Young Kelly Clarkson Weight Loss Journey (2022): Did She Lose or Gain Fat? + Height & Transformation

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Most of us have heard of Kelly Clarkson, haven’t we?

She is an American singer and songwriter.

Many of us watched with bated breath as she was announced the winner of the very popular television show, American Idol.

Even though it doesn’t seem so long ago, it was way back in 2002, and still, Kelly has been entertaining us with her music ever since.

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Kelly Brianne Clarkson – Born 24 April 1982

Kelly Brianne Clarkson

Her early years

Kelly Clarkson early years

Kelly was born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. 

She grew up in a suburb called Burleson.

When she was little, her parents broke up.

Her brother went to live with his dad, her sister went with an aunt, and Kelly stayed in Texas with her mother.

It was her school choir teacher who recognized that Kelly could sing as a seventh-grader.

When Kelly completed her high school, she moved to Los Angeles – she wanted to break into show business but was unsuccessful.

She returned back home and became a contestant on American Idol.

Viewers were absolutely taken by her incredible voice, her humor, and her charisma.

She was the winner, collecting $1 million as well as a recording contract with RCA.

It wasn’t even 2 weeks later after winning the competition that her first single was released, “A Moment Like This”.

It was obvious why she had won American Idol because that song was an absolute hit!

Her debut album was called Thankful

That was in 2003.

Then a year later, her Breakaway album sold over 11 million copies all over the world – it also kind of moved her from being a pop singer to being more of a rock singer.

Breakaway was so well received; it won Kelly a Grammy Award for the best pop vocal album.

One song on the track, “Since U Been Gone” got an award for best female pop vocal performance.

The album she released in 2007 called My December showed off her rock style more than any of her previous releases, plus it was more personal and confessional.

Each of the tracks was co-written by Kelly.

A little bit more about her amazing career

In 2009 she brought out All I Ever Wanted.

Stronger followed in 2011.

Stronger earned her another Grammy Award for the best pop vocal album.

She also pursued an interest in country music which was apparent in her song “Because of You,” but she also ventured into Soul as well as R&B.

Meaning of Life was released in 2017.

This was already her eighth studio album, by Atlantic Records. You can see what a busy time she was having.

By the time 2018 came along, she accepted an invitation to be a coach in the singing competition, The Voice.

Then in 2019, her voice was used for the animated comedy UglyDolls.

Also in this year, she started a talk show and last year, 2020, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for being the best entertainment talk show host.

In 2013, Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in 2013.

“I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock,” she announced on Twitter.

“We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever.”

Brandon was in another relationship before he married Kelly, to a health insurance agent, Melissa Ashworth.

So he brought two stepchildren into the relationship as well.

With four children into the mix, because Kelly and Brandon went on to have two of their own, Kelly was very busy, but she liked to stay busy.

When she was not coaching on The Voice, she made new music either for her tours, or she was on the set of her new talk show.

She also said she was headlining a new residency in Las Vegas – her plate was full!

But the most important thing to her, she said, was being a mom.

Although it was tough blending two families together, Kelly and her step-kids had a close bond and all the children joined her on the red carpet when she was promoting her movie, Ugly Dolls.

As if she didn’t have plenty on her plate already, Kelly wrote two children’s books, which were inspired by her daughter, River Rose.

Kelly Clarkson and River RoseIt seems River Rose might even be following in her mom’s footsteps, although Kelly doesn’t seem so thrilled about that.

River Rose is featured in Kelly’s music videos for Broken & Beautiful and Piece by Piece.

But still, Kelly apparently doesn’t want her kids to go into music.

“It’s a hard industry,” she says.

After River Rose, came Remington Alexander Blackstock, born in 2016.

She has two step-children

Her two step-children are Savanna Blackstock, who is 18 already; a keen horsewoman; who has been in many equestrian competitions, winning a few of them.

Kelly is a great fan of Savannah and her hobby and supports her stepdaughter on Twitter. The other stepchild is Seth.

He is 12 years old and made an appearance at a show of Kelly’s in 2015.

He came out once to sing and dance with all of her backup singers to a cover of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.”

Kelly’s Instagram says that Seth is a huge fan of Ariana Grande.

