Is revenge a sustainable way to achieve fitness?
Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian, Kardashian’s new reality show that airs the first of its eight hour-long episodes tonight (E!, 8 ET/PT), starts there. It follows people who – with the help of Kardashian’s pep talks and 12 weeks of work with her fitness team – lose weight, gain muscle and reinvent themselves.
But Kardashian, 32, says it’s not just about working out and eating right just to get back at someone. « For me, how I would define a ‘revenge body’ is how you feel your sexiest and happiest within yourself, » she says.
Kardashian’s own transformation happened when she was dealing with a tumultuous divorce from Lamar Odom. « I turned to working out, because I needed clarity in my brain and I didn’t know what else to do but go to the gym, » she said. « And, as a byproduct, I started losing weight. »
But focusing on health did become a form of retaliation – even if that wasn’t the initial goal.
« For me, my revenge is for everybody who called me fat and ugly … every piece of (crap) that comes our way in my family, and how we handle them. It shows how strong I am mentally. » Contrast that, she says, back to when Kardashian’s dad Robert Kardashian died in 2003, and « I turned to alcohol and I was a hot, crazy mess.
Today, she says, « I finally have learned to process things in a healthy way, and for me, that’s my ‘revenge body.' »
How does she keep that killer bod? Instead of following a strict diet, Kardashian adheres to these wellness guidelines:
Mix up the workouts
« I love Soul Cycle, hot yoga, circuit training, obstacle-type things, » she says. « I don’t like to do the same workout all the time. »
Don’t deprive yourself
« I believe in everything in moderation. » she says. « If you really are craving pizza, OK, get a slice, don’t eat the whole pizza … When I was on strict diets before, I would secretly order pizzas and eat the whole thing with ranch dressing. »
Travel with a jump rope
When she stays in a hotel, « the person under me probably hates me. »
Get comfortable with snacks around
Though Kardashian keeps plenty of candy in her home for her nieces and nephews, « it doesn’t bother me, » she says. « It’s so common for me now. » (Even though her sisters complain about the temptation.) « I’ll have a handful of Skittles, » but not go crazy, she says.
Use a step counter
Kardashian is about to install a step counter on her app. Before that, she tried using one her sister Kourtney gave her, but it attached to the waist and « was so uncomfortable, » she says.
Wear (part of) a sauna suit
« I like to be drenched in sweat » in a spin class, she explains. Kardashian only wears the sweat-inducing top and not the bottoms, because « I don’t care, I have skinny legs. »
Get a trainer who’s funny; not militant
« I like you to push me and motivate me, but I’m paying you so don’t (freaking) yell at me! » she says. Sarcasm, jokes and puns from a trainer, however, she’s OK with. For example, celeb trainer Don Brooks ends most workout sessions with lines like, « You’ve been Don-omized » and « It’s a Don deal, » says Kardashian. « It’s hysterical. »