Debate Sparked As Beyoncé Promotes Plant-Based Diet For Weight Loss
Pop icon Beyoncé has been hit with criticism after taking to YouTube to share how a plant-based diet helped her lose weight prior to her Coachella performance last year.
The video, released on Wednesday, shares aspects of the star’s diet and fitness journey, along with footage of her concert prep.
Prior to her performance, she followed the 22 Days Nutrition meal plan — a hotly debated plant-based regime she released in partnership with her trainer Marco Borges — for a period of 44 days.
While Beyoncé did lose weight on the plan, she’s been hit with criticism for promoting it.
An article published by Vice yesterday called the plan “ultra-restrictive” and a “crash diet,” criticism substantiated in part by a confession from Beyoncé included in hit Netflix documentary Homecoming.
“I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could,” she said, in reference to the 44 days in question.
“And I learned a very valuable lesson: I will never, ever push myself that far again.”
The new promo video emphasizes weight loss regardless.
The opening clip shows Beyoncé standing on a scale — an act she claims is “every woman’s nightmare” — on day one of rehearsals for Coachella.
“A long way to go,” she says, after sharing her weight with viewers.
“Let’s get it.”
Beyoncé’s Trainer: Marco Borges
While some say 22 Days Nutrition and the attached messaging are harmful, Borges pushes a narrative of empowerment and self care surrounding the plan.
“These little things that help empower us,” he said, in Beyoncé’s promotional YouTube video.
“Are going to make us stronger, are going to make us function to the best of our abilities, and that, at the end of the day, is all we can ask ourselves — to live our healthiest life, to live the best version of ourselves.”
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Disclaimer: Raise Vegan does not endorse short-term or accelerated weight loss, any particular plant-based diet, or weight as being the ultimate indicator of health.
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