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Beyonce “Shares How She Lost Her Post-Baby Weight”

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.”

Source: toyazworld.com

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.


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.

By | 2017-06-10T11:27:15+00:00 December 23rd, 2013|Celeb Watch|33 Comments

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.


  1. Tiera May 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    I’m very happy that Bey lost her weight. I love hearing people talk about their progress with weight loss. I am a huge advocate for whole grains and protein so I’m glad to see that her diet was pure protein. It seemed pretty well balanced as far as getting in at least most of the major food groups, but then again, I don’t exactly know what was included in her protein shake. The only issue I see is that it doesn’t seem like she got “enough” fruits and vegetables. Like you said, her diet just seemed pretty sparse lol. Where were her whole grains? Did she include calcium in her protein shakes? Needless to say, Bey looks great!

  2. Nika May 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM - Reply

    That quote will be the reason I’m giving the ladies in my water aerobics class a mean side eye. One chick almost passed out last week because she’s doing the Beyonce’ lemonade diet. I know Bey isn’t endorsing any one thing but some people will see “lettuce and treadmill” and that’s all they will do.

  3. Xay May 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM - Reply

    I’m not a huge Beyonce fan, but I am glad that she has always acknowledged how hard she works to maintain her figure (as opposed to other celebrities who act like they can eat anything and don’t mention the personal trainer, private chef etc OR say that they lost their pregnancy weight by breastfeeding or chasing after their children).

    • Siegrid January 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM - Reply

      Xay, don’t forget Liposuction & tummy tucks in that celebrity list…

  4. Elle May 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM - Reply

    I’m glad for Beyonce, and I’m also happy for her plugging breastfeeding. For someone with a schedule and career like hers to breastfeed says a lot. It wasn’t just good for her post-baby weightloss, but it was great for Blue Ivy too. Breastfeeding isn’t a magic bullet for weightloss, but for some women (me included) it makes a real difference. And it made me more conscientious about what I was eating. I wasn’t just concerned about what or how much I was eating, but it made me rethink nutrition. I wanted to make sure I was getting enough of all the right things for my little boy. I tried to avoid things that might be bad for him. It made me more aware of the detriments of my cheating too. If I wanted a candy bar, I looked at that little face and imagined feeding him an Almond Joy and I had to put it down. Don’t get me wrong, I ate well–still do–but concern for his health was more motivating than the “guilt” that comes with eating junk food. Now I just have to take that concern and work it into the way I fuel myself. Work in progress.

  5. Jeannett May 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM - Reply

    As this was People mag and not Shape or Fitness mag I’m sure she just gave a rough surmise of her diet and not a daily/hourly blow by blow of every meal. If u start off in shape, toned and muscular getting back on shape isn’t quite as difficult to do. Especially if ur already accustomed to a good fitness routine. Depending on the type of pregnancy weight gain (i.e., fluid retention) some women drop a great deal of baby weight in the first few weeks. And let’s face it the microscope of the camera and millions of dollars at stake would make any woman eat “lettuce” (lol) and hit the treadmill.

  6. Jennifer May 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM - Reply

    Ummm…the calorie content of her diet is under 1000 calories. So this is basically a starvation diet; popular amongst Hollywood types.

    I don’t find this to be sustainable, or realistic for most of us. No one is giving me $1,000,000 to get thin fast and to suffer dizziness, dehydration, fatigue and clumsiness that accompanies such a low calorie diet. It has been reported that Victoria Beckham (Posh) eats about 500 calories per day, Angelina Jolie about 900 and most Hollywood types, 1200. 1200 is the LOWESt caloric diet any nutritionist recommends; unless you want your hair to fall out, your kidneys and liver to suffer distress and your mind to be a fog, constantly. I do not approve.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall May 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM - Reply

      Just, for clarity’s sake… there are no ounces or portion sizes listed here.

    • Pat May 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM - Reply

      As stated by someone else, calories are not listed, so you do not know that she is consuming less than 1,000/day. Also, it was not said that this is a realistic diet for most people; this is the diet followed by ONE person who needed to lose weight and regain tone in order to return to part of her “job”. Sustainable is partially based on motivation: she had concert dates to keep her motivated. The diet provided is probably a high-level example of a typical day – it also does not discuss any dietary supplements she was taking or go into her workout routine in detail. I would not expect anyone responsible to go to the grocery store and stock up on nothing but sashimi based on reading this.

    • Toya January 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM - Reply

      Thank u Jennifer! Thank u to inform folks just to have a balanced food intake and exercise! It’s a process! These celebrities make money as in their looks! It’s sad the anyone has to do this to be accepted in society. Love urself first is the key! I am proud of Beyonce even though I don’t agree with this type of diet, cause what folks fail to realize when u eat a very very low dangerous intake of nutritional foods, u will gain everything back and then some, so take ur time and understand if u want to be fit GO LEGIT!!!

  7. Michelle May 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM - Reply

    I think Beyonce did what most women in Hollywood do after having a baby… she focused heavily on losing the “dreaded baby weight” and got super strict. Let’s not forget she was an advocate of the Master Cleanse, which she used to get rail thin to play Deena in Dreamgirls.

    Now if she had to lose 60lbs and had 3.5 months to do it… that is about 18-20lbs a month or 5-6 lbs a week. Let’s assume more than likely the first 20 melted off after delivery because whenever ppl talk about “losing the baby weight” they go from the weight that the women were with child, not usually immediately after delivery, which is often a big difference.

    I’m sure with breastfeeding, she had to sustain a certain level of calories and nutrients if, prayerfully, she listened to her doctor’s and did what was best for her daughter. Women can burn up to 500 cals a day, I’ve heard, from BFing. I don’t know, I didn’t do it. My last weigh in with child I was 370. 6 weeks later at my follow up I was 319. It happens.

    More than likely, preparing for the tour burned it off. Janet always said that when prepping for a tour, she was in dance rehearsals up to 6 hours a day and that’s how she’d get into shape. I kinda figured the same was true for Bey. And yeah I don’t think she was on lettuce either lol

    • GIZELLE CROWIE (S.A.) June 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM - Reply

      GOD BLESS.

  8. Stefanie May 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    In that last video, I see just how pretty of a lady she is. I haven’t seen her much up close like that since she first started with Destiny’s Child….she appears to have a humble and kind character in her face…

  9. Stefanie May 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM - Reply

    And yes, I can tell Beyonce works hard to get the body she has. I remember her early career days, she is not a woman who stays skinny no matter what. You can tell if she didn’t take care of her body, she would not be where she is. And that’s ok and she knows it. Plus she’s a dancer and works hard, so she can maintain her figure…cool!

  10. Nicole May 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM - Reply

    LOVE! Thanks for sharing the video. She’s a fun performer. 🙂

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