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Ketogenic diet used by Kim Kardashian aids weight loss, cancer and diabetes

Low-carb ketogenic weight loss aided Kim Kardashian's 56-pound weight loss: Her bikini body secrets
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Kim Kardashian is maintaining her 56-pound post-baby weight loss by exercising almost every day. Kim spotlighted her sleek physique in an Instagram selfie during a gym workout.

"Gym time while my baby is napping!" Kardashian wrote July 19. The previous day, the brunette beauty posted a bikini selfie on Instagram, where she now has more than 16 million followers.

The 5-foot-3 Kim revealed on a recent episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" that she now weighs 125 pounds — five pounds less than her pre-pregnancy weight.

The road back to her sizzling pre-baby body has been hard but worth the effort. Kardashian lost 56 pounds just six months after giving birth (in June 2013) by following a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to less than 60 grams.

Kim said she also worked out almost every day, combining strength-training, lots of squats and cardio exercise on the treadmill and elliptical trainer.

Low-Carb Ketogenic and Atkins Diets Treat Depression and Cancer

The low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) ketogenic and Atkins diets are known for producing rapid weight loss because they force your body to burn fat (instead of glucose) for fuel. The ketogenic and Atkins diets are extremely low in carbs, very high in fat, and moderate in protein.

Kim isn't the only celebrity who has lost weight on a ketogenic-inspired Atkins diet. 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, Atkins chief nutritionist, revealed in an exclusive interview. Osbourne, an Atkins rep, said the best part of her diet is being able to stay slim without feeling deprived.

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, 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 — 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, he said. "The standard of care has been an abysmal failure for cancer," said Dr. Seyfried. "The ketogenic diet may one day replace the standard of care for most cancers. To those who doubt me, I say: 'Prove me wrong.'"