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One reason we all love Kelly Clarkson—besides, ya know, that fabulous voice: her grace and honesty in the face of unending discussions (including body-shaming comments) about her weight. The Voice coach and host of a new talk show, Clarkson promotes body positivity and always comes across as comfortable in her own skin, and she has talked openly about her 37-pound weight loss. So, how did she do it? © David Becker - Getty Images The Voice coach and talk show host talks about how she slimmed down, and why it was all about boosting her health, not her looks. And she still eats real food! © NBC Universal, Inc. - Getty Images The Kelly Clarkson Show - Season 1
Does Kelly Clarkson exercise?
No, she told Extra in a red carpet interview—“I literally haven’t worked out at all!” Clarkson said, “I think people think I’m working out 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?!”
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Then how did Kelly Clarkson lose the weight?
She credits a book, The Plant Paradox by Steven R. Gundry, M.D. “It's basically about how we cook our food, non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic," she said. Clarkson read the book for medical reasons, she told Extra: “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 book.” It wasn’t about the weight, Clarkson told Today: “For me it was that I'm not on my medicine anymore."
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Why is Kelly Clarkson so open about her weight?
Rumors flew around earlier this year about how she actually slimmed down. But Clarkson smacked down the false claims Twitter: “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. 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.”
So what does Clarkson eat now?
“It’s the same stuff you eat—I just use different ingredients,” she told Hoda Kotb on Today. “Even like fried chicken—I use cassava flour, tapioca, or almond flour, and you use non-hormone chicken….and honestly, I’m going to be real with you: It’s really expensive to do.”
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How does Kelly Clarkson stay body-positive?
From the time she first appeared on American Idol people have been focused on her weight, but over the years she seems to have figured out how to brush it off. "Too skinny, too fat, too blonde—so much blah,” she told the Daily Mail in 2017. “This is who I am and I'm happy. Happy looks different on everyone."
That same year, Clarkson told Redbook: “If you gauge your life on what other people think, you’re going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone. People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it."
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A roundup of the world's fittest celebs wouldn't be complete without J.Lo. The 50-year-old star has one of the fittest bodies in the business, and these days she's often seen working out with her fiancé Alex Rodriguez, who recently opened a gym in Miami.
Ripa is a fitness fiend, but a good sweat session isn't complete without the perfect playlist for the daytime talk show host. Her trainer told InStyle, "We are both obsessed with finding the best music. It really drives the workout."
One of King's secrets to success is Paleta, a local, organic meal delivery service. "It's really wonderful because they make food for all of my family. It makes it so much easier for me," she told Byrdie.
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Tracee Ellis Ross
As a fan of the Tracy Anderson Method, Ross doesn't pretend a fit body comes easily. She told InStyle, "At 18 I might have woken up like this. At 45 I work for it."
A regular at Heart & Hustle Gym in L.A., Union frequently shares her tough workouts on her Instagram, and it's definitely not for the faint of heart. Kettlebells, resistance bands, the squat rack, gliders, oh my!
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Aniston is the queen of defying age (just check out the photos from her 50th birthday party). In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, she revealed that she owes her rock-hard body to her boxing sessions with trainer Leyon Azubuike.
Supermodel Crawford knows it takes hard work and dedication to stay fit. She frequently posts about her workouts on Instagram, revealing that she hits the gym most days, even on weekends.
Hurley, who's been a beauty and fitness icon for over three decades, stays in amazing shape by staying well-hydrated. She drinks two cups of warm water right when she wakes up in the morning and told Women's Health that sitting down with zero distractions has helped her enjoy her meal and improve her digestion.
Singing and dancing on stage isn't for the physically unfit, especially when you have moves like Shakira. Her trainer, Anna Kaiser, created a special HIIT training program for Shakira to help her get ready to tour for weeks on end.
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The celebrity trainer turned celeb herself eats every four hours to keep up with her very active lifestyle and eats a very healthy diet. But on the weekends, you can find her indulging in Chipotle, Unreal chocolate bars, and organic string cheese.
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Kidman grew up running and is also a fan of spinning and yoga. When asked about her secret to success, she said she takes a practical approach. "It's walking a path that's ultimately 80 percent healthy," she told Women's Health.
Seymour credits her amazing bathing suit body to her healthy diet, which includes tons of vegetables, fish, chicken, and shellfish. "I will have cheese occasionally, and if I do eat dessert, I'll just have a few tastes," she told Byrdie.
This Real Housewives of Orange County star is known for her amazing bikini body. She works out at Cut Fitness and—no surprise here—recently won a fitness competition.
Mann is one of those celebs that seem to age in reverse. And, apparently, cycling has something to do with it. She and her husband are regulars at SoulCycle in Santa Monica, according to PopSugar.
According to an interview with The New York Times, the Modern Family star hits the gym, but doesn't take it too seriously. When asked about her typical workout routine, she replied, "I do it when I can. Sometimes I work out with my trainer, or I do spinning or Pilates."
