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Christie Brinkley calls Kim Kardashian a beauty icon: Lost 56 lbs ketogenic diet

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Supermodel Christie Brinkley said Kim Kardashian is an undisputed beauty icon. Brinkley made the comments on an Instagram photo caption which showed her posing alongside Kardashian and actress Marlo Thomas.

"With two icons ... That Girl, Marlo Thomas, and that other girl who needs no introduction @KimKardashian!" Brinkley wrote on Instagram. "I think Kim is an undeniable icon of beauty. And having met her last night for the first time, I can only say she was sweet as could be."

Kardashian, Brinkley and Thomas spent the Fourth of July partying in the Hamptons with Kim's mother/manager, Kris Jenner, Katie Couric, and a bevy of other celebrities.

Low-Carb Ketogenic Atkins Diet Spurred 56-Lb Weight Loss

Kardashian, 33, looks better than ever after losing 56 pounds in six months on a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to less than 60 grams, the LA Times reported. Kim, a self-proclaimed carb addict with a major sweet tooth, said she feels great and has lots of energy.

The 5-foot-2 Kim now weighs 125 pounds — five pounds less than her pre-pregnancy weight. In addition to going low-carb, Kardashian exercises almost every day, combining cardio workouts with strength-training and lots of squats. She varies her workouts, taking spinning classes at SoulCycle and Barry's Boot Camp sessions.

Kim isn't the only celebrity who has lost weight on the ketogenic-style Atkins diet. TV star Sharon Osbourne has maintained her 30-pound weight loss for more than two years by following an Atkins diet plan that limited her daily carb intake to 25 grams, Linda O’Byrne, Atkins chief nutritionist, told me.

The 5-foot-2 Sharon, who once weighed 230 pounds, said Atkins is the only diet that has enabled her to easily maintain her weight loss. In 1999, Osbourne lost over 100 pounds after undergoing lap-band surgery. She then regained 45 pounds after getting the band removed after the procedure left her weak and sick.

Sharon's weight fluctuated for years until she adopted a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein eating plan. Osbourne, an Atkins rep, said the best part of her LCHF diet is being able to stay slim without calorie restriction or deprivation.

LCHF Ketogenic Diet Aids Depression and Manages Cancer

In addition to speeding weight loss, research indicates the Atkins and ketogenic diets can fight depression and bipolar disorder. "The intake of natural fats, especially foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, are linked with improved mood and reduced risk of depression," explained O'Byrne.

Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at the University of Connecticut, has followed a ketogenic diet for the past 20 years. He agrees it fuels fast weight loss, improves mood, and prevent diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer. "It was nothing short of an epiphany when I changed to a ketogenic diet 20 years ago," Dr. Volek told me. "I felt better, more satiated, and had more consistent energy."

The ketogenic diet has been around for decades, but has only recently begun to find mainstream acceptance as a way to accelerate weight loss and manage disease. A ketogenic diet has proven effective for controlling epileptic seizures, reversing type 2 diabetes, and even managing metastatic cancer.

Renowned cancer scientist Dr. Thomas Seyfried of Boston College told me the ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for almost all cancers. "The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for cancer," said Dr. Seyfried.

Dr. Seyfried's years of research indicate that cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease. And the best way to treat a metabolic disorder is through diet, not by pumping a patient full of toxic radiation.

"The ketogenic diet may one day replace the standard of care for most cancers," he said. "To those who doubt me, I say: 'Prove me wrong.'"

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