Beyoncé has been known to go vegan every now and again. (She and husband Jay-Z have even partnered with the plant-based nutrition company 22 Days.) So when the pop icon wanted to shed her baby weight before her headlining performance at Coachella in 2018, it's no surprise that she went vegan again. What might be news, however, is just how extreme Beyoncé's post-baby diet really was.
After sharing that she weighed in at 218 pounds on the day her twins were born, the singer talked about her postpartum challenges in her new Netflix documentary, Homecoming. "There were days that I thought I’d never be the same. I’d never be the same physically, my strength and endurance would never be the same," she said. "Eventually I wanna be able to do SoulCycle, the stairs, and rehearsal in a day."
But of course, the new mom to twins had to build up to all that. "In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms,” she shared. “Just internally, my body was not connected — my mind was not there. My mind wanted to be with my children." And in the meantime, she put herself on a strict diet.
"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," she shared in her documentary. "And I’m hungry!” So, quick question: What could she eat?
Later, she reflected back on the experience, and admitted that she might have pushed herself too hard to fit into her old costumes. Now with three kids, "It’s not like before when I could rehearse for 15 hours straight. I have children. I have a husband. I have to take care of my body. I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could. And I learned a very valuable lesson. I will never, never push myself that far again," she said.
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