Beyonce Got her Met Gala Body from her Vegan Diet!
The nutritionist behind the revolutionary diet that turned Beyonce from a self-confessed fried-meat addict to a kale-worshiping vegan has released his first book.
Marco Borge’s 22-Day Revolution is based around a whole-food plant-based diet, and bans meat, eggs, dairy, alcohol and processed foods for 22 days – the length of time it is thought to take to build new food habits.
Beyonce, 33, who admits to having yo-yo dieted for most of her life, is such a Marco Borge evangelist, she claims it whipped her into the ‘best shape’ of her life, and wrote in the book’s foreword: ‘The truth is that if a Houston-born foodie like me can do it, you can too. You just need to try it for 22 days.’
Beyonce, pictured at the Met Gala on Monday, is such a Marco Borge evangelist, she claims his 22-Day Revolution vegan diet plan whipped her into the ‘best shape’ of her life
Beyonce, who was raised in Texas, embarked on Mr Borge’s regime in November 2013, along with husband Jay Z, 45.
‘Our hometown favourites were fried chicken, fajita tacos, BBQ burgers, BBQ rips, fried shrimp, and Po’ boy sandwiches,’ she says of her youth, adding that her food choices were ‘silently sabotaging’ her health.
The Flawless singer is famous for having dallied with extreme diets including the Master Cleanse, which involves consuming nothing but a mixture of water, lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
‘After having my daughter, I made a conscious effort to regain control of my health and my body,’ she continues.
‘But I didn’t want to do a crash diet. I was a mom now. I needed to change my ways and set an example for my child.’
After adopting the 22-Day Revolution plan, also favoured by Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce was hooked on the lifestyle.
Beyonce, pictured (left) six months before adopting Mr Borge’s diet and (right) two months afterwards
‘We celebrated my husband’s birthday with an all-vegan party,’ Beyonce wrote. ‘I can still see the reaction on our friends’ faces.
‘Some were extremely excited while others had some reservations, but in the end, we all enjoyed it immensely.’
Earlier this year, she even launched a food delivery service based on the plan called 22 Days Nutrition, so her fans could reap the benefits of her healthy lifestyle.
Mr Borge’s philosophy is simple. ‘Eat well, move more, stress less, and love more,’ he writes in his book.
Marco Borge’s (left) 22-Day Revolution program (right) is based around a whole-food plant-based diet, and bans meat, eggs, dairy, alcohol and processed foods for 22 days
The five core principles are as follows: choose plant-based over processed, eat three mindful meals a day, aim for 80 per cent carbohydrates, ten per cent fat and ten per cent protein, exercise for 30 minutes each day and drink plenty of water.
‘The more your food looks like it did in nature, the better,’ he advises.
‘Think about what your great-grandparents ate: whole foods, grown on farms. If your ancestors wouldn’t recognise what’s on your plate, don’t eat it!’
Mr Borge recommends eating at least two hours before heading to bed, and states: ‘The absolute healthiest way to eat is to 80 per cent fullness, or just a little bit less than full.’
He adds: ‘Successful weight loss is 75 per cent diet and 25 per cent exercise.’
While undergoing the transformative diet, Beyonce regularly posted snaps of her meals to Instagram
She chowed down on meals including portobello mushrooms and vegan mac and cheese
Beyonce isn’t the only Hollywood heavyweight to have adopted a vegan diet, either for health or ethical reasons.
Other notable devotees include Alicia Silverstone, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi, Olivia Wilde, Joaquin Phoenix and Tobey Maguire.
‘What I discovered,’ writes Beyonce, ‘was increased energy, better sleep, weight-loss, improved digestion, clarity, and an incredibly positive feeling for my actions and the effects it would have on those around me and the environment.
‘I couldn’t believe how much of our health we can control with food.’
[via Daily Mail]