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Spicy maple-syrup lemonade, salt water flushes, and non-stop workouts: the secrets behind Beyoncé’s body

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Beyoncé never fails to look flawless. Whether she’s performing on stage in a leotard and glittering tights, posing in a bikini, or stepping out on to the red carpet in a see-through ball-gown, her figure is the source of sever bouts of body-envy from women all over the world. However, Beyoncé is always the first to explain that her figure doesn’t come to her easily. She has repeatly said in interviews that she’s not naturally skinny, and that she has to work hard to keep her body in shape. Maintaining those curves takes hard work and attention. Every. Single. Day.

Beyoncé’s 8 Craziest Diets

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Beyoncé never fails to look flawless. Day.

Beyoncé’s Cheat Meal

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We thought that by just having one cheat day a week, we were doing well. Apparently not. Beyoncé limits herself to maximum one cheat meal a week, and this meal normally consists of a couple of slices of pizza and a glass of wine. We probably shouldn’t have eaten that whole pizza and somehow finished that bottle of wine on Tuesday evening.

Beyoncé’s Daily Diet

Beyonce’s daily diet is crazy enough for us: scrambled egg whites or a vegetable smoothie for breakfast, followed by fish with steamed vegetables for lunch and dinner. We’re missing some carbs and some sugar there. We know for sure that eating this every day really wouldn’t be much fun.

Beyoncé’s Water Intake

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While we’re doing our best to drink the recommended two and a half liters of water a day, Beyoncé’s busy consuming a gallon of water with lemon, every single day. She swears that this amount of water is what she needs to hydrate, detox, and refresh her mind and her body.

Beyoncé’s Workout Routine

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Beyoncé’s weekly workout time adds up to 70 hours a week. Yes, 70 hours a week. That’s more time than you spend at work, and more time than you spend asleep. Five days a week, she trains with a personal trainer lifting weights, running, and doing other cardio. Once a week, she stretches out in a yoga class, and most days she spends up to nine hours at a time working out rehearsing her choreography. We’re tired just thinking about all of that.

Maple Syrup Diet

This is probably the most talked-about diet of the last few years. Beyoncé’s announcement that she had shed 20 pounds in less than two weeks had us all begging to find out why. The answer was this maple syrup diet, otherwise known as the Master Cleanse. This diet consists off swapping all food and drink for a spicy lemonade concoction made of lemons, grade B maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. Drink this nine times a day, perhaps accompanied by a daily salt flush — a glass of salt water — for as many days as you can stand, and you may have a figure like Beyoncé. You’d probably also be starving, grumpy, and ill. We wouldn’t recommend you try this one at home.

Post-Pregnancy Protein

After giving birth to Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, Beyoncé was desperate to get her figure back as quickly as possible. Her solution was an intense high-protein diet, and resuming her time-consuming workout routine. On this regimen, breakfast was scrambled egg whites, lunch was slices of turkey and capers, snacks were cucumber with vinegar and lemon, and dinner was yellowtail sashimi with jalapeños and wasabi. Occasionally, she’d treat herself to a frozen yogurt.

Tomato and Cucumber Lunch

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Beyoncé’s first really, really crazy diet was discovered in her Destiny’s Child days. She went through a phase of eating just six slices of tomato and four slices of cucumber for lunch. Yes, that really was all. Six slices of tomato and four slices of cucumber. We’re not even tempted to give this one a try: There’s no way we’ll make it through the afternoon off the back of that.

22-Day Vegan Challenge

If Queen B wants to lose weight in a slightly less insane manner, allowing herself more than two weeks, and not aiming to lose 20 pounds, she turns to following a strict vegan diet for 22 days. Reportedly, it takes 21 days to break a habit, so 22 days of vegan eating should be enough to change your usual eating routine. Her obsession with this weight loss tactic is what led her to launch “22 Days Nutrition,” her vegan-meal delivery service, with her trainer Marco Borges.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


Beyonce's 22-Day Vegan Diet: I Tried It and Lost 8 Pounds

Weight loss aside, avoiding meat, dairy, soy and gluten had a big impact.

Beyonce's Vegan Diet Challenge to Fans

— -- My family celebrates major milestones by going to steakhouses and ordering as though we'll never eat again.

