The reality TV actress stated of the diet that enabled her fit into Marilyn Monroe's outfit, "I was really strict."
Hundreds of celebs attended the Met Gala in 2022, dressed to the nines. Kerry Washington, Camila Cabello, and Gwen Stefani all walked the red carpet in extravagant ensembles. Everything was glistening. The audience oohed and aahed at the ‘gilded glamour’ glitz and splendour.
However, Kim Kardashian's Marilyn Monroe-inspired ensemble was difficult to beat. Kim donned the glittering, nude, curve-clinging gown at the Met 60 years after Marilyn initially wore it, making her the only other person to ever do so. It is currently worth at over $10 million, according to the New York Post, and is covered in over 6,000 hand-sewn crystals.
"It was after the gala in September of last year that I had the idea." What would I have done for the American theme if it hadn't been the Balenciaga look? I wondered. What is the most American thing that comes to mind? Kim told Vogue, "And that's Marilyn Monroe."
Attaining Marilyn’s look required unhealthy dedication.
However, achieving the appearance required serious—and unhealthy—dedication. "I've always felt [Marilyn Monroe] was really curvaceous," Kim explained. "I imagined myself being smaller in some places where she was larger and larger in other places. So when it didn't fit, I wanted to cry because there was nothing I could do about it." As a culturally historical artifact, the dress could not be altered in any way.
Instead, Kim began a new diet and training regimen in the hopes of losing enough weight to fit into the dress without alterations. "I'd wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, eliminate all sweets and carbs, and eat only the cleanest vegetables and protein," she explained. "I didn't deprive myself of food, but I was really rigid."
At 5'2", Kim lost 16 pounds in three weeks to squeeze into Marilyn Monroe's gown. Is it, however, truly healthy to lose so much weight so quickly? BodyRock connected with two specialists to get the complete picture:
Kim Kardashian's Met Gala diet wasn’t healthy.
Jonathan Valdez, RDN, owner of Genki Nutrition and spokesperson for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said Kim's diet is "certainly not a safe approach to lose weight."
Trainer Bree Mitchell, CPT, thinks it's also unrealistic. First, she clarifies that "weight does not always imply body fat." That is to say, Kim's 16-pound weight loss could have been due to the loss of water weight as much as fat. Furthermore, both Valdez and Mitchell agree that reducing a lot of weight quickly can be extremely hard on the body. According to Valdez, "rapid weight reduction hazards include electrolyte imbalances, gallstones, gout, lethargy, constipation, diarrhoea, and nausea." According to Mitchell, your stress and cortisol levels will likely rise, and you won't be getting all of the nutrients your body needs from meals.
According to Mitchell, a diet like Kim's can affect your metabolism and potentially cause muscle loss. She continues, "We work hard for our muscles," but "you actually do risk losing muscle with that type of dramatic weight loss."
Kim’s Diet is completely unsustainable.
While eliminating carbs and sugar may help you lose weight, Mitchell points out that "carbohydrates actually serve a number of wonderful roles in our bodies." Carbohydrates are your body's primary energy source. According to a study published in 2020, cutting carbs from your diet leads your body to produce less insulin, which causes your metabolism to alter. (Cutting out all carbs is especially dangerous if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes, according to Valdez.)
Cutting carbs as a weight loss strategy is effective when it’s done according to a balanced plan that ensures your body doesn’t experience the trauma of sudden, extreme food restrictions. To learn how to carb reduce safely, you can check out our ‘Low-carb lifestyle’ Plan here.
Furthermore, eliminating all carbohydrates and sugar is quite difficult. Valdez points out that most veggies include carbohydrates, therefore Kim's diet was unlikely to be totally carb-free.
You’ll gain the weight back sooner rather than later.
Mitchell says, "I certainly don't think it's a long-term solution." It's likely that if you embark on an extreme diet, you'll gain the weight back sooner rather than later. "That's where it rebounds on the opposite side when you go that far in one direction," she says. The strategy was short-lived for Kim. She shared a video of a massive pizza and doughnut spread in the star's hotel room on her Instagram Story after the Met Gala.
"OK guys, so I'm starving after the Met," she told Page Six. "And my favourite doughnuts in the entire world, in New York City, are these small doughnuts." "And there's pizza!" I haven't eaten carbs or sweets in about a month, if not three weeks."
