Famed personal trainer, Jillian Michaels, continues to stand by her anti-ketogenic diet stance. In fact, she's ready to take down anyone who defends it, including Today weatherman Al Roker and Watch What Happens Live's Andy Cohen.
Roker, a staunch follower of the diet, shot back at Michaels and tweeted, “So @JillianMichaels says #Keto is a bad idea. This from a woman who promoted on camera bullying, deprivation, manipulation and more weekly in the name of weight loss. Now those sound like bad ideas."
Cohen got involved when he spoke about the Twitter feud on his Bravo show.
"Tonight’s Jackhole of the Day goes to Jillian Michaels, who slammed the Keto diet as an awful diet,” Andy said on his show. “Don’t feel bad, Keto diet. A lot of people think Jillian Michaels is a bad idea.”
Michaels, in true fashion, didn't back down, tweeting, "I have an idea...Andy, alroker [sic], how about a civil intelligent debate on The 6 Keys book and keto instead of personal attacks and name calling? I’m also a motivator and I know you guys can do this."
She even posted a video directly for Roker, saying, “If you want to debate the science of keto, then, by all means, let’s do that. But the personal attacks are bizarre, and unnecessary. It’s uncalled for, right. … I am here to discuss it with you.”
Michaels has been a long outspoken adversary of the popular diet. Back in June, she told People magazine, "Don’t do keto. How much time do I have? And I’m not allowed to swear? Yes, keto is a diet fad. The reason that keto has been getting so much attention is because it helps significantly to manage your insulin levels. Very high insulin, very bad thing."
On January 15th, the fitness star went on TMZ Live and said the diet can cause a host of issues, including macronutrient deficiency. "When you pull a macronutrient (carbs, fats, and proteins) out of your diet...When we look at our cells, our cells are made up of macronutrients...on the most basic level, it should be common sense that this diet isn't ideal."
Michaels went onto say that she's not surprised she's received a lot of push back on her strong opinions on the diet since there's a lot of money behind it.
Ultimately, Michael says she's open to have a debate on keto with Roker, Cohen, and anyone else who disagrees with her.
When it comes eating healthy and losing weight, as Michaels told People magazine, "Do not go keto. Just work out, eat clean and don’t overeat. I promise you, balanced diet. It’s that simple."
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