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Kim Kardashian's ketogenic diet accelerates weight loss: Fights epilepsy, cancer

Kim Kardashian wants another baby: Low-carb ketogenic diet fueled weight loss
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Kim Kardashian, who just celebrated daughter North's first birthday, definitely wants to get pregnant again. Kardashian also credited the low-carb ketogenic-style Atkins diet for her stunning 56-pound weight loss, saying reducing carbs really works.

“Diet is really important," Kim told ABC News. "I chose the Atkins diet, which was really low-carb, and that's so hard for me because I love sweets and love to eat. But I stuck with it."

Kardashian, who also did intense daily workouts, said losing post-pregnancy weight was grueling, but she definitely wants to have at least one more baby. "I don’t know if I’ll follow in my mom’s footsteps and have that many, but I definitely want to have another one,” she said.

'Eating Fat Keeps You Full'

Kim is in the best shape of her life after losing 56 pounds just six months after giving birth. Kardashian followed a low-carb ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to less than 60 grams. Kim, a self-professed carb addict with a major sweet tooth, said she feels great and has lots of energy.

Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Atkins Nutritionals, told me low-carb diets aid weight loss because reducing carbs and eating more healthy fats suppress appetite. "Low-carb, high fat diets curb hunger better than low-fat diets because fat keeps you feeling full," explained Heimowitz, author of The New Atkins Made Easy.

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

Osbourne, an Atkins rep, said the best part of her LCHF diet is being able to stay slim without focusing on extreme calorie restriction. "It has been life-changing," she said. "It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change."

Keto and Atkins Diets Can Combat Depression and Bipolar Disorder

While Kardashian's star status has raised the popularity of the Atkins and ketogenic diets for weight loss, research indicates these LCHF diets have many different health applications, including combating depression and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Jeff Volek, author of New Atkins for a New You, has followed the ketogenic diet for the past 20 years. While he doesn't have a weight problem, he agrees the LCHF Atkins and ketogenic diets accelerate weight loss, improve 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, author of the "Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living," 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 prevent disease. A ketogenic diet has proven more effective than drugs at controlling epilepsy-induced seizures, and has been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes.

'Ketogenic Diet Can Replace Chemo for Most Cancers'

Scientists say the LCHF ketogenic diet can also prevent and treat cancer. "Studies have shown the use of a ketogenic diet causes a reduction in blood glucose, an elevation in blood ketones, and extends life in mouse models of malignant brain tumors," cancer scientist Dr. Adrienne Scheck told me.

While many people dismiss ketogenic diet therapy for cancer because most of the studies so far have been done on mice, renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, told me the ketogenic diet actually works better on humans than it does on mice.

Seyfried, a pioneer in the nutritional treatment of cancer, is 100% certain the ketogenic diet is the best treatment for glioblastoma (the most common and malignant form of brain cancer) because his research shows cancer is a metabolic — not a genetic — disease.

"The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for brain cancer," said Dr. Seyfried, author of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease. "The ketogenic diet can replace the standard of care for brain and most other cancers. There's no doubt in my mind."

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