Vicki Gunvalson is continuing to sing the praises of the controversial keto diet after her daughter and son-in-law lost over 85 lbs. with the low-carb, high-fat program.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star celebrated her family’s weight loss on Instagram, Tuesday, with a photo of daughter Briana Culberson and son-in-law Ryan Culberson showing off their svelte smiles.
“Just wanted to share this incredible photo of Briana and @ryan_culberson. Together they have lost over 85 lbs since last summer,” Gunvalson, 56, wrote. “She feels better and is healthier than she has been in a long time. Missing her so much across the miles, but couldn’t be more proud of both of them.”
Ryan also shared the photo to social media, writing, “Celebrating being 86 pounds lighter between the two of us! What are you waiting for?”
Briana previously expressed her happiness with the keto diet in January, writing on Ryan’s Instagram that she lost 45 lbs. and saw an improvement in her lupus symptoms.
“The face on the left is of an average American diet, never felt good, having constant lupus flares, and on and off steroids for almost a year,” she wrote alongside a side-by-side before and after photo.
She continued, “The face on the right is strict Keto, steroid free, and lupus flare free! I’ve lost 45 lbs on keto so far but most importantly my health has greatly improved!”
Briana’s lupus diagnosis was made public on The Real Housewives of Orange County season 11 finale in 2016.
The keto diet, meanwhile, has drawn both criticism and praise from various celebrities.
One of its most vocal critics, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels, told Shape that keto dieters face “micronutrient deficiencies” because they’re consuming too much fat, too many calories and too many animal proteins.
“On top of all that, our cells are made of protein, fat, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. When you’re not eating all of the macronutrients you’re literally starving your body, you’re starving your cells,” she said. “Those macronutrients have very specific jobs for your biochemistry; for your body to do what it needs to do for you to continue living in the healthiest way possible. So if you want to look your best, feel your best and live your longest, that is not the diet for you.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Tamra Judge also had issues with the program, saying in October that she quit keto after getting sick with the “keto flu,” a side effect that brings on body aches, fatigue, dizziness and nausea.
Still, the program has fans in other famous faces, including Al Roker, Mark Consuelos, Vinny Guadagnino and Halle Berry.
Roker, 64, said on the Today show in January he’s found success with the diet since starting in September, and saw improvements in his cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
He also slammed Michaels’ criticism, instead encouraging viewers to do whatever they needed to lose weight.
“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. I think it’s up to people – with their doctor, with their medical professional — [to make their own decision].”
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