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Whether you love her or loath her there’s no denying Kim Kardashian has a banging bod, but as her latest interview has revealed the star’s enviable figure didn’t come without a whole lot of hard work.

Yesterday Kim explained to People how she’s managed to drop 70lbs since giving birth to her second child Saint West last December and, as you can imagine, the reality star’s weight loss regime involved a strict diet plan and a lot of exercise.

Speaking at a REVOLVE party in the Hamptons, the 35-year-old told People how she used the Atkins 40 plan to clean up her diet.

She said: "I think dieting is so important to weight loss, whereas, I didn't really ever think that before."

"I thought, 'Oh, I can work out, I can just eat whatever I want.' But you have to work out all the time."

The mother of two explained that while the diet generally didn’t feel overly restrictive, she did find herself cheating while out with her kids but admitted that doing so made her feel awful.

She said: "We eat a lot of fish and turkey…And there would be this trail mix with M&M chocolates with peanuts, so there was stuff that makes it you feel like you can live. And not like super restricted to anything." 

"[But] I started going to Disneyland and taking my kids and eating Churros and all that really crappy stuff that I love."

"But then you feel so s****y after you eat it, when you've been doing so good." 

Kim also told the mag that her sister Khloé was a major inspiration to her, especially when it came to doing 6am workouts.

“I've never seen someone so focused.”

"I saw her naked two days ago changing…And I was, 'Oh, my God. You are my body icon.' She's never been more on fire."

By the looks of things these sisters' hard work is really paying off.

Feat image: Fame Flynet

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She only gave birth to her second child – a son called Saint – in December, but Kim Kardashian says she feels pretty great after hitting her pre-pregnancy weight recently. 

And while a load of celebrity new mums are linked to silly extreme diet plans, it seems Mrs West has adopted a more sensible approach.

The 35-year-old has already announced that she's been following an Atkins plan – as she did in 2013 after daughter North was born – but now for the first time she's spelt out EXACTLY what she tucks into on a typical day. 

“Anyone who has had kids knows your body changes, and it’s hard to get your body back in shape," the reality TV star told PEOPLE this week.

“It takes so much determination, and mental and physical power and energy.”

Kim has already shed an impressive 60lbs this year – here's how she does it:

 

DAY ONE

Breakfast

– Scrambled eggs with turkey sausage and smoked Gouda

– 4 oz. Greek yogurt with 1/3 cup fresh blueberries

Snack

– Atkins Harvest Trail Dark Chocolate Cherry and Nuts Bar

Lunch

– Grilled lime chicken over spinach salad with a feta-ranch dressing

Snack

– 1 medium carrot and 4 tbsp. hummus

Dinner

– Lemon thyme halibut with sautéed green beans

Total Calories:

1,504

 

DAY TWO

Breakfast

– Chicken chorizo and cauliflower sauté with cheese and salsa

Snack

– ½ small apple

– 2 oz. cheddar cheese

Lunch

– Turkey burger with chipotle aioli, tomato, pickles and onions

Snack

– Atkins Harvest Trail Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Bar

Dinner

– Slow roasted lemon rosemary chicken with asparagus

– 1/3 cup of wild rice

Total Calories:

1,561

 

DAY THREE

Breakfast

– Hatch green chili, cheese and egg bake with arugula

– 1/8 of a honeydew melon

Snack

– Vanilla coffee frappe

Lunch

– Zucchini noodles with spicy chicken sausage

Snack

– Atkins Harvest Trail Vanilla Fruit and Nut Bar

Dinner

– Grilled chicken with cauliflower mac and cheese

Total Calories:

1,699

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It started off with Atkins, evolved to Dukan, and now has landed at Paleo. Yes, protein-heavy diets are going nowhere.

At this time of year, when the weather is (occasionally) looking a little brighter and we maybe want to feel a little lighter, lots of folk are trying their best to integrate more protein into their diets.

Sounds easy, right? Until you hit day-three and start to feel seriously bored. After all, there really are only so many eggs you can poach, steaks you can chew through, and nuts you can nibble on.

And boredom, in our experience, leads straight to the biscuit-tin.

Which is why we were oh-so excited to stumble across That Protein, an Irish-produced premium protein powder which is dairy-free, has no added sugar, no GMOs, and is full of organic plant goodness… all of which should result in muscles that recover faster after a work-out; a healthier metabolism, and boosted immune system. Hurrah!

Here are two simple but yummy recipes that caught our eye and are great for the summer season:

 

Orange and Raw Cacao Protein Pudding

Ingredients

  • 80ml coconut milk or milk of choice 
  • Juice of ½ orange
  • 2 tablespoons That Protein’s Blissful Brown Rice Protein Powder with Raw Cacao
  • 1 teaspoon natural sweetener (like brown rice syrup)
  • 60g rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional – coconut oils adds a beautiful flavour to this oatmeal, but you can leave it out completely)

Topping suggestions

  • Crushed hazelnuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Orange slices

Method

  1. Combine milk, orange juice, That Protein Blissful Brown Rice Protein Powder, sweetener and oats in a medium sized saucepan on medium-to-high heat until the mix begins to warm and steam. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer and continue to stir occasionally. Once oats have fully absorbed the liquid, take off heat. Add a little extra milk if oatmeal is too thick, until reaching your desired consistency.
  3. Serve with your desired toppings.

 

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients

  • 200-250g strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 200ml almond milk or milk of choice
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract or half of a vanilla bean scraped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil or edible lavender flowers
  • 2 scoops That Protein’s I Heart Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder with Chia Seeds
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Additional Topping

  • Edible flowers (optional, but definitely a hit)

Method

  1. Pour all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend till smooth, then pour in tall glasses.
  3. You can also garnish the milkshake with some chopped strawberries or dry fruits.
  4. Serve immediately for best results.
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