Ah, the Kardashians. They have been ingrained in the public consciousness for almost a decade now, and with it comes a strange attachment to their home, dating, shopping, partying, and of course, eating habits.
When the fun, witty (and admittedly bigger) Khloe lost more than 30 pounds recently, she became the centre of media attention. It really was a big change.
“I dress differently now because I feel comfortable in my skin and I’m willing to take more style risks. Before, I wouldn’t wear certain clothes because I was uncomfortable or I felt they didn’t look good on my body. Now, I feel I’m living my life more.”
According to her personal trainer Gunnar Peterson, Khloe has been hitting the gym 4 times a week for strength sessions, boxing circuits, and medicine-ball workouts. Despite having a big appetite, she is now learning how to eat healthy.
You probably don’t have her personal trainer and her personal chef, so how do you do it?
1. Eliminate an entire food group by replacing it with a healthier alternative.
Khloe says: “I’m obsessed with cheese and milk, but eliminating them from my diet made the biggest difference. In a month and a half, I lost 11 pounds just from not eating dairy, without doing anything else different, and that totally blew my mind.”
If you like cow’s milk, try replacing it with soy, almond, or coconut milk.
“I always thought that almond milk would be disgusting. I never even tried it, but I was adamant that I would hate it. I learned a lot about dairy and what it does to your system and I cut it out. Then I tried almond milk and found that I loved it.”
Other food groups you can cut down on are simple carbs and sugars. If you like rice, we suggest brown rice, quinoa, barley or a non-grain option like cauliflower rice.
2. Squeeze in easy at-home exercises into your daily routine.
We like making excuses. I can’t go the gym because I’m busy with work. I can’t go running because I have a knee problem.
Khloe says: “For me, there is no such thing as break from fitness — being fit is a 24/7 lifestyle! It’s really all about balance! Eat an extra piece of pumpkin pie, but do an extra rep of squats too…”
These exercises can help you jumpstart a new get-off-your-couch mentality. Instead of spending your 30-minute break sitting around with a sandwich, do some squats.
Khloe says: You can do squats and planks ANYWHERE, so don’t tell me you can’t squeeze in a quick workout! I always pack a jump rope in my suitcase, too. It’s just light and easy.
For those who have the time and budget for the gym and special classes, try something fun–Khloe also does StairMaster sessions and takes boxing classes five times a week.
Khloe says: “It sets the tone for the whole day, and I feel like if I work out in the morning, I eat healthier during the day because I don’t want to ruin the hard work I just put in. If I don’t work out, I end up eating sh*ttier because I don’t feel good.”
3. Eat whatever you want IN MODERATION.
Not restricting yourself will keep your mood balanced, which prevents binge-eating. Go ahead and have a bite of that cake.
Khloe says: “It’s all about small portions. That way I feel good, I eat what I want and I enjoy the holiday. I don’t want to feel like I can’t eat a cookie if I want a cookie!”
4. Always bring a healthy snack in your purse.
Khloe says: “I always travel with protein powder…because I know if I’m hungry and don’t have a snack, I’ll just get a burger and fries. Healthy snacks keep my appetite in check so I don’t binge.”
Small changes in habit can really make a huge difference. Thank you for the inspiration, Khloe.
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