Kim Kardashian is having a "booty room" installed in her Bel Air mansion to keep her glutes firm after her 56-pound weight loss on a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) ketogenic-inspired Atkins diet.
Kardashian famously lost 56 pounds in six months on a LCHF ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to about 50 grams.
Focusing on healthy fats and limiting carbs promotes weight loss by causing the body to burn body fat for fuel, said Dr. Eric Westman, author of Keto Clarity.
Linda O'Byrne, chief nutritionist for Atkins Nutritionals, told me Kim's daily menu combined proteins like fish, chicken and meat; healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts; low-starch vegetables, and some low-glycemic fruits like berries. A sample meal plan for Kardashian looked like this:
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with sautéed spinach
- Lunch: Salmon with a large mixed salad including avocado, cucumber and cherry tomatoes
- Dinner: Chicken with broccoli, cauliflower and spring greens, topped with olive oil
O’Byrne said LCHF diets suppress appetite better than low-fat diets, so you don't feel hungry all the time like you do on low-fat, high-carb diets. "Low-carb diets keep blood sugar levels stable and prevent food cravings," said Linda.
Ketogenic and Atkins Diets Can Curb Depression
In addition to fueling rapid weight loss, studies shows 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.
Dietitian Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at the University of Connecticut, has followed a ketogenic diet for the past 20 years and credits it for his excellent health.
Dr. Volek doesn't have a weight problem, but follows the ketogenic diet for its many health benefits, which include reduced inflammation, improved mood, and protection from diabetes, heart disease, 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."
Sugar Raises Insulin, Which Fuels Inflammation, Disease and Weight Gain
Obesity expert Dr. Jonny Bowden also champions a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-inspired diet for disease prevention and weight loss.
“The notion that saturated fat and cholesterol are the demons in the diet is 100% wrong,” Bowden told me. “When you look at the data, it’s very clear: Most of what we’ve been told about saturated fat and cholesterol is simply not so.”
What fuels weight gain and disease is inflammation — which is caused by a high-carb diet — especially one high in sugar, said Dr. Bowden, author of Living Low Carb.
"The irony is that the foods we were taught are good for us — breads, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes — are the very ones that are killing us," said Bowden. "Our bodies convert these foods to sugar almost instantly. Sugar raises insulin, which causes inflammation, which is the fundamental cause of heart disease.”
Bowden said eating a diet high in healthy fats such as olive oil, whole eggs, grass-fed beef, and pastured butter not only accelerates weight loss, but reduces inflammation. Bowden has been aware of the health benefits of dietary fat for years and is glad there's a growing vindication of this important macronutrient.
“What a relief that you don’t have to suffer through one more tasteless egg-white omelet," he said. "The advice to eat egg-white omelets is way past its expiration date.”
Ketogenic Diet Starves Cancer
Cancer scientist Dr. Dominic D'Agostino recently told me the ketogenic diet can prevent and manage cancer because cancer is a metabolic disease.
"Most cancer scientists have historically thought cancer was a genetic disease, but only 5-10% of cancer is hereditary," Dr. D'Agostino, who has a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience.
According to Dr. D'Agostino, we are only as healthy as our mitochondria, which are the power sources of all our cells, so if we keep our mitochondria healthy, we can stall the onset of cancer and other age-related chronic diseases.
An effective way to inhibit the growth of cancer cells is to follow the ketogenic diet (calorie restriction enhances the cancer-fighting benefits).
"When we restrict carbs in our diet, we can prevent pro-inflammatory spikes in blood glucose and blood insulin," explained Dr. D'Agostino. "Suppression of blood glucose and insulin spikes can be very helpful when managing many chronic diseases."
For now, Dr. D'Agostino is encouraged by the growing mainstream acceptance of the ketogenic diet as a way to combat obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and is optimistic it will emerge as a useful tool for cancer prevention and treatment.
"Emerging evidence in studies of cells, animals and humans support Warburg’s original hypothesis that cancer is a metabolic disease," said D'Agostino.
"It has been over 80 years and no one has disproven this hypothesis, so it’s time to exploit the sugar addiction of cancer cells with nutrition and other nontoxic strategies to treat and prevent cancer."