Jillian Michaels Is Mad That Keto People Lose Weight Without Buying Her Products
If there is a better explanation, I am certainly open to hearing it.
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels (of "Biggest Loser" fame) has been railing against those who have adopted a keto lifestyle (those of us who have rarely call it a "diet") for months now. I first read one of her anti-keto screeds last summer. She's really increasing the whining in the last month or so it seems.
This past week, Michaels' latest anti-keto screed gained a larger audience because she poked a bear she may not have wanted to -- America's favorite weatherman, Al Roker:
Social media has been flooded with people sharing their keto success stories since then, some not very politely. I was uncharacteristically nice when I tweeted her on the subject:
This will be a mild, non-scientific defense of keto, although I will point you to some physicians who can offer more in-depth arguments.
My experience with keto is both personal and anecdotal. I started experimenting with the "way of eating" (a description preferred over "diet") in December of 2017. In the past year, I've had countless people share their personal keto success stories with me, both in person and on social media. I know that anecdotal evidence is not scientific, but when there is a preponderance of it a pattern emerges that is worth noting.
I began keto right after having the worst bout of the flu that I have ever experienced. Since then I've not only not gotten sick, I've lost almost 30 pounds and have had to buy smaller clothes twice. I have abundant energy and, for the first time in my life, am able to exercise portion control, largely because I'm not very hungry most of the time. The biggest boon, however, is that my lifelong sleep troubles have gotten immensely better. I was never able to sleep for more than two hours at a time and when I woke up it would take me a long time to go back to sleep, if I went back to sleep at all. Now I sleep for longer intervals and when I wake up I'm able to drift off again rather quickly. It has been life-changing.
There's my story. My friend and PJ Media colleague Michael Walsh has one of his own: