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I ate like Kim Kardashian for a week and it was surprisingly affordable and filling

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Whether you love her or hate her, one thing is for certain — Kim Kardashian West is in the best shape of her life. She even says so herself. 

So when Kim Kardashian's nutritionist, Colette Heimowitz, revealed everything Kim eats in a week, I decided to give it a try.

After trying and failing to follow Khloe Kardashian's diet, I was pretty nervous to try Kim's. It didn't seem that bad at first glance, but neither did Khloe's diet — which almost made me pass out after day one.

I was reassured, however, when INSIDER asked a nutritionist to rank the Kardashian sister's diets and Kim's came out on top as the most healthy. 

Before I could take on the challenge, I had to familiarise myself with her diet. Kim follows the Atkins 40 diet, which focuses on limiting sugar and carbohydrates. The diet consists of eating 40 grams of net carbs (the total carbohydrate content of the food minus the fiber content), four to six ounce servings of protein, and two to four servings of fat each day. Since fiber is listed on nutrition labels, you can just substitute that number from the total carb number to get the net carb amount.

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She also limits herself to eating 1,800 calories per day.

Excited to start, I headed to the grocery store to grab everything I needed with a goal of following the diet for one week. 

A few of the items on my list included:

1. Chicken breasts

2. Hamburger patties

3. Salmon

4. Canned tuna

5. Greek yogurt

6. Bell peppers

7. Celery sticks

8. Strawberries

9. Romaine lettuce 

10. Gouda

11. Eggs

12. Asparagus

With groceries in hand, it was time to get started.

Here's what a typical day on Kim's diet looked like. 

Meal one: Breakfast

Two fried eggs, one thin slice of whole grain bread, and two ounces of chicken sausage.

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While my typical breakfast usually involves a meager bowl of Cheerios, Kim's first meal of the day is actually pretty hefty. I was even late to work the first morning because I underestimated how long it would take for me to prepare it. Kim eats anything from rolled oats with pecans and strawberries to scrambled eggs with turkey sausage, Gouda, Greek yoghurt, and blueberries.

I am usually not very hungry in the morning, so Kim's breakfasts definitely filled me up.

Meal two: Morning snack

Three tablespoons of hummus, half a cup of bell pepper slices, and a fourth cup of carrots.

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Kim eats two snacks per day one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon. Her mid-morning snacks include a lot of veggies like bell peppers, carrots, and celery, or something with fruit with cheese. Once a week she even snacks on a vanilla coffee frappé.

Meal three: Lunch

Three ounces of canned tuna, one tablespoon of mayonnaise, one stalk of celery, and three romaine lettuce leaves.

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Kim's lunch isn't as impressive as her breakfast, nor is it as filling. Some of her go-to meals include three ounces of canned tuna with one tablespoon of mayonnaise, one stalk of celery, and three romaine lettuce leaves, or six ounces of chicken breast with a salad.

I didn't feel very full after lunch.

Meal four: Afternoon snack

Three tablespoons of peanut butter with two celery stalks.

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Kim's mid-afternoon snack resembles her mid-morning snack with either a lot of veggies, fruit with cheese, or an Atkins bar. 

Around this time of the day, hunger really started to kick in for me. The effects of my larger breakfast had completely worn off, and my meager lunch and the few veggies I had as a snack didn't really fill me up. Although I was hungry, I wasn't starving. I was definitely ready for my next meal though.

Meal five: Dinner

Grilled chicken with asparagus and tomatoes.

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Kim's dinners are packed with proteins and veggies. Her protein of choice includes four to six ounces of steak or pork chops, salmon, tilapia, or chicken. Although some of her choices are on the pricier side, they can easily be replaced with cheaper options. Instead of steak or pork chops, for example, I purchased hamburger patties.

All-in-all, Kim's dinner was usually pretty filling for a diet.

The verdict:

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Following Kim's diet wasn't the worst. Sure, I was hungrier than normal, but I didn't feel faint like I did on Khloe's diet. And let me tell you, there is a big difference between feeling hungry and feeling faint.

Although Kim's diet was blander than the foods I normally eat, she still eats cheese, bread, and a whole lot of meat, poultry, and fish, so I can't really complain. The only thing I felt like I was giving up was a larger lunch and heartier snacks. I stuck to the diet the whole week though, which I think is quite a success.

I also really loved how I could recreate Kim's diet without it costing an arm and a leg, and without having to buy weird ingredients I'll never use again. The whole week of groceries only cost around £44.65 (and those are New York prices!). I did have to substitute a few of Kim's more expensive choices though, like burger patties for pork chops.

I don't own a scale, but my jeans are a tiny bit looser after a week on this diet, so I'll say it works if you're looking to lose weight. It is important to note, however, that if you are considering trying this diet, or any diet, to make sure to consult with a doctor first, and listen to your body. Dieting is supposed to help you feel healthier, so if you aren't feeling well, it might be time to try a different plan.

Overall, I didn't feel too restricted on Kim's diet and would probably recommend it to anyone looking for a sustainable diet without too many limitations.

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