After giving birth to son Saint in 2016, Kim Kardashian West found herself about 60 lbs heavier than she wanted. In order to lose those extra pounds, Kim and her nutritionist, Colette Heimowitz, settled on a strict Atkins diet. That, combined with an intense workout regime, was what helped Kim shed those pounds. Like others on the Atkins diet, Kim limited her carbohydrate intake, focusing instead on eating things high in protein, plenty of vegetables, and lots of healthy fats. Colette recently spilled the details on what Kim did to get back in shape and how she now maintains her famously curvy figure, and some of her tips are definitely worth checking out!
A lot of people assume that the Atkins diet means that you can eat as much butter and bacon as you please, but that's definitely not the case. Rather than burying themselves in delicious, fatty bacon, Atkins followers instead focus on limiting their carb intake. Instead of getting your fiber from carb heavy foods like bread or pasta, you get it from healthier grains, like quinoa or oatmeal. Fruits and veggies are also some of the big staples of the Atkins diet.
The strict diet starts at breakfast. Colette says Kim usually sticks to egg omelets to get an extra boost of protein to start off her day. Breakfast is one of the most important meals and is a great way to fit in necessary calories. Colette stresses that calorie counting is not an important part of Kim's diet. In fact, Kim eats about 1,800 calories a day. "When you're starving," she says, "nothing will stop you from grabbing a donut." Remember, if your calorie intake falls too low, your body's metabolism slows down to compensate, which makes your body store fat, rather than burn it. When you lower your carb intake, your body burns fat rather than the sugar, which leads to true weight loss.
For lunch, it's more lean protein and a bounty of veggies. According to Colette, Kim's lunchtime staples are "grilled lime chicken over squash or a spinach salad with a feta ranch dressing." When it's time for dinner, Kim likes to stick to zucchini noodles and spicy chicken sausage. Although many people have "cheat days" where they can eat as they like, Kim doesn't partake, not even when she's on vacation. "There's always protein on the menu [at restaurants]," Colette says, "Lamb chops, shrimp, salmon, chicken, and you have it with salad with olive oil and cooked vegetables with butter on it. [Then] you can have a little rice or starch on the side." Man, it seems like Kim has a will of steel when it comes to her diet. She does have a sweet tooth, though, and indulges it with healthy options, like Greek yogurt, harvest trail bars (which are basically just fruits and nuts), and she also enjoys the Atkins brand chocolate peanut butter cups for dessert every now and again.
Though Kim has been an Atkins devotee since she was 15-years-old, she doesn't go overboard. Rapid weight loss isn't exactly healthy for a woman who's still breastfeeding, so Kim doesn't treat this as a crash diet. And there's definitely a distinction between how she eats when she's trying to lose weight and when she's just trying to maintain. Colette agrees that diets are best when they are tailored to your individual needs. "You could make any diet work for you by personalizing it to find a way a way of eating that you could live with for the rest of your life. That's the secret to long term success, you make it a lifestyle," she said.
The most important tip is to follow the regiment that fits your body best. There's no one "correct" diet or workout that's guaranteed to work for every body, so it may take a while for you to find the perfect fit. Eating healthy is the key to losing weight, that much is obvious. So we'll just be over here, chowing down on broccoli like our lives depend on it.
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