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I tried Kourtney Kardashian's diet — and couldn't even make it 2 days

INSIDER logoINSIDER 9/25/2017 edinuzzo@businessinsider.com (Emily DiNuzzo)

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The INSIDER Summary: Kourtney Kardashian recently revealed her detox diet; I decided to try it for a week.I couldn't last more than two days on her low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free diet. I felt tired, uninspired, and bored over the course of the detox.  

I consider myself a relatively healthy eater. I'm not the definition of wellness, but I do hit the gym consistently and fill my plates with fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. I thought taking on the challenge of trying Kourtney Kardashian's diet would be doable; maybe not enjoyable, but definitely doable. Inspired by my co-worker who tried out Khloe Kardashian's diet, I vowed to follow Kourtney's for a week — and I didn't last long. 

It is worth noting that Kardashian's average diet is a little more relaxed than her detox diet. She's been doing this detox for about three months after testing found high amounts of metal in her system, according to InStyle

I previously looked into which Kardashian-Jenner sisters have the best diet. A dietitian told me she thought Kourtney had one of the healthiest ones, because she was able to stick with and sustain her diet. 

I tried to see just how long I could stay with this detox plan and the results were not so great. 

My grocery list included: 

  • Avocados
  • Honey
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Chicken breasts
  • Fish fillets
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Nutritional yeast

Here is what my days of eating like Kourtney consisted of: 

Day 1 -

Meal 1: Kourtney's avocado pudding

Kourtney Kardashian Avocado pudding © Provided by Business Insider Inc Kourtney Kardashian Avocado pudding

The avocado pudding breakfast I had is a staple meal for Kardashian. And I have no idea why. 

This pudding was severely missing fruit. And yes, I know avocados are technically a fruit, but a banana or some strawberries really would have made a difference in this breakfast. 

The recipe called for one whole avocado, non-dairy milk, and a little bit of honey. On an intern salary, I couldn't afford the Manuka honey that Kourtney uses, so I subbed in my favorite generic brand. Just from my basic knowledge of nutrition, I knew this meal was super high in fat. With the help of my calorie tracking app, I found that it had 24 grams of carbs, 24 grams of fat, and 12 grams of sugar.

You guys have been asking, so here it is again. AVOCADO PUDDING RECIPE. On my app. #LinkInBio

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As I spooned the mushy creation all I could think about was the fact that a beautiful and delicious avocado that could have served a higher purpose was wasted on this goopy mess. 

Meal 2: Grilled chicken and broccoli

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This meal isn’t too different from what I normally eat for lunch. Other than the occasional sandwich, I usually bring some combination of proteins, vegetables, and starchy carbs. 

I sorely missed my 'taters, and controlled myself in the office kitchen so as not to supplement with a carb-rich snack. I topped my broccoli with some gluten- and dairy-free nutritional yeast, which vegans use as a substitute for grated cheese. (P.S. - The two are not one in the same.) 

I couldn't find any info on the portion sizes Kardashian eats, so I listened to my body and ate what I thought was enough. 

But immediately after, I was still kinda hungry. 

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Meal 3: Almonds and green tea

Kardashian is diligent about not snacking while on this diet, but if she has to, then she goes for a few almonds. 

I followed suit and snacked on a few during my tea break at work. They were sad, plain, and limited, but I was happy not to be eating another serving of "pudding."

The entire time that I ate like Kardashian, I only sipped on tea and citrus-flavored water. Kourtney swears by a "detox water," which has been deemed BS, but I wanted to go for the full experience and included fresh lemons in ever drink. 

Meal 4: Fish and more broccoli

Tilapia and broccoli. © Provided by Business Insider Inc Tilapia and broccoli.

Fish is probably one of my favorite things to have for dinner. I had tilapia which I "breaded" in coconut flour, nutritional yeast, and some garlic powder. Kardashian doesn't specify how her fish is cooked, but I assumed it wasn't breaded and fried. I decided to bake mine, and felt confident in my non-dairy non-gluten "breading." I had the leftover broccoli with my fish, and it actually hit the spot. 

Day 2 - 

Meal 1 & 1.5: Banana, hard boiled egg, and avocado pudding

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I was supposed to wait 14 to 16 hours after my dinner to have breakfast on the second day. That meant I couldn't have breakfast before 10 a.m.. I wanted to go to the gym in the morning, but didn't think lifting would be a good idea on an empty stomach. So I  broke the fast for half of a banana and a hard-boiled egg before my gym session. 

I came back, and begrudgingly ate the avocado pudding again.  

