Follow The Stir


Kelly Clarkson Says She Lost 30 Pounds by Doing 3 Easy Things Every Day

by Maressa Brown on January 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

kelly clarksonIt'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 ...

She explains:

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.

More from The Stir: Jennie Garth Lost 30 Pounds Thanks to This One Thing She Did Every Day

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?


Image via Kevin Winter/Getty

Filed Under: celebrities, celebrity diets


  • MomofTwo
    -- Nonmember comment from


    January 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM
    I totally understand her. Im in the same boat as her where I find it easy to overindulge but then I realize who I have to cut this out... I have managed to lose about 12 lbs in a month just by really cutting down on not eating "junk" and keeping track of what I eat (making sure its not overly fatty). Tracking what you eat is an AMAZING way of finding out what food is honestly crap (like 600 calories for ONE donut.. no thanks). It is possible.. but it takes a LOT of self control not to sneak and cheat.. the self control is the ardest part.
  • Rhond...


    January 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM
    Halving portions is fine if you're really pigging out but it's not good advice for most. If you're eating 1600 cals a day then halving it to 800 cals is a really bad idea.
  • jeri
    -- Nonmember comment from


    January 4, 2013 at 8:49 PM
    Don't eat so much; what a concept.
  • jessi...


    January 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    not a good idea to starve yourself

  • Cel7777


    January 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    It's possible for the scale to show a high weight loss in the first few weeks of dieting, as you lose a significant amount of water weight. After that, settling into losing a pound or two a week is average and healthy.

  • Heath...
    -- Facebook comment from

    Heather Jameson

    April 16, 2013 at 5:14 AM
    Great post! I struggled with belly fat until I started a new program, and with an easy cleanse, special foods that burn fat and specific workouts, I managed to lose 30 pounds in 2 months and then 70 pounds in 4 and half months. I am so proud of myself! You can check my story on weightloss-stories. com.
  • jack...
    -- Nonmember comment from

    jack sprat

    June 29, 2013 at 6:13 PM
    It could be true, the 18 pounds/mo claim. If she's sodium-sensitive, then it could be water loss.
  • Perpl...


    June 29, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    i lost 20 lbs in a  month smoking meth....very possible

1-8 of 8 comments

To leave a comment, log in as a CafeMom member:

Log In

OR, use our non-member comment form: