Queen Bey, after a four-and-a-half-month hiatus taken after the birth of baby Blue Ivy, did a four-concert run at the newly-opened Revel Resorts in Atlantic City. While she wasn’t performing the bulk of the stuff I love, which is more from her Dangerously In Love days, she still tore up the stage. (Tons of videos have been shared from the show.)
According to all the reports I’d seen, she was going pretty hard in the paint to get back into shape – not just looks wise, but capability-wise, too – except… Beyonce spoke for herself:
I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m almost entirely certain she’s joking. You don’t have the energy to do all of what she’s doing – planning and rehearsing for a show, getting back into shape for a high intensity performance – on lettuce. And, while I know that she was breastfeeding for a good three months at least and that contributes greatly to your ability to lose weight post-delivery, I simply don’t think she would’ve successfully lost the baby weight eating “lettuce.”
That being said, I got curious… what other stories were out as far as how Bey was getting back into shape? Preferably not involving clearing out a row of iceberg lettuce a day?
Since her pregnancy, her body has changed, like every woman’s does. She says she had to get her tone back because she is “definitely softer,” she tells People.
“But I feel my body bouncing back. Whatever was tight and muscular, like my legs, I’m seeing it come back. You just have to work at it,” she insists.
And working at it she does indeed with three 90 minute sessions per week — but mixes it up with running, dancing and crunches on an exercise ball.
She clears up rumors about having a trainer living with her — false!
When she isn’t working on her fitness in the gym, she relies on a strict protein based diet in the kitchen.
Her meal plan is quite sparse, but here it is:
Breakfast – egg whites
Lunch – protein shake or fresh sliced turkey with capers
Snack – edamame or cucumbers with vinegar, cayenne pepper and lemon, berries or a green apple
Dinner – yellowtail sashimi with jalapenos and wasabi
This is why she is fit ladies; the key is in your diet and exercise regime!
She admits that breast feeding Blue helped her lose “the bulk” of the baby weight, but she only nursed her until she was 10 weeks old. [source]
Three times a week, sure, but outside of that treadmill work, what is she doing?
Um…I think the video says a ton. Though she joked about “eating lettuce” and “getting chocolate wasted” (can’t lie, sounds kinda fun) Beyonce was kicking ass dancing every day, eating protein-heavy and hitting the treadmill.
In short, put the iceberg lettuce down. It didn’t do anything to deserve this fate.
Subscribe to receive the BGG2WL Weekly Newsletter, and receive a copy of my first e-book, “10 Must-Have Foods for Every Clean Eater's Pantry" absolutely free!