Posted on: June 25, 2018 at 3:23 pm
Last updated: July 4, 2018 at 9:25 am

Kelly Clarkson is well known for being a successful powerhouse singer and the first winner of American Idol, but her weight has also garnered a lot of attention over the years. Kelly recently made headlines for losing weight and she revealed that the real reason she was able to shed the pounds was because she got a handle on a thyroid problem she’s been living with since 2006 (1).


The Thyroid, Hormones, and Weight

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck that produces hormones that work to regulate your metabolism (2). When the level of thyroid hormones your body produces goes down, it can sometimes cause weight gain (3).


The decrease in hormones causes your metabolic processes to slow down, which results in water and salt retention (3). People living with a thyroid condition often gain more than just water weight because they experience fatigue, which makes it difficult for them to exercise and eat well (3).

How Kelly Healed Her Thyroid Problem

Kelly found a way to cope with her thyroid condition after reading the book The Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry and deciding to change her lifestyle (1). Kelly explained that the book is “about how we cook our food, non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic” (1).

The Plant Paradox eating program was made with the purpose of putting an end to inflammation in the body by avoiding certain foods, particularly lectins (4). Lectins are toxic chemical compounds that are produced by plants as a way to defend themselves against hungry animals (5).

They cause healthy foods like fruits and veg to do harm to your body through serious inflammatory responses (5). Some foods that are left out of Dr. Gundry’s program include peanuts, corn, quinoa, nightshades, vegetable oils, beans, legumes, dairy, and conventionally raised meat (4).


Kelly wasn’t intending to lose weight by adopting the Plant Paradox diet but instead described the weight loss as a “side effect” (1). In fact, Kelly didn’t even incorporate exercise into her new lifestyle and she was more than satisfied with the effects of the diet once she was able to get off her medications (1). Nevertheless, Kelly was able to successfully lose 37 pounds by adopting this diet and her thyroid issue is now under control (4).

Even though living with a thyroid condition isn’t easy and can be quite frustrating at times, Kelly’s story proves that this condition can be managed with a healthy diet. If she can do it, so can you!

Read this next to learn about the 8 worst foods to eat if you have Hashimoto’s disease. 

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