The Met Gala was chock full of serious head-turners. Once again, Kim Kardashian steals another Met Gala with a showstopper gown. The gown was an authentic Marilyn Monroe gown that Monroe wore when she sang "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy in 1962. It is widely known that the dress had to be sewn while Monroe was in it because it was meant to be extremely form-fitting.
Kim Kardashian gushed about wearing the iconic gown, saying she "crash dieted" in order to fit into it. She lost 16lbs in 3 weeks, by cutting out sugar and all carbs.
Dieticians are having a field day with Kim's strict dieting. In order to have healthy and successful weight loss, you should lose 1-2lbs a week. Experts state that cutting carbs and sugar the way Kim Kardashian did can result in WATER weight loss, and not fat loss.
Dietician Nichola Ludlam-Raine spoke out about Kim's diet, saying that Kim's extreme diet could be triggering for vulnerable people, and result in eating disorders. Ludlam-Raine recommends that slower weight loss will result in "sustainable weight loss."
Kim's diet isn't the only thing making people talk. It's how she lost the weight physically. The billionaire Kardashian said that she ran on a treadmill and wore a sauna suit twice a day.
Ludlam-Raine said that the diet and exercise regimen Kim created can dehydrate the body substantially:
"When carbs and sugars are cut from the diet, the body loses water and glycogen (carb) stores from the liver and muscles, which fill back up fast as soon as you start eating normally again. For every one gram of carbs we eat, our body holds on to three to four grams of water (unlike with protein and fats), which means that no-carb diets often make people think they've lost fat, but it's actually mainly water."
Folks, carbs are 100% needed in order to stay healthy (the complex carbs, anyway). Healthy carbs provide fiber, energy, phytochemicals, and nutrients in order for our bodies to be healthy, and to fight off illness. Our bodies NEED fuel from healthy carbs.
Healthy weight loss consists of a proper lifestyle change, losing 1-2lbs per week, and trying to eat in a gentle calorie deficit of 500 calories a day (for women, women should net at least 1200 calories per day. Men should net at least 1700 calories per day). Lose weight slowly and keep it off longer.
If you need a reputable site to track your food intake, myfitnesspal is the most popular site around. It's free, and you can also track your workouts.
Speaking of workouts, while fitness is important, what we put in our bodies is more important.
You might be wondering what makes me an expert on all of this. I used to be a certified personal trainer. I'm not one now due to a spinal injury. However, I feel it is my duty to speak out when I see stories like this. Not only does my expertise come from my education, but it also comes from a lifetime of weight issues. I used to have eating disorders, and it is devastating to realize that young girls are looking at Kim Kardashian and thinking that they could drop 16lbs in 3 weeks just like she did.
Her diet was more than just fitting into an iconic dress. She wanted to be the center of attention. She wanted the adoration, the admiration, and to be the hottest woman at the Met Gala. The Kardashian-Jenner women are always trying to "one-up" each other in the "perfect body" department. Khloe is getting all of the attention because of her body. Kylie is getting a shit ton of attention for dropping the baby weight so quickly (let's face it folks, she dropped it fast because she's young. If she were 40 like me, it wouldn't be as easy). Kendall is a popular supermodel, so she is always on point. Kourtney has always looked good, and now she has extra shine because she has found her "forever love." Kim wanted to shine brighter than everyone else.
As a public figure, she has a responsibility to be a better role model than this.
Readers, please do not follow Kim Kardashian's crash diet. It is dangerous, especially if you have health issues. Also, if you are on certain medications like Lithium, the loss of water weight could cause your Lithium levels to go to dangerous levels. This can be life-threatening. I know this because I'm on Lithium and I have to drink a ton of water. Whatever I sweat, I have to replace x2.
If you want to make a lifestyle change, do it the right way. Consult your doctor, use myfitnesspal, and lose 1-2lbs of weight per week.
I'd like to add that making a food lifestyle change is one thing. In order to have long-term success, you have to be 100% in. This means accepting yourself as you are on the inside and wanting to treat yourself right inside and out. It's about respecting yourself: mind, body, and spirit. It's about listening to your body and staying away from every type of toxin (food, drink, people, situations, etc). Choose YOU and celebrate YOU. Don't do it for clout like the Kim K's of the world do (FUCK CLOUT). Do it for YOU. Do it because you want to be the best version of who you are at soul level. Don't do it if you are wanting to fit in with society, be like a celebrity, snag that man/woman, or to be "hot."
Your journey needs to start from an authentic place. When you start, take it slow. You are not in any hurry. Slow and steady wins the race. Crash diets will make you crash. You want to enjoy all your hard work. You can't do that if you crash and burn.
Treat your body, mind, and spirit with respect, and you will not be disappointed.