Even though Kelly wasn’t even a mom herself before marrying Brandon, she said she loved being a stepmom to both Seth and Savannah.

But they filed for divorce from each other in June 2020, citing “irreconcilable differences”

Kelly says she didn’t see the divorce coming.

But she says it’s been hard to deal with it because it involves a lot of little hearts as well.

A source revealed that the pair decided to call it quits when they realized the relationship hadn’t been working for some time.

Kelly is not really discussing the reasons behind their divorce out of respect for the kids.

One great achievement of Kelly – Her amazing weight loss of 37 pounds

Kelly Clarckson Skinny
Kelly Clarkson at the Billboard Music Awards | CREDIT: KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES(2); ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES

Kelly has spoken very candidly about all the criticism she has faced about her size over the years.

She told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview in 2015 that “I was the biggest girl in the American Idol cast – people would call me big”.

Naturally, all her fans wanted to know what she did to look the way she does now.

Kelly told Extra in a red-carpet interview that she hadn’t worked out at all, not really!

She says, “I think people think I’m working out and I’m like, ‘Don’t think I’m going to come to play some sport!’”

If she doesn’t work out, how did she lose all that weight?

Well, she has given one book all the credits. It’s called The Plant Paradox.

It’s by Steven R. Gundry, M.D.

What the book is all about is basically how we cook the food we eat – it should have no pesticides, be non-GMO, and be highly organic.

But Kelly mainly read this book for medical reasons; i.e. for medical problems she had [1].

She says that she used to have an autoimmune disease and she also had a thyroid issue.

After following the diet in the book, all her levels were back up.

Today, she is no longer on medicine.


“It wasn’t about the weight,” Clarkson told Today.

She said it was all about not being on her medicine anymore.

Kelly has been pretty open about her weight

Even though Kelly gives a lot of praise to the book The Plant Paradox, and of course, being a ‘watched’ celebrity, you can imagine that rumors flew around almost immediately about her weight loss and her looking so slimmed down.

But Kelly had her answer ready, “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 says none of it was true; that she never had the time for all of that; that she eats the same stuff she always did.

It’s all just been made differently, the food, with different sugars, different flours, and different ingredients.

What’s on her plate now regarding food?

She says it’s the same stuff; she just puts in different ingredients now.

She loves her friend chicken but now it’s different.

Now she uses cassava flour, almond flour, and tapioca, and definitely the chickens need to be non-hormone chickens.

It’s expensive to make these changes, but worth it.

How does Kelly Clarkson stay so positive about her body?

When she first appeared on American Idol, back in 2002, already, people were focusing on her weight.

But as the years have passed by, she has figured out how to shrug it off.

She’s used to all the comments about her being either too skinny or too fat, or too blonde, or too dark!

or her, it’s just so much blah-blah.

She says she is happy with herself and happy looks different to everyone.

She told Redbook once that if you gauge your life all the time on what other people perceive you as or think of you, you would be in a state of panic all the time, trying to please everybody.

People need to just concentrate on their own lives, their own health, and their own happiness, and not be so envious and critical.

Whatever you do for yourself, be happy with it!

Let’s look at what Kelly eats every day to maintain the 37-pound weight loss she achieved

Kelly Clarkson Today

This amazing star, who has her own show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, has lost all of 37 pounds.

Yes, sure, like many before her, she has struggled with her weight for many years.

Finally, she got motivated to finally do something about it, knowing that it would help her medical problems as well.

Of course, that got the tongues wagging about why and how she is now looking so great.

For Kelly, what excites her most is that she does not have to take the medication she was taking for her thyroid condition anymore – that initially caused her weight gain.

She is very motivated to keep the weight off and is very vigilant about what goes into her mouth.

Now she keeps a body-positive attitude

Sure, Kelly loves looking great, who doesn’t?

But that’s not why she wanted to work on her weight so much.

And as mentioned above, she shared with Extra that she has actually been on a health journey, doing her dieting and changing her diet for the autoimmune disease and the thyroid issues she had.

This has left her with the purpose of helping others to feel good about themselves.

So that means that Kelly doesn’t eat certain foods anymore.

