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Kelly Clarkson has long been the subject of uninvited discussions about her weight: Ever since she shot into the spotlight on the first season of American Idol, fans and media personalities alike have been quick to call out changes in her size and shape. Ugh.

The Voice coach has never shied away from talking about her weight, however, and her honesty about food, body-shamers, and body image is one of the many reasons her fans adore her. Here’s a look back at Kelly’s weight-loss journey so far — in her own words.

On the plan that worked for her:

When Kelly started stepping out for a number of appearances in summer 2018, fans and media personalities alike were quick to notice that she looked slimmer. And during a red carpet interview with Extra at the 2018 CMT Music Awards, she revealed that her weight loss was the result of a restrictive new eating plan.

Kelly Clarkson walks the red carpet at the 2018 CMT Music Awards. Getty Images

On why she changed her lifestyle:

Kelly might have lost 37 pounds after changing up her diet, but the singer says that weight loss wasn’t what motivated her lifestyle change — in fact, it was just a “side effect” of her efforts to combat another health issue.

“I had an autoimmune disease and a thyroid problem that started in 2006,” the singer told Hoda Kotb during a June 2018 appearance on the Today show. “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 any more.'”

On working out:

One of the many reasons we love Kelly is because she keeps it so real on Twitter when it comes to dieting and exercise. “This just in,” she tweeted in November 2018. “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. I mean, I’m just stating facts here people. Who am I to ignore science?!”

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. I mean, I’m just stating facts here people. Who am I to ignore science?! #cardioversuswine

— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) November 1, 2018

On weight fluctuation:

Over the years, Kelly has been criticized, but the singer doesn’t let that noise bother her: “Sometimes we’re more fit. Like, especially me,” she said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGegeneres Show in 2015. “I’m such a creative person that 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.”

On dealing with body-shamers:

Ever since 2002 when she won the first season of American Idol, Kelly has had to deal with nasty body-shamers making comments about her weight. “I was the biggest girl in the too,” the singer told Ellen in 2015. “And I wasn’t big, but people would call me big … I’ve kind of always gotten that.”

Kelly Clarkson performs during the “American Idol in Vegas” concert in 2002. Getty Images

She then added: “I think what hurts my feelings for people is that I’ll have a meet and greet after the show, and a girl who’s bigger than me will be in the meet and greet and be like, ‘Wow, if they think you’re big, I must be so fat to them.’ And it’s like, you’re just who you are. We are who we are — whatever size.”

On holiday weight gain:

“To the person that lost weight over the holidays…. Don’t worry, I found it and I will get it back to you starting January 1st,” the singer joked on Twitter in December 2018.

To the person that lost weight over the holidays…. Don’t worry, I found it and I will get it back to you starting January 1st 😬💁🏼‍♀️👌#TightPants #ButSoWorthIt

— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) December 29, 2018

On keeping a positive body image:

In a 2018 interview with Redbook, Kelly got real about the pressures that she’s faced as a curvy woman in the spotlight. Whether she’s gaining or losing weight, she said, it seems that people will take issue with her size. “They shame you for ,” she said. “Same thing happened with Miranda Lambert — I had dinner with her and we were talking about that. She was like, ‘Should I gain? Should I lose?’ But no one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics.”

She continued: “It’s when I’m fat that I’m happy. People think, Oh, there’s something wrong with her. She’s putting on weight. I’m like, ‘Oh, no! I’m sorry, but that represents happiness in my emotional world’ For me, when I’m skinny is usually when I’m not doing well. If you gauge your life on what other people think, you’re going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone. People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it.”

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The Real Reason Kelly Clarkson Is Losing Weight

Kelly Clarkson keeps it incredibly real. That’s why fans love her. From telling us why she doesn’t want people kissing her on the cheek to letting her kids know there is no Easter bunny, The Kelly Clarkson Show star has our lifelong respect.

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Judging by her increasingly slimmer figure, the winner of the first season of American Idol has been losing weight. Of course, everyone has their reasons for losing weight, whether it’s to look better in their jeans, at the beach, or to just feel better about themselves. Find out what it’s all been about for The Voice coach to drop the pounds.

Clarkson is all about body positivity

Kelly Clarkson doesn’t want to lose weight just to look good. She wants to inspire others to feel positively about their bodies and themselves. She spoke with Redbook in 2017 at a time when she wasn’t yet ready to lose weight.

“…No one actually cares about your health. They just care about aesthetics. It’s when I’m fat that I’m happy. People think, Oh, there’s something wrong with her. She’s putting on weight. I’m like, ‘Oh, no! I’m sorry, but that represents happiness in my emotional world.’”

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“For me, when I’m skinny is usually when I’m not doing well. If you gauge your life on what other people think, you’re going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone. People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it.”

Clarkson is confident in her own skin

Whether she’s losing weight or not, on the heavier side or looking lighter, Clarkson’s message of being happy in your own skin is timely and resonates with so many struggling with who they are and finding acceptance with others.

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“I literally have this conversation with my husband and my assistant all the time. I’m like, should I be less confident?,” she shared with USA Today earlier this year. “Should I worry about this?” Clarkson says. “Here’s the reason: I think once we let our ego go, (we) just get over the fact that everybody’s not going to like us – and that’s OK. Because there will be people who do dig it. And even if they don’t, do you? You get one life. Who the hell cares what everyone else thinks?”

Why Clarkson’s serious about losing the weight this time

Despite rumors flying around that Clarkson was on some strange pill regimen, the singer hasn’t been doing anything of the kind.

She’s following the protocol outlined in The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry, M.D. Her reason for losing weight is to get off medications she’s had to be on for her thyroid and for an autoimmune disorder.

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“It’s basically about how we cook our food, non-GMO, no pesticides, eating really organic,” she shared with Extra. “I did it for this autoimmune disease that I had and I had a thyroid issue, and now all my levels are back up. I’m not on medicine anymore because of this book.”

For Clarkson, it wasn’t really about the weight; it was about getting to a place where she was no longer dependent on medication for her health. But in the journey, she shows it’s about attitude more than pounds. You go, Kelly!

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Kelly Clarkson and her husband, talent manager Brandon Blackstock, are the epitome of #couplegoals thanks to their precious family.

The two had originally met in 2006 when Blackstock’s father, Narvel—who was Clarkson’s manager at the time—introduced them. Blackstock was married, so nothing happened until Narvel re-introduced them at the 2012 Super Bowl where Clarkson was performing the National Anthem and… sparks flew.

