Kelly Clarkson opens up about weight loss: 'I've been listening to my doctor'

Kelly Clarkson opens up about weight loss: 'I've been listening to my doctor'

Kelly Clarkson is opening up about her weight loss in a new interview.

The superstar singer and talk show host told People for its cover story, out this week, that she has been prioritizing exercise and eating healthy now, less than a year after moving cross-country from Los Angeles to New York City.

"Walking in the city is quite the workout," Clarkson said, adding that she has also embraced other wellness trends, including infrared saunas and cold plunges.

PHOTO: Kelly Clarkson appears on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Nov. 15, 2023.
Kelly Clarkson appears on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Nov. 15, 2023.
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"I eat a healthy mix," Clarkson continued. "I dropped weight because I've been listening to my doctor -- a couple years I didn't."

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Clarkson said she focuses on eating a protein-rich diet these days, a recommendation from her doctor, but she does leave wiggle room for the occasional treat.

"[Ninety] percent of the time I'm really good at it because a protein diet is good for me anyway," she said. "I'm a Texas girl, so I like meat – sorry, vegetarians in the world!"

"But I still splurge," Clarkson added. "The other night I had a frozen yogurt with my daughter, and it was magical."

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Protein is often a key part of a healthy and balanced diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, ranked the best diet of 2024 for the seventh year in a row by U.S. New and World Report.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most adults should include a variety of proteins within their diets, including eggs, lean meats, legumes (like beans and peas), nuts and seafood, in order to maintain a healthy weight.

Learn all the details about Kelly Clarkson's recent discussion on her weight loss journey in a recent interview.

Kelly Clarkson has been an influential figure for more than twenty years. Since clinching victory in the inaugural season of American Idol, she soared into stardom as a pop sensation, solidifying her status as one of the show's most remarkable triumphs. Her repertoire includes numerous chart-toppers such as “Since U Been Gone,” “Stronger,” and a multitude of others. Beyond her musical success, she has furthered her career as a coach on The Voice and as the host of her own talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Throughout the years, Kelly has experienced fluctuations in her weight. Recently, in a People interview released on January 3, 2024, the popstar candidly discussed her weight loss journey. She revealed how relocating to New York City and engaging in various activities with her children contributed to her achieving a fitter lifestyle. Delve deeper into Kelly's revelations about her weight loss journey as you continue reading.

Kelly Clarkson disclosed shedding 37 pounds in 2018, attributing the weight loss to a shift in her diet. During an interview with Extra in June of that year, she revealed her struggle with a thyroid issue and an autoimmune disease, opting to alter her medication and eating habits after reading The Plant Paradox. She emphasized, "I literally read this book, and I did it for this autoimmune disease that I had and I had a thyroid issue, and now all my levels are back up." Her dietary changes involved embracing organic, non-GMO, and pesticide-free foods.

Kelly credited her dietary adjustments for the weight loss, mentioning she hadn't engaged in workouts during that time. Additionally, a source close to her, speaking exclusively to Hollywood Life, highlighted her conscious dietary choices: reducing sugar intake, increasing vegetable consumption, opting for salads, eliminating soda, and maintaining regular exercise sessions with a personal trainer.

Having relocated to New York, Kelly shared in her People interview how activities with her children, such as walking in the city, playing at the park, indulging in occasional ice cream outings, crafting slime, and visiting museums, have contributed to her staying fit. She also mentioned incorporating cold plunges and infrared saunas into her routine.

Regarding her diet, she mentioned, "I eat a healthy mix," noting her inclination towards a protein-based diet, given her Texas roots and love for meat, playfully apologizing to vegetarians.

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