Variety is the spice of life. And for the Kardashian clan, variety also is the price that their chefs pay to help them maintain their figures. While Kim Kardashian fixates on her low-carb Atkins diet, Kris Jenner relies on celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, reported Extra on Friday. As for Kanye West? He's got his own favorite foods.
Rocco actually takes on two roles for Kris: He crafts her diet foods and serves as her weight loss coach. "I send food to California for her every day and she follows my diet," Rocco said proudly. "She lives healthy."
The diet that Kris is following is based on Rocco's book "The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love." He designed it to incorporate three different tools for losing weight while enhancing health. Based on the Mediterranean-style diet, the menus are reduced in calorie. It's also a low-carb diet that has been shown to boost fat-burning as well as weight loss.
For a celebrity with an active lifestyle like Kris, Rocco's plan is helpful because his diet followers eat reduced amounts of food during the week. They then can choose from an expanded menu (and a boost in calorie count) on weekends. Based on the research that Rocco conducted with nutrition experts, the diet results in up to five pounds lost in five days.
But "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" doesn't require following their diet decrees. Just ask Kanye West, who takes advantage of Rocco's cooking skills without worrying about the reduced carbs and calories. "He lives there, so he has had plenty of my food. He loves the lasagna apparently, that's what I heard from Kris. He is a good eater. He likes good food and he knows his stuff…he has high taste levels," said Rocco.
As for new mom Kim Kardashian? She's sticking to her low carb high fat (LCHF) ketogenic Atkins diet. Kim revealed her weight loss choice via Twitter, responding to a fan: "I've actually been doing the Atkins diet & luv it."
LCHF ketogenic diets such as the Atkins plan are designed to reduce hunger while boosting fat-burning. The diet premise isn't new: It originally was popularized by the so-called "Banting diet," named after its originator. William Banting's "Letter on Corpulence" still circulates as the foundation for LCHF plans.
The biggest challenge followed by these dieters: Getting over their fear of fats. The traditional ketogenic weight loss plan involves eating moderate amounts of protein, minimal amounts of carbohydrates and larger amounts of fat. And as physicians and scientists experiment with the physical changes that occur when people follow this diet, it's also being used for purposes such as reversing multiple sclerosis, detailed in Dr. Terry Wahls' "The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine."
As for the Atkins diet itself: It's undergone modifications since Dr. Robert Atkins crafted his original plan. A revised version first was crafted by a team of doctors and scientists who conducted studies on the correct percentages of fat to protein to carbohydrates for optimal weight loss, entitled "New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great." Since then, it's been modified slightly again to put more emphasis on healthy fats such as olive oil and encourage dieters to eat foods high in fiber.
How precisely do ketogenic diets work? We recently interviewed researchers at the University of California San Francisco's School of Medicine in the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and asked that question. They currently are conducted studies to determine the benefits of LCHF diets for weight loss and for reversing diabetes. "Ketogenic diets are low carbohydrate, high fat diets that switch the body from primarily burning sugars and starches as fuel to instead burning fat for the body¹s energy," they explained.