Clarkson, now 37, and Blackstock, 42, went on their first date on February 11, 2012.

“This is the funniest/worst thing ever: One of my superhero idols is Whitney Houston, and the day she died was our first date. I was like ‘This is a bad omen,'” she told Cosmopolitan in 2013.

But clearly, it wasn’t because by December of that year, they were engaged. And on October 20, 2013, they became Mr. and Mrs.

“I’ve never been truly loved like I am right now,” Clarkson told Cosmopolitan.

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I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock 🙂 We got married yesterday at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!

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Blackstock has two children from his first marriage—Savannah, 16, and Seth, 11—so when Clarkson married him, she automatically became a second mother to his kids.

“We all live together and everything. It’s so different, but it’s perfect. They’re awesome, and I actually really dig the mom thing,” Clarkson said On Air with Ryan Seacrest back in 2013, before she had children of her own.

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Merry Christmas from the Blackstocks 🎅🎅🎅 #Santa #Iknowhim

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Clarkson and Blackstock welcomed their daughter, River Rose on June 12, 2014 and their son Remington “Remy” Alexander on April 12, 2016.

“I’ve accomplished a lot,” the Grammy-winning singer told People in 2015. “But I guess the biggest success I want is that whenever I die people will say, ‘She was so successful as a mother, and as a wife.’ That’s kind of my big goal.”

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They’re all mine…. 😊

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Not only is that something Clarkson strives for but she lives her life as a mom now with a newborn confidence.

“I sound like such a tool but becoming a mother has made me next-level confident. I’ve never felt more empowered,” she told Good Housekeeping in 2016.

If you want to see some fabulous pictures of Clarkson and Blackstock’s blended family, keep scrolling because you’re in for a treat.

2014: River Rose was born

Clarkson took a break from shooting a music video for her album “Wrapped in Red” to pose for a picture with her daughter, River.

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River is visiting me on the set of my new music video shoot for Wrapped In Red! #babysfirstvideo

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Can we take a minute to appreciate River’s cheeks and extravagant headband in this picture?

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This is how River and I feel about our first annual Miracle On Broadway show! It was beyond incredible thanks to all of you! More pics to come!

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There’s no sleep for Clarkson with River by her side.

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Trying to take a nap before the IHeart Radio Awards ….haha didn’t work 🙂

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River looks so happy alongside Blackstock.

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My 2 Valentines 🙂 Can’t imagine life without them! Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

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Just look at River in her custom hotel robe.

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Had so much fun with River at La Voix in Montreal!! Thank you to The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth for the cute robe and lovely stay 🙂 #We’llBeBack #MerciBeaucoup

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There’s no question River has her daddy’s eyes.

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River & daddy hanging at the game 🙂 #GoPreds

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Don’t mind River holding her noise-blocking headphones while on tour with Clarkson.

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Pre-show warm up with River! Thank you Wheatland!! #PieceByPieceTour

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2015: Blackstock’s kids Savannah (Left) and Seth (Right)

Clearly The Blackstocks are fans of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Spot the “Winter is coming” in the background of the Christmas card?

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Merry Christmas from the Blackstock clan! @gameofthrones #gameofthrones #winteriscoming #riverisnotworried

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Needless to say, River wasn’t a fan of Santa at one.

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So this happened…. #RiverLovesSanta ….is it wrong I slightly enjoyed this ha!

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River might have her daddy’s eyes but she certainly has her mom’s infectious smile.

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#RiverRose and I will announce our #NewProject tomorrow! It involves balloons, magic and a lullaby! #Clue4

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2016: Remington Alexander was born

And then the family of three became a family of four after the couple welcomed Remy.

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Okay last pic! Promise 😉#andthentherewerefour #familyband The von Trapps ain’t got nothin’ on us ha!

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Siblings that play together, stay together, right?

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3 of our kiddos playing in the hotel room. When they’re not breaking/spilling something I’m cool with anything 😂 #WhiteHouseTrip #DC they all met POTUS & FLOTUS. Seth had a full on conversation with POTUS and he’s still on cloud nine 😊 #CanWeKeepObama 😩

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Clarkson and River enjoy the Nashville Christmas Parade.

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River’s first parade!! #GrandeMarshall #NashvilleChristmasParade

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Blackstock poses with his two youngest kids.

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They’re all mine…. 😊

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Santa joins the family.

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Merry Christmas from the Blackstocks 🎅🎅🎅 #Santa #Iknowhim

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Seth writes that he wants more family time.

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They’re all mine…. 😊

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Clarkson and Blackstock celebrate Remy’s first birthday with a campground themed party.

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Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet little boy!! #RemyB #BlackstockCampgrounds #ILoveHim 😊

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Kisses for everyone during their Easter celebration.

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‪Happy Easter!! #RiverRose #RemyB #BabyKissesAreTheGreatest Thanks for the great photo @weisseubanks 😊‬

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Clarkson celebrated her 35th birthday at Universal Studios in Florida and snapped a pic with little Remy.

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Thank you @universalorlando for the most magical birthday!!! It was the greatest surprise to have my entire group adorned in Harry Potter gear!!! 🎉🎉🎉😊😊😊 #35 #stillgotit #greatestfamilyandfriends #hashtag 😜

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Like mother, like daughter with the matching Nashville Predators jerseys, right?

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We are so sad we lost BUT what a great game!! #meandriverrose #GoPreds

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And of course, Blackstock wasn’t too far away on game day.

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#GoPREDS #Nashville

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River rang in her third birthday with a fabulous princess-themed party.

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Happy Birthday to our smart, witty, & beautiful girl, River Rose! She wished for “pink forever” on her birthday 😂 Thanks @weisseubanks 4 the amazing pics!

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Just look at Seth reading a story to his little sister.

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Nothing more adorable than a big brother reading to his little sister 😊 #Seth&River

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River is serving up all the sass.

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Clarkson made note that the only person missing was Seth from this Thanksgiving family picture.

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Happy Thanksgiving! #TheOnlyKiddoMissingIsSeth #HeWasBusyOnAnotherRedCarpet 😜

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Wonder Woman herself aka Gal Gadot sent River some goodies.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH @gal_gadot for the awesome presents for River Rose!! She LOVES them! You’ve made a little girl very happy 😊 #galgadotforthewin

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Just like her mom, River is clearly a fan of Disney.

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Oh great so she’s into bad boys at the age of 3 🙄 this should be fun 🤣 #Disneyland

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Remy might not have been feeling Jessie from Toy Story but River was definitely living her best life.

