In her new documentary, Homecoming, Beyoncé says she gave up carbs, dairy, meat, fish, and alcohol. Now people are wondering what she did eat.

By Renee Cherry
Updated: April 17, 2019
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Christmas just came early for the Beyhive. Not only did Beyoncé release her new Netflix film, Homecoming, but in typical Bey fashion, she also gave her fans a big surprise: a live Coachella album that includes two new songs, called "Before I Let Go" and "I Been On."

ICYDK, Homecoming is a deep dive into Beyoncé's historic Coachella performance. It features tons of BTS looks at everything that went into preparing for the show-including an intense workout and diet regimen she set for herself. (Related: Here's What We Know About Beyoncé's New Adidas Collection)

If you've seen Beyoncé dance, then you know her rehearsals must be a workout and a half. But as she was preparing for Beychella after giving birth to twins, she was also fitting in workouts outside of rehearsals for the show. "Between SoulCycle and coming in here, you're losing like 1,500, 2,000 calories," a dancer tells her in the movie. She replies, "Yeah, it's true, and eventually I want to be able to do SoulCycle, the stairs, and rehearsal in a day." (Insert quote about Bey having the same number of hours in a day here.)

The singer previously shared on Instagram that she followed a plant-based diet in the leadup to Coachella, and Homecoming reveals she restricted more than just non-plant foods. She combined eating vegetarian and dairy-free with a J. Lo-style carb ban. "In order to meet my goal, I'm limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol. And I'm hungry," she says at one point during the doc. FWIW, it seems like she didn't cut out absolutely all carbs since she's eating an apple in the scene. (Related: Beyoncé and JAY-Z Want You to Eat More Vegetables)

Beyoncé went on to reveal that juggling the demands of performing with raising kids is challenging. "I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I learned a valuable lesson," she says in the film. "I will never push myself that far again. I feel like I'm just a new woman in a new chapter of my life. I'm not even trying to be who I was. It's so beautiful that children do that to you."

FWIW, Twitter has been equal parts impressed with and horrified by Beyoncé's intense pre-'chella workout and diet regimen.

If you had any lingering doubt that Beyoncé takes her fitness and eating goals extremely seriously, her new Netflix feature will clear things up for you.

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Comments (1)

Anonymous
April 21, 2019
"I Been On" is not a new Beyoncé song.