The sensational Beyoncé appeared to be an eye magnet at the Met Gala of May 4, 2015. Adorned in an attractive Givenchy dress, she made it nearly impossible for others to stop admiring her slender physique. What is the secret to her stunning beauty this time? It appears to all be rooted in her vegan diet.
It all began in 2013 when Beyoncé and Jay-Z took up the gauntlet for Marco Borges’ vegan diet, the 22 Day Revolution. “After having my daughter, I made a conscious effort to regain control over my health and my body. But I didn’t want to do a crash diet,” Beyoncé told Daily Mail. Instead, the diet she took up was meant to be a non-depriving precursor to revolutionized dietary habits. Unlike her previous yo-yo diets, the singer confessed that Borges’ vegan diet was satisfying and actually included a number of delicious treats. She further commented, to the Daily Mail, “I then saw a noticeable glow to my skin without having to deprive myself of carbs. I even slept better.” She also added that the vegan diet supplied her with increased energy levels. As it appears, Marco Borges’ diet plan was successful in somersaulting Beyoncé’s dietary habits. She has adhered to the plant-based diet up.
Beyoncé couples this diet with a moderately intense exercise regimen, which focuses not only on cardiovascular fitness but on muscle toning. The array of exercises she does includes crunches, leg lifts, and even punches. She exercises for 30 minutes every day.
Naturally, a number of fans have shown the desire to emulate Beyoncé’s habits, and now the singer has made it even easier for them to do so with her new food delivery business. In February 2015, she partnered with her trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, to create a food delivery service called, 22 Days Nutrition. Participants of the 22 Days Nutrition program have plant-based meals delivered to their homes once a week at affordable prices.
Nonetheless, there are a number of health professionals who have revealed concerns about the fans opting to follow in Beyoncé’s footsteps. A vegan diet brings along some nutritional deficiencies and should be adopted with care. Femail interviewed a Lifesum nutritionist, Lovisa Nilsson, and she explained, “Although many plant-based foods contain protein, such as beans and tofu, it is often not enough; deficiency and iron anemia is another issue when replacing meat with other products. A vegan diet lacks vitamin B-12, which is essential for the function of every cell in our bodies. B-12 can only be found in certain types of algae.”
Still, a plant-based diet bears some health benefits over its alternatives, as Lovisa Nilsson pointed out. She explained that the diet has been shown to decrease blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, thereby, lowering the risks of developing heart disease. She also added, “Aside from the abundance of health benefits, a vegan diet also addresses environmental and ethical concerns, which makes the vegan lifestyle even more appealing.”
By Nelusigwe Mbingu
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