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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.