She doesn’t have enough good words to say about Dr. Steven Gundry’s book, The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain.

Here’s what she doesn’t eat anymore

  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Rice
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Soy foods such as tofu and edamame
  • Dairy products like ice-cream, cheese, and yogurt
  • Diet sodas are out
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • All other fruits – she only allows herself berries
  • Many vegetables

Here’s what she allows herself to eat

She still enjoys wine, and even fried chicken and cake!

But she modifies how she eats these things these days – she cooks with almond and tapioca flour.

She also eats dark chocolate, avocados, goat cheese, Macadamia nuts, dairy-free ice cream, poultry, berries, lobster, champagne, and quite a lot more.

Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?

But Kelly is living proof that it has worked for her.

Most notably, she is no longer on meds for the health problems she had!

That says something about her diet!

Dr. Gundry says it’s lectins that are the problem

In his book, The Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven R. Gundry claims that lectins, which are the proteins present in many foods, are what causes us to suffer from a variety of ailments [2]

…anything from leaky gut syndrome to weight gain, to inflammation, and thyroid problems.

It’s because of her own medical issues that Kelly used the diet outlined in the book.

She eliminated lectins from her diet.

As Gundry suggests in his book, following the diet can help you reverse the above health complications.

It is Gundry’s belief that even though some health experts consider some foods to be the healthiest around, if these foods contain lectins, as a lot of fruits, vegetables, and grains do, then you can expect these health conditions.

It is for these very beliefs that The Plant Paradox diet gets some nutrition experts, as well as those who push plant-based eating habits, so worked up.

So that’s why we have to look at what lectins are, and why, as Dr. Gundry would have us believe, they are so unhealthy for us

As mentioned above, lectins are proteins that are found in around 30% of foods.

We know how many people are allergic to gluten.

Gluten is a type of lectin – in fact; lectins are particularly abundant in plant foods.

Lectins in plants provide the plant with a natural defense against insects and fungi, but in humans, so says Gundry, these proteins attack the body, which leads to digestive and health problems [3].

Lectins are inflammatory, and trigger off auto-immune proteins, so says Dr. Luiza Petre.

She is an assistant clinical professor of cardiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

She says that once the lectins enter the bloodstream, they trigger off an autoimmune response.

They can also irritate the lining of the stomach leading to a leaky gut syndrome, where our gut just won’t work effectively at filtering anymore.

What The Plant Paradox diet requires followers to do is to eliminate lectin-rich foods.

These would include:

  • Legumes such as beans (including all soy), lentils, peas, and peanuts.
  • Grains such as rice, wheat, corn, oats, and quinoa.
  • Some nuts and seeds such as chia, cashews, sunflower, and pumpkin.
  • Squash, cucumbers, and zucchini,
  • Nightshade veggies such as potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.
  • Mostly all fruit, except berries that are in-season, and avocados.
  • Any dairy foods that are made from the milk of grain-fed cows are out.

What is left for you to enjoy is pasture-fed or grass-fed meat; that’s very important.

Also to be enjoyed are nuts, plenty of leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, fish, Brussel sprouts, olive oil, and coconut oil.

It might seem to be rather limited to you, but when you are desperate to restore your health, you will find this diet to be fantastic and not limiting at all.

Imagine the pleasure of your doctor telling you that you don’t need to take certain meds anymore!

But it must be he who tells you that, not you!

Gundry, who is a heart surgeon, tries to tell people to eat like they used to eat before the dawn of the agricultural era.

“Humans thrived on this diet in the past and are thriving again as they return to their dietary roots and eliminate the ‘disruptors’ that have destroyed their gut microbiome.”

Is there research to back Gundry’s advice?

Gundry says that there are chemicals that are called “disruptors” as well as environmental factors that cause chaos in our bodies.

Then there are still certain medications we take, herbicides, and artificial sweeteners that can cause complications and side effects.

There is not much research that supports Gundry’s claims – in fact, there are no human studies that have verified his theories.

He says he has anecdotal evidence to support his claims.

Kelly is one of them.

As far as Kelly Clarkson’s experience goes, he told Healthline that her experience with the diet is the same as tens of thousands of his regular patients who also follow his program.

