After remaining out of the public eye for months after giving birth to daughter North in June, Kim Kardashian has returned to her Instagram page with a daring snap of herself in a white swimsuit.
The photo was shared days after the 32-year-old revealed that she was following the Atkins diet in an effort to lose weight and make sure she won’t “toxify her milk”.
When a Twitter user recently asked Kardashian what her “secret to losing weight” was following the June birth of her child, the reality star replied, “I've actually been doing the Atkins diet & luv it (sic).”
A representative for the Atkins diet confirmed that Kardashian had been in touch, telling Us Weekly, “She wanted to be a healthy, nursing mum and not toxify her milk with her diet, or lose weight too quickly.”
“She is eating lots of lean proteins, healthy fats like nuts and avocado, carbs, fruits, veggies and cheese,” the rep said.
“She's been doing Atkins since her doctor approved it at the end of June.”
The Atkins diet, a low-carbohydrate eating plan promoted by Robert Atkins, involves protein-rich foods, and encourages dieters not to be a slave to counting calories.
Nutritionist and accredited practising dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan said the Atkins diet has improved since its earliest incarnation.
“Atkins has actually moved on from the old, very low-carb days – they even talk low GI now, so my understanding is it is less restrictive than in the past. That's a good thing,” she said.
“It is still very focused on high protein but there is solid science behind that approach, with several clinical trials showing good results with high protein diets.”
But new mums following the eating plan should be aware of a few important points, Dr McMillan says: “What Kim will have to watch, however, is that she gets enough fibre. Many smart carbs – what I call nutrient-dense, fibre-rich carbs – are the best source of this. Otherwise she risks constipation, bad breath and other problems.”
Breastfeeding poses another issue for those on the diet. “As she is breastfeeding, she has a higher requirement for energy, protein and many nutrients, and I'm not convinced low carb is the best way forward for this,” Dr McMillan said.
“I'd favour a high protein diet with at least three serves of wholegrains or legumes a day. Research clearly shows this to be most effective for fat loss, and would keep her energy levels up for breastfeeding and starting to incorporate some exercise.”
For more advice on sensibly losing weight after having a baby, read our article on the 'yummy mummy fallacy'.