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.’
Friend or foe? Al Roker, 64, slammed trainer Jillian Michaels, 44, after she criticized the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet he is following. They’re pictured looking chummy in 2013
It’s on: Roker tweeted a scathing response to Michaels while dubbing her a bully
New feud? Michaels slammed Roker’s beloved keto diet in an interview with Women’s Health, saying: ‘I don’t understand. Like, why would anyone think this is a good idea?’
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.
Hitting back: In his takedown tweet, Roker appeared to be referencing the controversial tactics Michaels used when she was working as a trainer on the NBC series The Biggest Loser
History: Roker has interviewed Michael numerous times on the Today show (pictured in 2012)
‘Your cells, your macromolecules, are literally made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids,’ she explained in the video.
‘When you do not eat one of the three macronutrients — those three things I just mentioned — you’re starving yourselves.
‘Those macronutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and wellbeing. Each and every one of them.’
Michaels’ criticisms of the keto diet led Roker to call out controversial tough love tactics she used while working with contestants on the NBC reality series The Biggest Loser.
Start of it all: Roker’s Today co-star Savannah Guthrie (second from right) was the one who got him hooked on the keto diet
Plan: In recent weeks, he has been sharing photos of his favorite keto meals on Instagram
Getting fit: Roker has also been working up a sweat on his Peloton bike
She was one of the original trainers when the showed premiered in 2004, and over the years, some critics have called her methods ‘abusive.’
After appearing on the show off and on, she left permanently in 2014, telling People that she didn’t like how she was portrayed as a bully in her final seasons.
Roker has interviewed Michael numerous times on the Today show, and while they appeared to be chummy on camera, it seems the host has finally let his real feelings known.
As for the diet, it doesn’t look like he will be giving it up any time soon.
Roker’s Today co-star Savannah Guthrie got him hooked on the keto diet while she was trying it out, and in recent weeks, he has been sharing photos of his favorite low-carb meals on Instagram.
‘y choice’: Roker had the prefect response for a Twitter user who tried to shame him for getting gastric bypass surgery in 2002
Say what? Many Twitter users seemed to be shocked to see Roker going after Michaels
Loving it: Some people were excited to see a potential feud brewing between the two
Just a hunch: One person guessed that Michaels won’t be appearing on the Today show any time soon
Stunned: Some people couldn’t resist sharing GIFs to show their shock
After he took down Michaels, a Twitter user tried to shame him by bringing up the gastric bypass surgery he had in 2002, which helped him lose more than 100 pounds.
‘Or just go under the knife right Al? Many physiologist turn down Keto. Bad for breath, bad for liver just two of the negative effects [sic],’ the person tweeted, but Roker had the perfect response.
‘That’s right. My choice. What works for me, may not for others,’ he hit back.
While the comments section of Roker’s tweet was filled with people debating the merits of the diet, there were also those who were stunned to see the weather forecaster lash out on Michaels.
‘Now this is the internet beef we all didn’t know we needed,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Roker with the fire!’