This celebratory ‘binge’ highlights just how ‘short-term’ these types of radically unhealthy diets are.
Let’s break it down by the numbers.
A healthier weight loss objective, according to Mitchell, would be one to two pounds per week, as opposed to Kim's five or more. Kim would have needed an additional 22 workouts per week to achieve her goal, even on an extreme diet (assuming she burns at least 500 calories per workout).
Kim's personal trainer was looking to dispel any'misconceptions' regarding her workout routine.
"I think one of the misconceptions is—she works incredibly hard," Don-A-Matrix, Kim's personal trainer, remarked. According to TMZ, "I was there throughout the process and it wasn't like starving yourself." "She's been on a very well-balanced diet, and she wouldn't eat as much at times, but she also went to the gym and worked hard."
We are not the only ones calling bullshit.
Other celebrities are now commenting on Kim's diet. Lili Reinhart, star of Riverdale, turned to Instagram to express her feelings: In an Instagram Story, she stated, "To walk on a red carpet and do an interview where you say how starving you are...because you haven't eaten carbs in the previous month...all to fit in a fucking dress?"
“So wrong. So f*cked on 100s of levels. To openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala. When you know very well that millions of young men and women are looking up to you and listening to your every word. The ignorance is other-worldly and disgusting. Please stop supporting these stupid, harmful celebrities whose entire image revolves around their bodies."
"I am not generally an angry person but I swear to god, the toxicity of this industry really gets to me sometimes and I have to do my little Instagram-story rants to release my rage,” Lili finished.
Changing your body like this is dangerous.
Changing your body to fit into an outfit isn't just bad advice; it's dangerous. Framing rapid weight loss as a sensible decision gives the message to women and men that if they want to be worthy of attention and appreciation, they must transform their bodies and suffer for fashion. Deprivation becomes the default state for everybody who wants to look their best.
Hardly the first time…
Of course, Kardashian isn't completely to fault for spreading such toxic influence; for decades, mainstream culture has pushed a similar weight-loss message. The diet industry was created on the promise of a happier, leaner, better you just around the corner long before Kardashian kept up with anyone. Every advertisement about beach bodies, extreme makeover shows, #shreddingforthewedding hashtags on social media – and, yes, the red-carpet comments and appearances of women who view colonics as an ordinary part of event prep – all sent out the message that women should conform to dominant body ideals. Playing on women's fears is a lucrative industry.
That said, admiring Kardashian's slimmer Met Gala figure risks endorsing her methods for getting it. It's the glamorization of extreme real-time weight loss. No one should have to tell you that restricting your food intake to fit into a dress rather than picking one that fits your body is dangerous behaviour - but in today’s social media landscape, it’s important to take a stand against this toxicity, and remind people that incredible, jaw-dropping transformations are possible - though a healthy approach to diet and exercise.
Getting results - safely.
Kim could have achieved the same transformation over a longer period of time and kept it healthy, simply by following an intermittent fasting plan for women, and training once a day for 10-15 minutes doing HIIT and Strength training. Fasting requires zero food restrictions (you can eat whatever you want) and 10-15 minutes of exercise per day is enough to transform anyones body. These two approaches - fasting and 10-15 minutes of daily exercise - are the most efficient way to burn excess body fat, build strength and get lean.
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I hope this article saves even just one person from ravaging their bodies with such an extreme and short lived solution. I don’t care how much a dress costs or who wore it - you are worth more than any look.
Why don’t you share ideas about how to get workouts done instead of flashing celebs on the blog?
I used to be a huge fan of BRTV but now I even consider leaving BRTV for Zuzka.
I live a normal life without following Instagram. I thought you were free from all those fatshaming ideas and insecurities but this article just boasted up your image of the urge to wanna make money of insecurities. Please leave the celebrity boat and focus on making people feel good, boosting of self esteem etc. By adding another KimK article it IS the wrong direction.
Sigh…what a catty negative article. And I am tired of all the celebrity posts. I don’t care about Kim K or Jlo or Jennifer Anniston. I am more interested in athletes and outdoorsy people. I use bodyrock equipment to get strong and fit, not fit into a dress. Stop being so obsessed with instagram. How about some articles on elite athletes?
Another blog article about Kim Kardashian? Do we really care about her? Is it necessary to sprinkle so many obscenities in the blog?