Was Beyonce’s post-pregnancy diet safe?
In her new Netflix documentary, Homecoming, global music superstar Beyoncé talked about her difficult 2017 pregnancy with twins and weighing 218 pounds at the time of birth. She gave voice to the struggle many women have of losing post-pregnancy weight as she prepared for her now legendary two-weekend performance at Coachella last year.
“In order for me to meet my goal, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol….and I’m hungry,” Beyoncé says in the film.
That doesn’t leave much. Her extreme methods to reclaim her pre-pregnancy body had many people wondering how she survived. She’s been known for advocating for a plant-based diet, but health experts say attempting to drop so much weight so fast can be dangerous.
“My concerns with this way of life are a nutritionally imbalanced diet,” says Kelly Whirity, a registered dietitian with Advocate Medical Group. “Some people who eliminate animal-based proteins from the diet still eat a lot of processed foods and refined grains,” she says.
Veganism and eating plant-based foods can aid in losing weight, but shouldn’t be a quick fix to rapidly drop pounds.
“I would say eating plant-based is more of a lifestyle as opposed to a diet,” Whirity says. “It can have many benefits, some of which include disease prevention, increased fiber intake and weight loss.”
Women often have big goals of dropping their ‘baby weight’ and slimming down quickly after giving birth. Here are some tips for healthy weight loss after pregnancy:
- Be realistic about your weight loss journey and focus on short-term, attainable goals. Healthy weight loss is approximately 0.5 lb.- 2 lb. per week.
- Consume small, frequent meals every few hours instead of going long periods without eating.
- Monitor portion sizes.
- Avoid processed foods, added sugars and refined carbs.
- After consulting with your doctor, begin an exercise regimen and remain consistent.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Plan meals and snacks in advance that focus on complex carbs, lean proteins and healthy fats.
About the Author
Latoya Campbell, health enews contributor, is a Public Affairs Coordinator at Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care. She has a BS degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and previously worked in digital and graphic marketing for a public library. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fitness activities and a good spa day.