“TODAY” co-anchor Al Roker has revealed he’s lost weight since adopting the keto diet last September. He made the statement while cooking one of his favorite Keto recipes on the show.
“I’ve lost about 40 pounds,” Roker disclosed on Monday as he whipped up a sloppy Joe and keto-friendly bread recipe.
Still talking about his weight loss, Roker, 64, also shared news about his cholesterol levels since beginning the diet.
“My cholesterol — just had them checked a couple of weeks ago. Everything’s good.”
Since getting on the Keto train, Roker, 64, has been showing off some of the diet dishes he’s created on Instagram.
As noted on Today.com, the keto diet involves eating foods that are high in fat while staying away from nearly all carbohydrates to achieve a 4:1 ratio of fat to carbs and protein of 4:1. The goal is to lose weight by burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates.
Roker reportedly had to defend the diet trend after celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels criticized it recently.
He further said on the show earlier this year that choosing keto should be a decision left to individuals after consultation with their physicians.
“What works for you, works for you. There's science on both sides that says it's not a great idea and science that says it is a great idea. I think it’s up to people, with their doctor, with their medical professional."
Roker’s sloppy Joe is a recipe that allows for improvisation in the kitchen, and according to the journalist, “you can put mushrooms in it, peppers, onions, all this stuff, and you just pour it over the bread, and you're done.”
The bread, in this case, is a low-carb, keto-friendly variant that Roker favors.
Roker also has experience overcoming health challenges with his son, Nicholas.
For decades now, Roker has been vocal about his weight struggles. The TV anchor, who once weighed almost 350 pounds, decided to confront his weight problem in 2011.
He had gastric bypass surgery earlier in 2002 but ended up slipping back into old habits and regaining the pounds.
made to his father and the news that his wife Deborah Roberts was pregnant with their second child, eventually did the trick.
Since then, Roker has remained committed to a healthy lifestyle, making sure to exercise regularly and avoid bad habits that could lead to bingeing.
Besides himself, Roker also has experience overcoming health challenges with his son, Nicholas. The 16-year-old exhibited developmental delays right from when he was a baby, but with the best doctors and therapists combined with an abundance of love and encouragement, Nicholas blossomed.
Today, he’s a black belt holder in Taekwondo and Roker, and Roberts -- who is also a journalist -- couldn’t be prouder.
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