A line from Beyoncé’s recent “Homecoming” documentary has most of us shook.
“In order for me to meet my goals, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol — and I’m hungry.”
The “Formation” artist was getting her body back in shape for her Coachella (“Beychella”) performance, revealing that she weighed 218 pounds when she gave birth to twins Sir and Rumi Carter via C-section in June 2017.
“I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles,” she says in the Netflix documentary. “What people don’t see is the sacrifice.”
And sacrifice she did. There’s no denying Beyoncé’s hard work and restrictive diet paid off. She went to Coachella to slay with her amazing physique and legendary performances on two weekends at the festival.
But while some of us may be plotting to give the “Beychella diet” a try so we can all look like Beyoncé, nutrition experts warn against following her “no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol” plan.
While it’s inevitable that you will lose weight anytime you eliminate food groups, Angela Lemond, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says that the diet isn’t sustainable nor is it the best way to go about losing weight.
“We have to remember that food is energy for our body and we should not be afraid to eat whole wholesome foods, and we should focus on the foods that we should eat versus ones we shouldn’t eat,” she says.
Lemond suggests it’s better to have a well balanced diet rather than completely deleting or demonizing certain foods. She also points out that some of the foods the “Lemonade” artist was eliminating were actually food groups that would’ve been beneficial to her performance. The dietitian says that fatty fish is rich in Omega 3’s, which have anti-inflammatory effects.
“For someone like her who’s dancing a lot, fatty fish is going to be good for having her muscles broken down and for rebuilding,” she says. “It’s good for cardiovascular health as she’s pushing hard to dance for hours and out of everything that she’s deleting, it’s sad to see that that was one of the things.”
But the real question remains,if we follow the Beyoncé Beychella diet, will we look like Beyoncé? Unfortunately, no. Lemond says that the average person going on this crash diet will most likely end up gaining the weight right back.
“We have to kind of put it objectively. Beyoncé has so many people helping her get Coachella ready and most likely the average person is going to have a harder time achieving what Beyoncé is doing,” says Lemond.
The dietitian also notes that the “Love on Top” artist probably had personal trainers who helped her get in shape and chefs who assist with food preparation, which would make it easier for her to stick to the diet.
“The average person is trying to figure this out all by themselves, balancing work and probably children. It’s not going to work,” Lemond says. “I believe that we should not be comparing. Beyoncé is a beautiful woman for more than her physical beauty, and I think we just need to be our best selves.”
Plus, you would have to be Beyoncé to get a Beyoncé body.
“Anyone without Beyoncé’s genetics will not have Beyoncé’s body, no matter what training and nutrition regimen they follow,” says Leah Keller, a certified personal trainer and founder of Every Mother. “Rather than striving to emulate a celebrity’s body or training regimen, I strongly encourage clients to embrace a healthy lifestyle as an act of self-love that allows them to feel strong, confident and energetic.”
But if weight loss is your overall goal, Keller recommends a low-carb diet instead of a low-fat one.
“Severe food restriction can lead to nutritional deficiencies that can negatively impact health and well-being,” Keller says. “What Beyoncé describes is an extreme approach that can inflict more harm than good.”
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