Mama June Shannon, star of the TLC show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," credited a low-carb ketogenic-style diet for her stunning 120-pound weight loss.
A swimsuit-clad Mama June showed off her slimmed-down physique in a Twitter photo posted by a fan (see above), who saw her vacationing in Panama City, Florida.
Mama June lost 120 pounds and shed six dress sizes by cutting back on high-carb fare such as sugary sodas and doughnuts and eating chicken, baked foods and snacking on cheese cubes, Celebrity Health reported.
Shannon, who once tipped the scales at 400 pounds, is a lot slimmer, but has no desire to become super-skinny. She insists she was never ashamed of her appearance, even when she was obese.
“I’ve always taken pride in how I look,” Honey Boo Boo's mom told InTouch. “I’m happy with the way I am now but I was also happy with myself when I was 400 pounds. I taught myself and my kids that you’ve got to be comfortable no matter what your size.”
Mama June's dramatic weight loss has fueled rumors that she underwent bariatric surgery or used diet pills, but Shannon denied those rumors. “I haven't done any surgeries, she said. "No diet pills, never went to the gym.”
Mama June said her slim-down has inspired her daughters, Anna, 20, Jessica, 18, Lauryn “Pumpkin,” 13, and Alana (Honey Boo Boo), 9, to lose weight.
Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet Fights Epilepsy and Cancer
Other celebrities who have lost weight on a low-carb diet include Kim Kardashian, who lost 56 pounds in six months on a ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to less than 60 grams.
Low carb diets such as the Atkins, ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, according to obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
While Kardashian's star status has raised the popularity of the ketogenic and Atkins diets for weight loss, research indicates these low-carb, high-fat diets have various health applications, including combating depression, reversing type 2 diabetes, preventing epileptic seizures, and managing metastatic cancer.
Several noted cancer researchers, including Dr. Thomas Seyfried of Boston College, said the ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for most cancers. Seyfried's decades of research indicate that cancer is a metabolic disease. And the best way to treat a metabolic disorder is through diet, he told me.