Could we learn food lessons from Kim?

Face up to your un­healthy habits. It helped one A-lis­ter lose 27kg

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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

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