Years ago, the Atkins weight loss plan was known as the “eat all the bacon and eggs that you want” diet dream. So when Kim Kardashian tweeted that she was using it to shed her baby weight while breastfeeding, following it up with a tweeted photo of herself on Instagram proving her weight loss success on October 16, some questioned whether the plan was really safe for a new mom.
Just how much has Kim lost? In four months, she’s dropped a total of 70 pounds, reported Hollywood Life on October 17. But is the high fat, high protein, low carb diet detailed in “New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great” the ideal choice so soon after giving birth?
Offering an insider’s view on the entire diet debate: Colette Heimowitz, vice president of Nutrition for Atkins Nutritionals and 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.”
Colette defends Kim’s choice of diet by pointing out the ways in which Atkins has evolved since those days of bacon and eggs.
Before, the diet “had only 3 to 4 cups of veggies per day, now you have 8 to 10,” says Colette. “We now know from research that consuming unlimited amounts of protein isn’t the best approach, so it’s limited to 4 to 6 ounces per meal. We also emphasize a balance of fat intake with a focus on healthy fats from olive oil and avocado.”
In addition, Colette (who’s been working personally with Kim) says that the famous Kardashian sister began on phase 2 of the Atkins diet. That means that Kim can include berries and Greek yogurt with her meals if desired.
To answer that question, Yahoo Shine interviewed a variety of experts on October 17 on the pros and cons of Atkins. Here’s what they had to say:
- Tana Amen, B.S.N., R.N., author of “The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever”:
“Moms should be focusing on what is good for a baby’s brain.”
- Diane Sanfilippo, holistic nutritionist and author of “Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle”: “Many breast-feeding moms find that a lower-carb diet reduces their milk supply and energy levels, so I encourage consuming at least 100 grams or more of carbohydrates per day.”
- Molly Morgan, registered dietitian and author of “The Skinny Rules: The 101 Secrets Every Skinny Girl Knows”:
“A low-carb plan would not be my recommendation for losing baby weight because you would be missing out on foods like fruit and whole grains.”