Kellie Pickler - The Country Star Drops 28 Pounds and Exclusively Tells That's Fit HowPosted on Jan 1st 2009 7:00AM by Fitz K.
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Kellie Pickler has gone through a wicked physical transition of the past few years. When she auditioned to appear on American Idol, at five feet tall, she weighed in as a featherweight 100 pounds. But by the time the competition and Idol tour was over, she had packed on 28 pounds in less than a year. That's a lot of weight on a very little person. The weight gain made Kellie feel bad, but one fellow celebrity (whom most people love and adore) helped her see the light and lose the weight. Read on to hear her story.
Fitz: Your body has changed a ton since you landed in the spotlight. Tell me about that.
Kellie: Oh my goodness! My body has made a big transformation. When I auditioned for Idol I was only 100 pounds and kind of riding on "the young card." Although I exercised a ton, I think I stayed thin because I was ... young! But my eating habits on Idol and the during the tour became terrible. We were always eating fast food on the road and having late night munchies. I gained 28 pounds in less than a year!
Fitz: How'd you take it off?
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Fitz: How did you go about that?
Kellie: I appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show and we chatted about it. She told me about the book Skinny Bitch which was both really enjoyable to read and easy to understand.
Fitz: And now how do you eat?
Kellie: I could eat fruits and vegetables all day, and I do! I don't eat almost any meat at all. Most people don't believe it, but I think what you do and don't eat is 80 to 90 percent responsible for your weight. Exercise is just a bonus.
Fitz: That's exactly what I tell people -- you know your stuff! So on the topic of healthy food, what's your favorite?
Kellie: I just love vegetables and fruit.
Fitz: What's your favorite not-so-healthy food?
Kellie: I love french fries. In fact, I'd rather have a plate of fries on my birthday instead of birthday cake. I just love them.
Fitz: Do you exercise?
Kellie: Not really. I do hot yoga whenever I can but honestly, I don't do as much as I should.
Fitz: What do you love about your body?
Kellie: I love my curves. No matter how thin I get, I always have my curves.
Fitz: Anything you'd change about your body?
Kellie: I'd never do it, but I wish I didn't have the bump on my nose. I think I've watched too much Dr. 90210, though. That surgery is just gross.
Fitz: It does look creepy! But if it makes you feel better, I've seen your face a million times and have never noticed anything wrong with your nose.
Kellie: Look at my profile and you'll see!
Fitz: Have any advice for the average Jane or Joe just trying to become more fit?
Kellie: Nutrition doesn't have to be boring! Just give learning about it and eating right a chance.
Fitz: The New Year is upon us. Any wishes for 2009?
Kellie: I just want to be happy. Do good, and be happy.
Fitz: Thanks so much, Kellie. You deserve all the success in the world, and if you ever need a place in the sun ... just let me know!