When Kelly Clarkson revealed how she lost almost 17kgs without exercise, not even gonna lie, she had our complete and utter undivided attention.
The singer’s weight fluctuation has been an obsession of the media, but this was the first time she addressed her recent shrinkage, which has been described as “secretive”.
Secretive? OK. We’re still listening.
“I’m like 37 pounds lighter in my pleather,” she told the Today Show.
And she credits “better eating”.
No, Clarkson, we want specifics.
She went on.
“I literally read this book, and I did it for this autoimmune disease I had,” she said before blaming her weight gain on a thyroid issue, which she didn’t expand on.
“Now all my levels are back up.”
While we don’t know what “levels” she’s referring to, the book she hints at is “The Plant Paradox” and it’s basically about how we cook our food.
Clarkson says the book spruiks non-GMO, no pesticides and “eating really organic” before she mentioned the sentence we were all waiting to hear: “Literally, I haven’t worked out at all.”
Hear that? She said “literally”.
However, despite her dropping the pounds and feeling healthier, she admitted how pricey it was.
“It’s really expensive to do,” she said.
“I was poor growing up and there’s no way my family could have afforded this.”
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The book’s author, Steven Gundry, M.D. says that certain health foods like fruits and vegetables can harm your body by producing lectins, which he calls “toxic chemical compounds.”
“When lectins invade our bodies, they can cause some serious inflammatory responses and other health issues, like leaky gut syndrome, weight gain, brain fog, and more,” he says on his website.
Leaky gut syndrome. Say what.
His book lists foods that don’t do this, including broccoli, cabbage and avocados, along with fish and pasture-raised poultry.
Thing is, cutting out lectins to lose weight might work for Clarkson, but may not work for everyone.
Speaking to Women’s Health, Julie Upton, R.D., co-founder of nutrition website Appetite for Health, said that the book is based on the premise that lectins in grains, beans, peanuts, and other plant-based foods are pro-inflammatory.
“But there’s no good evidence that this actually the case,” she said.
Hmmm, might hang onto my gym membership a biiiiiit longer.