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Remy B ain’t havin’ it y’all! #Disneyland

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Just look at River in her sparkly dress and matching shoes.

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My baby girls first performance and she NAILED IT!!!! #DiscoDiva #RiverRose

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River takes to the high seas.

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#RiverRoseAndDaddy #LakeDays

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While Clarkson hangs with Remy.

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Fun fact: River loves Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

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Movie night with the kiddos. My daughter loves Ursula. Go figure 💁🏼‍♀️ #LittleMermaid

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We wonder what kind of shenanigans went on in Clarkson’s car during their road trip.

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My travel buddies for the day! #RiverRose #RemyB #Henry

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Oh look at River, just four years old, meeting former First Lady Michelle Obama. No big deal, right?

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No big deal, just hangin’ with @michelleobama celebrating women! LOVED getting to do a show with these two amazing ladies @meghan_trainor @iamjhud ✨ ✨ Mua: @gloglomakeup Hair: @robertramoshair Stylist: @cdicelove13 Nails: @nailsbytsha Photo: @weisseubanks ✨

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River and Remy visit Clarkson while on the set of The Voice.

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For her animated film Ugly Dolls, Clarkson created a music video for the song “Broken & Beautiful.” If you watch closely, you’ll notice that her daughter River makes a sweet cameo.

The entire family came together to support mom at the L.A. premiere of her animated flick, Ugly Dolls. During an interview with ET, Clarkson revealed that River was loving the red carpet spotlight.

Clarkson also went on to spill the beans about which one of her kids enjoys the limelight the most.

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Clarkson’s new daytime talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show premiered on September 9 and she already revealed River wants to be on it as soon as possible.

“My youngest daughter has already asked me if she can be on the show,” she said during a taping, according to USA Today.

While we wait for River and the rest of her siblings to make an appearance, enjoy the promo clip for Clarkson’s show below.

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Another Modesto native makes it to “American Idol’; shares dramatic weight loss story | Modesto Bee

For the second year in a row, a Modesto-raised singer will compete on “American Idol.”

Modesto native Ryan Hammond will be a contestant on the 17th season of the hit reality singing competition. The new season starts Sunday, March 3, on ABC.

Hammond graduated from Modesto High School in 2011 and won the Valley Talent Project (then called Valley’s Got Talent) in 2015. Since then the 25-year-old has continued to pursue his singing dreams while going on a dramatic weight-loss journey.

Since 2017, Hammond has lost 170 pounds. He underwent gastric bypass surgery two years ago, and through that and exercise has transformed himself. He said that journey plays heavily in his initial audition in front of the celebrity judging panel of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

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“It’s really completely changed my whole life. Before I did sing; I always loved to sing,” he said. “But I remember telling ‘Idol’ about being insecure and not wanting to make it in music while I was overweight. I didn’t want them to take a picture of me and put in on an album cover. Looking back I wish I hadn’t let looks hold me back as long as I let it. But I worked hard and I did lose the weight.”

Modesto native Ryan Hammond, 25, will compete on the 17th season of “American Idol.” Julie Delgado Courtesy Ryan Hammond

Hammond started singing as a child in his parent’s Modesto church, Celebration Center, along with his three sisters. Over the years he has performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts and other events, but said insecurity about his weight held him back from doing more. At his heaviest he weighted 331 pounds.

He has now refocused his energy on his singing career. Last year he released the EP “Tragedy to Triumph,” a six-song album of Christian music. This year he has released three singles of more mainstream pop, which are available for download via iTunes and other digital platforms. Hammond said his sound often gets compared to British soul singer Sam Smith.

He sang Smith’s hit “Lay Me Down“ during his winning bid at the Gallo Center talent show.

Hammond moved to San Jose four months ago, but still works in real estate in Modesto. But his family all still live in the valley and he visits frequently. He said his goal is to ultimately move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.

His audition in front of the judges, which was filmed in L.A. last November, will not be shown in the season premiere. But it should air sometime in March. ABC representatives said the exact date has not been determined yet.

Grand prize winner Ryan Hammond sings the Sam Smith song “Lay Me Down” during Valley’s Got Talent at Gallo Center for the Arts in 2015. Andy Alfaro Modesto Bee file

This is Hammond’s third time trying out for “Idol.” His first time was when he was 17 and still in high school, then again in 2015 after winning the Valley Talent Project and then California Idol.

Last year, Modesto native Effie Passero (who formerly went by the name Francesca Bavaro while performing locally) made it to the Top 24 before being eliminated. The two met through the Valley Talent Project and have been friends since. He said she’s given him valuable advice and encouragement about “Idol.”

“She said stay away from the piano and to just stand there and sing with your heart and give them all you got. Let loose,” he said. “And she said, ‘If you think life will go back to normal you’re definitely wrong. Your life is going to change forever.’”

Another valley musician, Manteca resident Matthew Grant, accompanied him on piano for his audition. He called it a “surreal experience” to sing in front of music icons like Richie, Perry and Bryan. Hammond joins a handful of locals to compete on the show since its debut.

Modesto native Ryan Hammond, 25, will compete on the 17th season of “American Idol.” His before-and-after weight loss journey will be discussed on the show. Courtesy Ryan Hammond

They include Passero from last year, 2002 Beyer High graduate Alexis Lopez who made it to the semifinalist/wild-card round of the show’s breakout first season, and former Ripon Christian High School student Maddy Hudson, who made it to the showcase round in 2015.

“I grew up watching ‘American Idol.’ I remember the first season there was a girl from Modesto named Alexis. I’ve been watching it from the beginning and being a part of it was a surreal experience,” he said. “No matter how far I make it in the competition I know my weight loss story will help someone.”

For more on Hammond visit his website at

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Yesterday, on pop star Kelly Clarkson‘s new daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, none other than Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, and Paula Abdul showed up (Justin Guarini was there too, and Ryan Seacrest Skyped in). The American Idol reunion was all that you could ask for — emotional, sweet, and revealing — but fans could not stop talking about Jackson, who was noticeably trimmer since his time as an Idol judge. Turns out, there’s an important reason for that.

The star’s weight peaked at 350 pounds in the early 2000s, but his struggle with obesity began long before then. As a child in Louisiana in the 1960s, he grew up eating delicious yet fatty foods like sausage and grits and bread pudding. But everything changed during his early days at American Idol, when he got a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes from his doctor. When Jackson got the news about his health, it was a big wakeup call for him to begin his weight loss journey. And what a journey it was!

