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WSP 161 — Ketogenic Diets and Intermittent Fasting: Fads, Facts, and Fiction

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Nov 7—Nov 15
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Nov 7
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Lucia Aronica
Status: Open
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Nov 7—Nov 15
4 days
Drop By
Nov 7
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Lucia Aronica
Please Note: This course has been updated and differs from what appears in the print catalogue.

Course Description:
What are fast-mimicking diets, and are they actually good for you? In this workshop, we will take a close look at two increasingly popular diet trends: extreme low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets (aka “keto”) and intermittent fasting (IF). By reproducing the biological effects of fasting, these diets promise to accelerate weight loss, enhance longevity, boost performance, and help treat a variety of diseases including diabetes, autoimmune disease, and neurological disorders. But do these diets really work? And if so, can people eat this way for a long time? We will answer these questions together and explore the promises, perils, and pitfalls of keto and IF. Students will be able to design their owner’s manual for keto and IF, including specific foods to eat and avoid, useful versus useless supplements, and tips and tricks for staying on track. We will also will learn about alternative, less restrictive dietary patterns that may provide some benefits of keto and IF, including variations of the standard protocols for athletes and for long-term health. Finally, we will have Q&A with leading physicians and scientists in the field who will address students' scientific curiosities and practical questions.

Students should consult their physician or other healthcare professional before modifying their diets.

Lucia Aronica, Lecturer, Stanford Prevention Research Center

Lucia Aronica’s research investigates how diet affects gene activity through epigenetic modifications, and how we can use these modifications to design personalized weight-loss strategies. She has presented workshops on ketogenic diets for athletes for the Poliquin Strength Institute and Stanford Athletics. She has published research papers in Cell, Genes & Development, and The EMBO Journal, and she is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Life by MDPI. Aronica received a PhD from the Universität Wien.