After reading that headline, you’re probably thinking ‘great, another day, another celebrity weight loss story.’ But I’d encourage you to take another look. Especially the part where she says she didn’t do any exercise.
Look I know you know that 75 per cent of weight loss comes down to diet, but I’m lazy at heart and if someone’s worked out how to eliminate that other pesky 25 per cent then I’m all ears.
It also helps that Kelly told Extra that the miracle diet she followed basically just involved eating better. Do you know how rare it is for a celebrity who is hawking a diet that doesn’t involve lollipops, litres of water or simply outsourcing all food decisions to your assistant (okay I made that last one up but it’s probably true)?
The diet, developed by cardiac surgeon Dr Steven Gundry, claims that certain foods, particularly fruits and vegetables harm your body by producing lectins. On his website, he writes, “when lectins invade our bodies, they can cause some serious inflammatory responses and other health issues, like leaky gut syndrome, weight gain, brain fog and more.”
Dr Gundy believes that by consuming foods that don’t contain lectins such as broccoli and fish, these harmful effects can be eliminated. And the silver lining? As Kelly says, “literally, I haven’t worked out at all.”
Another silver lining for Kelly was the fact that the diet has helped relieve symptoms of her thyroid condition. According to sports dietitian Chloe McLeod, this is one area that the Plant Paradox might live up to its claims.
“For people with autoimmune conditions, some people do feel better with a reduction in intake of gluten (which is found in some grains), however, this is recommended to be managed on a case by case basis,” she said.
As for Kelly, the sports dietitian believed that the singer likely saw such drastic results because her “whole diet was cleaner” meaning that she consumed “less processed, high fat, high sugar options.”
In saying that, she also advises that the diet encourages cutting out foods that are actually good for our health.”Whilst whole grains and legumes contain lectins, once they have been prepared properly (i.e. soaked and cooked in most cases), the lectin content is incredibly low, and they are safe to consume," she said, “eating a diet rich in whole grains and legumes is better for your gut health, and can actually be fantastic for weight loss and reduction of inflammation."
“Cutting these groups of foods out makes it hard to meet daily fibre and resistant starch needs, which can have both short and long-term impact on overall health.”
Maybe proceed with caution with this one people.
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