The singer and actress Kelly Clarkson, has revealed on a few occasions that she suffers from a thyroid disorder that has caused serious problems to control her weight. However, this year we have seen a substantial change in her figure that seems to indicate that she has found a definitive solution to maintain her ideal weight.

The singer has made some recent appearances in the media and looks fantastic! However, she had been very reserved with the secret to download sizes, until a few months ago where she revealed to NBC’s Today show what exactly she did, and how many pounds she lost.

Kelly attributes her spectacular figure to the changes she has made in her eating habits based on the recommendations published by Dr. Steven Gundry in his book The Plant Paradox

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“Literally I read this book, and I did for this autoimmune disease also had my thyroid problems, and now all my levels back to normal, I stop taking medicines thanks to this book” commented Clarkson.

“Basically this book is about how we cook our food, and what organic foods are really beneficial to our health, I lost about 14 kilograms without exercising,” said the pop diva.

According to the singer, the beginning of this diet had nothing to do with reducing her waist, as she loves her body as it is. Kelly started this new lifestyle with the aim of improving her health. Losing a few kilos was the consequence of leading a healthier life.

Kelly’s new lifestyle is based on the diet suggested by The Plant Paradox, by Dr. Steven R. Gundry. This plan is quite restrictive since it eliminates foods high in lectins, a protein that is “present in most foods to some extent, but is higher in foods such as beans and grains,” said dietitian Marisa Moore.

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Dr. Gundry is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who currently specializes in the holistic treatment of patients through a nutritional approach. Gundry was director of the International Heart and Lung Institute and Center for Regenerative Medicine for the past 17 years.

Gundry states that certain foods considered healthy such as some fruits and vegetables can be harmful to the body by producing lectins, which he calls “toxic chemical compounds”.

One of the self-defense systems of the plant kingdom is lectins, which should not be confused with lecithins or leptins. Lectins are plant proteins, sometimes called sticky proteins, because they bind to carbohydrates present on the surface of cells. There are many types of lectins, and the main difference between them is the type of molecule to which they are attached.

The lectins are found in many of our most prized foods, such as broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, eggplant, lentils, beans, peanuts, wheat, even dairy products contain lectins.

Some lectins, including wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), which is found in wheat and other seeds of the grass family, bind specific receptors in the cells of the intestinal mucosa, producing a local inflammatory response and interfere with the absorption of nutrients through your intestinal wall. They act as “antinutrients”, and could have a detrimental effect on the gut microbiome, an important risk factor for the development of leaky gut, a condition in which undigested food, metabolic waste, and bacteria, which must have been confined by the digestive tract, they enter the bloodstream. The leaky gut syndrome can lead to weight gain, mental confusion, autoimmune diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease, among others.

According to Gundry, wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) consumption induces heart disease in experimental animals.

WGA and the galactans of legumes are able to bind to the insulin receptors found in fat cells. Normally, a hormone is coupled to a receptor site, induces a cellular action and then separates from the receptor. However, pseudo-hormones such as wheat germ agglutinin and legume galactans bind to the receptor permanently.

Once bound to the insulin receptor in the fat cell, the wheat germ agglutinin allows the passage of glucose into the cell and triggers a series of metabolic processes that lead to the formation of more fatty tissue.

Another common lectin is casein A1, which is found in some dairy products. The casein A1 is metabolized in our intestine to make beta-casomorphine, which could bind to the beta cells of the pancreas and cause an autoimmune attack to the pancreas and lead to diabetes mellitus and other metabolic disorders.

Many researchers suggest that casein A1 may be involved in the development of juvenile type 1 diabetes.

Gundry recommends in his book to increase the consumption of fruits such as berries and avocados, which have amazing nutritional properties. It also states that beans, especially red beans, should be cooked over high heat in order to deactivate the lectins (phytohemagglutinin and galactans) that they contain and that can become very toxic especially if this food is consumed raw or undercooked.

We must emphasize that some physicians and nutritionists do not approve of this diet since there is no indisputable scientific evidence to indicate that lectin foods have inflammatory properties.

However, for dietician Marisa Moore this diet is more a “fad”, since “many of the statements regarding lectins and how they affect the body seem exaggerated and there are very few studies conducted in humans to support them”. In spite of that, the specialist agrees that The Plant Paradox is an effective tool for losing weight because it promotes a healthier diet in general.

Several scientific studies are still required to determine if the diet recommended by Dr. Gundry is actually effective. However, there is no doubt that this diet has worked wonders for Kelly Clarkson.