Over the past decade or so, we’ve been especially lucky: I’ve sung "Happy Birthday" to my brother at Peter Luger Steak House and the Palm in New York City, where I live. I’ve toasted my parents’ wedding anniversary at the Precinct in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. I marked my college graduation at Gibsons in Chicago and my sister’s at St. Elmo in Indianapolis.

To me, a gluttonous steak dinner with salads smothered in blue cheese dressing, loaded baked potatoes and bottles of red wine signifies that life is good.

I've always assumed that celebrities do not eat like this, even on happy occasions, and that's how they stay so slim. After all, life is full of trade-offs. But after Beyoncé showed up to the Met Gala looking like this, I admit, I was curious: How can a human being look like that? What does someone have to do to achieve that kind of body?

Here's the answer: She has worked with exercise physiologist Marco Borges for years and even penned the forward to his new book, “The 22-Day Revolution.” Borges advocates for a plant-based diet and believes that if it takes 21 days to change a habit, devotees need to go vegan and alcohol-free for 22 days. He also suggests avoiding soy and gluten.

It's restrictive, yes, but according to Beyoncé, who launched a prepared food line with Borges earlier this year, it works. So, in the name of journalism -- and swimsuit season -- I agreed to give it a whirl.

To do this challenge, I had two choices: I could order the prepared meals from Borges and Beyoncé or make them myself. I went the latter route for a few reasons, but mainly because I didn’t think that microwaving my food would lead to healthier habits in the long run. (It was also because three meals a day for three weeks would have cost about $600.)

I quickly learned the DIY route wasn’t cheap either. I forked over $200 during my first trip to the grocery store. Among my purchases were a $9 jar of almond butter and an equally expensive tin of tahini that remains unopened. Borges recommends organic produce for the “dirty dozen," including apples, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, and while I balked at the $14 organic grapes, I mostly complied.

With a fridge full of fresh produce and a cabinet stocked with roughly 12,000 kinds of beans, I felt ready to go. Three weeks later and eight pounds lighter, I can report that Beyoncé was mostly telling the truth about this diet. Here's what I mean:

“I thought . I would feel deprived and hate food, that I would miss out on restaurants and celebrations, that I would get headaches and be irritable, etc. I was wrong about all of that.” - Beyoncé

This is half-true. At first I did feel deprived and I did hate food. Most of all, I hated myself for agreeing to do this experiment. Who did I think I was? Without a moral leg to stand on, it felt overwhelming. What vegan wears leather?!

"Beyoncé is a liar," I declared to anybody who would listen. The problem for me was the pressure to follow the meal plan outlined in the book. There was no way that I could balance my career, a social life and my other obligations with cooking dinner, preparing breakfast and whipping up lunch to bring to the office all at once. I nearly threw the book across the room when one lunch recipe required homemade cashew cheese. Side note: You’re also supposed to work out every day, rotating cardio and stretching with resistance training. Good luck with all of that.

I vented to my friend Tracey Lemle, a certified health coach who runs Kale with a Side of Fries. One way to approach it, she suggested, was to think about what I wanted to eat and find a recipe in the book that would satisfy that craving. Stick to the tenets of the diet, but make it work for you, she said. This is supposed to be fun.

It may have been a violation of the rules, but it helped: If I wanted Mexican, there were walnut tacos. (One friend declared that they looked like "a nightmare," but I loved them.) Thai? Vegetable curry. Italian? Gluten-free pasta. The trick involved eating making lunch the heartiest meal -- a challenge for someone like me, who tends to make salads a side at dinner rather than the main event.

Still, things improved dramatically once I let myself relax, and the weight kept falling off anyway. Previously a cereal devotee, I loved the breakfasts most of all, especially granola (instead of making my own, I splurged on Early Bird's Jubilee brand), almond butter on toast with berries, and juices, which I made at home.


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Comments:

  1. Macbride

    I think you are wrong. I can defend my position. Email me at PM, we will talk.

  2. Lateef

    Amusing state of affairs

  3. Warwyk

    It is removed (has tangled section)

  4. Trevon

    I can not take part now in discussion - there is no free time. Very soon I will necessarily express the opinion.



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