'When me and Lamar had issues, the gym was my refuge': Khloe Kardashian oozes sex appeal in sultry shoot... as she reveals marriage troubles helped her get fit 

She's worked incredibly hard on improving her health and fitness in recent years.

And now Khloe Kardashian is showing off the results of her work as she graces the front cover of the new issue of Cosmo Body magazine.

The 30-year-old looks sensational and better than ever as she poses on her hands and knees on a bed, showing off her svelte gym-honed curves in little more than a pair of briefs and a cosy jumper slipping seductively off her shoulder.

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Stunning: Khloe Kardashian looks amazing as she flaunts her toned curves in the new issues of Cosmo Body magazine, wearing little more than briefs and a barely-there knit

Stunning: Khloe Kardashian looks amazing as she flaunts her toned curves in the new issues of Cosmo Body magazine, wearing little more than briefs and a barely-there knit

In the cover shot, the pretty brunette flaunts her toned curves, accentuated in a figure-hugging red dress -  a trademark style of hers, and with good reason.

And, although she is the epitome of healthy living now, with a rigorous exercise regime and healthy diet to boot, it hasn't always been that way for the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star.

Over the years, she had shed the pounds and become far more confident, ditching her past image for a leaner, sleeker physique to rival her sisters Kim and Kourtney, and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Speaking to the UK-based publication about her body image, she explained that she never thought of herself as fat, and only realised she was heavy when seeing herself in showbiz snaps.

Red hot: The 30-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has spoken frankly about her body image in the ninth issue of the Cosmopolitan magazine offshoot

Red hot: The 30-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has spoken frankly about her body image in the ninth issue of the Cosmopolitan magazine offshoot

'I have never felt 'fat', I just didn't realise how unhealthy I was until I look back at pictures,' she said.

'In the moment I felt so beautiful and I remember walking down red carpets with my make-up done in a little sparkly dress and I thought I was so cute. I had all this confidence.'

However, although she has now changed her lifestyle and has lost a lot of weight over the last few years - and, recently another 13lb by cutting out dairy - she never let the naysayers bring her down.

She used to receive a fair amount of criticism over her weight as the tallest and biggest of the Kardashian sisters, but it's another story now.

'Now on my Instagram page people comment saying "I liked you better when you were bigger" and I think, "Thank God I don't live my life for other people because I'd be in a constant tug of war."'

The reality TV star also honed in on the fact her dramatic physical transformation began when her marriage to Lamar Odom broke down.

Huge change: Although Khloe admits she never felt 'fat' when she was heavier, she admits she feels better now that she has taken up exercising. Before (left) pictured in 2011, after (right), in April 2015

Huge change: Although Khloe admits she never felt 'fat' when she was heavier, she admits she feels better now that she has taken up exercising. Before (left) pictured in 2011, after (right), in April 2015

Khloe Kardashian's sexy million dollar look

Khloe K. looks like a million bucks in this vintage inspired baby doll dress by Stop Staring! Alicia Estrada, as she poses for Cosmo.

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She confessed: 'When me and Lamar were having issues, I decided to channel my energy into working out... if I went out with my girlfriends I would be hounded by paparazzi and made to feel more humiliated. 

'The gym was my only refuge. I could put music on and dance around with my girlfriends and be silly.'

Khloe and Lamar tied the knot in 2009 after having known each other for a month, but they split in 2013 with Khloe filing for divorce.

However, it was recently reported by TMZ that the leggy beauty is reluctant to finalise her divorce from the basketball player as she is not ready to close the door on their relationship for good.

The reason for change: Khloe tells the magazine that the gym became her refuge when she went through difficult times with her now-estranged husband Lamar Odom

The reason for change: Khloe tells the magazine that the gym became her refuge when she went through difficult times with her now-estranged husband Lamar Odom

Famous family: The beauty revealed she used to get criticism from others over her weight as the tallest and biggest member of the Kardashian family

Famous family: The beauty revealed she used to get criticism from others over her weight as the tallest and biggest member of the Kardashian family

In a world where quick fixes are the norm, thanks to surgery, diet pills and other weight-changing methods, Khloe insists she has gone about her body transformation in a healthy, natural way. 

'I'm not against plastic surgery – if you want to do a tweak, I'm all for it, but you have to love yourself first because no surgery is going to change your heart. 

'It would have been such an easy solution to get liposuction or whatever, but you have to be healthy to maintain that. I've always felt like "Wouldn't it be great to accomplish that on your own?"'

Now a proper gym bunny, Khloe is a regular visitor to the gym and she maintains that she tries to go for a workout at least five times a week.

Feeling good: Khloe is now in a much better place in her life and as far as her health is concerned, and often posts motivational messages for her fans on social media

Feeling good: Khloe is now in a much better place in her life and as far as her health is concerned, and often posts motivational messages for her fans on social media

And earlier this year, she silenced her critics with a raw and very honest post on Instagram, in which she detailed her weight loss journey along with a before and after picture, showing herself at a heavier weight against a picture of herself now, complete with pancake-flat abs and trim thighs.

Looking back at pictures of myself I didn't realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was,' she wrote in the accompanying caption.

'People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don't think I would consider myself fat back then. Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever. I started slow and eventually I started working out 4 to 5 days a week. 

Incredible change: Earlier this year, Khloe wowed when she shared her abs on Instagram (right) along with an honest message about her previous overweight and unhealthy self (right)

'We all have to start somewhere and doing something is better than nothing at all. Start small so you don't get discouraged and give up. Remember it is all about consistency. There are no quick fixes if you want long-term results.'

She went on: 'Working out is a huge part of my life now. I genuinely enjoy sweating out my frustrations and living a healthier life. My workouts are not all about vanity. They are about clarity for my mind and soul. 

'We all have different journeys in life, make sure your journey is for you and you alone. Remember in the end the turtle won the race. Slow and steady. dedication and tenacity.'

Khloe also recently opened up about shedding a further 13lb after ditching the dairy.

In an interview with E! News, she divulged: 'I don't eat dairy anymore—or I try not to, because I'm addicted to cheese!'

'I lost like...13 lbs. from just cutting out dairy. I was really shocked when my nutritionist told me that.'

The full interview appears in the latest issue of Cosmo Body, on sale 28th April. Also available in digital edition on Apple Newsstand. For further content please go to cosmopolitan.co.uk/khloebody. 

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