“In short, it works.” He says.

Still, there are plenty of medical experts who are wary of counting on anecdotal evidence – they rather want to count on published data.

Also, they reckon that the foods you have to give up on The Plant Paradox diet – well, some are considered to be pretty healthy.

You can well imagine that that causes a problem for a lot of nutritional experts.

What Dr. Nicole Harkin, FAAC, and a board-certified cardiologist at Columbia University says

She says that any diet that restricts a lot of food is going to help people to lose weight.

She also says that The Plant Paradox diet limits rather severely the intake of many foods that are central to a plant-based diet.

She says there is little to almost no evidence that a diet that is lectin-free is healthy for you.

There are many studies that indicate that a whole-food plant-based diet is excellent for your brain and your heart [4].

Eating healthier for Kelly meant no more packaged and processed foods

Sticking to The Plant Paradox diet meant that Kelly would have to eliminate all packaged and processed foods.

That can cut calories down.

She also had to reduce her sugar intake.

That would also have helped her to drop the pounds.

Just those two things alone could help a lot of people who want to lose weight in the first place.

Dr. Petre (mentioned above) does add in here that it seems unrealistic to have to eliminate these foods right out of your diet when you can soak the food, or pressure cook the food or remove the seeds and peels, etc…

…all these are ways you can reduce the lectin in your favorite foods.

She says, in actual fact, that a lot of lectins are already destroyed long before eating food.

Harkin (also mentioned above) adds that it’s all good for cutting out processed and packaged foods like what The Plant Paradox diet recommends.

However, one should not avoid getting in all the antioxidants, fiber, and phytonutrients found in fruits, legumes, whole grains, and vegetables.

What does a registered dietician say about Kelly’s ‘Plant Paradox’ Diet for weight loss?

Keri Gans, MS, RD, CND, is a registered dietician and author of The Small Change Diet – she has had a look at The Plant Paradox Diet, weighing in on it.

She realizes that Kelly had a thyroid condition and acknowledges that the diet could well have made a difference for Kelly.

She says, bottom line, there is some research that does support the fact that there could be a negative relationship between some autoimmune diseases and lectins.

But she says there isn’t sufficient evidence to say it could be universal.

An average healthy person won’t really benefit from an elimination diet; in fact, they shouldn’t even be considering it really.

It is possible that The Plant Paradox diet did help Kelly Clarkson to treat her condition.

But this does not mean it is the new go-to diet for losing weight.

Keri Gans says that what concerns her about the diet is how highly restrictive it is.

Any diet that restricts food groups like this isn’t a diet that any average person would be able to sustain, she says.

And when you eliminate whole grains, some veggies, legumes, and dairy from your diet, you can suffer negative consequences to your health.

Its whole grains are so high in fiber – they help to prevent heart disease, control cholesterol, and support gut health [5].

There are large bodies of evidence to show that veggies and legumes are highly nutritious and packed with disease-fighting phytonutrients – these all help to boost the immune system.

Other nutritional experts say that the bottom line, eliminating large food groups from your diet is not the way to go for sustainable weight loss for an average, healthy person.

She says that restricting food groups isn’t a lifestyle change.

Unless it is recommended by a registered dietitian or their doctor, it is not advised that you follow it.

What about those who do have a chronic condition as Kelly had though?

Gans advises that it is advisable then that you consult your doctor or a registered dietitian to help you find the right diet for you that will help you lose weight and manage your symptoms.

What does Dr. Gundry, the author of The Plant Paradox, say?

“I used to be 70 pounds bigger than I am now despite running 30 miles a week and going to the gym one hour a day. And so I eliminated foods that turned on our immune system, which is called lectins.”

Dr. Gundry says there are five things you need to know about going lectin-free:

1) You are probably eating a lectin-high diet now

Lectins, as Dr. Gundry shared, are carbohydrate-binding proteins.

They are found in the skin and seeds of vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes.

They are also found in plant-based foods like grains, pasta, oatmeal, and brown rice.

“Over the last 50 years, we have increased our lectin consumption unknowingly, and coinciding with that, our autoimmune system has skyrocketed,”

2) Change the foods that contain lectins

“The first thing you do is make some swaps, as Kelly did, says Dr. Gundry.

