American Idol alum and talk show hostess Kelly Clarkson has navigated the most vain industry in the world with grace, all despite her weight fluctuating to pretty high levels at some points.
Long before any sort of “body positivity” movement really took shape, Clarkson was climbing to weights up around 200 pounds — and it was quite noticeable on her 5’4″ frame. She didn’t look like a pop star anymore, and no doubt she caught all sorts of negativity for the new body in both her public and private lives.
Incredibly, though, Clarkson lost around 40 pounds in 2019. She’s also managed to keep it off for three years despite a packed entertainment career and the brutal schedule that it requires.
How’d she do it? It wasn’t by just working out and forcing her body to sweat — even though physical activity is certainly part of a well-balanced life.
“I literally haven’t worked out at all!” Clarkson said when asked about her secret. “I think people assume I’m working out like crazy and I’m like, ‘Don’t think I’m going to come play some sport!’” In fact, she said on Twitter that she hates working out. “I’m sweaty, red, and not any thinner…. people say it’s good for your heart…. but people also say red wine is good for your heart. I mean, I’m just stating facts here people. Who am I to ignore science?!”
Another false assumption was that she got her hands on some sort of “magic” pill that only Hollywood elites can afford. Again, not true.
Kelly Clarkson lost weight by changing the way she cooked her food, not the types of food she eats. Big difference!
Did you catch that last line? She just shared the secret to health and wellness, and the way she dropped 20 percent of her body weight without working out much (or maybe even at all).
You see, it’s the quality of food that we put into our bodies that matters most; not necessarily the type. Yes, if you currently drink soda, eat fast food, and bathe your veggies in sauces made with processed seed oils, choosing better types of food is an important first step. But for many health and wellness seekers, the magic is in the ingredient choices.
“It’s the same stuff you eat—I just use different ingredients,” she said in an interview. “Even like fried chicken—I use cassava flour, tapioca, or almond flour, and then buy non-hormone chicken. [My diet] is basically about how I cook my food: non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic.
“I did it for this autoimmune disease that I had and I had a thyroid issue, and now all my levels are back up. I’m not on medicine anymore because of this [change].”
Clarkson nailed it — your body is a direct reflection of all of your choices, including your attitude towards food. She now chooses the cleanest ingredients instead of trying to cut out her favorite foods, and the results are astounding. Imagine how her body would further transform if she ever learned to love exercise?
Wellness is about honoring the body with care and commitment to excellence. When you cheat on yourself, the only person who suffers is you, so take the time to learn about better ingredient choices, and then saturate the body with delicious, nutritious foods that make you feel strong and powerful. Who knows…the extra weight may start falling off, too.