Newly engaged reality TV star Kim Kardashian is opening up about her post-pregnancy slim-down, as well as how difficult it was to cope with the criticism she received when she originally put on the weight.
Kardashian reveals in the latest issue of People magazine that she's lost 43 pounds since giving birth and called it "the biggest challenge of my life."
"I still have some to go," she confessed, since she packed 50 additional pounds on her 5'3 frame. The 33-year-old new mother says that breastfeeding, an exercise routine and strict adherence to the Atkins diet has helped her shed the weight.
"Pregnancy for me was a lot tougher than people saw on my show or from magazines," Kardashian admitted to the magazine. "So to get back to feeling like myself just makes me feel good again."
Indeed, she was heavily criticized during her pregnancy with daughter North West for the weight gain. Kardashian revealed to People that the relentless criticism nearly broke her. "Every day I would hear people criticize me and it would affect me. Little by little, it would chip away at my soul."
While she "wanted to ignore it all," she said she was keenly aware that she needed to get back in shape -- and fast.
According to People, a friend who visited Kardashian in the hospital after she gave birth says it was "sad" how much the mocking had gotten to her. "She had just given birth to her sweet daughter and she already felt a lot of pressure to lose the weight," the friend said.
Following the birth of baby North on June 15, Kardashian shunned the spotlight for months, spending time with her family and getting back into shape. She's recently emerged back into the public eye and has even posted revealing pictures of her new physique online.
"Losing this weight has not been easy," Kardashian admits. "But I did it and that's so rewarding. I was dedicated and motivated, and for me, that paid off."