Kelly Clarkson Workout and Diet

Born: 1982

Kelly Clarkson was first discovered by her middle school choir teacher who overheard her singing in the hallway. In high school, she performed in many musicals including Annie Get Your Gun. After high school, she received 2 full college scholarship offers but turned them down, choosing to focus on her career instead. She also turned down two recording contracts because she believed they would turn her into a ‘bubblegum act.’ Encouraged by friends, Clarkson auditioned for the first season of American Idol, got a recording contract, and immediately released her debut double single ‘Before You Love’ and ‘A Moment Like This’. It hit the charts at #60, and just 2 weeks later made it to #1 (and eventually became the best-selling single of 2002 in the US). Clarkson has had more than 2 dozen songs in Billboard’sHot 100 chart. She has won multiple awards, including Grammys, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards and is considered to be one of the world’s best pop singers. Worldwide, Clarkson has sold over 40 million singles.She is a coach on the reality series The Voice and she is also the host of her self-named talk show. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and and weighs about 140 lbs.

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Kelly Clarkson’s Diet

Diet Summary

Clarkson recently lost nearly 40 lbs. which she credits to following Steven Gundry’s Plant Paradox diet, a type of low-carb diet with an emphasis on vegetables, although certain veggies such as tomatoes and squash are to be avoided. Fruit consumption is limited, and grains are not eaten because they contain a kind of protein known as lectin that Gundry says has a negative impact on the digestive tract and lead to inflammation, disease and weight gain. Clarkson was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder back in 2006 and says the diet cured her problem and she no longer needs medication. It is important to note that scientific evidence for Gundry’s claims is lacking, but Clarkson is happy with the results. Animal proteins on the Paradox diet should be from ‘clean’ sources such as pasture-raised beef or wild-caught fish. Healthy fats come in the form of olive oil, avocados, and butter from grass-fed cows, and carbs come from vegetables like sweet potatoes.

Estimated Macros

  • Low-Medium Protein 25% 25%
  • Low-Medium Carb 40% 40%
  • Medium Fat 50% 50%

Diet Details


Thankful for the Plant Cure

Clarkson is most happy to no longer need medication for her autoimmune disorder, and says the weight loss is just a side perk.


Healthy Stand-Ins

Clarkson says she eats more or less the same things she always did, but uses ingredients like almond flour instead of regular flour.


Dark Indulgence

Clarkson says it’s not too hard to follow this diet because eating dark chocolate and macadamia nuts every day is recommended.


Cheat Day

Clarkson says she still indulges in some of her favorites like fried chicken, cake and wine, but mostly she sticks to her champagne and goat cheese

What to Eat


Leafy greens




MeAvocados ats




Sweet potatoes


Macadamia nuts


Pastured eggs




Dark chocolate


A2 dairy milk


Extra virgin olive oil


Goat cheese





What to Avoid




A1 dairy products: milk, yogurt, etc.


Artificial sweeteners


Fruit (except berries)










Refined starches: pasta, bread, etc.


Chemical ingredients


Junk food


Clarkson on The Plant Paradox

‘It’s basically about how we cook our food, non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic.’


Clarkson On Her Paradox Diet

‘I’m not on medicine anymore because of this book.’


Clarkson On Her Weight Loss

‘I know the industry loves the weight gone, but for me, it wasn’t really [about] the weight. For me, it was, “I’m not on my medicine anymore.’

Kelly Clarkson’s Workout Routine

Weekly Workout Routine

All She Ever Wanted…Was to Not Sweat It Up

Clarkson says she’s not a huge fan of exercise, but she will make herself work out to improve her energy and generally to be healthy.

Shake It Out (and Up)

Clarkson gets bored easily, so her trainer mixes up her routine every day, but it often involves some kind of boxing which offers a great whole-body strength and cardio conditioning routine.

Put In the Time

Despite her busy schedule and aversion to sweating, Clarkson works out for 1-2 hours at a clip, and often includes a run or hike outdoors.

Workout Style


A Kelly Clarkson Weight Loss Routine

You will need a mat, boxing bag, gloves, and medicine ball.

