It's a known fact that being blissfully in love can have the same effect as freshman year at college, leading to out-of-the-blue weight gain, but that doesn't seem to be the case for newly engaged Kelly Clarkson. The pop star's weight has gone up and down over the years, but she's looking pretty healthy, apparently having dropped 30 pounds recently. She says she owes her weight loss success, in part, to her fiance. She told Cosmo, "If I'm going to be messing around, I gotta look good."
Well, while wanting to look good naked is a great motivator, it's not Kelly's only secret to slimming down ...
I was working with a trainer, and she said, "You'd be amazed the amount of weight you can drop by halving your portions. I know it sounds crazy, but do it for two weeks and watch what happens." I just cut back my portions, I stopped eating late at night, and I work out a little more than I used to, and I literally dropped 18 pounds in a month. I think it happens when you get really busy. But when I'm on my off-time -- girl, those 18 might come back!
Okay, so that's not crazy advice, right? And it's awesome that she's working out with her honey Brandon Blackstock (she says, "We both have bikes on the back of the bus, and we both love the outdoors") and practicing smart, healthier habits like eliminating late night snacks. But I'm not buying 18 pounds falling off in one month. Sounds like one of those extreme coverlines you'd see at a drugstore check-out newsstand. If that's true, good for her, but it's not a realistic goal for most women, for whom 1-2 pounds a week is average, healthy, normal.
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What's more, what she describes sort of sounds yo-yo-diet-y. Whatever she's doing to lose should be something she can sustain even during that "off-time." Funny, you'd think that when she has more time -- i.e., she's not touring, doing publicity for her album, etc. -- she'd have more time to be active with Brandon and work out.
Then again, I guess we all handle hectic schedules differently. And since it sounds like Kelly's found the way that works for her and she's happy mentally, emotionally, and physically, more power to her!
What do you think of Kelly's weight loss tricks -- inspiring or annoying?
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