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Beyonce's 60-pound, Rapid Weight Loss Depresses Me

By emily |

Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I caught a new celebrity TV program interviewing Beyonce and commending her on losing 60 pounds of baby weight in less than 4 months.

She admits she had to work crazy hard to get her body back in time for her new tour, hitting the gym for up to 8 hours a day. Oh, and eating “lots of lettuce.”

Woo hoo for Beyonce, she’s back and stronger than ever!

But watching the interview just made me feel kinda crappy about myself.

Paul’s virtually the same age as Blue Ivy (Beyonce’s daughter). Beyonce’s already wearing tiny tiny stage costumes, and I’m still a good 20 pounds up from where I would like to be with my weight.

Don’t get me wrong — I know that besides the fact that Beyonce and I both have babies the same age, we’re 100% opposite from each other.

She’s crazy famous. She has unlimited access to the best trainers and chefs on the planet. She just had her first child, and I’m assuming has a nanny for Blue Ivy (with the whole 8 hours a day at the gym thing she has going on).

And I’m just an average stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, living in central Indiana. I have a meager YMCA membership which allows me to drop my kids off in the childwatch area for up to 90 minutes, just enough time to pound out a few miles on the treadmill.

Oh, and although my husband is a stud, I’m not married to Jay-Z either.

And I get it. I know Beyonce never agreed to be my celebrity role model, and what she does with her body is completely up to her. And while some new mamas might find inspiration in her story, it honestly just depresses me. I thought that maybe she would be different, but it turns out she just like most everybody else in Hollywood. Because come on, is 60 pounds in 4 months (4 months postpartum, mind you) even healthy?

I know, I need to seriously get over it.

So for today, I’m hereby forcing myself to get it out of my mind that it’s even humanly possible to lose 60 pounds in 4 months while caring for a newborn. Because honestly, Beyonce might look great, but has she really had the chance to slow down and even enjoy being a new mom?

I know I have, and it’s completely priceless. In fact, I wouldn’t exchange it for all the jelly in my belly.

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12 thoughts on “Beyonce's 60-pound, Rapid Weight Loss Depresses Me

  1. Linda says:

    I agree with you. I’m glad the there is one celeb I can look up to when it comes to motherhood… Jennifer Garner. I am due in a month with my second and I hope I take the post partum months just like her. She has nothing to prove, just that she loves her family and is a fantastic mom, wife and woman. You should do a post abou her :-) It will make you feel better. And, again, I agree with you… wouldn’t trade enjoying being a new mom for the jelly or anything else.

  2. yuri says:

    I bet she’s not breast feeding though. There’s no way, right? Cause if she is able to breast feed and still lose weight then I think i’m doing everything wrong lol. Our kids are the same age but I have 60 to go. Makes me feel bad about myself when celebrities, who are role models, go to such extremes. And now Jessica Simpson has a deal with WW. We’ll see if she is a better role model and lose her weight healthfully as recommended by WW.

  3. Jbj says:

    She only bf for 10 weeks. I am still carrying 40 extra but am a week away from a year of bf. every time I tried to lose, my milk dropped. Fitting in size 26 jeans will happen again, but for right now, my daughter and her getting mbrrsstmilk is more important.

  4. koolchicken says:

    I’m kind of angry with Beyonce. I always thought she was nice, and relatively normal by Hollywoods standards but now I see that’s not true. I feel she breasted just long enough to be photographed doing it, so she could reap the praise. Then ditched it for an unhealthy diet and exercise program, with entire days spent apart for her kid. I feel baby for baby Blue Ivy, her Mum’s already made it clear she comes second.

  5. Lo says:

    Forget about B…please…
    She is not a role model and she does not have to be the one you can look up to related to pregnancy and/or weight loss….definitely loosing 60 pounds in 4 months with a little baby is not good.
    My take? Those 4 months are VERY important for the baby. It does not matter at all if the mother lost any weight. Yes we are mothers and persons but it really is about the baby once you get pregnant and up to when they go to college (:-) although i’d prefer sooner)

  6. kate says:

    wow. it is depressing. she devoted 8 hours a day in the gym for the first 4 months of her babies life? Don’t they encourage you to spend those months with the baby because bonding is critical at that time? Must be nice to have someone else raise your crying baby while you get all self-indulgent. Newborn babies don’t come out sleeping on a schedule, so how did she know when to work around? Sounds like another spoiled rich mom with nannies to hand the baby to when it starts crying. Plus she said she breastfed… while eating lots of lettuce? Wow that poor baby must’ve been hungry as heck. Beyonce’s body needed more nutrients to pass into the babys milk.

    Sidenote to all the women getting inspired by this story, it’s only healthy to lose 2 pounds a week max, that’s only about 8 pounds a month. Actually 1 pound a week is the healthiest to keep it out and keep your body safe. So losing 15 pounds a month– 4 a week is pretty drastic.. but so is working out 8 hours a day in the gym.

  7. Jude Strib says:

    I think if I had a chef and personal trainer I would be looking pretty awesome myself. ;)

  8. Maria says:

    Everyone exaggerates a little. So say she’s really lost 50lbs and has a whole make up/style team to conceal all the imperfections. That means you are only 10lbs behind. Water weight really! And this is her first, by her 4th it might take her a little longer, too. Then there is the nursing thing. They say you’ll keep an extra 10lbs around if you’re nursing…so if that’s the case for you then you’re pretty much even! :)  (can you tell I’ve talked myself out of downers like this once or twice myself?!)

  9. Kassandra says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, she never carried a child. She had the most bizarre pregnancy, and I don’t remember seeing any 9 months about to pop preg shots, come on ladies!! You know you where proud to show off your belly when you were about to pop, you a least have that one foto… So no kidding it took no time to drop weight, especially if your spending your day with a trainer and eating lettuce while someone takes care of your child, cleans your house and cooks your food… I love b, she’s fierce! But PLEASE!

  10. Elle Jay says:

    I am sorry but was she EVEN preggo in the first place?? I like Beyonce and all but her whole pregnancy…well she looked like she faked it. Evidence is pretty strong. I guess what I am getting at is, what’s there to be depressed about if she wasn’t even pregnant?!

    I would look to other celebs for inspiration and not her. Glad she has a healthy baby girl in all by why lie about being pregnant?!

  11. Amy says:

    I read not to loose more than 8an lbs a month while breastfeeding because toxins can build up in breast milk. Its unhealthy and unrealistic to loose more than that.

  12. tobermory says:

    i wholeheartedly agree with most of you: how sad she spends 8 hrs every day in the gym instead of with her baby. breaks my heart to imagine this. what kind of world is this? if i had the choice between leftover pregnancy pounds and spending time with my child i know what i’d choose!

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