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Honey Boo Boo's mom loses 120 pounds with high fat low carb ketogenic diet

Honey Boo Boo's mom noshes on cheese.
Honey Boo Boo's mom noshes on cheese.Getty Images

The original creator of sugary Go-Go Juice seems to have gotten a wake-up call about healthy diets. Honey Boo Boo's mother, known as Mama June, has changed her "sketti" ways and lost 120 pounds on a low-carb diet, reported Classical Lite on July 20.

Proud of shedding six dress sizes, June once weighed 400 pounds. Her candor about the high carb, sugary diet when "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" first aired drew criticism.

At that time, the family's diet featured foods such as "fat cakes" (packaged snack cakes) and a mixture of ketchup and margarine poured over spaghetti to make "sketti." Mama June also specialized in mixing up Go-Go Juice, a combination of Red Bull and Mountain Dew.

Now, however, the matriarch of the famous family has shifted to a low carb diet and junked the juice as well as the junk food. "We've all lost weight," she said proudly about her dramatic change.

Instead of cheese puffs and packaged chocolate chip cookies, "we've been eating a lot of chicken and baked foods," June revealed. In addition, she has stopped her soda habit and is drinking "just water."

As for her snacks? Mama June has become a believer in cheese cubes. And for those who think that the fat in cheese causes problems ranging from heart disease to high cholesterol, the latest studies show no such link, reported NDTV on July 21.

As London cardiologist Aseem Malhotra revealed in the British Medical Journal, "Studies have not supported any significant association between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular risk. Instead, saturated fat has been found to be protective."

Dr. Malhotra emphasizes that the key to choosing foods with saturated fat is to evaluate the source. As for Mama June's choice of cheese: "Dairy foods are exemplary providers of vitamins A and D."

In addition, no scientific dietary fat causes cancer, including breast cancer, reported Yahoo Shine on July 22. But the myth that it does has existed for decades.

In 1976, Gio Gori, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), testified that men and women in Japan had very low rates of breast and colon cancer. When they emigrated to the United States, the rates rose.

Although Gori said at the time, "Correlation does not mean causation," the Senate committee that he addressed crafted a report indicating that low-fat diets could reduce the risk of cancer. "And as with heart disease, the committee's endorsement of a particular hypothesis had a similar ricochet effect all over Washington, DC," noted Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet."

Instead, recent studies have shown that cancer is linked to the consumption of carbohydrates and sugar. The traditional Western diet is high in carbohydrates, which scientists have discovered feed intestinal bacteria associated with cancer, reported Science News on July 22.

In contrast, a high fat low carb diet such as Mama June is now following helps reduce the risk of cancer. "Following a well-balanced diet, with fewer refined sugars and more fiber, is good for the microbiome and likely has an effect on cancer predisposition," said geneticist Scott Bultman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

One of the most popular types of low carb diet is known as a ketogenic diet. High in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates, ketogenic diets are designed to shift the body into fat-burning mode.

Mama June's focus on chicken and cheese can help her shed pounds while, through nutritional ketosis, satisfying her appetite. Low-carb diet expert Dr. Stephen Phinney views ketogenic diets as the ideal approach for both weight loss and conditions such as diabetes.