Ever since Kim Kardashian revealed her 70-pound weight loss from the Atkins low carb diet, new interest has sparked in those types of plans, from high-protein diets to ketogenic diets high in fat. For Kim, shedding her post-pregnancy pounds after welcoming baby Saint into the world was eased by turning to a food plan high in protein, and Kardashian has been open about her choice of the Atkins program.
After her 70-pound weight loss, Kardashian revealed which five foods she always keeps available to maintain her newly slim body, reported Byrdie.
Kim regularly turns to turkey as part of her low-carb 1,800-calorie diet. For beverages, she’s fond of sipping Diet Peach Snapple. Kardashian snacks on mozzarella cheese sticks and has become a fan of charcoal lemonade. She also relies on fermented dairy probiotics as part of her weight loss maintenance plan.
Us Weekly noted that Kim has been candid about her progress, sharing what she did to take off those 70 pounds.
Kardashian has turned to Snapchat to describe her Atkins 40 meals, along with intense workouts with her personal trainer. And the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star emphasized that it hasn’t been easy to win her weight loss wars.
“It isn’t easy to just bounce back,” shared Kim. “I was so jealous of women who had these cute little baby bellies and would gain 25 pounds — and then, a few weeks after giving birth, somehow look exactly like they did before they were pregnant… That’s not me.”
Kim’s nutritionist Colette Heimowitz shared that Kardashian’s diet is powered by protein, reported Marie Claire.
“You’re eating healthy fats, and high-fiber carbohydrates, and some fruits and nuts, and a wide variety of protein.”
For those who think that working out means eating more, Heimowitz offered some insights, revealing that Kim eats the same Atkins diet when she is exercising.
“You’re taking in 1,800 calories and enough protein to turn your body mass into muscle,” explained the nutritionist. “There’s no need to adjust it for someone working out.”
Kardashian initially did not eat starches, starting her weight loss with the Atkins 40 program. She ate “adequate protein (fish or chicken or meat or eggs), some dairy (Greek yogurt or some cheese), healthy fats (like nuts or avocado), and high-fiber carbohydrates (vegetables, lots and lots of vegetables, fruits like berries or cherries or cantaloupe),” clarified the Atkins guru.
Since shedding so many pounds, however, she can add some more carbohydrates, including one side of a food with fiber such as “brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato,” added Kim’s nutritionist.
With Kardashian’s success comes a new spotlight on these types of low-carb diets. Do diets that boost protein and healthy fats while cutting out or reducing starchy carbohydrates really work better than high-carb, low-fat food plans?
A new study revealed that consuming low-carbohydrate meals “may lead to healthy changes in a woman’s metabolism that don’t occur when consuming higher-carbohydrate meals,” reported the Bismark Tribune.
Senior study author Katarina Borer emphasized that focusing on the types of foods eaten rather than just the quantity can help shed pounds.
“It’s an empowering message,” summed up Borer, a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology.
When dieters consumed three meals containing just 30 percent carbohydrates over a 24-hour period, they experienced a 30 percent reduction in their after-meal insulin resistance and insulin levels. In contrast, when they ate three meals containing 60 percent carbohydrates over 24 hours, there was no such reduction in insulin resistance or insulin levels, according to the study.
One type of low-carb diet, the ketogenic regime, inspired a woman who was eating “carbs all day every day” to lose 100 pounds, reported People.
Kristina Guice was accepted to graduate school and realized she had the opportunity to “be who I want to be.”
After reading about ketogenic diets on Reddit, she felt inspired by the concept of cutting carbohydrates and turning to fat for fuel.
“I was like, I can do that — and I can still eat cheese!”
Prior to the ketogenic diet, Guice had viewed bread as “the love of my life,” she admitted, noting that she had to completely change her diet of “cereal for breakfast, nachos or a sandwich for lunch, pizza or pasta for dinner.”
However, she succeeded in a dramatic change, now eating primarily cheese, vegetables, and meat.
“A standard dinner would be spinach and chicken thighs cooked in butter, so I have the fat, the protein and then the leafy green as my carbs,” she explained. “That was a big change from having pasta with pasta and a side of pasta!”
Losing weight immediately motivated Guice.
“I lost 11 lbs. in the first two weeks.”
She stayed motivated by making her ketogenic weight loss plan into a habit and learning to track her carbohydrates along with forming a habit of going to the gym.
“I kept motivated by turning it into a habit,” emphasized the weight loss winner. “Now it feels weird not to go to the gym or not to log how many carbs I’m having. I do it because it’s what I do.”
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