The Kardashian family has always been conscious of their appearance, with discussions about fashion, fitness and figures dominating their reality TV show. Keeping up with the Kardashians clan, Kim is now supplementing her high fat low carb ketogenic diet with running regularly on a treadmill, reported Us Weekly on July 15.
Her daughter North West was born in June 2013. Kim was candid about her decision to go on the high fat low carb ketogenic Atkins diet to shed her post-pregnancy pounds. But now she's posted a photo of herself from 2010 on Instagram longing for what she views as her "skinny days."
"Throwback to a few years ago #SkinnyDays," wrote Kim. "#OnTheTreadmillRightNOW,"she vehemently vowed.
The Atkins diet begins with an induction period. Dieters eat protein, healthy fats and vegetables, with all grains excluded. "To cut it (bread) out completely was a challenge, but I was mentally ready for it!” added Kim.
Kim's diet typically included an omelet with cheese and spinach. She ate at grilled salmon with asparagus and a side salad. Snacks included turkey, cheese and nuts.
For dinner, Kim ate chicken breast and more vegetables. She also included Greek yogurt and berries for snacks as she progressed through the Atkins phases.
In an interview, Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Nutrition for Atkins Nutritionals, defended Kim's choice of the plan by pointing out the ways in which Atkins has evolved since those days of bacon and eggs.
Before, the diet "had only 3 to 4 cups of veggies per day, now you have 8 to 10," says Colette. "We now know from research that consuming unlimited amounts of protein isn't the best approach, so it's limited to 4 to 6 ounces per meal. We also emphasize a balance of fat intake with a focus on healthy fats from olive oil and avocado."
If she's sticking to that diet, does Kim really need to exercise? A new study says yes, with Stanford University researchers saying that fitness plays an essential role in taking off pounds and keeping them off, reported the SF Gate News on July 16.
As to whether diet trumps exercise or exercise trumps diet? "I'm not sure we're ever going to have precise numbers and explanations - and I'm not sure that's necessary," said Dr. Uri Ladabaum, the lead author of the new study.
He wants to spread the word that for those who want to win at weight loss, sitting on the couch and watching TV while you eat celery sticks isn't going to work long-term. "The key is to be paying attention to both of these things - diet and exercise," he said. "If there's something good that could come out of this attention on our study, it's the refocusing on both of the factors."