How did Khloé Kardashian
prepare for her big debut this week
as co-host of The X Factor
One word: Diet.
"I tried to cut out a lot of sweets," Kardashian, 28, told reporters after Thursday's show. "And I love ... cheese. [Cheese] is not a sweet, but ... I don't care."
An admitted cheese-o-holic, she likes "cheese on anything, I don't care. ... [I] binge eat," she says, then, with a laugh, adds, "and cry."
Kardashian does take shaping up seriously: "It's always going to be a lifelong thing for me. And I'm not where I want to be."
Still, she's gained some perspective. "When I used to do things like crash diets
or things too fast, it never stuck because it wasn't a lifestyle change," she says. "So for this, I'm working out consistently like three to five days a week … It's been harder. But I'm just changing my diet slowly."
As for how she looked on the show, Simon Cowell
went so far as to say on-air that her nipples were showing. How did Khloé feel about that
"I didn't mind that he talked about it," she says. "Because it was there
! Like, if you didn't talk about it, it would have been weird."
Her wardrobe limitations could be blamed on Hurricane Sandy
. "My stuff got stuck on the East Coast, so the top I wanted to wear came in that day. I was like, 'Oh, perfect' – and we didn't have time to do it full dress rehearsal."
The actual top "was lined with a nude lining," and "we double taped it," but "the first time I ever went onstage was when it was live! So Simon was looking at me and going like this [gestures pointing to her nipples], and I was ... covering it with my hair, and I thought, from my angle, maybe it was just ... nippily."
Recalling the awkward moment that was unfolding before millions of TV viewers, she said, "Why did this happen to me? Am I going to get fired? So when [Simon] said it, it kind of broke the ice."