Randy Jackson has lost more than 100 pounds since then by undergoing gastric bypass surgery and developing a much healthier relationship with food.

Randy Jackson in September 2002. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“For the old Dawg, a holiday party was a chance to have something to eat, drink, and be merry, but the new Randy does not drink or eat at parties,” Jackson said in a 2008 interview with WebMD.

Now, this isn’t to say that Jackson is only eating raw lettuce leaves now; in fact, he’s simply learned how to cook healthier versions of some of his favorite Southern comfort foods, such as low-fat sweet potato pie and salt-free Cajun spice bread. It was challenging for him to be around so many tempting and unhealthy options while he was on the road working on Idol. (There were always chips, cookies, cakes, and candy around.) But clearly, he proved himself to be more than ready for the challenge.

“It’s all about being aware of who you are, knowing your body, and accepting that,” Jackson said.

More than a decade later, Jackson is looking better and healthier than ever before. Talk about singing a different tune!

Randy Jackson in April 2018. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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As Caleb Lee Hutchinson‘s star power slowly rose throughout American Idol‘s 16th season, his weight continued to drop. And by the time he was crowned the runner-up (behind girlfriend Maddie Poppe), Hutchinson had lost around 85 lbs.

The country singer, 19, started losing weight a few months before his audition, and kept it going through the high-pressure months of filming on American Idol. Hutchinson says he committed to dropping pounds and gaining muscle after years of hating his body.

“Throughout my whole life, I’ve always been overweight, and towards the end of my senior year in high school that was the biggest I’ve ever been,” he tells PEOPLE. “As a kid, I always figured I’d grow out of it.”

But it wasn’t that easy, and Hutchinson says the first step was changing his mindset.

“I used to really hate my body,” he says. “Before I even tried to lose any weight I had to learn to like myself.”

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Once Hutchinson got there, he started with “small, short-term goals.” He cut out fast food and all drinks but water, and started working out.

“It’s weird, because I was super big, but I didn’t eat a whole lot. It was just garbage stuff, and I didn’t work out at all,” he says. “I never used to eat breakfast — I used to just eat one huge meal a day and eat throughout. Now I plan good meals and stay active. I started with walking, and then the walking turned into jogging, and then the jogging turned into running.”

By the time he auditioned for American Idol in August, Hutchinson had lost 45 to 50 lbs., and kept that progress going throughout filming. He revealed during a taping of the show in January that he was down 70 lbs., and Hutchinson now estimates he’s shaved 85 lbs. off his formerly 285-lb. body.

“In my mind losing weight was this big thing that was impossible to do, and then it just happened when I tried a little bit,” he says.

Hutchinson says he doesn’t have a certain number in mind, but he’s going to stick to his new lifestyle.

“I think the goal is just to be healthy,” he says. “I wouldn’t mind looking like Dwayne Johnson or something, but at the same time I just want to be happy and healthy. I’m not too worried about it.”

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And even if he doesn’t look like The Rock, Hutchinson has Poppe on his side to tell him he looks good.

“She’s very supportive, and lets me know that I’m handsome no matter what,” Hutchinson says, with a laugh.

DSDS has helped many strangers start their singing careers. Although the show had a winner every season, not many of them managed to become famous. Kelly Clarkson, on the other hand, became America’s favorite after winning the show in the first season of American Idol. It gave everyone a lot to live in the following years!

It wasn’t long before she had a large following – basically everyone knew every word of her first song “A Moment Like This” … and she sold shows all over the world. Although the Grammy Award – The successful singer’s career has slowed down over the years, she is still one of the OG artists of the early 2000s. She’s changed a lot since her time on the show, but she’s still the same lovable Kelly.

Below are 20 photos after Kelly Clarkson’s transformation from 2002 to now!

20 2002 was her breakthrough

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Oh, in early 2000 you were really … interesting. This picture of Kelly Clarkson was taken in 2002 after she stole the limelight by winning the first season of American Idol. She rocked a few braids, a crop top, a long denim skirt, and the famous platform sandals. What an icon.

19 In 2003 she channeled her Inner Rocker Chick

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Nothing makes us more nostalgic than these studded belts – they were basically the definition of teenage anxiety. Kelly showed a rockier side of her personality in this picture. She wore her hair in tight curls while wearing a black tank top, torn jeans, and layered necklaces. Rock on, Kel.

18 2004, the year of the shirt vest and the chunky highlights

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The hair. Oh, the hair.

We’re not sure why chunky climaxes were ever an issue, but in the early 2000s, they all had to have, including celebrities. Kelly Clarkson’s tight stomach flashed while she was wearing a vest and pants when she attended the 2004 Radio Music Awards.

17 She turned up the heat in 2005

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Before celebrities started wearing practically see-through outfits on the red carpet, it was shown that so much skin was almost unknown … until Kelly Clarkson. She looked absolutely incredible at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, dressed in a gold dress. She showed her tight figure with a super deep back.

16 2006 was a good year for Kelly

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After the release of her first hit album, “Thankful”, it was clear that Kelly Clarkson had a serious talent, and so her second album was born. It was called “Breakaway” and was released just a year later.

She won two Grammys for her second album in 2006 and proved that she is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the pop music industry.

15 2007, the year of praise

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Kelly Clarkson chopped her long locks into a long bob in 2007. She also managed to bring back those dreaded, chunky highlights. Although she rocks the hairstyle of the “least loved soccer mom”, she still manages to look as cute as possible in a simple white dress.

14 is still rocking in 2008

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In 2007 and 2008, Kelly Clarkson gained noticeably weight with a once slim and taut body. Since she was still a very popular celebrity, her weight gain was a hot topic on the news. Instead of focusing on their serious talent, people just focused on how much they weighed, and we couldn’t help but feel bad for them.

13 Another new hairstyle in 2009

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Kelly Clarkson’s ever-changing hair was pinned back up in 2009. This time she colored it red (but we definitely prefer this over the highlights). At the American Music Awards 2009, she made her red curly hair debut on the red carpet. She was wearing a black rhinestone dress with matching high heels.

In 2010 she made her country music debut

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Although she was considered a pop singer, Kelly Clarkson made her first appearance in the country music scene in 2010. She performed with Jason Aldean at the Country Music Awards 2010 and sang the hit duo “Don’t You Wanna Stay”. She has had several other country star hits since then.

11 This photo of her in 2011 leaves us speechless

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This is probably one of her favorite looks over the years, if not our absolute favorite. She looked gorgeous at the 2011 American Music Awards and wore a red, form-fitting dress with sequins. She also wore slightly darker hair that looked super flattering on her!

