Keeping up with the Kardashians isn't easy - especially when you're the only son in the family. Now Rob Kardashian, who reportedly was so upset about his weight gain that he skipped his sister Kim's weight gain, has hired celebrity personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, reported People magazine on Thursday.
Gunnar has worked with Rob before, and describes him as "focused." The workout regime includes "intervals with strength movements: squats, the sled, swings and push presses. It's about getting his heart rate up and keeping it up," noted Gunar, author of "The Workout: Core Secrets from Hollywood's #1 Trainer."
And although others may focus on a number on the scale, Gunnar measures weight loss success in a different way. "I don’t have a scale, I'm not big on measurements. Until a person looks in the mirror and is happy with themselves, you have not reached your fitness goals," he asserted.
But for Rob, it's more than appearance. On a recent episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," his blood test results caused his mother Kris Jenner to get serious.
Rob's physician listed diabetes and organ failures among the risks of his weight problems, according to Life & Style magazine. "This is life-threatening at this point," said Kris to her son.
Gunnar expressed faith in Rob in an interview with E News. "With 26 years of training experience of doing this, I can tell you without hesitation that Rob Kardashian will get back to his best shape ever," predicted Gunnar, who also created "Core Secrets: 25 Minute Full Body Workout / Accelerated Core Training."
But diet trumps exercise, according to Chris Powell, transformation specialist and star of "Extreme Weight Loss." He said on a recent episode of "The View" that without diet, exercise isn't enough to reverse obesity.
On "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Kris announced plans to assist with the diet element. "It’s time for me to help Rob out, gain a little control, and get him a nutritionist and some help, so he can get his health back together," she proclaimed.
Will Rob get some family help from sister Kim, who recently shed 56 pounds? Colette Heimowitz, Vice President of Nutrition at the Atkins Diet, told E News that Kim used the high fat low carb ketogenic Atkins diet to restore her pre-baby body.
The Atkins low carb diet begins with an induction phase to jump-start weight loss, Colette told me in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. Author of "The New Atkins Made Easy: A Faster, Simpler Way to Shed Weight and Feel Great -- Starting Today," Colette said that the first phase consists of 20 net carbohydrates daily.
If Rob decides to follow Kim's lead and go on Atkins, he'll be able to eat more calories. Colette told me that the recommend range for women is 1500 to 1800. Men are advised to consume 1800 to 2000.
In an interview with FitSugar, Gunnar expressed his views on diet. He also advocates low-carb weight loss, including eliminating starchy foods such as rice, grains, pastas, oatmeal, and potatoes.