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Kim Kardashian's weight loss secrets: Waist training, ketogenic Atkins diet

Kim Kardashian credits corset waist training and a low carb ketogenic Atkins diet for her 56-pound weight loss.
Kim Kardashian credits corset waist training and a low carb ketogenic Atkins diet for her 56-pound weight loss.
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Kim Kardashian wore a waist trainer to bed every night to slim down before her wedding to Kanye West. 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 weight loss experts claim wearing a corset draws in the muscles around the core and helps you sweat out toxins. Other experts say wearing corsets do more harm than good.

"The problem is that when you constrict your waist, your organs have to go somewhere," said gynecologist Dr. Sarah Gottfried, author of The Hormone Cure. "Corsets push your lungs and liver up, and your intestines down. The result is a smaller waist, but organs are out of their natural placement in your body.”

Kardashian has credited the low-carb Atkins diet for her jaw-dropping 50-pound weight loss, which she achieved in just six months. Kim's weight-loss plan was a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet known for producing rapid weight loss.

Focusing on healthy fats and limiting carbs promotes rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, author of Keto Clarity.

Kardashian's ketogenic diet consisted of 1,800 to 2,200 calories and limited daily carb intake to less than 60 grams. Kim's daily menu combined proteins like fish, chicken and meat; healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts; lots of fresh vegetables, and some low-glycemic fruits like berries.

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. "The intake of natural fats, especially foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, is also increased, which are linked with improved mood and reduced risk of depression."

Dietitian Dr. Jeff Volek, a professor at Ohio State University, 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 also exercises almost every single day, combining rigorous cardio workouts 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 to slim down.

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