Why You Should Avoid Beyoncé’s Diet
“Homecoming” the documentary that follows Beyoncé in the lead up to her Coachella performance in 2018 dropped on Netflix last month.
And within it, her diet has caused quite a stir.
Nowadays, more and more people are influenced by celebrities with the surge in social media presence.
Instagram etc give fans a chance to see more “behind the scenes” stuff.
But it also means that a LOT of information gets put out by high status people.
Unfortunately, some of it may influence younger people in the wrong direction.
What Was The Beyoncé Diet?
So what was the diet that Beyoncé talked about in the film?
Here’s the direct quote:
“In order for me to meet my goal, I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol”
“And I’m hungry!”
So first off, the striking issue here from a psychological point are the phrases “limiting” and “no”.
The entire quote is restriction.
NO bread, NO carbs, NO sugar, NO dairy, NO meat, NO fish, NO alcohol.
She must’ve survived on kale and the whiff of Jay-Z’s farts.
Apparently, she followed a type of Vegan-Keto diet.
For any younger girls who look up to Beyoncé, they could easily see the above and think “oh so that’s what you have to do to look like her”.
My issue is the level of fear it portrays against food groups.
It’s the idea that you HAVE TO restrict yourself massively in order to get in shape.
Bread doesn’t make you fat, nor do carbs, dairy, meat, fish or alcohol.
You can still have those and lose fat.
So you shouldn’t go eliminating food groups just to drop a few lbs that will probably makes it’s return after the diet ends.
That level of restriction is extreme.
But is there a case for it?
There may be.
Why Celebrity Training And Diet Isn’t For You
By now, you’ve surely succumbed to seeing a celebrity promote their diet or training.
Whether it’s Mark Wahlberg, The Rock, The Arse-Dashians or Bey herself.
But there’s context to why you shouldn’t follow them.
First of all, their income can be directly correlated to how they look.
Kim K makes dollars off her big lump of an arse (maybe that old video helped too).
Marky Mark and the Rock are contracted to look a certain way.
Beyoncé and other artists will be almost expected to look a certain way, whether through social pressures or needing to look good on stage.
Secondly, they are rich.
They’ve access to top level trainers, nutritionists, doctors, sports scientists, chefs etc etc.
They pretty much get paid to look that way.
(Now don’t get me wrong, they DO need to put in the work).
But it can be slightly easier for them as they have access to the above and can well afford it.
Thirdly, they will have a strict schedule to adhere to.
So they’re not going to run this type of diet for longer term.
So it’s all good and well to take their advice at face value, but it might not tell the whole story.
Can You Get In Shape Without Such Restriction?
Quick answer – ABSOLUTELY YES!
You DON’T need to cut out bread, carbs, meat, dairy, fish, breathing, smelling food etc in order to get in shape.
(Not sure how you could have bread anyways if you cut out carbs).
You DON’T need to limit yourself so drastically.
The good news is this – You CAN lose weight, tone up and feel amazing about yourself while still enjoying the odd dessert, few drinks or dinner out with your friends.
It all comes down to energy balance.
If you’re in a calorie deficit (consume less calories than you expend) then you WILL lose bodyfat.
And if you lift weights, you will improve your physical appearance.
By keeping foods you enjoying, not exclude yourself from social occasions and remove yourself from ever limiting yourself from food groups, you’ll have a heightened level of enjoyment while dieting.
And all of that leads to you being able to adhere to your weight loss plan in the longer term.
So, if you want to feel miserable, hungry, stressed, socially excluded and hate your diet, then by all means go and follow Beyoncé’s plan.
If you want to lose weight, feel good, perform well in the gym or sports, still eat balanced meals and be able to enjoy the odd treat at weekends with your friends, then look at a flexible approach to dieting that keeps you in a calorie deficit.
I know which one I would pick.
Thanks for reading.