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Mama June Says The Keto Diet Has 'Worked' For Her

Women's Health logo Women's Health 6/18/2018 Korin Miller

June Shannon (a.k.a. Mama June) says the keto diet is helping her maintain her dramatic 300-pound weight loss.: Mama June Says The Keto Diet Has 'Worked' For Her © Noel Vasquez - Getty Images Mama June Says The Keto Diet Has 'Worked' For Her She says she "can't stand" bread or pasta. #cantrelate

  • After revealing her 300-pound weight loss in 2017, June Shannon (a.k.a. Mama June) has gained back about 25 pounds.

  • Mama June says she is now is following the keto diet to help her maintain her weight loss-and maybe lose a few more pounds.
  • The keto diet focuses on increasing fat intake–and decreasing carbohydrates-so the body can burn fat and fuel instead of carbs.

IDK about you, but I still can't get over June Shannon (a.k.a. Mama June) and her dramatic weight loss. (Guys-300 pounds-that's a big freakin' deal!)

Even more: The 38-year-old been super honest about the entire thing-including how she's gained back a little of the weight recently. But now, she says she's found a new (popular) strategy to keep the rest of the weight off and maybe lose some more: the keto diet.

Mama June? On the keto diet? I need more details.

Some context: In promo trailers for the upcoming season of her new show Mama June: From Not To Hot, Mama June-who was down to a size four at one point-struggles to fit into a size eight dress (#relatable).

“I have gained some weight back. I’ve gained about 25 pounds,” Mama June said during a recent BUILD Series interview. “I can’t believe I gained a little bit more weight than I thought I did in the last few weeks.”

And while Mama June says she generally feels "more confident" at her current weight of 185 pounds, she said in her BUILD Series interview that she's now embraced the keto diet. “I’ve tried the keto diet, and it’s not that bad,” she said. “It’s like cheese, eggs, the protein, the meat. And you honestly lose weight with that.”

In case you’re not familiar with it, the keto diet focuses on minimizing the amount of carbs you eat and increasing your fat intake, in order to get your body into a state known as ketosis (when it burns fat as a source of fuel instead of carbs).

While everyone is slightly different, that usually means you’ll have 60-75 percent of your calories from fat, 15-30 percent of your calories from protein, and 5-10 percent of your calories from carbs.

Apparently this wasn’t a huge stretch for Mama June, who said she “can’t stand” bread and pasta (I can't relate, girl).


Worth pointing out: Mama June didn't lose 300 pounds on keto-she did that through a gastric sleeve surgery and healthy eating-but she says it's helped her lose some of the weight she's gained back and to maintain her initial weight loss.

While keto has worked for her, Mama June isn’t about to tell other people how to lose weight. “I’m not here to tell people how to diet because everybody’s different,” she said “But I know what has worked for me, and I think that people just don’t need to give up, and I think that’s what happens with a lot of diets nowadays. Because I’ve gave up.”

Gallery: 20 best foods for the keto diet (courtesy Eat This! Not That!) 20 Best Foods for the Keto Diet: Hopping on the ketogenic bandwagon? Here’s what you need to stock up on when you hit the supermarket. There’s no denying that the ketogenic diet (keto for short) is the hottest new nutrition trend. And although it’s still controversial among dietitians, doctors, and other nutrition experts, there is some scientific research to back it up. In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  found that following a ketogenic diet can help control hunger levels and improve metabolic rate. If you want in on these weight-loss benefits, you need to make sure you are adhering to the diet’s key principles.First and foremost, the keto diet is all about ratios: you want to make sure that carbohydrates make up 10 percent or less of your total caloric intake, with 15-25 percent from proteins, and the remainder from fat. Eating in this manner will help your body achieve ketosis, a metabolic process that occurs when the body resorts to burning fat for fuel, which only happens when glucose reserves are depleted. In basic terms, successfully following the keto diet means cutting out all sources of sugar and most carbohydrates and loading up on foods with high-fat contents.The key to sticking to keto guidelines is focusing on what you can eat, not what you’re cutting out. If you’re unsure about what’s safe to snack on, you are in luck. We have picked out our favorite, keto-friendly foods that will make eating a fat-centric diet easy and, dare we say it, enjoyable. Keep reading to learn what grocery store items you’ll need to successfully take the ketogenic plunge—as always, consult with your doctor before embarking on a new diet plan.If you want to make sure you are picking the most weight-loss friendly sources of protein out there, check out our list of 29 High-Protein Foods for Rapid Weight Loss. 20 Best Foods for the Keto Diet

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