The Truth Behind Kourtney Kardashian's Diet

by: LAUREN HOLDEN

You know when you’re browsing through Snapchat Discover in the middle of class and come across things like ‘Top Celebrity Diets,’ ‘What to Eat to Look Like Kourtney Kardashian,’ or ‘Drink This Unicorn Tea, Spin Around Five Times, and Do a Cartwheel at Sunset to Lose Weight!’ and then you read it, and the diet is more confusing than learning about Mitosis in biology class? Like, what is a low carb diet? What is a carb? Why doesn’t Kourtney Kardashian want to eat them? Honestly, all good questions. We wondered the same thing, so we decided to investigate. Below, we’ve broken down what the heck a low carb/high fat diet is, to figure out why it’s got celebs going crazy.

Before we begin, let me clarify that I’m not saying carbs are a bad thing, and I’m definitely not telling you to cut them out. In fact, I’m a big fans of carbs (the healthy, complex ones) and all they do for us. I’m just here to help a sister make sense of some of the information on the glorious interweb, and decide what feels right for you.

So, what is this low carb/high fat diet that’s taking up so much of our social media feeds? To put it simply, it’s exactly what it sounds like… It’s a diet where you eat foods with lower carbohydrate content, and higher fat content. Carbs are the sugars, starches and fibres you find in food, and is listed on the nutritional info of your favorite snacks. When you decrease the quantity of carbs in your diet, and increase the amount of fat (the good fats!), your body begins burning fat for energy instead of carbs, and this promotes increased energy, improved focus, and potentially weight loss. Now can you see why Kourtney K was all over this? Not for the right reasons, necessarily. In summary, a “low carb” diet means eating less than 50 grams of carbohydrates daily (which is equivalent to about two slices of whole wheat bread). Instead, you eat foods that are high in protein and fat, such as avocados, dairy products, eggs, various oils and vegetables.

For many years, fat has been considered the devil, and it doesn’t help that the same word is used to describe someone who is overweight. The truth is, healthy fats from whole, natural foods are essential for your body, and especially your brain! Fats are an excellent source of energy for your body, as they are difficult for your body to break down, and consequently release a steadier, sustained flow of fuel. This will also help keep you full for longer! Often, the simple carbohydrates we find in cakes, cupcakes, cookies, white breads, etc. will be broken down very quickly into glucose, and cause your sugar levels to rise and fall, leading to energy crashes throughout the day.

We know it can be difficult to understand the advantages and disadvantages of decreasing your carb intake, so we’ve explained it in lists below:

The Good:
  • Decrease in cravings for sugary sweets
  • Steady energy flow throughout the day– less energy crashes means less coffee required!
  • Your brain prefers fat as a fuel source, so it will help you stay energized and focused in class!
  • You will stay full for longer– Your stomach will no longer grumble in the middle of school
  • Cutting out carbs is often associated with weight loss and muscle gain potential
The Bad:
  • Teen girls require complex carbohydrates for their hormonal health and proper brain function. When you cut out ALL carbs, you may not be giving your body the nutrients it needs!
  • When you first cut out carbs, you may feel decreased energy, because your body is used to used glucose (sugar) as an energy source
  • Similarly, your brain is also used to high levels of glucose in your system, so when you cut out carbs, you may experience headaches.

So what foods are high in fat and low in carbs, or vice versa? Below is a good guide to see which foods have which, so you can maintain a balanced diet:

High in Fat & Low in Carbs:
  • Meat: Ex. Beef, Chicken, and Pork
  • Fish: Particularly Salmon
  • Oils (Coconut, MCT, Avocado, Olive Oil etc.)
  • Whole eggs
  • Dairy Products: Ex. Cheese
  • Vegetables: Ex. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Asparagus, Zucchini and Eggplant
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and Nut Butters
  • Chia Seeds
High in Carbs & Low in Fats:
  • Wheat Products: Ex. Bread and Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Oats: Ex. Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Most fruits due to sugar content
  • Sweeteners: Ex. Sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup

So, is this diet right for you? The truth is, that while eating a diet that is high in protein, and healthy fats is very nutritious for your body, teen girls need complex carbs to survive and thrive. The key, as always, is to make sure you’re maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, eating everything in moderation. That means striking a balance between protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs. The final list below is full of foods with GREAT carbs that will keep you fit, healthy and happy. Eat on, girls!!

Complex Carbs:
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Butternut Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Bell Peppers
  • Flaxseeds
  • Vegetables
  • Low-Sugar Fruits: Ex. Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Lemons and Limes

 

Looking for more healthy eating info? Find Lauren on Instagram @laus_healthy_life!

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