In addition to corrective surgery and implants, and in addition to smart PR campaigns, it is strict diets and intense workout regimens and even starving that have helped the Kardashians and Jenners achieve bodies coveted by a significant part of the world’s female population.
With all the modeling deals and product endorsements coming their way, it seems this dedication has certainly paid off, and the oldest sister, Kourtney Kardashian, has revealed some of her secrets in achieving the body of dreams in a recent post on her app.
Kourtney allegedly watches what she eats to such a precise point that even her sister Khloé, who has admitted to starving herself, has called her out on her eating habits.
In a recent post on her app, 38-year-old Kourtney shared her detox plan but advised her subscribers to follow the ascetic regimen only after checking with a medical professional.
The restrictive diet calls for eating “minimal amounts of fruit,” hardly any carbs and no grains, beans and legumes at all. In an interview with People, Kourtney revealed she does allow herself to eat proteins and healthy fats.
The oldest Kardashian sister typically eats three meals a day, with no snacks in between. For breakfast, she usually has her famous avocado pudding before working out, usually together with 33-year-old Khloé.
The 38-year-old claims the protein and fat in the avocado are a perfect pre-workout basis. She advises blending an organic avocado, a tablespoon of organic cane sugar, half a cup of organic whole milk and a tablespoon of organic manuka honey. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also throw some pistachios into the mix.
For lunch and dinner, she advises combining protein with vegetables: usually fish or chicken, with a side of cauliflower rice or broccoli. The reality television star claims she waits for at least 14 to 16 hours after eating dinner before she has breakfast, probably in order to ensure optimum fat burning.
People reports that Kourtney has “fasting days”, in which she drinks just bone broth and water. The 38-year-old has revealed she tries to start busy on those days and avoid going into the kitchen. By her own admittance, the detox diets started when the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star had high quantities of mercury and lead detected in her system.
Well, drinking bone broth and water for days sure doesn’t sound very healthy, no matter how slim it makes your body look. If you are one of those people who will never be able to forgo the carnivore within, there is good news: you don’t have to fast like a Buddhist monk in order to look good – according to one nutritionist, all it takes is a little change of perspective.
Balance instead of starving
Consider this: instead of adding fries to your burger order, you might be better off adding a second burger. While conventional wisdom might tell you that eating a second serving of anything is a bad choice from a nutritional point of view, there’s something more important to consider: balance.
Registered dietician and nutritionist Emily Field encourages her clients to think about the word “balance” before every meal, instead of labeling foods bad or good.
To do this, the St. Louis resident encourages people to think about three components of food – fat, carbohydrates and proteins. Protein fuels the muscles and keeps one satiated, carbohydrates provide energy, and fat helps us absorb vitamins and minerals while keeping cells healthy.
If you manage to keep those nutrients roughly even, there will be fewer cravings, less desire to binge and more control when you do eat.
Speaking to Insider, Field said: “I want people to be able to approach any food, any situation, and know that they can still make a responsible choice for their body.”
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Metabolism, her advice might be worth following.
The study underlines the importance of balance, because of the role different macronutrients play in regulating blood sugar levels – the energy our cells carry and distribute throughout the body after a meal.
Fats and proteins slow the breakdown of carbs into sugar, acting as a sort of buffer against sharp dips and spikes in insulin levels. So when a meal that’s high in carbs and low in protein is consumed, like a bowl of cereal, for example, the chance of rapid spikes and falls in blood sugar increases, resulting in short-lived bursts of energy, followed by hunger and fatigue, symptoms that typically manifest between meals. Protein-rich foods at mealtime, such as Greek yogurt and nuts can help avoid this crash.
But how do you apply this thinking about everyday life? Field says the most important question to ask yourself is, “How am I going to feel two hours after I eat that?” When you apply this wisdom to fast food, more often than not you’ll find yourself wanting two burgers instead of an order of fries.
Your typical fast food burger has two small pieces of bread with some juicy stuff in-between. Without any cheese or sauce, a burger ranges from 300-400 calories. Broken down, that equates roughly 40 grams of carbs, 17 grams of protein and 10 grams of fat. Your typical order of fries is the same number of calories, but you lose the protein to just fat and carbs.
Make your must-have fast food meal more balanced by forgoing the fries and go only with burgers. You might be adding more fats and carbs, but the total number of calories will clock in at far less than those of a meal. You also double the protein, which means you feel fuller for longer and keep blood sugar levels steady.
“Simply try it out and see how you feel,” Emily Field suggests.