3 Ways Kourtney Kardashian Survived the Keto Diet
The high-fat, low-carb diet is trendy—but it can also be tricky to follow. Here, her tips for success.
Atkins isn't the only low-carb, Kardashian-approved diet. Kourtney Kardashian just revealed that she had a "really positive experience" with the keto diet and plans to follow it again later this year in a post on her app. The reality star shared that she followed keto diet plan from her doctor for a few months last year for a 'metal detox' after her doc found high levels of lead and mercury in her system. (Read our editor's keto diet review to learn more about the reported benefits of the high-fat, low-carb diet.)
But following a keto diet isn't easy, even for a celeb. You have to pay close attention to the ratio of fat, carbs, and protein you're eating in order to achieve and maintain ketosis. So to help a girl out, Kardashian elaborated on what worked for her.
Incorporate intermittent fasting
Keto diet plans often incorporate intermittent fasting (though it's possible to follow a keto diet without fasting). The thought process is that the period of fasting allows your body to rest and recover. The plan Kardashian followed called for IF, so she avoided eating past 7 p.m. or until after her workout at 10:30-11 a.m. the next day. Once a week, she would fast for 24 hours, only drinking homemade bone broth and green tea.
Get creative while hitting your macros
The key to succeeding at the keto diet is hitting the right balance of macros-typically 70 percent of calories from healthy fats, 20 percent from protein, and 10 percent from carbs. Since carbs are so limited on the diet, Kardashian would make meals with broccoli rice or cauliflower rice to trick herself into feeling like she was eating more of them. Her typical meal during the diet consisted of a protein like grilled chicken or fish over broccoli rice cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash, roasted vegetables, a salad, and an avocado banana smoothie, she shares. (For a keto meal without meat or dairy, try these vegan recipes.)
Start the day with protein
To avoid feeling miserable when fasting in the a.m., Kardashian liked to start her day with a powder containing 18 grams of protein and 20 grams of collagen. "Drinking collagen powder mixed with water on an empty stomach in the morning helps to keep you full," she wrote. (Want to try the diet for yourself? Check out our Keto Meal Plan for Beginners to get started.)