This Is What Happens When You Eat Like Kim Kardashian West for a Week

With trendy new diets cropping up almost daily, separating truth from fiction can feel harder than navigating the kombucha aisle. Can a three-day raw food diet really help clear your acne? Will chugging a magic shake once a day give you a body like Bella Hadid’s? Probably not, but we’re game to try everything and report on the results (no need to thank us—we consider it our civic duty). Which leads us to the topic of Kim Kardashian West—more specifically, her post-pregnancy body and the diet she credits for it. After shedding 60 pounds following Saint’s birth like it was no big deal, Kardashian West revealed the exact meal plan she followed: the low-carb, fat-burning diet dubbed Atkins. Our co-founder Hillary Kerr and editorial director Faith Xue decided to try Kim’s post-pregnancy diet for seven days… with very different results.

Keep scrolling to find out what it’s like to eat like Kim Kardashian West for a week, from two different perspectives.

The Collective Goal

To follow Kim Kardashian West’s post-pregnancy diet—here are the entire seven-day meal plan and recipes—or, at least, eat less than 40 net carbs (carbs minus fiber) a day à la Kim K.

Hillary’s Initial Thoughts

Kim Kardashian West seems like a very disciplined lady and a very results-oriented person, so the thought of kicking off my pre-wedding shape-up plan with a week of following her Atkins 40 diet seemed like a no-brainer. It appeared both precise—five cherry tomatoes in a salad precise—but also relaxed enough that if push came to shove, you could just eat five ounces of a protein of your choice and add green, leafy vegetables. There are lots of ways to do this diet, but for me it was important to try to take a little bit from the Whole 30 way of eating and stick to mostly eating whole foods (meaning nothing processed or made with additives, except for a daily Atkins Harvest Bar) I make myself. — Hillary Kerr, co-founder, CMG (Who What Wear, Byrdie, MyDomaine, Obsessee)

Faith’s Initial Thoughts

You’d think that after a very surprising and somewhat invasive end to my time getting Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite detox treatment, I might want to swear off celeb-approved experiences for a while. Call me a masochist or just bored, but Kim K.’s post-pregnancy diet beckoned me, slyly whispering, What would Kim do? Maybe it’s because my own diet consists of whatever is offered on UberEats for lunch and copious amounts of tacos for dinner (I live above one of the best taco spots in L.A., which seems to indicate that the universe either loves or hates me), but I was ready for a refresh. As someone who doesn’t cook at all, I was both excited and nervous to embark on a diet that would require me to actually touch a spatula. My goal? A diet reset, and perhaps a few healthy dishes to add to my belt. — Faith Xue, editorial director, Byrdie

Hillary’s Final Thoughts

My overall takeaway is that this diet is great if you want to lose some weight without feeling hungry, pretty much ever. The app is an essential tool and makes things very easy to record and track. The recipes are a little hit or miss—they’re not always very well written, and I would love to spend a week on fixing everything—but they pleasantly surprise me more often than not. The whole plan is educational too, and I’m astonished to learn how many carbs are in things I love, like KALE. The first few days were a little overwhelming because I was cooking so much and so many different things, but then I started to settle into having a few go-to recipes, and that made it easier.

A week into this, I still hated eating breakfast and was not very hungry in the morning, but I realized what a difference it makes in my overall mood, and am pretty sure I’m going to keep eating it, going forward. I also realized that having a morning snack and an afternoon snack is brilliant, though I feel like a kid with my celery and peanut butter every day. I haven’t missed sweets or sugar as much as I thought I would, which is interesting.

Faith’s Final Thoughts

Following any sort of diet for a full week is a testament to your willpower and discipline, two things I greatly lack when it comes to food choices. However, forcing myself to grocery-shop and meal-prep gave me a sense of accomplishment I hadn’t felt since the time I tried to order free doughnuts off Postmates so many times that the system crashed and the team there offered me a 20% coupon code as an apology. I will say that I loved the Atkins app—it made everything so easy in terms of keeping track of your carbs and helped the diet feel more like a fun(ish) game instead of a thing of drudgery. Plus, I brushed up on my cooking—well, placing things in the oven—and can move forward with life knowing that I am capable of providing food for myself and others if times turn dire. Plus, halfway through the diet, I weighed myself just for kicks and found I had lost three pounds—water weight, obviously, but a small victory I can think of when I’m tempted by a baked good on occasion. Yes, I cheated, and yes, it felt damn good to do so, but I left the diet more aware of the effect foods have on my body and with a newfound respect for Mrs. West.

Feeling hungry? Stock up on a box of the Atkins Harvest Trail Bars ($7), and then check out Kim Kardashian West’s full seven-day meal plan, courtesy of Atkins.

Would you ever try the Atkins diet? See when happened when one Byrdie editor ate like Bella Hadid for a week.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.