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Kelly Clarkson Lost Nearly 40 Pounds on the Plant Paradox Diet

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Kelly Clarkson Lost Nearly 40 Pounds on the Plant Paradox Diet

2018 Billboard Music Awards - Show

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Kelly Clarkson announced this year that she lost 37 pounds, and she’s crediting a diet based on Dr. Steven Gundry’s best-selling book The Plant Paradox, which nixes gluten as well as other “lectins,” a type of protein that is also found in many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and more.

The singer said in June she initially tried the “lectin-free” plan to help with an autoimmune disease and a thyroid issue, and ended up losing weight as part of this “overall health approach.”

While Kelly has found success by going lectin-free, this restrictive eating style isn’t for everyone. Avoiding lectins alone won’t make you drop pounds. Skipping the processed foods where they’re found and eating lectin-containing beans and whole grains will actually help most people reach their goals.

If you’re considering joining the Plant Paradox bandwagon, here’s why you shouldn’t hop on just yet.

First, tell me more about these “lectins.”

Lectin is a protein present in most foods, but pulses, legumes, whole grains, vegetables, and fruit contain particularly high amounts. According to Gundry, gluten — a protein that’s found in wheat, barley rye, and triticale — is just one type of lectin.

Why does the diet hate on lectins?

The Plant Paradox cites evolution as to why eating lectin is harmful: Plants developed this protein as a defense against predators, a.k.a. animals and insects. Gundry says lectins disrupt your GI tract and allow bacteria to enter your immune system, causing “leaky gut” syndrome and inflammation — a state in which your body attempts to “fight” a vegetable predator. The book likens this response to that of an autoimmune disease.

He also says that eating lectin causes weight gain because it acts similarly to insulin, the hormone that takes up glucose (sugar molecules) by your peripheral tissues (a.k.a. fat cells) for storage.

Which foods contain lectins?

Lectin is found naturally in these foods:

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