10 Bangin ‘In 2012

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Though it looks like Kelly Clarkson has a new haircut every year until that point. At least it proves that it can produce all sorts of looks! She added bangs to her hairstyle portfolio and sure rocked her. She was pictured here when she performed the national anthem at the 2012 NFL Super Bowl.

9 She was on a wild ride in 2013

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Kelly Clarkson was a blonde bomb again in 2013.

She was pictured here on the Endymion Mardi Gras float, of which she was actually the Grand Marshal. She performed that day during the parade (on the giant pose!), Which must have made for a pretty great venue!

8 She shaved her head in 2014

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I suspect Kelly is probably out of colors and hairstyles, so she decided to shave some of it off! She has proven her new look at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. It was a bold move and we’re really here to show off her edgy look.

7 She made a huge announcement in 2015

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When Kelly Clarkson performed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2015, she decided to make a huge announcement while she was between the songs. She actually announced to the audience that she was pregnant with her second child! What an unexpected surprise for the lucky fans who attended their concert that day.

6 She became an author in 2016

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We didn’t think this photo could get any cuter, but it was actually used by Kelly to promote the new book she wrote that was inspired by her daughter … that’s what makes this picture so much more adorable.

“River Rose and The Magical Lullaby”, named after her daughter, is a cute picture book for children.

5 extra long locks in 2017

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Kelly Clarkson made her debut on the red carpet with super long hair during the 2017 American Music Awards. Although we are sure that she got some help from her stylist to get her beautiful long hair, she still looks awesome. Her black and gold dress was also very flattering, paired with a matching Chanel clutch.

4 She looked almost like a completely different person in 2018

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While Kelly Clarkson is great no matter how much she weighs, she has shown her slim figure at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. She looked absolutely amazing in a black dress with studs, and while her red dress look is our favorite, it is definitely under a second.

3 She also looked great on the red carpet

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Since you obviously can’t wear the same outfit you performed in, we decided to take another look from the Billboard Music Awards just because it looks so good. She rocked a rivet top with a leather skirt, matching rivet boots and an intensely winged eyeliner.

2 She started her talk show in 2019

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Kelly Clarkson added a television host to her resume last year when she launched her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. So far, she has had a star-studded guest list where she interviewed some of the hottest celebrities … and even gave small appearances on the air.

Of course, she always looks great, also here, in a white, ruffled dress and some elegant boots with zebra print.

1 She’s still rocking the red carpet in 2020, almost two decades later

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Kelly Clarkson has become a fashionista in recent years.

A quick look through her Instagram shows all sorts of stylish looks, including outfits from some of the hottest designers. She was at the Critics’ Choice Awards a few days ago and still looked amazing.

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Unintentional weight loss

Sudden, noticeable weight loss can happen after a stressful event, although it can also be a sign of a serious illness.

It’s normal to lose a noticeable amount of weight after the stress of changing jobs, divorce, redundancy or bereavement.

Weight often returns to normal when you start to feel happier, after you’ve had time to grieve or get used to the change. Counselling and support may be needed to help you get to this stage.

Significant weight loss can also be the result of an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia. If you think you have an eating disorder, talk to someone you trust and consider speaking to your GP. There are also several organisations that can provide you with information and advice, such as the eating disorders charity Beat.

If your weight loss wasn’t due to one of the causes mentioned, and you didn’t lose weight through dieting or exercising, see your GP, as you may have an illness that needs treating.

The following information may give you a better idea of the cause of your weight loss, but don’t use it to diagnose yourself. Always see a GP for a proper diagnosis.

Deciding to lose weight is a super personal thing. And even though you should never feel like you have to, if you WANT to start a weight-loss journey that’s totally up to you.

Thing is, losing weight—especially a significant amount—isn’t something a pill, or tea, or shake can accomplish. Despite what supplement companies might try to sell you, it takes long-term lifestyle changes (not a pricey meal-replacement shake) to make a solid difference.

That might mean you have to incorporate more nutritionally-dense foods, make sleep a priority, manage stress in a healthy way, and maybe even throw in some extra activity. Whatever your approach, it should be something you can maintain over the long-haul.

If you want to be successful in weight loss, you have to focus on more than just how you look. An approach that taps into how you feel, your overall health, and your mental health is often the most efficient.

Because no two weight-loss journeys are alike, we asked a bunch of women who’ve accomplished a major weight loss exactly how they did it.

Gessi Parisi-Rodriguez, 25
Alexandria, Virginia

Total weight loss: 124 pounds

1. Start in your comfort zone. Parisi-Rodriguez started her fitness journey by putting one foot in front of the other. “When I weighed 252 pounds, the thought of walking into a gym and working out terrified me. So I started walking around my block instead—something I was already comfortable doing.” She worked her way up from 30-minute sessions to two-hour walks, lacing up five or six times a week.

2. Skip soda. “I was addicted to Pepsi and Dr. Pepper for years,” says Parisi-Rodriguez, who once consumed up to six cans a day. “Once I realized that soda was nothing but empty calories, I swapped my beverage of choice to water instead. It was super uncomfortable at first, but after eight years, I can honestly say I no longer crave soda like I used to.”

3. Lighten up on carbs—without ditching them. Born into a Sicilian family of chefs, pizza makers, and restaurant owners, carbs had long been a mainstay in Parisi-Rodriguez’s life. Instead of giving up carbs entirely—as if!—she reached for low-calorie or low-carb versions of staples like bread and tortillas.

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4. Cancel the whole “all-or-nothing” thing. “I used to think that if I ate healthy all day but then ‘slipped up’ by eating a chocolate cookie, that I ruined everything for that day,” Parisi-Rodriguez says. “Then I’d just start binge-eating the crap out of everything!” Reframing reframing her mindset helps her carry on without guilt or deprivation.

5. Shout your goal from the rooftops. At the onset of her weight loss journey, Parisi-Rodriguez began documenting her progress on Instagram. “It helped keep me accountable because I knew others were watching,” she says, noting that private people can still follow suit by sharing with just one other person.

Alex Wittner, 23
Sarasota, Florida

Total weight loss: 105 pounds

6. Pound that water. “I carry a 32-ounce water bottle with me at all times,” says Wittner, who fills that baby up not once, not twice, but four times a day.

7. Score fitness class freebies. As a big fan of ClassPass, Wittner also found that many local studios offer free trials or super discounted rates for newbies. “Take advantage of it! The worst thing that can happen is you did not like it and you used up an hour of your day,” she says.

