Kim Kardashian says the low-carb Atkins diet and Pilates workouts helped her make amazing weight-loss progress in just four months.
Kardashian gave birth to daughter North West in June 2013, and has lost 43 pounds on the low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet, which features lots of animal fats and proteins and vegetables, and drastically limits carbs.
“I’ve actually been doing the Atkins diet and love it," Kim tweeted Oct. 13.
Kim, 33, has been following a nutrient-dense diet consisting of 1,800 to 2,200 calories a day, and has been limiting her daily carb intake to 50 to 60 net grams (i.e., grams of carbs minus grams of fiber). Her daily menu looks like this:
Breakfast: Omelette or Greek yogurt with berries and slivered almonds.
Snacks: One to two ounces of nuts or a guacamole dip with fresh veggies.
Lunch and dinner: A serving of fish, poultry, eggs, or lean red meat with lots of fiber-rich vegetables prepared with olive oil.
"She is eating lots of lean proteins, healthy fats like nuts and avocado, carbs, fruits, veggies and cheese," said an Atkins rep. "She wanted to be a healthy, nursing mom and not toxify her milk with her diet or lose weight too quickly. She's been doing Atkins since her doctor approved it at the end of June."
Last year, TV personality Sharon Osbourne lost 28 pounds in three months on the Atkins diet. Osbourne, 61, has maintained her high-protein, low-carb diet for over a year, and loves it because she doesn't feel deprived.
"It's so yummy," she said. "It's all about proteins and vegetables. You can go out to eat and you can have scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, or a salad."
Kim, 33, also works out regularly, doing Pilates and Barry's boot-camp classes, which mixes high-intensity cardio, such as treadmill sprint intervals, with weight-lifting.
The 5-foot-2 Kim said she wants to celebrate her slimmed-down post-baby body with a nude photo spread. Kardashian has previously posed nude for Playboy and W magazines.
Kardashian's post-baby weight loss is being heavily scrutinized amid criticism that the media obsession with celebrity moms who lose weight in record time makes non-famous women feel pressured to slim down quickly.
"The message that you just had a baby and you should lose the weight in two weeks breaks my heart,” said postnatal-fitness expert Lisa Druxman. “It’s unfair and unrealistic for a woman to put that type of pressure on herself."