Nobody can deny that Beyoncé is one of the hardest-working performers in the music business. From her fantastical stage shows to her surprise albums, the singer is known for putting in 200 percent at pretty much all times. But one area that has drawn discussion recently is Beyoncé’s intense dieting, which the star has spoken openly about throughout her career.
From undergoing the Master Cleanse to lose weight for her turn in Dreamgirls back in 2006, to the extremely regimented food and fitness routine she relied on ahead of her ‘Homecoming’ show for Coachella in 2018 – which saw the star cut out bread, carbs, sugar, dairy, meat and alcohol – Beyoncé has tried numerous diets to lose weight over the years.
But now the Drunk In Love singer has revealed that she is ditching the exhaustive regimens for good. In a new interview, she discusses falling victim to damaging diet culture practices. “In the past, I spent too much time on diets, with the misconception that self-care meant exercising and being overly conscious of my body,” she said. “My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I’m feeding my mind and my body—those are the things that I’ve been focusing on.”
The star added that she’s also taking the time to focus on her mental wellbeing too. “Mental health is self-care too. I’m learning to break the cycle of poor health and neglect, focusing my energy on my body and taking note of the subtle signs that it gives me. Your body tells you everything you need to know, but I’ve had to learn to listen. It’s a process to change habits and look past the bag of chips and the chaos everywhere!”
She also revealed that she penned the body-positive anthem Bootylicious as a response to feeling conscious about her body. “I remember when I started hearing people criticize me after I had put on some weight. I was 19. None of the sample clothes fit me. I was feeling a bit insecure from hearing some of the comments, and I woke up one day and refused to feel sorry for myself, so I wrote ‘Bootylicious,” she said.
“It was the beginning of me using whatever life handed me and turning it into something empowering to other women and men who were struggling with the same thing.”
We love to see it, Bey!