Kim Kardashian Talks Pregnancy Weight Gain

Kim Kardashian changes up her Maternity Style

It’s been quite a big year for Kim Kardashian – she welcomed daughter North in June, she recently got engaged to rapper Kanye West, and she’s lost 43 of the 50 lbs. she gained during her pregnancy.

“Pregnancy for me was a lot tougher than people saw on my show or from magazines,” the new mom, 33, tells PEOPLE. “So to get back to feeling like myself just makes me feel good again.”

The public scrutiny surrounding her pregnancy weight gain proved to be painful, and made her want to “tune out the media.”

But with the help of the Atkins-based diet plan, along with regular exercise, she is feeling back to herself.

“I always envisioned that I would have this easy time just being pregnant, only my belly would get big,” she said. “And it has just been so not that way for me. But sometimes, you just have to take life for what it is and enjoy the ride.”

“Atkins worked for me and I don’t feel tempted to eat a bunch of junk food,” Kim said of the diet. “It’s just about staying healthy – it will come off.”

She added: “You want your guy to think you’re really hot. I’ll put something on and he’ll [Kanye] say, ‘No, that doesn’t look good’, and I’ll trust him.’”