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BIO 11 — 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 13—Nov 21
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Nov 13
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Lucia Aronica
Limit: 55
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: Class sessions: Saturdays, November 13 and November 20, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT); Sundays, November 14 and November 21, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT)
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Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Nov 13—Nov 21
4 days
Refund Date
Nov 13
1 Unit
Fees
$365
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Lucia Aronica
Limit
55
Recording
Yes
Open
Please Note: Class sessions: Saturdays, November 13 and November 20, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT); Sundays, November 14 and November 21, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT)
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 will also 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 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.