Al Roker has continued to defend the ketogenic diet after slamming trainer Jillian Michaels for speaking out against the high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan.
The 64-year-old anchor explained why he and many others follow the diet while chatting with his co-stars Dylan Dreyer and Craig Melvin on the Today show Friday, just one day after hit back at the former Biggest Loser trainer on Twitter.
‘My point is, what works for you, works for you,’ he said. ‘There’s science on both sides that says it’s not a great idea and science that says it is a good idea.’
Arguing his case: Al Roker, 64, defended the ketogenic diet on the Today show Friday, saying: ‘What works for you, works for you’
Friend or foe? Rocker slammed trainer Jillian Michaels, 44, on Twitter after she criticized the high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet he is following. They’re pictured looking chummy in 2013
Roker downplayed his shocking Twitter takedown by saying he simply disagreed with Michaels after she spoke out against the diet in a recent interview.
He went on to reveal that the trainer sent him a private email, which would remain between them.
‘I think it’s up to people, with their doctor, with their medical professional [to make their own decision],’ Roker explained.
Dreyer, 37, admitted she didn’t know anything about the keto diet, but she could understand why some people would be against it.
‘Just hearing about keto, it just doesn’t sound good for blood pressure, but you say your blood pressure is the best it’s ever been,’ she said.
Roker agreed, saying he has been monitoring his blood pressure and cholesterol since he started the plan on September 1.
‘I’ve been checking my blood work and vitals every month, and my cholesterol has gotten better — it was good to begin My blood pressure is great,’ he said.
Advocate: Since starting the diet on September 1, Roker said his ‘cholesterol has gotten better’ and his ‘blood pressure is great’
It’s on: Roker tweeted a scathing response to Michaels after she spoke out against the diet
While it seems Roker and Michaels have agreed to disagree, he didn’t apologize for dubbing her a bully on Twitter, nor did she take back her criticisms of the eating plan.
On Friday night, Jillian responded to Al in a video posted to her Twitter account, in which she invited him to sit down with her and ‘debate the science of keto’, while calling him out for his ‘personal attacks’ on her, which she said are ‘bizarre, unnecessary, uncalled for, and beneath both of us’.
She also offered to send him a copy of her book, The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health and Beauty, explaining that she has ‘extensively researched everything in that’.
‘Nutrition is about way more than weight loss,’ she said. ‘Read the chapter on macro molecules, read the chapter on telomeres, read the studied I’ve cited in those chapters and then let’s debate it…. I’m here to discuss it whenever you’d like!’
In a recent video for Women’s Health, the Michaels slammed the keto diet, saying: ‘I don’t understand. Like, why would anyone think this is a good idea?’
The trainer was oozing with sarcasm when she added: ‘You know what we need to do? All fat and animal protein!’ she said. ‘No! Bad plan. For a million reasons.’
New feud? Michaels slammed Roker’s beloved keto diet in an interview with Women’s Health, saying: ‘I don’t understand. Like, why would anyone think this is a good idea?’
Hitting back: In his takedown tweet, Roker appeared to be referencing the controversial tactics Michaels used when she was working as a trainer on the NBC series The Biggest Loser
History: Roker has interviewed Michael numerous times on the Today show (pictured in 2012)
Roker, who is clearly passionate about the diet, tweeted a scathing response to Michaels on Thursday, the day after the clip was published.
‘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,’ he wrote.
The ratio of fat to carbs and protein is 4:1 in the keto diet and the goal is to lose weight by achieving ketosis, a natural state in which the body is burning fat for energy rather than carbohydrates.
While there are many proponents of the diet, there are other health experts that warn against it as a weight loss plan, and Jillian is one of them.
‘Your cells, your macromolecules, are literally made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids,’ she explained in the video.
Growing feud? Andy Cohen weighed-in on her keto diet comments, dubbing her the ‘Jackhole of the Day’ on his late night talk show Watch What Happens Live
Not taking it: Michaels refrained from calling Roker out by name on Twitter, but she did go after Cohen for calling her a ‘jackhole’
‘Umm???’ Michaels called out his hypocrisy by sharing a screengrab of a headline that says, ‘Andy Cohen Calls Out His Guest Savannah Guthrie for Her “Dumb” Choice to Do the Keto Diet’
‘When you do not eat one of the three macronutrients — those three things I just mentioned — you’re starving yourselves.
‘Those macronutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and wellbeing. Each and every one of them.’
Michaels’ criticisms of the keto diet led Roker to call out controversial tough love tactics she used while working with contestants on the NBC reality series The Biggest Loser.
She was one of the original trainers when the showed premiered in 2004, and over the years, some critics have called her methods ‘abusive.’
After appearing on the show off and on, she left permanently in 2014, telling People that she didn’t like how she was portrayed as a bully in her final seasons.
Start of it all: Roker’s Today co-star Savannah (second from right) was the one who got him hooked on the keto diet
Plan: In recent weeks, he has been sharing photos of his favorite keto meals on Instagram
Getting fit: Roker has also been working up a sweat on his Peloton bike
Roker has interviewed Michael numerous times on the Today show, and while they appeared to be chummy on camera, it seems the host has finally let his real feelings known.
Michaels refrained from calling Roker out by name on Twitter, but she did go after Andy Cohen after he weighed-in on her keto diet comments, dubbing her the ‘Jackhole of the Day’ on his late night talk show Watch What Happens Live.
‘I think you single handedly sold a ton of copies of my new book The Six Keys from all the other “jackholes” wondering why they shouldn’t do Keto �� This “jackhole” thanks you,’ she tweeted.
Less than four months ago, Cohen called out Roker’s Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie for her ‘dumb’ choice to do the keto diet, and Michaels was quick to point out his hypocrisy.
The fitness guru shared a screengrab of a Bravo headline that reads, ‘Andy Cohen Calls Out His Guest Savannah Guthrie for Her “Dumb” Choice to Do the Keto Diet.’
Michaels went on to share a link a blog post about the keto diet that she wrote back in April. In the post, she explains that she doesn’t think the diet is sustainable and argues that people should be following more balanced diets instead.
‘My choice’: Roker had the perfect response for a Twitter user who tried to shame him for getting gastric bypass surgery in 2002
Say what? Many Twitter users seemed to be shocked to see Roker going after Michaels
Loving it: Some people were excited to see a potential feud brewing between the two
Just a hunch: One person guessed that Michaels won’t be appearing on the Today show any time soon
Stunned: Some people couldn’t resist sharing GIFs to show their shock
But it doesn’t look like Roker will be giving up the keto diet any time soon.
It was actually his co-star Savannah who got him hooked on the keto diet while she was trying it out, and in recent weeks, he has been sharing photos of his favorite low-carb meals on Instagram.
After he slammed Michaels, a Twitter user tried to shame him by bringing up the gastric bypass surgery he had in 2002, which helped him lose more than 100 pounds.
‘Or just go under the knife right Al? Many physiologist turn down Keto. Bad for breath, bad for liver just two of the negative effects [sic],’ the person tweeted, but Roker had the perfect response.
‘That’s right. My choice. What works for me, may not for others,’ he hit back.
While the comments section of Roker’s tweet was filled with people debating the merits of the diet, there were also those who were stunned to see the weather forecaster lash out on Michaels.
‘Now this is the internet beef we all didn’t know we needed,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Roker with the fire!’
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