It's a bummer in the summer for Kim Kardashian. Despite losing more than 50 pounds on the high fat low carb Atkins diet, she still feels that her hips and derriere are "huge now," reported OK magazine on August 5.
Using Twitter to share her self-shaming at not slimming, Kim tweeted, "Can't seem to shake this last 15-20 lbs of baby weight. Why is it so much harder to lose after baby though," she asked.
Kim appealed to new moms in her virtual audience by asking, "Do any of u moms see their bodies just not the same? a different shape?" And although some of her fame, fortune and fashion were built on the foundation of that much-photographed derriere, Kim complained dramatically, "Ughhhh my hips & butt are huge now! They were big to begin with."
With more than 22 million fans, Kim seems to feel obligated to open up about her views and virtues. She also emphasized that she's working out regularly, reported the New York Daily News on August 5.
"Off to an intense workout," she informed her fans. And Kim made it clear that she is perturbed about her post-pregnancy pounds. "No more excuses. my baby is 1 years old! UGH," she added.
Kim does give herself credit for her weight loss but explained that she became complacent about her success. "I think after having a baby u get so excited u lost a lot of weight then u get comfortable & eat how you used & it creeps back up," she theorized.
To lose those 50-plus pounds, Kim chose the Atkins diet. It is a high fat low carb ketogenic diet approach designed to shift the body into fat-burning mode.
In an exclusive interview, Dr. Stephen Phinney defined a ketogenic diet as as one with total carbohydrates between 10 to 50 grams daily. The rest of the diet consists of fats (example: avocado, nuts and olive oil) and protein (example: chicken, cheese. beef, eggs, pork and turkey). Add to that generous servings of non-starchy vegetables to provide important minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
"People on a well-formulated ketogenic diet maintain normal blood sugar levels because their bodies’ learn to use much, much less blood sugar," Dr. Phinney explained. As their bodies become keto-adapted and burn fat for energy, "the liver can make enough glucose via gluconeogenesis to supply that small amount of blood sugar that is actually consumed."
The weight loss boost results from "burning fat for fuel instead of being a sugar-burner," said Jimmy Moore, author of "Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet," in an exclusive interview. "A well-formulated low-carb diet by definition is one that is low in carbohydrates to your individual tolerance level, moderate in protein to your personal threshold, and high in dietary fat, mostly saturated and monounsaturated fats."
For Kim, a typical day on her Atkins low carb high fat (LCHF) diet ranges from 1,800 to 2,000 calories per day, said Colette Heimowitz, Vice President of Nutrition at the Atkins Corporation, in an interview with E News. Staples of her diet include two-egg omelets with cheese and spinach, hummus with veggies, grilled salmon, turkey and cheese roll-ups and Greek yogurt sprinkled with almonds and blueberries.