Al Roker has hit back at fitness guru Jillian Michaels and dubbed her a bully after she criticized the popular ketogenic diet that he and many others are following.
In a recent video for Women’s Health, the former Biggest Loser trainer slammed the high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet beloved by Roker, 64, saying: ‘I don’t understand. Like, why would anyone think this is a good idea?’
The 44-year-old 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.’
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.