I read an inspiring article in the Metro the other day about how Beyonce lost her baby weight of 57 pounds in 3 months.
No she didn’t do “Wheat Belly” or “The Fast Diet” or eat like a caveman (Paleo diet). She didn’t drink juice all day or only eat raw food.
She exercised and ate fresh, whole, unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts & seeds and lean protein. She ate real food and exercised – what a concept.
In addition to breastfeeding (great way to burn calories!); she also ate the proper portion of food. When it comes to losing or maintaining weight; how much we eat is so important. Many people are guilty of the big portion because our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. We’re hungry for dinner so we pile up our plates with food, and ignore proper portion sizes. Large portions can easily add an extra 350-500 calories per meal.
That being said, 57 pounds in 3 months is extreme. She most likely didn’t treat herself once in those 3 months, and “she trains for 60 to 90 minutes, four to five days a week.” Let’s be honest, the one good thing about not being Beyonce is that you don’t have the pressure of a world tour to go on 3 months after giving birth. You can incorporate her weight loss plan: “proper nutrition – eat lean, eat green, and stick to your plan,” but with less pressure.
To maintain her weight she now incorporates one vegan meal per day. What this really means is that she’s eating less meat & dairy and incorporating more vegetables in her diet, which is a great habit to get into. When she craves crunchy snacks, “she ditches the chips and reaches out for something healthy like edamame beans, green apples or cucumbers sprinkled with vinegar, cayenne pepper and lemon.”
She admits that it’s not always easy, “I’m not a person that is naturally very thin. I am a person that has to work at keeping my body in shape.” Being healthy and staying in shape is not always easy, but nothing worth having comes without hard work. I think that’s why diet companies are so successful; people are always looking for a fast, easy way to lose weight or get healthy. And when they fail after 6 months, and gain all the weight back; they try another diet.
I don’t believe in diets; they aren’t sustainable and can lead to frustration and an unhealthy relationship with food. Living a healthy lifestyle; staying active & learning how to make healthy food choices will lead to long-term sustainable change.
It’s refreshing to hear about a celebrity that’s actually losing weight the healthy way; by making healthy choices, exercising and portion control. That’s my kind of role model.