Could we learn food lessons from Kim?
Face up to your unhealthy habits. It helped one A-lister lose 27kg
Everyone has a soft spot for food that doesn’t exactly do any favours. Whether chocolate, chips or bread, it’s fair to say that while bringing comfort, these treats will add the curves. We know the deal, but we just can’t quit them.
But could we learn a thing or two from reality star Kim Kardashian West? Kim recently shifted the baby weight of second child, Saint, more easily than her first pregnancy with North. The 35-year-old 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star has lost an impressive 27kg since giving
birth five months ago.
The reason, she says is thanks to a change in attitude to food. While she still enjoys a sweet treat, she is firmly in control. Kim said: “I feel like I’ve been so good dieting that nothing excites me the way it did, except for beignets (baked sweets, similar to fritters) from New Orleans - and powdered sugar doughnuts, which I’m obsessed with.”
Some people aren’t that enthused with culinary delights, while others struggle to say no to a chocolate biscuit or salted crisp. But where is the line between a light indulgence, and a bad relationship with food?
Psychologist and hypnotherapist at Changeworks Abu Dhabi, and consultant for enritsch.com, Dr Naser Al Riyani consults people in the UAE on weight-management. He says there are two reasons we might struggle with self-control when it comes to food - one physiological and one psychological. “Some foods, due to the high glucose or fat content, emit a feeling of happiness to the point we may feel addicted,” he says. “There’s a reason one chip company’s slogan is ‘once you pop, you can’t stop’.”
The other reason, he says, is comfort. “People often look to food for comfort and emotional fulfillment - for example if they’re feeling anxious or depressed, they may find themselves overeating.” So how can you control your unhealthy habits? It’s not necessarily a good idea to go cold turkey. Al Riyani adds: “Human psychology doesn’t do very well with abstaining because it’s about losing something. We don’t like losing things, even if they’re bad for us; replacing habits has been shown to be more effective.” “It’s about making it so food is not a comfort, but rather building alternative comforting habits through various methods - psychological, cognitive behavioural therapy, and hypnotherapy.”
CHANGING TIMES: Kim Kardashian West lost an incredible 27kg since giving birth, which she credits to a change in attitude to food