8. Do not fear the weight room. Wittner credits WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and weight lifting for her results. “Lifting weights helped me tremendously with toning up and losing weight,” she says. Although she learned to pump that iron at a local gym, she bows down to YouTube and Insta where there are free tutorials galore.

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9. Eat the pizza. And the ice cream! “Deprivation will only lead you to going off the rails later on,” she says. “I not only allow myself to have these every once in a while, but make healthier homemade versions such as a pita pizza or a protein shake that tastes like ice cream.”

Shannon McDaniel-Posey, 32
Slidell, Louisiana

Total weight lost: 120 pounds in 16 months

10. Want it—for realz. “You have to have the mindset to go full throttle,” says McDaniel-Posey, who had a wakeup call about her dire state of physical and mental health after the death of her grandfather. “I ate and drank whatever I wanted and lost myself. I was done living my life the way I was.”

11. Give yourself a GD break. “One bad meal will not make you obese,” she says. “Life is too short to beat yourself up.”

12. Use Instagram. “It influenced me on so many levels,” she says. “There were people just like me sharing their progress pictures, recipes, products they loved, grocery store hauls, trials and tribulations, and just their life in general. It was uplifting! It was the motivation I was searching for.”

Tanique Johnson, 26
New Jersey

Total weight loss: 135 pounds

13. Cancel the whole “but I need a trainer!” narrative. “Excuses are easy,” says Johnson. “I never had a trainer or a nutritionist, but knowing what I wanted helped me stay consistent and changed my lifestyle for the better.”

14. Practice the world’s simplest meal math. Protein (like chicken) + veggies (just about anything green) = dinner is served. Johnson says that adding more proteins and veggies to her plate helped her cut back on the amount of calories she was eating. “It’s not about taking carbs out of your diet but recognizing that they’re not needed at every meal.”

Jessica Beniquez, 24
Tampa, Florida

Total weight lost: More than 170

15. Sparkling water + Crystal Light = soda who!? Because it’s not always easy to quit carbonated bevs cold-turkey, this cocktail can help you transition, says Beniquez. She sips this combo when she really craves a sweetened soda.

16. Get all up in nature’s candy. At night, Beniquez swaps sugary treats for fruit. Remember fruit? It’s super sweet and hits the spot.

17. Repeat after me: “Routine shmoutine.” Whenever Benique hit a weight-loss plateau, she shifted gears entirely. “I changed the way I worked out or changed my eating routine,” she says. “Then I focus on why I started and how far I’d go if I didn’t give up.”

Mayra Arias, 35
Laguna Beach, California

Total weight loss: 135 pounds

18. Cook a week’s worth of food in one go. “It’s the best way to stay on track,” Arias says. “I had no excuses to go off plan when I had my food ready to heat up.” Some of her favorites include egg roll in a bowl, chicken broccoli Alfredo bake, one-pan salmon with veggies, and chicken parmesan.

Suzanne Ryan, 35
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Total weight loss: 120 pounds

19. Build confidence with baby steps. “One small step kicked off some bigger changes and confidence in my ability to stick to something,” The first change Ryan made: swapping soda for flat or sparkling water. “Small changes can lead to big results—so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, start with one thing, then add on.”

20. Stay in your lane. “Do what works for you and don’t compare yourself to others,” she says. “Everyone is different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.”

Shanna Fichera, 31
Camarillo, California

Total weight loss: 110 pounds

21. Start small. “I began walking or jogging for 15 minutes a day. I worked up to 30 minutes, and then increased it again. It was a very gradual process.”

22. Don’t give up when your weight loss plateaus. “I remember hitting the first plateau and feeling so defeated, but you have to push through and keep putting in the effort for your plan to work. You can’t get discouraged.”

Brianna Blank, 22
Westbrook, Connecticut

Total weight loss: 150 pounds

23. Find a healthy meal you like, and eat it all the time. “In college, I researched the food available in the dining hall to find the healthiest options and settled on a turkey sandwich with whole-wheat bread and mustard. I was so focused on achieving my goals that it didn’t even feel repetitive.”

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Maria Gordon, 31
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Total weight loss: 104 pounds

24. Start with one small change. “I realized that a lot of sugar and calories that I consumed came from drinks, so I challenged myself to drink only water for 30 days.

25. Make your old favorites healthier. “I’ve always loved burgers and fries, so I also started making healthier versions of foods that were familiar to me, like turkey burgers with wheat bread and sweet potato fries.”

26. Prepare for heavy meals. “When I know I’m going out for dinner, where I’ll probably want to eat extra calories, I eat lighter meals throughout the day, like a smoothie for breakfast and a salad for lunch.”

Alyssa Ann Heidemann, 34
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Total weight loss: 131 pounds

27. Swap out snacks that don’t serve you. “I used to snack on chips, candy bars, and other junk food throughout the day, but now I six times a day. My new snacks include protein bars or shakes, pistachios, celery sticks with PB2 (a lower-fat peanut butter), and low-fat string cheese.”

28. Double down on veggies if you’re unsatisfied after eating a snack or meal. “If I’m still hungry, I turn to vegetables rather than junk food.”

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29. Pack snacks for late nights at work. “At my heaviest weight, my downfall was eating fast food on my way home from work at 9:30 or 10 p.m. Now I bring food and snacks to work so when I get home I’m not starving and feel more in control.”

30. Say no to free refills. “I used to drink diet and regular pop regularly. When restaurants gave me refill after refill, I would lose track of how much I drank. Now I ask for water instead of pop, which I’ve given up altogether.”

Sara Lugger, 39
Oxford, Michigan

Total weight loss: 149 pounds

31. Move during your lunch break. “During my lunch, I’ll walk on the treadmill at work or outside for 30 to 40 minutes.”

32. Stash snacks everywhere. “I carry protein bars in my purse and car. This way, I fend off hunger so I don’t overeat later.”

33. Eat more often. “I switched from three meals a day to six small meals a day.”

34. Split restaurant meals with a friend. “When I share meals, I end up eating smaller portions without being tempted by leftovers on my plate. If I don’t have a person to split a meal with, I immediately put half of the portion I’m served into a takeout box.”

Stephanie Aromando, 31
Sandyston, New Jersey

Total weight loss: ~100 pounds

35. Lift weights to lose weight. “While cardio has helped me burn fat, power-lifting has been such a huge part of my success. Lifting heavy weights with a trainer really helped me sculpt my body. After about four months of training, I was able to squat holding 360 pounds—25 more than I weighed when I began my weight-loss journey.”

