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Kim Kardashian's ketogenic diet aids weight loss, cancer: Reverses diabetes

Kim Kardashian's ketogenic diet aids weight loss, epilepsy and starves cancer
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Kim Kardashian looks amazing after losing 56 pounds on a low-carb ketogenic-style diet, but insisted she needs to lose 20 more pounds to slim down her "huge" butt and hips.

“Just need to get down to my weight a few years ago," Kim tweeted Aug. 5. "Starting diet today! No carbs, crazy workouts.

Kardashian famously 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.

Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Atkins Nutritionals, told me exclusively that 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," said Heimowitz, author of The New Atkins Made Easy.

Studies: Ketogenic Diet Spurs Weight Loss, Can Starve Cancer

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

In addition to speeding weight loss, research indicates the Atkins and ketogenic diets can fight depression and bipolar disorder.

Dietitian Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at the University of Connecticut, has followed a ketogenic diet for the past 20 years. He told me it fuels fast weight loss, improves 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," said Dr. Volek, author of the Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living. "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 and manage disease. A ketogenic diet has already proven more effective than drugs at controlling epileptic seizures among children who don't respond to drugs, and has been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes and prevent Alzheimer's.

Cancer scientist Dr. Dominic D'Agostino 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.

Similarly, Dr. Thomas Seyfried of Boston College, told me the ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for almost all cancers. Seyfried says the time has come for the medical community to publicly acknowledge the viability of the ketogenic diet as an inexpensive, non-toxic way to treat cancer.

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

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