Kim Kardashian isn't shy when it comes to her weight-loss goals.And why should she be?
Take one look at her social media and you'll see Kim's kind of the guru when it comes to shedding weight, toning up and turning heads with her sexy curves and a tiny, post-baby waistline.
With all celebrities, though, you know there is really a guru (or team of gurus) behind them -- aka, her team of personal trainers and nutritionists.
Colette Heimowitz, vice president of education and nutrition at Atkins, has worked with Kim as her personal nutritionist. Heimowitz is the real expert in healthy eating, weight loss and a new Atkins study titled The Sugar Gap (more about that later).
I recently sat down with Heimowitz to talk about Kim's meal plan and how we (you know, us non-celebrities) can copy what she's doing.
I asked Heimowitz how Kim, who recently Snapchatted she's seven pounds away from her goal weight, will get rid of those last few pounds.
OK, so Kim knows what to do, but what about the rest of us?
It turns out, most people, and particularly millennials, are really bad at understanding the impact of certain foods on the body.
For example, did you know one bagel has the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar?
If you're like me, you probably knew bagels aren't exactly ~healthy~. But I also never thought of them in terms of sugar. While bagels don't contain sugar, what they convert to in your body is the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar.
Going a bit deeper, Heimowitz explained the physiology to me, saying,
If you need a visual, she gave a pretty good one:
Thinking about caramel running through the body is more than a little bit disturbing, but it's also something that's easily preventable -- even if you don't have access to celebrity budgets and personal chefs.
Heimowitz said it all comes down to one simple concept: Choose foods that have the least impact on your blood sugar.
Before you get overwhelmed and think you can't eat anything, know your diet will include some sugars and carbs, and that's OK. The rule of thumb is to keep sugars at less than 5 grams per serving and net carbs at 15 per serving.
She then laid out three rules, which Kim incorporates into her daily diet, that we can all follow. She said,
So to recap...
1. Get adequate protein at every meal (4-6 ounces).
2. Choose high-fiber carbs.
3. Include a healthy fat with every meal.
If you think that sounds complicated, Heimowitz broke it down even further, saying,
Finally, I asked Heimowitz about specifics, like, say you want to lose 10 pounds before a wedding or big event you have coming up.
She told me,
Atkins released its Sugar Gap study earlier this year and it revealed a lot of alarming facts about Americans' knowledge of the harmful effects of sugar.
So, the wise minds over at Atkins created Sugar Goggles, a virtual reality game, which they're planning to bring to schools to teach students to recognize foods that are high in sugar.
I tried out the Goggles -- and did pretty well, if I do say so myself. Basically, users are taken through an immersive experience where they're asked to pick between two food options.
If you choose the healthier option (the food with the lower glycemic load), you'll continue to move along at a nice pace. If you choose the wrong one, you'll shoot up and crash down, just in the way your blood sugar spikes and crashes after eating food with this "hidden sugar effect."
The game is pretty cool and should go a long way in educating the younger generation about health. As for the rest of us, who just want to know how we can look like Kim Kardashian, it's pretty easy to stick to the three rules above.
By the way, if you refuse to give up your bagels, Heimowitz suggests eating just half, scooping out the middle and then adding peanut butter or cream cheese.