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BIO 11 — Ketogenic Diets and Intermittent Fasting: Fads, Facts, and Fiction

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Aug 14—Aug 22
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Aug 14
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Lucia Aronica
Limit: 55
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Aug 14—Aug 22
4 days
Refund Date
Aug 14
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Lucia Aronica
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
What are fast-mimicking diets, and are they actually good for you? In this course, we will take a close look at two increasingly popular diet trends: extreme low-carbohydrate ketogenic (or keto) diets 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 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.

Lecturer, Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate Program; Genomics R&D Lead, Metagenics; Topic Editor, Frontiers in Genomics

Lucia Aronica's research investigates the links among diet, genetics, and epigenetics, and their role in determining our healthspan and lifespan. She has published research papers in Cell, Genes & Development, and The EMBO Journal. Aronica received a PhD from the Universitat Wien.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.