Meal 2: More chicken and broccoli

Are you sensing a pattern here? I'll spare you another photo of broccoli and chicken and, instead, share some of the food-porn I was scrolled through while taking my lunch break. 

When 3 out of the 4 things on my plate are sweeeeet👅I'm def team sweet over team savory but I'm also just team food soo🤷🏼‍♀️ Ps if you haven't tried stuffing your sweet potato with yogurt/pb you have to try asap🥜 . . . ⏩steamed sp stuffed with plain yogurt @siggisdairy (mixed with cinnamon bun protein @mrm_usa), crushed freeze dried raspberries, & pumpkin pie spice @primalpalate + coconut cashew collagen bar @primalkitchenfoods + protein popcorn @squareorganics (discount code: kissmywheatgrass_) + toasted slice of @eurekabread topped with cream cheese @kitehillfoods + egg fried in coconut oil @kamenfoods & topped with finger limes @citriburst.pearls + everything but the bagel seasoning @traderjoes + Brazil nuts Then add lots of pb😍

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Some of it wasn't even super unhealthy, but I longed for anything with a different texture, taste, and color.  

Meal 3: Chicken and cauliflower

Grilled chicken and cauliflower © Provided by Business Insider Inc Grilled chicken and cauliflower

I was surprisingly not stick of chicken at this point, but this meal definitely needed some oomph so I added some garlic and onion powder. I considered adding Trader Joe's everything bagel seasoning to mask the blandness of the meal, but at that point, I was too hungry to go back to the spice cabinet. 

I also determined that cauliflower is just a sad, paler cousin of broccoli. I longed for some rice or quinoa to replace this sad excuse for a side dish. I was pretty hungry after this meal. I wasn't physically in pain, but I felt tired and sad. 

Meal 4: Tea

This doesn't really count as a meal, but I included it here because I looked forward to this cup of tea so much. It acted as my pseudo dessert. I sat across from my sister as she taunted me by eating blackberry after blackberry. Now I understood why Kourtney can be so mean to her sisters. 

Day 3 - 

The breakfast that ended it all: Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana

  Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana. © Provided by Business Insider Inc Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana.

I wanted to see this diet to the end, but completing this challenge wasn't in the cards for me. 

On day three I had one of my favorite breakfasts — a heaping bowl of oats made with egg whites, protein powder, crunchy peanut butter, and fresh banana. Yes, of all the things to eat after a detox, I picked oatmeal to usher my body back into the world of refined carbs. 

What dietitians and health professionals think: 

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I spoke with Dr. Caroline Apovian, Director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center and professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, to hear her thoughts on Kourtney's detox diet. 

"This is a very low calorie 'fad' diet [...] and can be dangerous for those who are in an exercise program," she told me. "The side effects can include vitamin and mineral deficiencies and dehydration and electrolyte imbalance." 

Registered Dieting Nutritionist and creator of the Wholitarian Lifestyle, Malina Linkas Malkani, agreed and told me that this diet is not something she would recommend. 

Aside from the problematic term "detox," Malkani notes that you should be skeptical of any diet that cuts out food groups. "This diet eliminates whole grains, beans, and legumes, all of which are nutrient-dense and fiber-rich," she told me. "I would be concerned that people on this diet wouldn't get close to the recommended 25 to 35 daily grams of dietary fiber which is important for digestive and cardiovascular health as well as weight loss." 

More importantly, Malkani said a successful diet is one you can maintain.

"I believe in following a healthy nutrition lifestyle that is sustainable and enjoyable," she said. "Such a harsh and restrictive diet doesn't sound like [a] lifestyle anyone would want to maintain in the long term." 

Overall takeaway:

Food serves a number of purposes — it fuels you, heals you, and sometimes comforts you. Enjoying what you eat is important, and I can't say I enjoyed this diet. 

Everything I ate tasted good, apart from the avocado pudding. The real issues I had with this diet was that I felt deprived, tired, and overall unsatisfied with my meals. 

I felt deprived, not only because I was aware of the specific foods I couldn't eat, but also because things that made me enjoy healthy food were gone too. I missed my fruit and my starchy carbs that powered my morning workouts as well as the occasional office snack. (The lack of which made me feel tired and put me in an overall bad mood.) 

Doing this experiment did help me realize that I have very poorly developed hunger cues. A lot of my "hunger" was really just wanting to take a break or craving things because I knew they were off limits. 

In the end, Kardashian's diet was more about cutting things out rather than including a healthy array of foods. Nutrition should be inclusive and enjoyable. It is possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. You just have to find what works for you. If that means avocado pudding, then blend it up. But don't be discouraged if you can't follow a diet like this to a T.  

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