Lifestyle Health Kim Kardashian West Is Hitting Her 40-Lb. Weight Loss Goal by Dropping 2 Lbs. a Week The reality star is relying on a protein-filled diet to lose the last 40 lbs. of baby weight By Julie Mazziotta Julie Mazziotta Twitter Julie Mazziotta is the Sports Editor at PEOPLE, covering everything from the NFL to tennis to Simone Biles and Tom Brady. She was previously an Associate Editor for the Health vertical for six years, and prior to joining PEOPLE worked at Health Magazine. When not covering professional athletes, Julie spends her time as a (very) amateur athlete, training for marathons, long bike trips and hikes. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on December 1, 2020 09:59 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Editorialist Kim Kardashian West is working on dropping 2 lbs. a week on the Atkins diet. Her Atkins nutritionist, Colette Heimowitz, told Extra Tuesday that Kardashian West’s diet plan sets her up to lose 2 lbs. a week. “We can pace the weight loss at 2 lbs. a week, so that it won’t affect her breast milk and she gets adequate protein from chicken, fish and some meat,” Heimowitz explains. The reality star, 35, announced Jan. 19 that she’s going back on the Atkins diet once again after the birth of her son, Saint, on Dec. 5. “I’m so excited!” she tweeted. “I’m 30 lbs down today but 40 to go! I’m so focused.” Kardashian West said she packed on 60 lbs. during her pregnancy (to the dismay of mom Kris Jenner), and she’s working on dropping back down to her pre-baby weight of 130 lbs. To get there, Kardashian West is following the Atkins 40 program, which allows her more carbohydrates to restore her energy while she’s breastfeeding Saint. Along with the mostly protein-and-vegetable-heavy diet, Heimowitz says Kardashian West can nosh on low glycemic fruits like berries, and get healthy fats from Greek yogurt, small portions of cheese, and nuts and olive oil. RELATED VIDEO: The One Workout Move You Have to Do to Get Kim Kardashian’s Second Most Famous Asset “On Atkins you can take in more calories than you would on a typical low calorie diet and lose actually more weight,” Heimowitz says. Along with the diet, Kardashian West is hitting the gym hard, which Heimowitz says will help the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star lose inches quickly, though it will take some time to hit her goal weight. “She’s also exercising, so she’ll sculpt her body with a personal trainer and lose 40 lbs. of fat with us, and if it’s two to 3 lbs. a week it will take a couple months.” Still, Heimowitz has plenty of faith in Kardashian West. “She’s smart and she’s motivated and she’s committed,” Heimowitz says.