Al Roker is sharing how he lost 40 lbs on the Keto Diet and it involved a lot of fat, vegetables, meat, and no apologies. The Today co-host started the diet in September and has seen a steady drop in pounds and an increase in energy, with Roker vocal on screen and social media about the success of his new food choices.
On Monday, the 64-year-old news anchor showed off his keto cooking skills during a segment on The Today Show, making keto-friendly sloppy joes, including low-carb bread. Roker shared the recipe and the meal with co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, with Guthrie admitting that she and Roker both started eating keto-friendly at the same time, but she has since stopped. We get it. Carbs are sugary pieces of deliciousness.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 4, 2019
The Keto Diet, which focuses on high-fat, low-carbs, has gained prominence in the last two years, with many split on whether the diet is a safe and healthy way to approach weight loss. Some celebrities, like trainer Jillian Michaels, have been outspoken about what she sees as the dangers of Keto, with Michaels and Roker going head to head, or tweet to tweet, on social media.
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 10, 2019
Michaels offered to debate Roker on the science behind Keto, but The Today Show co-host declined. He’s too busy feeling great.
— Jillian Michaels (@JillianMichaels) January 12, 2019
Roker has remained focused on sharing his journey with Keto on his social media page, posting pictures of his meals, which we’re pretty sure even Michaels would agree look delicious.
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Roker has been vocal for years about his difficult journey with weight loss. After spending much of his life overweight, the weatherman underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002, losing 100 pounds. The TV host began implementing exercise into his daily life, including training for and completing the Chicago and New York City Marathons in 2010. In 2011, following the death of his mother, a grieving Roker had a setback and gained 40 pounds.
Following the weight gain, Roker went on a 28-day detox, which he details in his book Never Goin’ Back. Cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy, and gluten, Roker committed to consuming unprocessed foods with a focus on protein and limiting his intake on carbs, a diet that has all the trademarks of Keto. After making the full transition to Keto in 2018, Roker is down to around 190 pounds. On Monday’s Today Show cooking segment, Roker reported that his levels, including his cholesterol, often a point of contention for anti-Keto fans, are great.
So, good fats, in moderation.