It’s no secret that Khloé Kardashian has gotten seriously fit over the past year or so. The reality star has been open about her commitment to regular exercise and healthy eating, and credits those variables, not a miracle diet or secret pill, for helping her get in shape. But there’s one thing, she says, that made all the difference—and that’s cutting out dairy.
In an interview with NewBeauty, Khloé shared that she lost 11 pounds in a single month just by ditching milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. “I’m obsessed with cheese and milk, but eliminating them from my diet made the biggest difference,” she says. “I lost 11 pounds just from not eating dairy, without doing anything else different, and that totally blew my mind.”
Khloé has a point. A dairy-free diet isn’t trendy or dubiously effective for weight loss and improved health and fitness overall; humans just … aren’t supposed to eat it. To wit, Khloé says that it wasn’t weight goals that inspired her to lose the dairy. She just learned “what it does to your system.” Milk has been shown to have very few real health benefits, and in fact, about 75 percent of the world’s population is lactose intolerant. It’s linked to prostate cancer, heart disease (full of saturated fat!), and isn’t as “bone protective” as once believed.
Humans don’t need dairy—but we do like it. There are plenty of delicious dairy-free yogurts and ice creams now available on the market. (Admittedly, most cheese alternatives are decidedly less delicious.) It’s simple: Mammals are not meant to drink milk into adulthood, and humans are the only ones that do so, let alone consume the milk from another animal entirely. Milk is essentially designed by nature to provide enough food to sustain a growing calf … not a human. We’re done growing by now.
We’re proud of Khloé for talking about her dietary decision in a context that emphasizes health, with weight loss as a secondary benefit. Now, it’s up to us whether or not we’re willing to sacrifice our digestive health in favor of a tub of Talenti.