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Kim Kardashian adopts low-carb ketogenic diet for wedding dress weight loss

Kim Kardashian launches extreme low-carb ketogenic diet for wedding weight loss
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Kim Kardashian followed a low-carb ketogenic-style diet to lose five more pounds before her rumored May 24 wedding to Kanye West. She has now cut out almost all carbs in a bid to slip into her form-fitting wedding dress.

Kardashian has credited the Atkins diet for her jaw-dropping 56-pound weight loss, which she achieved just six months after giving birth to daughter North in June 2013. Kim's weight-loss plan was a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-style diet known for producing rapid weight loss.

Ketogenic Diet Promotes Quick Weight Loss

Kardashian's diet consisted of 1,800 to 2,200 calories and limited daily carb intake to 50 grams. Her daily menu combined proteins like fish, chicken and meat, healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts, and fresh vegetables.

Kim also exercises almost every day, combining cardio workouts like running or the elliptical trainer with strength-training and lots of squats. She is proud of the hard work she has put in, and slammed rumors that she got weight-loss or other plastic surgery.

Dietitians say the low-carb Atkins and ketogenic diets are a safe and effective way to produce rapid weight loss. “There's nothing dangerous about the Atkins diet,” said nutrition expert Jonny Bowden, author of Living Low Carb. “There really isn't a downside to it."

LCHF Keto Diet Can Curb Depression

In addition to accelerating weight loss, the low-carb, high-fat Atkins and ketogenic diets have been touted for fighting depression and bipolar disorder.

"Low-carb diets keep blood sugar levels stable and prevent food cravings, which helps with mental clarity and boosts mood," Atkins chief nutritionist Linda O'Byrne told me. "Natural fats, especially foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, are linked with improved mood and reduced risk of depression."

Dietitian Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at the University of Connecticut, agrees. "It was nothing short of an epiphany when I changed to a ketogenic diet 20 years ago," Dr. Volek, author of the Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, told me. "I felt better, more satiated, and had more consistent energy."

Kardashian's upcoming wedding has spawned a whirlwind of rumors. Recent reports claim Kim has been wearing a tight corset to bed every night to streamline her waist. The measure sounds drastic, but actress Jessica Alba has credited wearing double corsets around the clock for three months for her dramatic post-baby weight loss.

Some fitness experts claim wearing a corset draws in the muscles around the core and helps you sweat out toxins. Others say wearing corsets do more harm than good.

"Corsets push your lungs and liver up, and your intestines down," said gynecologist Dr. Sarah Gottfried, author of the Hormone Cure. "The result is a smaller waist, but organs are out of their natural placement in your body.”

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