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This Broadway star subscribes to the philosophy that "you are what you eat." Some of her dietary staples include oatmeal, almonds, and hot tea.
Theron has always been fit and loves ballet-style workouts. According to her trainer, she combines them with 35 minutes of cardio to target the whole body.
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Sarah Jessica Parker
Despite being a busy working mom, SJP has one of the best bodies around. Her trainer, Marc Santa Maria, says she does this push-up circuit on the reg.
Newton credits her physique to two things: a vegetarian diet full of colorful fruits and veggies, and Jivamukti yoga. She once told StyleCaster, "It's key to make sure you have a lot of color on your plate. The more colorful the food, the more beneficial it is."
Ever wonder what Cameron Diaz eats for breakfast to get that body? According to an interview with Bon Appétit: protein. "I just put something in my stomach before my workout—usually scrambled eggs, toast, an avocado, an apple with almond butter, overnight oats, or a piece of chicken," she said.
When she's off-season, Mendes takes it a little easier and works out about three days a week. But in the summer or when she's preparing for a movie or event, that number goes up to five!
The long-time talk show host is a strict vegan and owes her good health to that (and her on-air pushup competitions with Michelle Obama, of course). As for her workouts, sometimes they involve puppies.
Jada Pinkett Smith
For Pinkett-Smith, staying toned is all about keeping it simple and loving your body. "Taking care of your body in the way in which you want is an act of self-love..." she said on her show Red Table Talk.
If being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 63 isn't confirmation of your physical prowess, we don't know what is. But Brinkley reveals she keeps it pretty simple. "I would say running is my favorite way to sweat," she told The Cut.
Famous for her love of fitness and nutrition—and those toned arms!—Obama says she uses exercise to relieve stress. According to Vogue, in a 2008 interview she said, "Exercise is really important to me—it's therapeutic."
Watts is a big fan of The Class, a yoga-cardio combination workout that's gaining popularity by the day. In an Instagram post, she wrote, "Feeling good with @courtney_deri @theclass nothing like a hundred burpees to start your day!!"
As the mom of two supermodels, it's no surprise that Hadid has her diet and exercise routine down pat. But does she ever indulge? According to an interview with Nine Honey, yes. "I do indulge once in a while because I believe we should enjoy everything, as long as it's in moderation," she said.
Bullock is a big fan of Body By Simone. "There's always cardio like dance, jump roping, or rebounding," she told InStyle. She also switches up her workouts. In the same interview, she said she does Pilates, kickboxing, and weight training.
According to an interview in Harpers Bazaar, Kardashian follows an organic, dairy-free ketogenic diet filled with plenty of healthy fats. Plus, she drinks apple cider vinegar, which she swears by for losing fat and boosting her metabolism.
The Cougar Town star works out with celeb trainer Michelle Lovitt, who also trains Julianne Moore and Julia Luis-Dreyfus. According to Lovitt, Cox's workouts include strength training with barbells and plenty of high-intensity supersets.
In a recent cover story for New Beauty, Macpherson revealed she had to switch up her diet and exercise routine when she turned 50. Now she focuses on less intense exercise: "I do Vinyasa yoga or power yoga, or go for a swim, go paddleboarding or waterskiing, or take the dogs for a walk."
Davis is diligent about her workouts—and it's clearly paying off. "If I have to be at work at 5 a.m., I will get up at three and work out. I run, I do weights," she told SELF.
This 60-something mom of six isn't letting age slow her down a bit. She often starts her day as early as 4 a.m. and drinks coffee while she's on the treadmill.
Paltrow credits her long-time trainer Tracy Anderson—plus a (mostly) clean diet low in grains and sugar, according to Shape—for her top-notch physique. The 45-year-old is also a fan of infrared saunas, often praising their detoxifying properties.
This star is a SoulCycle devotee, telling E! News that she prefers to start her workdays with a 6 a.m. class: "It energizes me and helps wake me up in the morning. With all of the lines that I have to memorize, it sort of activates my brain."
The model, actress, and cookbook author stays active by riding her bike, hitting the tennis ball, and playing with her son. According to a Los Angeles Times interview, she also stays away from juice and soda, opting for black coffee or water instead.
If you live in New York City, you might spot Klum running along the Westside Highway in the mornings. For her, consistency is key, as she once told Glamour, "I pretend it's bikini season all year and regularly make healthy decisions."
The actress, entrepreneur (she's the co-founder of fitness apparel company Fabletics), and mom of three prioritizes her workouts. "I'll do Tracy Anderson, I'll do Body by Simone, I do everything," Hudson told SELF.
Holly Robinson Peete
Peete is undeniably fit and yet she keeps it simple with workouts at home. "I can't do trainers. I have a stair stepper at home, and I do Pilates," she told AARP.
Beckinsale whips herself into shape for various movie roles, but admits that sometimes it's like pulling teeth. "I start out absolutely dreading it, do an incredibly punishing workout, b**ch about it the whole time, and end up feeling 100 percent better when I leave," she told SHAPE. We can relate! Beckinsale works out regularly with trainer Gunnar Peterson.
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