Kourtney Kardashian experienced consistent weight gain while pregnant with her three children: Mason, 10, Penelope, 7, and Reign, 5.
In an essay titled “How I Got My Body Back After Kids” posted on her Poosh website, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star says she gained exactly 40 pounds with all three of her pregnancies but had a different experience losing the weight each time.
“My body and my experience after having each of my kids was so different. I was in a different place mentally, emotionally, and physically, even if by just a couple years,” the 40-year-old explained.
After having Mason, Kourtney got into shape by running, doing at-home workouts, walking uphill with her baby in a stroller, and breastfeeding for 16 months.
In addition to the bond that one builds with their child, Kourtney recommends that new moms breastfeed “as long as you can,” specifically “if you can — the first full year.”
“It forces you to eat super clean for your baby, drink much less alcohol and caffeine, and hydrate with a ton of water. It’s amazing for the baby’s immunity and strength, and it burns around 700 calories each feeding,” she claims.
After having Penelope, Kourtney did yoga and “mellow workouts” but wasn’t seeing the results that she wanted. Two years after delivering her daughter, she began doing HIIT (high-intensity interval training), which sparked her interest in — and later addiction to — “intense workouts.”
“It’s a lot of short, super intense bursts, like jump lunges, squats, or running up stairs, and it burns crazy calories and builds strength,” she explained.
Kourtney not only continued doing HIIT workouts after Reign was born, she credits the exercise with easing her anxiety amid her 2015 breakup with Scott Disick, the father of her three children.
“I couldn’t wait to get back on my high-intensity schedule after the pregnancy, and it felt so good to jump back into it. Especially because I was going through the breakup with Scott, I found that these workouts helped crush my anxiety,” she noted. “HIIT workouts are really what made the biggest difference. It’s hard at first, but I noticed once I became used to that sort of intensity, I craved it.”
If Kourtney stopped seeing progress with her weight loss, she would “eliminate something from [her] diet or eating schedule to see how much of a change that made.”
“I know I’ve mentioned my sweet tooth before, and it was even more intense while I was breastfeeding. I like to have a little dessert after lunch and after dinner, but if I felt my weight plateaued, I would cut out the post-lunch snack and monitor my sugar, which really made a difference,” she said.
However, when it comes to fitness and nutrition, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
“The most important thing is to listen to your body and to do what you’re doing for you, not for society’s standards of getting your body back, because they are unrealistic.”