36. Always move, even on rest days. “I work out six days a week and take an active rest day once a week to hike or take a yoga class.”

37. Keep it simple. “I take a minimalist approach to nutrition: My diet consists of lean protein (chicken breast, egg whites, ground turkey), complex carbs (quinoa, sweet potatoes, oatmeal), healthy fats (coconut oil, almonds, avocados), and leafy green veggies. I eat as clean as I can—locally-grown vegetables, organic when possible, and minimally-processed everything.”

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38. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. “Everything I need is in the produce section, at the meat counter, or in the dairy section. I avoid the center aisles of the grocery store unless looking for specific pantry items, like quinoa or oatmeal.”

39. Prepare food in advance. “I eat five small meals a day, but only prepare them twice a week in big batches so that everything is made and ready to go when I get hungry.”

40. Drink all the water. “I carry a gallon of water with me all day long until it’s finished. Dragging it around campus looks ridiculous, but I don’t care.”

Tanisha Shanee Williams, 33
Brooklyn, New York

Total weight loss: 140 pounds

41. Put on music when you don’t feel like going to the gym. “Being physically active has nothing to do with going to the gym, but moving your body and burning calories is what matters. When I don’t want to go, I just turn on my music and either dance or hula hoop with my niece.”

Jade Socoby, 28
Bangor, Maine

42. Find a physical activity you actually enjoy. “Cardio really bores me. Powerlifting is what changed and saved my life.”

43. Use tech and other tools to your advantage. “I started out just by cutting little things like soda out one by one so I wouldn’t burn myself out mentally and give up. I then discovered counting calories on MyFitnessPal, which was for me in my weight loss. A few years in, I lost my way a little bit and found Renaissance Periodization diet templates, which helped me rebuild a healthy relationship with food.”

44. Eat a mix of carbs and protein at every meal. “, I started tracking macros and my body started changing even more, for the better.”

Elizabeth Narins Senior fitness and health editor Elizabeth Narins is a Brooklyn, NY-based writer and a former senior editor at, where she wrote about fitness, health, and more.

If you’re trying to lose weight fast, it can be easy to get caught up with fad diet or other ‘quick fixes’ that promise a flat stomach in days. That’s especially true in January when you’ve just eaten your own bodyweight in poultry, or a vegan alternative, and are now thinking of next summer’s beach holiday. Don’t worry about it though; there are ways to lose weight – and lose belly fat – that are tried and trusted. It might not be the easy and quick weight loss of your dreams, but it’s very doable. We have nothing against the keto diet, for instance, but a lot of people will find it is difficult to fit into their lifestyle. We’ve tried to keep these diet, workout and weight-loss tips as simple as possible so you can get fit and in shape, in 2020.

So, if you’re serious about losing weight, you’ve come to the right place. We won’t promise you’ll get a six pack in as many hours, but we can guarantee expert advice and key tips for losing weight quickly, but in a healthy and sustainable way. We’ve also got the lowdown on the best exercise for losing weight fast, and all the gear you’ll need to get started.

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Is there a “best” way to lose weight fast?

The best way for you to lose weight fast will depend on your starting point, your end goal, and your lifestyle. In this article we lay out ten strategies that are applicable to everyone, whether you’re a fitness novice looking to shed several stone, or you simply require motivation to keep going.

Generally speaking the best way to lose weight quickly, and maintain that weight loss, is to follow a steady, manageable plan. Don’t try to take on more than you can reasonably fit into one day, unless you’re willing to make the sacrifice. Most likely sleep or your social life.

The NHS recommends that you aim to lose no more than 2 lbs (1kg) per week; anymore than that and you risk burning out and giving up. With that in mind, here are ten strategies to get you losing weight quickly.

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1. Achieve a consistent calorie deficit

The short answer to the question of how to lose weight fast is to achieve a consistent calorie deficit. That is, burn more calories than you consume.

If you eat 2,500 calories a day – the recommended daily amount for a man, although of course this can vary wildly depending on your height, weight and frame – and burn 3,000, you are in a calorie deficit.

If, however, you burn 3,000 but have consumed 3,500, you’re not in a calorie deficit, even though you’ve almost certainly been working out a lot have burned that much energy.

What you need to do is ensure you’re eating the right food and doing the right exercise so that you’re sufficiently full and satisfied even when consuming fewer calories than you burn. Here’s how…

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2. Decrease calorie input through diet changes

As we alluded to above, a common pitfall that many people experience when trying to lose weight is that as they start exercising more, they feel like they need to eat more to keep their energy levels up and consequently fail to see results. Instead, we recommend adapting your diet to get the most out of your calories.

All foods have different energy densities. Foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains have low energy density, which means you will get fuller faster when eating these than you would high energy density foods.

Nutritionist Jenna Hope explains: “Proteins and healthy fats promote more stable blood glucose levels, keeping you fuller across a time period and less likely to crave sugar or over eat,” and so these are the kinds of foods you should get the majority of your calories from.

Consuming the same amount of calories as you are now (or fewer if possible), but getting more nutritional value from them will help you feel fuller for longer and lose weight more quickly as a result.

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3. Don’t cut out all of any single food group

We all know that some foods – and some food groups – are healthier than others, and that we need every type of food in our diet. The problem is that many of us aren’t getting the right balance.

Spoon Guru nutritionist Isabel Butler (MSc, ANutr) recommends that “the best way to reduce weight and maintain the weight loss is by simply eating a balanced and healthy diet, without refusing yourself particular foods… If you do cut out foods, you need to make sure your diet is still balanced and you are getting the nutrients your body needs from other sources.”

For example, unless you’re training to become a weightlifter, there’s nothing wrong with carbs per se – despite what keto diet fans might tell you – but the biggest food culprit when it comes to hindering weight loss is the simple carbohydrate.

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Compared to complex carbs like beans, whole grains and vegetables, which break down and release energy slowly, thereby keeping you full and energised, simple carbs such as sugar and starchy foods which break down into sugars – such as pasta and spuds – give you a shorter boost of energy, then leave you wanting more.

The likelihood is that the more simple carbs you eat, the more you’ll end up eating overall, harming the balance of your calorie deficit.

One easy trick if you’re a carb fan is to swap out white pasta or rice for courgetti, or noodles made from other vegetables like butternut squash. This can make an arrabiata, curry or stir fry much lower in calories. You’ll hardly notice the difference when you’re eating it, but you’ll be fuller for longer despite consuming fewer calories.

