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Eddie Judge Critiques Keto Dieters as Just a "Bunch of People Jumping on the Bandwagon"

Like his wife Tamra Judge, The Real Housewives of Orange County husband has some problems with the Keto diet approach.

By Alesandra Dubin
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Tamra Judge was among the earlier celebs to take a stand against the Keto diet, telling The Feast that she tried Keto until it made her sick, and that she had serious "concerns" about it. Later, after celeb trainer Jillian Michaels made news for calling the controversial Keto diet just a "bad idea" and celebs came out with "intense" responses, Tamra doubled down. "I totally believe in Jillian Michaels,"  The Real Housewives of Orange County bodybuilder told The Feast by phone while discussing her new CBD line, VENA Wellness. "It’s just such a high-fat [diet] and that was the problem I was having."

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Her husband and partner in both business in fitness, Eddie Judge, also shared his thoughts on Keto with The Feast. "It’s kind of like the whole CrossFit world, where you know if you’re not a CrossFitter, you’re not cool," he told us, attempting to explain Keto's cult following. "There was a period where it was such a cult, that CrossFit is the best thing since sliced bread — and it’s really just pushed with marketing. You have a lot of celebrities, a lot of people talking about it, a lot of companies trying to market and profit from this new diet." (Michaels, for her part, had some strong negative thoughts on CrossFit, too.)

"It really is not new," Eddie continued about Keto. "It’s been around for centuries and it’s actually more of a medical [treatment] diet and people don’t understand that — that’s why it works. There’s nothing wrong with Keto when it comes to somebody who is unable to move, unable to exercise for whatever reason, whatever reason that is. A diet as such will help them here because you need carbs to move and if you’re not moving, then you don’t need carbs."

So for those others who adopt it, he said, "It’s just people jumping up on the bandwagon and thinking, 'Oh, well — it’s in the news and it’s all over social media and all these celebrities are talking about it. It must be really cool,' without really knowing the science behind it," he said. "It’s basically a way to starve your body. It’s a good way. Fasting works and Keto is a way to fast without going hungry [if a person's medical situation requires it]."

He added, "Of course, there are people that just take it above and beyond. They’ll say, 'Well, if that is the case I’m gonna eat all the bacon and all the meat and all the butter and that’s gonna make me feel great."

Here's everything celebrities have said about Keto — both good and very, very bad:

Any health-related information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, or before embarking on any diet, exercise, or wellness program.

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