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Sample a day on Kim Kardashian's low carb, high protein ketogenic Atkins diet

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Now that she's lost 56 pounds and restored her pre-baby body, Kim Kardashian has become the hottest weight loss story in Hollywood. And what everyone wants to know: What's she eating to lose that weight? Kim's on the low carb, high protein, high fat Atkins diet, and the vice president of nutrition at Atkins revealed Kim's diet details on E! News on Dec. 12.

The Atkins plan is low in carbohydrates, high in proteins like salmon and healthy fats such as almonds. It's known as a ketogenic diet, because the reduction in crabohydrates causes your body to burn more fat for energy.

Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition at Atkins, told E! News that Kim is eating "between "1,800 to 2,000 calories per day." A typical day:

  • Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with cheese and spinach
  • Snack No. 1: Hummus with veggies (cucumber, red pepper, broccoli)
  • Lunch: Grilled salmon, asparagus, side salad with creamy dressing
  • Snack No. 2: Turkey & Cheese Roll-ups or Greek Yogurt with slivered almonds & blueberries
  • Dinner: Chicken breast, broccoli, side salad with olive oil dressing.

In addition, she recommends "proteins like fish, poultry, and lean meats; healthy fats like avocado, nuts, and olive oil; lots of colorful vegetables filled with antioxidants and fiber; and low glycemic fruits like berries—essential foods for maintaining energy."

Exercise counts too, and "Kim is working out almost every day," a source said, reported Access Hollywood on Dec. 11.

"It's usually running and weight training. It's hard, but she sticks with it pretty much all the time. She's so happy. Life is good."

However, says Colette, if you're exercising, be careful about using the scale as your own guide to your success.

"Scales can't distinguish among fat, muscle and water and your body's byproducts. No matter what you do, the numbers are bound to differ a pound or two in either direction on a daily basis. And, as you build muscle and lose fat, your weight may not change, but your shape will," she explained.

To track your weight loss, "take measurements as well. Even if the numbers on your scale aren't going down as fast as you'd like, you could be losing inches. Another great tool is a piece of clothing that was tight when you started your diet. Try it on every couple weeks to gauge your progress."

Colette is the author of "The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook: 200 Simple and Delicious Low-Carb Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less" and "The New Atkins for a New You Workbook: A Weekly Food Journal to Help You Shed Weight and Feel Great."

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