Queen Bey has gotten plenty of backlash for her recent GMA announcement, but the real story was about her struggle with body image
Finding the perfect diet for your body is harder than finding the perfect swimsuit. (And that's saying something!) Yet, when Beyoncé announced she'd found her Shangri-La of healthy eating, a lot of people were underwhelmed to say the least.
Queen Bey went on Good Morning America earlier this week to promote what she called "a major announcement." But instead of dropping a new album or telling the world Blue Ivy was going to be a big sis, she used her international platform to talk about her not-so-new vegan diet, the 22 Day Diet Revolution. Since the beginning of the year, the star has given up meat, cheese, and eggs, and has gained leaner legs, clearer skin, and better sleep—taking her legendary beauty from jaw-dropping to other-worldly.
"I am not naturally the thinnest. I have curves. I'm proud of my curves and I have struggled since a young age with diets and finding something that actually works, actually keeps the weight off, has been difficult for me," she confessed on GMA, echoing the same frustration so many of us feel when it comes to our bodies and dieting.
Fans immediately took to social media to voice their outrage, frustrated that all the hype had been just an ad for yet another diet program and seemingly-promotional partnership. "Still mad that I woke up early and subjected myself to @GMA just to hear Beyonce say she doesn't enjoy life anymore #vegan," tweeted one person, summing up the general feelings from the Beyhive.
But while we understand being disappointed that there isn't a new Beyoncé song to play on endless loop during your workout ("Who runs the world? GIRLS!" does make an killer running mantra), we think she's not getting nearly enough credit for her major life change. Finding a way to eat that makes you feel happy and healthy inside and out—and sticking to it—is a major accomplishment, no matter what type of diet it is. (Need ideas? Try one of The Best Diets for Your Health.)
Another major bone people want to pick is that Beyoncé, with her history of weight fluctuations and extreme diets, is the last person who should be giving nutrition advice. "What's next? Justin Beiber writing a book on parenting?" quipped another Tweet. But she doesn't claim to be a nutritionist, and the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet have been well established by experts. Plus, as women who've tried plenty of diets ourselves, it's refreshing to hear her be so honest about her journey with the ups and downs.
Lastly, people are concerned about the cost, saying the multi-millionaire is out of touch with reality. And at $15 per meal, the 22 Day Revolution diet meal deliveries are admittedly pricey. Fortunately, eating more plants doesn't have to be expensive. Skip the celeb-style meal delivery service and cook your own food (like these 6 Homemade Vegan Energy Bars). Then borrow a vegan cookbook for free from the library, buy produce on sale, and take advantage of the huge vegetarian and vegan communities on the internet. (One easy way to start: Check out our list of 44 healthy foods for under $1!)
All the critics make valid points, but the truth is we don't care what Beyoncé is eating so much as the fact that she's talking about it with the world. We love hearing about her journey to becoming the beautiful, self-confident, smart woman she is (and that so many of us strive to be). And if she wants to make a national announcement that she loves her curves, we're listening. For her part, Beyoncé has handled the backlash with patience and class (as she does everything, we presume) and we are still looking forward to whatever she says next.