The Truth About Khloe Kardashian's Incredible Transformation

Khloe Kardashian has come a long way since the days when she says haters called her the "fat" sister of her family. Over the years, we've seen how her healthy lifestyle habits — including (mostly) clean eating and hard hours at the gym – have transformed her body, and it seems even her mind. Despite multiple heartbreaks and challenges, this woman seems stronger than ever. 

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians sister has been outspoken about her incredible journey, sharing everything from weight loss tips to motivational ideas and lifestyle challenges. She's publically discussed the process that helped her pull through a tough divorce with Lamar Odom and a brutal betrayal while she was pregnant with Tristan Thompson's child. She's also discussed her postpartum journey following the birth of daughter True Thompson. 

We tracked Kardashian's transformation over the years, and it's obvious that the reality television star has a lot to be proud of. Her more than 111 million Instagram followers are drawn to the reality star and business mogul not just for her killer bod, but also because her mental transformation resonates with and inspires her fans. Let's take a closer look. 

Khloe Kardashian's transformation was about more than weight

Despite the name of her show, Revenge Body, Khloe Kardashian says her physical transformation wasn't to "get revenge" or to prove her haters wrong. In fact, she said that she never really understood the body-shaming comments that came her way and didn't even set set out to lose weight in the beginning of her fitness journey. 

"I didn't think I was the fat sister until people would call me that," she said, per E News! "And I was like, 'Am I?' Like I just didn't really think of myself as being fat."

The negative comments only added fuel to her fire, which was ignited after her heartbreaking divorce from former NBA baller Lamar Odom, who was accused of cheating on her multiple times. "I really needed an outlet mentally," the Keeping up with the Kardashians star revealeds. "I started working out, and the clarity I received from that was so needed, and it was so therapeutic, and as a by-product I started losing weight."

She lost about 40 pounds in the wake of her divorce but didn't stop there.

Khloe Kardashian embraced the pain to achieve her gains

Once she began to see change, Khloe Kardashian decided to keep up the hard work. "I was like, 'Oh, OK, I see a little definition somewhere. Let me try to keep this up,'" she told Us Weekly. "Then I got a trainer, and a few months later, a nutritionist." 

Her trainer, Corey Callie, told Us Weekly that Kardashian didn't cut corners during their workouts. "What surprised me is that Khloé can really work hard," he said. "I'm a really tough trainer and Khloé was good." She even wanted to make the exercises more difficult!" Exercises included multiple HIIT sessions and many sets of squats, squat thrusts, lunges, and kettleball swings, and according to her trainer, she faced every challenge with a positive attitude. 

"A lot of people, they don't seem as happy when they're going through pain; you see it's a lot about hurt," said Callie. "That she can have fun while she's doing something that's also going to give her pain [speaks to] her personal growth. 

"My journey has been a long one, but it's a lifestyle change," Khloe explained. "I'm not trying to lose 30 pounds in 30 days to prove a point. I want this to be for the rest of my life."

Khloe Kardashian ditched her unhealthy habits

In addition to working out, Khloe Kardashian paired her physical fitness with a healthier diet and mindset. "Looking back now I realized I was unhealthy," she told E News! in 2015.  

"The biggest change that Khloe's had is being unreasonable about her foods," nutritionist Philip Goglia told People. "Previously years ago it was like this, 'I'm so busy, I can't get that done now I'll get it later. Oh, my water bottle's empty but I have to take this meeting. Her mind set is now completely changed," Goglia said. "...She will say, 'Hang on, my water bottle is empty I need to go fill it up, I'll be right back.' She knows that if she services her nutrition patterns everything else she does becomes easier and more efficient."

One of her favorite recipes, Goglia said, was a salmon and asparagus dish. That's pretty much in line with the rest of her diet, which consists of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and protein powder spread across a total of seven meals and snacks throughout the day. 

Khloe proves you can have the cake & eat it moderation

Khloe Kardashian admits that changing too much, too fast would have been unsustainable. "My number-one piece of advice for people starting their weight loss journey is to set small, attainable goals." she said on her blog. "...Aim small so you feel good about yourself once you've done it, then set another intention immediately after." 

For example, Kardashian said she would cut out one bad habit per week instead of stopping every bad food or drink all at once. "Restricting yourself too much at one time is overwhelming," she said. Other vices, like drinking cocktails, don't necessarily have to be cut out entirely but could be substituted with lower-calorie alternatives. Kardashian said she makes sure she drinks plenty of water and still allows herself to indulge in treats like cake, chips, and pizza every now and then. Her nutritionist said the reality star indulges in a "cheat meal" of her choice once a week. 

In a May 2020 sit-down with POOSH, Kardashian admitted that maintaining healthy habits has been hard while during coronavirus shutdowns. "I don't really watch what I eat but that doesn't mean I'm binge eating bags of chips all day," she said (via the Daily Mail). "Once you get to your goal, it's OK to maintain and maintaining does not mean depriving yourself of the greatness of life. You got to have the cake if it's available!"

Khloe Kardashian says a good gym buddy is vital

Maintaining a lifestyle change means clinging to healthy habits wherever you go, and for Khloe Kardashian, who travels a lot for both leisure and work, this could prove challenging. 

The KUWTK star keeps up with her fitness regimen by carrying a jump rope with her wherever she goes. "I think jump-roping is one of the best things for you," she said, per Us Weekly. "It's not that I like to do it, because it's torture. When I'm traveling, I bring a jump rope in my suitcase. It's just so good for you."

At home, she surrounds herself with those that have similar goals and attitudes. Specifically, she relies on her sister, Kourtney Kardashian, to be her gym buddy. Kourtney is "a badass in the gym," Khloe said. "...we're like animals. It's really nuts."  

Khloe Kardashian hit her postpartum goals

If Khloe Kardashian puts her mind to something, she can do it — and that includes achieving her health and fitness goals after the birth of her daughter, True, in 2018. 

In a May 2020 sit-down with Kourtney Kardashian on POOSH, she revealed that she'd dropped from 210 pounds during her pregnancy with True to 150 pounds. Khloe said her goal was never a number on the scale. "I honestly didn't give myself a number that I wanted to lose," she said because she didn't want to "put any pressure on [herself] to lose the baby weight." Khloe says she's now focused on maintaining her healthy lifestyle transformation.  

Through it all — heartbreaks, pregnancy, family drama, and now pandemic challenges — Khloe's healthy lifestyle seems to have sustained her. "You never know if tomorrow's happening. I would rather put more effort into the gym than the kitchen," she said.