The fittest Kardashian serves up workout tips, diet advice and body image realness in her new book, Strong Looks Better Naked
Use Exercise to Clear Your Brain
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Khloé didn't start exercising regularly because she got really famous and suddenly everyone was scrutinizing her body. She hit the elliptical because she was really bored, and really lonely. She writes about moving to Dallas for ex-husband Lamar's NBA career and being away from friends and family for the first time in her life. "That's how I began to deal with my own isolation—by visiting the hotel gym every day, sometimes twice a day," she says. "As the days turned into weeks, however, I began to look forward to the workouts. I loved sweating. I loved the feeling of accomplishment when it was over." (P.S. Your Sweat Can Spread Happiness—Seriously!)
Don't Listen to Outside Voices
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Oh, and about all that media scrutiny: You might be surprised to learn that Khloé has always had an amazing body image. It might be tough to have Kim Kardashian, whose body defies all logic, as your big sister, but Khloé reveals she's actually adored her bigger, shaplier body from a young age. It was everyone else who seemed to have a problem with it. "In fact, I was so comfortable with my looks that in some ways they shaped my personality," she writes. "I was a happy girl, cheerful and upbeat. I didn't think about my weight, and as a result I wasn't as stressed out as most other girls my age." (Will Khloé Kardashian Ever Catch a Break from Body Image Haters?!)
Find the Exercise That You Love
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Khloé is a cardio queen, and learning that about herself made all of the difference. "If you want to know what really, truly matters when it comes to exercise, it's this: You have to find an exercise you can grow to love," she says. "If you don't, you won't stick with it, and nothing will change."
She loathes running, for example, yet loves jumping rope. (This Jump Rope Workout Will Burn Fat All Over.) She also feels like Pilates is a waste of time for her, because she only feels accomplished after a workout if she's drenched in sweat. What feels like accomplishment to you? Figure it out, and working out won't feel like a chore.
Determine the Foods That Are Right for You
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Just about every new decade brings a new, definitive view of a food group. In the '90s it was fat=bad, and in the '00s everyone was anti-carbs. (Find out What We Learned from the Atkins Diet, the Shake Weight, and 9 Other Health Trends of the Past.) Khloé met with a nutritionist who advises clients to avoid dairy, and it worked for her—though giving up cheese was tough with her Armenian background!
"In a way, you become your own labratory," she writes. "Your body's response will tell you exactly what it's going to take to run smoothly and feel right."
Establish Your Goals
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When Khloé first met with her trainer Gunnar Peterson, she had to figure out what the end game was before she could move forward. Was it losing ten pounds? Transforming her "fleshy" chin area? Getting abs like J.Lo?
Those were all on her list, but her real goals weren't anything superficial. She just wanted to feel good and be healthy, which is a heck of a lot easier than aiming to lose thirty pounds in thirty days. "Around this time, someone said, 'Are you training for something?'" Khloé writes. "And I said, 'Yes, I am. I'm training for LIFE!'"
You Know Exercise Is Working When You're Cranky If You Miss It
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Maybe your abs don't pop out right away, or maybe the number on the scale isn't budging. But another way to note success is to see how you feel when you don't work out. That means your body and your mind are getting accustomed to gym time.
"I feel a tremendous sense of relief as soon as I walk through those [gym] doors," Khloé says. "And after a few minutes of boxing or running on the treadmill, I can literally feel each brick of stress crumbling away." (Skipping Workouts? Your Fitness Progress Fades Faster Than You Think.)
Avoid the Scale
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As mentioned, Khloé never saw herself as "the fat one." And as she started working out, "Losing weight was a pleasant side effect, not the goal." So she has stayed away from scales, and in fact doesn't even keep one in her house. She determines her progress by the way her clothes fit, the way she feels, and the unexpected-but-always-welcome surprise of a new muscle visibly appearing on her arms or midsection. (We've got 10 Better Ways to Tell If You're Losing Weight.)
Drink a Ton of Water, All the Time
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Khloé includes lots of recipes in her book, but the easiest one to pull off is water-water-water. She keeps at least four pitchers of water in her fridge at all times, which she infuses with different fruit combinations to keep them interesting (and delicious). (Try these 8 Infused Water Recipes to Upgrade Your H2O.)
"Some people even think [water]'s a mood stabilizer, and I believe it, because I've seen the difference in me since I've been drinking adequate amounts of water," she writes. "It's all about water. Flush, flush, flush."