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Kim Kardashian stuns Met Ball: Low-carb ketogenic diet caused 56-lb weight loss

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Kim Kardashian turned heads in a glamorous Lanvin blue dress at the 2014 Met Ball in New York. Kardashian, who has regained her pre-baby body less than a year after giving birth, shared her behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram, including one with her gorgeous younger sister, Kendall Jenner.

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Before the event, Kim suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction when she accidentally flashed her underwear to paparazzi while walking to her limo.

Kim, who lost 56 pounds just six months after giving birth to daughter North in June 2013, is continuing with her low-carb Atkins diet and has been exercising rigorously, combining cardio exercise with body-sculpting calisthenics.

LCHF Ketogenic Atkins Diet Accelerates Weight Loss

Kardashian has credited the Atkins diet for her 56-pound post-baby weight loss. Kim's eating plan was a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet known for producing rapid weight loss. Her meal plan consisted of 1,800 to 2,200 calories and limited daily carb intake to just 50 to 60 grams.

Kardashian's daily menu combined proteins like fish, chicken and meat; healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and nuts; low-starch vegetables, and some low-glycemic fruits like berries.

In addition to promoting rapid 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," Linda O'Byrne, Atkins chief nutritionist, 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 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."

Kim also exercises almost every day, combining rigorous cardio workouts with strength-training and lots of squats. She varies her workouts, taking spinning classes at SoulCycle and Barry's Boot Camp sessions.

Is Kim On the Corset Weight-Loss Plan?

Not surprisingly, Kardashian's dramatic slim-down has spawned a spate of diet and weight-loss rumors. Kardashian is reportedly stepping up her diet and workout regimen to prep for her May 24 wedding to Kanye West in Paris. Recently, reports surfaced that the buxom brunette beauty was wearing a tight corset to bed every night to make her waist even smaller.

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.”

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