Kim Kardashian‘s 2022 Met Gala look sparked plenty of conversation, not surprising because she lost 16 pounds to wear it, but her trainer says she shed the weight using healthy methods.

“[Kim] works, like, really hard, so I was there through the process,” Don-A-Matrix told TMZ on Wednesday, May 4, noting it’s a “misconception” that Kim Kardashian, 41, is lazy. “So, it wasn’t, like, a starving herself type of thing. I mean, she’s been on a balanced diet. At times, she wouldn’t eat as much, but the second thing is she really put the work in.”

The health guru went on to assert that his Kim Kardashian didn’t go through any unhealthy habits throughout her weight-loss journey. “We were working out sometimes twice a day,” he stated. “It’s possible to lose 20 pounds in a healthy way.”

The Skims founder borrowed Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 “Happy Birthday” dress for the Met Gala on Monday, May 2. Speaking to La La Anthony on the purple carpet, the fact star confessed that she had to lose weight to wear the gown.

“It didn’t fit! So, I looked at them and I said: ‘Give me, like, three weeks,’” Kim Kardashian recalled, adding that she lost 16 pounds in less than a month. “It was such a challenge, it was like a role. I was determined, I was determined to fit in it.”

The feedback drew some criticism on social media, also from Lili Reinhart, who has attended the Met Gala in earlier years.

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“To walk on a red carpet and do an interview where you say how starving you are… because you haven’t eaten carbs in the last month…all to fit in a f–king dress?” the Riverdale star, 25, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, May 3. “So wrong. So f–ked on 100s of levels.”

The Swimming Lessons creator continued: “To openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala. When you know very well that millions of young men and women are looking up to you and listening to your every word. The ignorance is utterly disgusting.”

After her preliminary feedback made headlines, the Hustlers star clarified that she wished to make a press release about poisonous weight loss program tradition moderately than attack Kim Kardashian particularly.

“Sigh. I do not say the things that I say because I want to be relevant or get attention,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “I speak up because I don’t see enough people with large platforms calling out toxic behavior in our industry. Some people will never understand where I’m coming from and that’s okay.”

Kim Kardashian hasn’t instantly responded to the controversy, however on Thursday, May 5, she shared a cryptic Instagram Story that included the quote, “Be teachable. Be open. You’re not always right.”