Beyoncé performs during Coachella on April 14, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
At 5 a.m. on the day Beyoncé began rehearsing for her celebrated 2018 Coachella performances, she stepped barefoot onto a scale. “Every woman’s nightmare,” she said as the scale determined her weight: 175 pounds. “Long way to go,” the multi-Grammy winning artist assessed. “Let’s get it.”
Beyoncé shared the behind-the-scenes moment in a video shared to her YouTube channel Wednesday.
According to the upload running just over 2.5 minutes, the “Hold Up” singer implemented Marco Borges’ 22 Days Nutrition program for 44 days in order to reach her goals. Beyoncé spoke about the diet in her Netflix documentary “Homecoming,” that followed her Coachella performances. She said she refrained from carbs, sugar, dairy, meat, fish and alcohol – and admitted she was “hungry.” Beyoncé and Borges have partnered on the 22 Days Nutrition Meal Planner that provides users “access to tools and foods that empower everyone to become their healthiest self through proper nutrition,” according to the artist’s website.
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In “Homecoming,” Beyoncé revealed she weighed 218 the day twins Sir and Rumi were born in June 2017. “I had to rebuild my body from cut muscles” after her cesarean section, she said. And the whole time “my mind wanted to be with the babies.”
“I’m back on the stage, after giving birth to twins,” Beyoncé said in the newly shared video. “I was a woman that felt like my body was not mine.”
She is shown hitting the gym hard with a can’t-lose attitude. “It’s time to work, so I have to get in that zone,” she said. “It’s like a different head space. Me getting the weight off, was so much easier than getting back in shape and my body feeling comfortable.”
Beyoncé’s satisfaction with the results is evident when she video chats with Borges to show him she can fit into a sparkling costume. “It’s a very big deal,” an elated Beyoncé said. “I’m getting there. I’m coming back, she’s coming back.”
Despite Bey’s success, nutrition experts warn against following the musician’s “no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol” plan.
While it’s inevitable you will lose weight anytime you eliminate food groups, Angela Lemond, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says 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 told USA TODAY in April.
Lemond suggests it’s better to have a well-balanced diet rather than deleting or demonizing certain foods.
Contributing: Rasha Ali and Andrea Mandell