Kim Kardashian West Says She "Shrunk" When She Went Off the Atkins Diet
Kim Kardashian West has been very vocal about her post-Saint weight-loss plan. She keeps to a regular workout schedule (including four-mile [approx. 6.5-kilometre] runs, jumping rope, and Pilates), and she abides by an Atkins-leaning diet plan, keeping carbs to a minimum and never eating more than 1800 calories in a single day. The aim of the Atkins diet is to switch your body from burning carbohydrates to fat for fuel. Intrigued, we tried to eat like her for a week, though her 6-day meal plan was admittedly difficult and super regimented. Still, there was something comforting about knowing her sculpted, hourglass figure was the result of putting in serious work rather than solely hitting the gene pool jackpot (though either way, that statement is true). Now, though, it seems KKW has given up the popular '90s diet in favour of something easier—and it works.
For Kardashian West, the motivation to change things up came from those paparazzi pictures seen 'round the world. She was on the beach and looked amazing—gorgeous, carefree, and relaxed. Which, to be quite honest, is a freer version than we're used to seeing of the reality star. The cellulite on her butt, however, was the focus. Cellulite that 90% of women have, I should add.
"I definitely wasn't in my best shape," Kardashian West said of the invasive photos that were taken of her on vacation in Mexico to the hosts of The View. "I hadn't worked out in 12 weeks, I just had two surgeries on my uterus … so, I was already not feeling like myself. And then when people were sharpening them and making them look way worse—and then those were going around—I was like okay. I started working out with this body builder girl that I found on social media, so that's a really positive thing; you can find amazing people, and I totally changed my diet. It's only been three weeks. … I'm in it for the long haul."
So how exactly did she change her diet? She started eating more. And eating carbs. Yes, that was the sound of our ears perking up. Before, Kardashian West explains, "I was eating less thinking, okay, I'm just not really going to eat this—the obvious sugar and stuff like that. But, I was eating absolutely no carbs and that's really hard for me." Yeah, girl, we feel you.
She continues, "She's really helped me with my meal plan to add carbs in, healthy carbs, vegetables. I was just not eating properly. I see already in just a few weeks my body tightening up. I've literally just, like, shrunk and come into place."
There's very little that makes us happier than hearing celebrities not only admit they struggle with their diets, but also advocate for mindful, nutrient-dense eating. Say it with me now, your relationship with food is an important one, and it has to be sustainable. Dietitian and The Farah Effect Founder Farah Fahad, MS, RD, agrees: "I'm not pro removing whole food groups. I subscribe to 'everything in moderation,' including rotating your diet. We are individuals—we have individual genetic make-up, hormonal balances, metabolisms, food tolerances, lifestyles, and loves of certain foods. Rules are for schools." And with that, we'll mix ourselves a nice bowl of quinoa, high-protein legumes, and acorn squash.
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