How Kim Kardashian Lost 60 Pounds After Giving Birth and How You Can Safely Do the Same
If you follow celebrity breaking news, you'll find out Kim Kardashian just got back to her pre-pregnancy weight. She gave birth on December 2015 and shed about 60 pounds by the end of May 2016. How did she do it? She brags it's all thanks to the all-too popular Atkins diet. Is the diet all hype? Even if it's effective - is it healthy?
What Is the Atkins Diet and Does It Work?
The Atkins diet is a high-protein and low-carb diet where you get half of your daily calories from protein. It works by lowering your carb intake, making your body burn fat for fuel. Because of this, you can eat pretty much anything – steak, burgers, barbecue, and even bacon. Why? It doesn't matter if the food is fatty – as long as it's low-carb, it's allowed.
The freedom the Atkins diet gives you is what makes it popular and perhaps why it's successful too. Dieting is more psychological than physical. Since the Atkins diet is more tolerable, people flock to it, can stick to it, and lose weight.
It's not just psychological. Eating freedom aside, over 23 studies support the Atkins diet's physical effectiveness. Researchers found that those on a low-carb diet lost five times more weight than those on a low-fat diet. Your body physically burns more fat when you restrict carbs, not fats.
But Is the Atkins Diet Good for You?
The American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society don't recommend such a high amount of calories coming from protein. Many doctors caution patients not to follow the Atkins diet. Why? If you're increasing your consumption of BLT sandwiches (without eating the bun), whole milk, and butter-covered fried chicken, you're putting yourself at greater risk of heart disease. Eating more proteins also strains your kidneys, which can cause or aggravate kidney diseases. A high-protein diet might also be linked to osteoporosis and kidney stones.
How You Can Follow the Atkins Diet Safely
A high-protein, low-carb diet can be very healthy. How? Switch your saturated and trans fatty meats and fried foods with clean, healthy omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods. These healthy proteins include salmon, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, and tofu.
Nuts, seeds, and salmon are protein-rich and low-carb, and their fats are good for your heart and brain. Eating them actually prevents heart attacks instead of causing them.
Mushrooms and soy are also low-carb, clean sources of protein. They've also been found to fight cancer and heart disease. Shiitake mushrooms are prescribed with chemotherapy in Japan because of their anti-cancer properties and ability to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy. You can also enrich your mushrooms with vitamin D by placing them by your window in the morning. Vitamin D plays a role in lowering your risk for cancer and heart disease too.
Bottom line: You can safely go on the Atkins diet if you keep eating the same amount of meat, but switch your carbs with nuts, salmon, seeds, mushrooms, and tofu instead. It's easier than you think! For example, instead of switching your cereal for ham, have quinoa cereal with unsweetened almond milk. Both quinoa and almond milk are low-carb and high-protein. Doing this protects your heart instead of damaging it.
Have you tried the Atkins diet? Did you lose weight?