking care of my body. Eighty percent of it is what you eat and what you consume. It's all about portion control," she added.

Cheryl is upset that rather than being praised for losing 25 pounds, she has experienced online criticism. "It really just messes with your head, honestly!" she said, according to UPI on July 18.

She also denies comments that she had plastic surgery or injections to make her lips appear more voluptuous. "People are saying 'What have you done to your face?', 'You look disgusting, you look like you're dying,'" she added.

In an attempt to detract from the scrutiny over her own appearance, Cheryl wants to help another person who's having trouble with weight: Rob Kardashian. They were partners on "Dancing with the Stars," and she's concerned about his inability to shed pounds, reported Life and Style magazine on July 17.

"We have talked about it in the past. I have talked about it with the family," said Cheryl. But Rob declined her help.

"I wish Rob well," said Cheryl. "I hope he takes care of himself. I’m there for him."

Ironically, despite Cheryl's protests that she's not on the Atkins diet and desire to help Rob, the most visible member of the Kardashian clan, Kim, has lost an estimated 70 pounds on the Atkins plan. It's a high fat low carb diet.

Using nutritional ketosis, Atkins-style approaches shift the body into fat-burning mode. These diets recently were shown to be the preferred first line of therapy for diabetes as well as for weight loss.

On a March episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Rob was advised by his doctor that he's at risk of developing diabetes. The condition can result in problems ranging from organ failure to heart disease.

In an exclusive interview, Dr. Stephen Phinney emphasized the benefits of high fat low carb ketogenic diets for diabetes and weight loss. "Given both the healthcare costs and the medical risks associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, plus the immediate improvements (if not complete remission) in these diseases with a well-formulated ketogenic diet, this diet should be the primary (aka first) therapy that doctors and dietitians recommend," he stated.

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