He suggests that if you are eating oatmeal, get rid of it. It’s a really nasty grain.

There are some great substitutes that have no lectins.

One example is millet – some people call it bird seed.

Then there is sorghum.

As soon as you remove foods that contain lectins, “You will lose weight; it’s a natural consequence,” he says.

3) Choose your cooking method wisely

Dr. Gundry is a big fan of beans – but they have lectins in them.

He recommends you eat them, but that’s if you pressure-cook them or buy them pressure-cooked already.

Then they are really good for you and perfectly safe to eat.

Dr. Gundry says don’t put beans in a slow-cooker. He actually warns people to stay away from them.

4) Skip breakfast

“What I’d actually like people to do is not eat breakfast. It’s actually the least important meal of the day.”

That’s what Dr. Gundry claims.

At the dawn of time, our ancestors didn’t wake up and ask for breakfast because there wasn’t because there weren’t any storage systems in those days.

People had to go out and look for food, and it might have been that only around lunchtime that they are ‘broke-fast’.

That’s actually what breakfast means.

6) Go nuts [6]

Dr. Gundry suggests that everyone eat plenty of nuts.

Dr. Grundy has other books out too, such as The Paradox of Longevity.

Certainly, his diet and his books are something to chew on.


Kelly Clarkson sure has captured thousands of fans’ hearts all over the world since she won American Idol in 2002.

And not being shy, she has warmly shared her story with the rest of the world.

She has been honest about her children, her young adult life, and her body image.

That would have included her health problems and her amazing recovery from these by following The Plant Paradox diet.

Her amazing Instagram photos have brought a lot of attention to herself with hundreds of comments about her weight loss, all 37 pounds of it.

She received plenty of compliments for her appearance looking so svelte on the finale of The Voice.

She took to Instagram to show her fans a behind-the-scenes video of all the work she put in to achieve that look.

She says she never wanted to draw attention to herself, but for 15 years, a lot of emphasis has been placed on her physical appearance.

Since she landed on the entertainment scene as the very first American Idol winner in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has been destined for stardom.

She has built a highly successful career spanning nearly two decades.

Can you believe she has sold over 25 million albums and blessed us with beautiful songs like “Because of You,” “Since U Been Gone” and plenty of others?

No wonder Redbook, in 2020, called Kelly Clarkson “one of the most successful winners to date.”

And she’s been so entertaining too, showing us that her vocal talents don’t fit with just one musical genre.

Country music has always been a great love of hers, but she has used her magnificent voice to cater to the rock n’ roll ballads fans, to pop anthems, and more.

She is simply that; a multi-talented star that the Hollywood Walk of Fame is going to honor with a star.

That means full marks for you, Kelly, thank you for the music!

“I’m a whole lotta woman From the way I walk and toss my ‘[now slim!] hips”

“I love my body. I’m very much OK with it. I don’t think artists are ever the ones who have the problem with their weight, it is other people.”

Frequently Asked Questions about Kelly Clarkson (FAQs)

Kelly Clarkson won American Idols. But what would she have been if she hadn’t been a singer?

A marine biologist. But when she saw the “Jaws” movie, she decided it wouldn’t be up her street after all.

What was her first job when she lived in Texas?

She was a cocktail waitress at local clubs in Fort Worth and Arlington.

Is Kelly dating anyone after Brandon?

Yes, Kelly Clarkson is, apparently, thinking about tying the knot again. She has been dating someone for a few months now – she is not ready to reveal who he is yet.

A source said that she didn't expect to find love this soon.

What is Kelly Clarkson’s net worth?

She is believed to have a net worth of $45 million.

What is the huge honor we are hearing about for Kelly Clarkson to receive in 2021?

Kelly Clarkson is going to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Wow!

Kelly will join 34 other entertainment professionals from the different categories of entertainment.

To become an iconic part of Hollywood's history is a big milestone achievement on what is already a highly-decorated career for Kelly.

How Much Weight Has Kelly Clarkson Lost?

She lost about 37 pounds

What’s her weight loss diet?

The Plant Paradox diet.