How Beyonce Lost her Baby Weight

Beyonce GQ mag shoot

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.

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4 Responses to How Beyonce Lost her Baby Weight

  1. Nadia April 19, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I really enjoy reading yor blog, great tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That being said, I don’t agree with you choosing to discuss Beyonce’s baby weightloss. Her lifestyle is not realistic compared to an average working mother. To lose that weight in 3 months is obviously not healthy. A more realistic celebrity to discuss could be Isla Fisher, who openly discusses how her stomach is no longer flat and how happy she is about it. Beyonce worke out for a minimum of two hours a day and supplemented with formula. Losing weigh and nursing is a myth, been there, done that twice, and once I stopped nursing the weight came off…

    • Lauren April 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Thanks for the comment. I agree with you that losing that amount of weight in 3 months is not realistic…and I mentioned that in my post. The reason I chose to discuss Beyonce’s weight loss is because she exercised and ate real, healthy food opposed to following a fad diet. I just wanted to share some weight loss tips that I thought would be helpful to my readers.

  2. nadia April 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    As a mom, I found it over whelming when I see celebs and extreme weight loss after having babies. I do think your blog is great! No hard feelings 🙂

    • Lauren April 20, 2013 at 5:25 am #

      No hard feelings at all. I can totally understand why that would be frustrating; celebrities have access to personal trainers and chefs, which makes it a lot easier to lose weight quickly. That being said, it sounds like you’re interested in health and nutrition, and becoming educated about healthy choices and ingredients, which is a huge step in the right direction to living a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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