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Low-carb ketogenic weight loss aided Kim Kardashian's 56-pound weight loss

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Kim Kardashian is in fantastic shape after losing 56 pounds on a low carb ketogenic-style Atkins diet, but yearns for her "skinny days."

Kardashian posted an Instagram photo with the caption, "Throwback to a few years ago. #SkinnyDays."

Kim said the photo made her hop back on the treadmill for a cardio workout. Despite her lament, the 5-foot-3 Kim boasted on a recent episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" that she now weighs 125 pounds — five pounds less than her pre-pregnancy weight.

The road back to her slammin' pre-baby body has been hard but worth the effort. Kardashian lost 56 pounds just six months after giving birth to daughter North (in June 2013) by following a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-style Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to less than 60 grams.

Kim also worked out almost every day, combining strength-training, lots of squats and cardio exercise on the treadmill and elliptical trainer.

Ketogenic Diet Can Treat Depression and Metastatic Cancer

The low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) ketogenic and Atkins diets are known for producing rapid weight loss because they force your body to burn fat (instead of glucose) for fuel. The ketogenic and Atkins diets are extremely low in carbs, very high in fat, and moderate in protein.

Kim isn't the only celebrity who has lost weight on a ketogenic-inspired Atkins diet. TV star Sharon Osbourne has maintained her 30-pound weight loss for more than two years by following a LCHF diet that limited her daily carb intake to 25 grams, Linda O’Byrne, chief nutritionist for Atkins, told me in an exclusive interview. Osbourne, an Atkins rep, said the best part of her diet is being able to stay slim without feeling deprived.

While Kardashian's star status has raised the popularity of the Atkins and ketogenic diets for weight loss, research indicates these LCHF diets may have different health applications, including combating depression, preventing epileptic seizures, and managing metastatic cancer.

Several noted cancer researchers, including Dr. Thomas Seyfried of Boston College, told me the ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for most cancers.

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