While we're not always the biggest fans of the Kardashians' weight-loss strategies, the fact that Kim has lost 42 of the 60 pounds she gained since giving birth to Saint West a mere three months ago piqued our interest. Because we all know by now that eating right is key to losing weight (seriously, you can't out-exercise a bad diet), we figured it had to be her diet. So we had a little chat with her nutritionist, Colette Heimowitz, VP of nutrition and education at Atkins Nutritionals, to find out what exactly she's chowing down on to lose all that baby weight so fast. Here's what we learned.
1. Kim is an Atkins devotee.
Okay, we knew this already, as she followed the same plan to lose weight after giving birth to North. She also isn't shy about professing her love for the program on social media—Kim's thrown shout-outs to the company on Twitter—or being the brand's ambassador. But what we didn't know is that she's actually been a long-time follower.
"[Kim] was originally introduced to the Atkins diet by her father when she was in college," Heimowitz says. "It was very familiar to her and she trusts the plan because it worked so well for her in the past."
2. She's all about that protein.
Whether it's eggs, fish, chicken, or red meat, Heimowitz says Kim has protein in every single meal to help keep her full and satisfied. Makes sense, as research has shown that those who get the daily recommended amount of protein into their system lose more weight than those who don't. Couple that with high-fiber foods (think artichokes and squash) and healthy fats (like avocado and olive oil) like Kim does and Heimowitz says you're on the way to weight-loss success.
3. Oh, and she loves cheese.
Cheese omelettes with turkey bacon. Sliced chicken with fresh mozzarella. Onion soup with melted cheese on top. A few slices with black olives. Girl loves all of the above, and Heimowitz says it's cool—but there are rules.
"[Kim] is limited to four ounces of cheese a day," she says.
Other foods that come with restrictions: Sour cream, half-and-half, and butter.
"These things aren't unlimited, but she can have them—just enough to keep you satisfied," Heimowitz says. "[Because] a tab of butter on broccoli is way better than just boiled broccoli."
4. Kim is not going low-cal.
"A low-calorie diet leaves you hungry all the time, and you need to not be hungry in order to be successful," Heimowitz says. "When you have adequate calories, protein, fat, and high-fiber carbohydrates [in your diet], you won't be tempted to add something. All the willpower in the world is not going to keep you away from that donut if you're starving."
In other words, you don't need to drastically cut cals to lose the baby weight (nor should you, especially if you're breastfeeding, as food comes with important nutrients that your baby needs). So go on and eat breakfast already.
5. She eats 1,800 calories a day.
That's on the lower end of calories you should aim for while breastfeeding (which Heimowitz says Kim is still doing).
Heimowitz says Kim gets four to six ounces of protein, four ounces of cheese, eight to 10 servings of veggies, and two tablespoons of added fat per day (so not including the fats she gets from whole foods or protein sources). But because she's a celebrity, Kim doesn't have to worry about measuring most of the time thanks to her chef and nutritionist planning—and then making—the menu. (If only that was the case for all of us, right?) That said, Heimowitz concedes that Kim is so busy and on the road a lot, she doesn't always have her team with her, meaning every once in a while, she has to eat out and make good choices like the rest of us.
6. Yes, she has a no-no list.
Foods Kim can't eat while on the Atkins diet include: "Sugar, sweets, cakes, crackers, white flour, white rice," Heimowitz says. And while we all know Atkins is low-carb, that doesn't mean no-carb. It's about choosing smarter ones. "The secret is [to] pick high-fiber carbohydrates that slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream. [So] instead of white rice, you have a little brown rice. Instead of a white potato, you could have a yam. And [when you want] dessert, you can make one with Splenda instead of sugar." (Though you should still be careful about how much you use.)
Now, that doesn't mean Kim never eats these foods. But while she's on a mission to lose the baby weight, Heimowitz says they're off-limits.
"When you're highly motivated and committed, [sometimes] you prefer tight guard rails [because] you don't want to throw progress off," she says. "Once you reach your weight loss goal, then you can find out how much of those things you can tolerate in moderation without going overboard."
While that makes sense for some people, don't sweat it if it isn't your style. Eating everything in moderation can work when trying to lose weight too, but portion control is key.
7. Kim is losing about two pounds a week.
Which sounds about right, as experts say it's healthy to lose one to two pounds per week whether you're a new mom or not. But shedding faster isn't an option, as Heimowitz says it could affect Kim's milk supply. And keep in mind, "weight loss is not linear," so Kim isn't shedding exactly two pounds every single week, rather an average of two per week when you look at the month as a whole.
Why does that matter? It means you don't have to be so hard on yourself, or think poorly of yourself if you don't hit the mark one week. Everybody (and every body, for that matter) is different and there are a ton of outside factors that influence weight loss (diet, stress, and environment, for starters), so you might drop three pounds one week and zero the next. No biggie.
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