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4. Try a food substitute

Sometimes it’s a real struggle to reduce the calories you take in, or even just to track them. If you’re constantly on the move and don’t have the time to count calories, or you have the best intentions and are cooking fresh with ingredients that aren’t all labelled with their nutrition info broken down, then accurately tracking calories can be a nightmare.

To ensure you’re getting a good mix of nutrients, as well as all-important protein, you could try a food substitute such as Huel.

This is not marketed as a dietary aid, but it is highly nutritious, and makes calorie counting a lot easier. A word of caution though: Huel may replace meals from a nutritional standpoint, but slurping a cool, slightly slimy milkshake instead of getting your teeth into a warm, healthy paella isn’t for everyone.

5. Try intermittent fasting

Some people thrive on intermittent fasting, which means significantly cutting calories – or completely fasting – for a portion of the day or week, and then eating normally for the rest.

The most popular form of intermittent fasting is the 5:2 diet, where you eat normally for five days a week but then eating no more than 600 calories two days a week.

There’s also the 16:8 diet, which is a bit different. With this diet you can eat anything for 8 hours a day, but can only drink water during a 16 hour fast. The recommended time to eat is between 10am and 6pm, although this can be flexible depending on what time you’d prefer to start or end eating (as long as you stay within an eight hour window).

The benefits of intermittent fasting is that during the fast period the body will run out of carbohydrates to run on, and so start to take energy from the body’s fat stores, thus starting to burn that belly fat once and for all.

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6. Drink more water and less alcohol

Drinking more water – especially before a meal – can help us to feel fuller, thereby helping us to stop eating sooner and consume fewer calories than we otherwise would have.

What’s more, few of us consider what we drink when we total up our daily calorie count and so potentially hundreds of extra calories can sneak into our bodies. Replacing fruit juices, fizzy drinks and even tea and coffee with water means we can save up our calorie allowance for the good stuff: the food that fills us up.

Top tip: keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times and restrict what else you drink. This can feel like a hard habit to break at first, but is surprisingly easy to maintain once you have a zero calorie drink to hand 24/7.

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Reducing the amount of alcohol we drink also comes with benefits. Most obviously, alcoholic drinks are often very calorific, so drinking less alcohol means consuming fewer calories. Simple.

Secondly, drinking alcohol increases our appetite, so we’re more likely to eat more than usual – and more of the bad stuff – when we’ve been drinking. Cheesy chips, I’m looking at you.

Lastly, we all know how we feel after a night of heavy drinking. Ready for a session and the gym and a day eating fruit, veg and simple carbohydrates? We didn’t think so. Drinking alcohol not only means we take in more calories at the time, but can affect our ability to function well and make healthy choices the next day.

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7. Increase calorie output through exercise

Now we’ve tackled diet and nutrition (calories in), it’s time to look at exercise (calories out).

Even if you’re eating healthily and are reasonably active in your daily life, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to lose weight quickly without additional exercise, whether that’s running, gym, crossfit, team sports, cycling or any of the other myriad activities available.

What’s more, working out will make you look and feel better and in our view, once you start looking and feeling better, it gets a lot easier to find the will power needed to improve your diet.

When it comes to choosing what type of exercise you do, the most important thing is that it’s something you enjoy and will stick to. Don’t force yourself to run if chances are you’ll be walking ten minutes in.

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8. Focus on weight training in addition to cardio

There are two main types of exercise: cardio training and weight – or resistance –training.

Both burn calories, the difference is that whilst cardio burns a lot of calories upfront, weight training continues to to burn calories post workout.

This is because weight training builds muscle, and muscle burns more than fat as you carry out day-to-day tasks. In short, the greater your muscle:fat ratio, the more calories you burn even when you are standing still.

Weight training may seem daunting, but you don’t have to join a gym and face up to the squat rack right away. There are so many weight exercises you can do at home with simple bits of equipment from dumbbells to kettlebells, and balls to ropes.

We’re not going to cover all the exercises you can do with weights here, so why not pick the body part you want to start burning fat from and toning up, and check out one of our guides below:

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All of this aside, don’t neglect cardio, as cardio workouts are important for fitness and stamina, and will still burn calories.

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9. Vary the intensity of your workouts

As well doing both cardio and weight training, if you want to lose weight it’s also important to vary the intensity with which you exercise.

In any given week, and within any given workout, you should exercise both aerobically (a little out of breath but not gasping) and anaerobically (going flat out, like when running for a bus).

Aerobic exercise needs oxygen to give muscles energy and generally requires moderate exertion. Examples include gentler running, cycling and swimming.

It’s a crucial part of losing weight quickly because it uses both sugar and fat as its energy source, but to burn fat you need to do it for long enough that you’ve burned through your sugar stores first.

Anaerobic exercise, on the other hand, primarily uses sugar as its fuel. This doesn’t mean that it’s not good for weight loss, though. Anaerobic exercise helps build muscle, and as we explained above, this will help you burn calories even when you’re resting. Anaerobic exercises are generally high intensity, for example sprinting and weight lifting.

A running watch or fitness tracker will help you to know what intensity exercise you’re doing. As they either have built-in heart-rate trackers or pair with ones you strap to your chest, they can show you how hard you’re working out and let you know when you need to push it harder.

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10. Track your input vs. output (that all important calorie deficit)

It’s important to decide how you want to measure your success and keep track consistently, understanding that you will see daily fluctuations due to things like digestive contents and water retention.

Running watches are the easiest way to track your progress, remain motivated and keep weight off. Depending how fancy you go, you can track pretty much any metric that works for you, certainly way beyond whether you’ve achieved your 10,000 steps. Whether it’s weight, BMI, resting heart rate, calories burned or activity level, the best running watch will track it all.

Many wearables branded as fitness trackers also have a stab at these more advanced metrics nowadays, but we’d always recommend a watch over a band.

Another way to keep track of your progress is the old fashioned method of weighing yourself. The great thing about modern bathroom scales is they don’t just tell you your weight; they also let you know your body fat percentage.

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This is a much, much better metric to track than weight alone. If you’re working out while dieting you can easily put on weight, even when running a calorie deficit, just because muscle is denser than fat so there can be less of you, yet weight more.

Now, although the calculations of body fat percentage scales produce are based on sound science, accuracy can vary. The key thing to note is that if the overall trend is going down, you’re doing well.

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We can’t stress enough the importance of giving your body time to lose weight. You can lose weight faster by using the right gear and having the right knowledge and attitude, but you’ll likely need to redefine what ‘fast’ means to you.

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