Do each exercise to your limit, performing as many reps as you can with little or no rest between sets. Always use good form. When you start to lose your form, you’ve done enough.

Ball Push-up Hand to Hand: From plank position, put a medicine ball under one hand (other hand is on floor). Lower into a push-up but do not tilt shoulders. Press back into starting position. Switch hands. Repeat. Do as many as you can, a minimum of 25.

Mountain Climbers: From plank position, ‘run’ keeping your hands on the floor, pulling the toe of your foot as far forward as you can. Stabilize through your core. Do as many as you can, minimum of 50.

Crazy 8 Lunges: Stand with feet should-width apart. Hold medicine ball in front of you, elbows bent at 90 degrees. Step forward into lunge posi-tion, twisting upper body to the same side, then with arms extended straight draw an 8 in the air with your arms. Return to start position. Re-peat on opposite side. Do a minimum of 25/side.

Jump Squats: Stand straight, knees slightly bent. Lower into squat, keep-ing back straight and head up. Jump up, reaching as high as you can. Return to starting position and repeat. Do a minimum of 25.

Boxing Cardio Burst: Put on gloves and punch a bag (or if you don’t have one, just punch the air), going as fast as you can for 3 min.

Jumping Jack Squats: Start in jumping jack position, arms raised, legs together. Jump to squat position, lowering arms to sides, keeping weight in heels and navel pulled in. Do a minimum of 25 reps.

Russian Twists: In sit-up position, hold a medicine ball in both hands. Raise feet off floor, twist torso side to side, touching the ball to the floor on each side. Repeat to failure.

Boxing Cardio Burst: Box for 3 min. Rest, then start at the top, doing a total of 3-5 sets.


Clarkson On Exercise

‘This just in: I still hate 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…Who am I to ignore science?!’


Clarkson On The Ups And Downs Of Her Exercise Routine

‘I yo-yo. So sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t and I’m like…I’d rather have wine.’


Clarkson On Health

‘What I try to instill in my fans is to be healthy and happy. I have no desire to be super-skinny.’

Kelly Clarkson’s Supplements



Clarkson doesn’t cop to taking any supplements and vigorously denies taking any kind of weight loss pill, but Dr. Gundry recommends plenty of supplements to complement his Plant Paradox diet, including omega-3s which fight inflammation,

Vitamin D3


 Vitamin D3 which boosts digestion and immunity,

Probiotics Prebiotics


Probiotics which are the healthy bacteria found in the gut and prebiotics which feed those good bacteria, and also



Polyphenols which help with digestion and energy.

vitamin B12


Supplements that support thyroid function include vitamin B12 for in-creased energy and metabolism,



Zinc for immune support, anti-inflammatory effects and increased T4 to T3 conversion (combine with selenium for a synergistic effect)

Rhodiola  Rosea


Rhodiola Rosea for adrenal support



Iron for the production of thyroid hormone, but only if your blood work indicates low levels.

Kelly Clarkson’s Lifestyle

Sleep Matters

Clarkson says she often composes lyrics and songs while she’s trying to get to sleep, which makes it hard for her to drift off.

That Seat Is For A *Real* Star

At the 2019 American Country Music Awards, Clarkson was asked to move because someone thought she was just a seat-filler. She politely declined to give up her chair.

Fanboying & Fangirling

Clarkson’s public announcement of being a fan of the Plant Paradox diet prompted an equally gushy response from Dr. Gundry. He said he likes her music, and he’d be happy to work with her and appeared on her talk show.

Pass On the Big Fish

Clarkson wanted to be a marine biologist until she saw the movie Jaws.


Clarkson On Composing Songs In Bed

‘That’s why I have a hard time sleeping.’


Clarkson On Her Body

‘I love my body I’m very much okay with it. I don’t think artists are ever the ones who have the problem with their weight. It’s other people.’


Clarkson On Body Shamers

‘I wasn’t big, but people would call me big…I’ve kind of always gotten that.’


Clarkson On Caring For Oneself

‘No one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics.’


Clarkson On Her Happy Place

‘For me, when I’m skinny is usually when I’m not doing well.’


Clarkson On Making Decisions

Everyone gives you their 2 cents but you have to follow your gut.’

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