- Kelly Clarkson recently lost 37 pounds by following a lectin-free diet.
- After hearing rumors that her weight loss was the result of diet pills, Kelly tweeted that this was “fake news.”
- A lectin-free diet isn’t recommended for everyone, and actually involves cutting out a lot of healthy foods.
Kelly Clarkson is not here for your rumors about her weight loss.
The singer and Voice coach, 37, tweeted today in response to rumors that her recent weight loss is related to diet pills or extreme and unsafe dieting techniques.
“Other fake news that’s going around about me is that I’ve been taking weird pills 4 weight loss or doing weird fad diets,” she wrote in the tweet. “All of this is not true. I ain’t got time 4 all that. I eat the same stuff I always have. It’s all just made w/different flours/sugars/ingredients. #DrGundry”
Kelly has talked about the diet that led to her 37-pound weight loss before, citing The Plant Paradox, a book by Steven Gundry, MD that urges people to cut lectins out of their diets, as her source and inspiration. She told Extra that she didn’t start eating differently for weight loss purposes, but for her overall health.
“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,” she told Extra. “I’m not on medicine anymore because of this book.” And, Kelly said, exercise has not been a part of her weight loss journey.
If you’re wondering what the heck lectins are, they’re what’s produced in your body when you eat certain fruits and vegetables, and Gundry, a cardiac surgeon, calls them “toxic chemical compounds” that can harm your body.
“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,” Gundry writes on his website.
Unfortunately, though, there’s no real scientific data to prove Gundry’s point that lectins are actually bad for you, Julie Upton, R.D., co-founder of nutrition website Appetite for Health previously told Women’s Health. Another unfortunate thing? Following a lectin-free diet also cutting out a lot of foods that are healthy, like whole grains, fruits and nuts. Basically, any weight loss that comes from it is likely a result of restricting certain foods and thereby eating less.
Either way, if Kelly’s feeling better, that’s what’s important for her. And kudos to her for clapping back at anyone who thinks her weight loss is unhealthy or frankly, any of their business.