Lizzo has responded to criticism lobbed at her following her recent smoothie detox, which she documented on social media.
She might sing about Juice, but the star – who is a beacon of positivity for many, but recently spoke about negative thoughts about her own body – also drank a whole lot of it recently, saying she wanted to ‘reverse’ a month of eating and drinking in November.
After going on the detox, where she filmed herself drinking several litres of water a day, as well as some sort of ‘beauty water’ elixir, downing numerous green smoothies, and taking supplements, Lizzo was met with backlash by many who accused her of advertising ‘toxic diet culture’ to impressionable followers.
Echoing many a sentiment, one Twitter-use wrote: ‘Lizzo, a plus-size goddess who I considered my body confident role model, is now promoting detox smoothie diets on ig and I feel so betrayed.’
Another wrote: ‘I think lizzo is amazing but i don’t like someone with her platform promoting fad diets, would have no issues if it were just her doing it on her own or promoting a balanced lifestyle but to promote fad diets plays into toxic diet culture.’
However, addressing the backlash she was hit with, Lizzo, who insisted she did the regime in a safe manner under the guidance of a nutritionist and urged her followers not to do the same without doing research, said she ‘got exactly what she wanted’ out of the process.
Speaking in a video on her Instagram on Tuesday, Lizzo said: ‘As you know, I would normally be so afraid and ashamed to post things like this online because I feel like, as a big girl, people just expect if you are doing something for health, you’re doing it for a dramatic weight loss, and that is not the case.
‘In reality, November stressed me the f**k out. I drank a lot, I ate a lot of spicy things and things that f***ed my stomach up.
‘I wanted to reverse it and get back to where I was.’
She went on: ‘I’m so proud of myself. I’m proud of my results. My sleep has improved, my hydration, my inner peace, my mental stability, my f***ing body, my f***ing skin, the whites of my eyes, I feel and look like a bad bitch – and I think that’s it.’
Lizzo added: ‘I’m a big girl who did a smoothie detox and I wanted to share that with you guys. I got exactly what I wanted out of it.
‘And every big girl should do whatever the f**k they want with their bodies.’
The Truth Hurts singer was met with support following her story, with many fans slamming those who shamed her health choices, as well as the perceived fatphobiaia – while also pointing out the racism inherent in criticising Lizzo when many other white celebrities promote detoxes.
One fan defended the singer: ‘Lizzo says she’s happy with her weight. Y’all = mad. Lizzo says she wants to lose weight and get healthy. Y’all = mad. When will you people leave her alone and let her do what she wants?’
Actress Jameela Jamil, who has long criticised detox teas and celebrities, including the Kardashians, for shamelessly plugging them, also shared her thoughts on the debate.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘If you want to get bigger or smaller you can and you do not owe anyone a size or explanation. However. Whichever way you go, do it slowly, and with the guidance of professionals and know that there’s no such thing as a “detox” only your actual natural vital organs can detox you.
‘This is coming from a person who tried EVERY detox on earth I swear. From every country, from every book, from every celebrity scam. I did them all. Most did nothing beyond make me TEMPORARILY lose water weight and feel light headed, most made me ill, or harmed my metabolism.’
It’s not the first time Lizzo has defended her lifestyle and health from trolls online.
Earlier this year she stuck it to the haters who aired their misconceptions over her weight, and suggested she wasn’t healthy – despite, you know, the fact she can run around a stage performing and singing for an hour, keeping up with her backing dancers, without missing a beat.
Set to a montage of her working out, Lizzo said: ‘So next time you wanna come to somebody and judge them, whether they drink kale smoothies or eat McDonald’s or work out or not work out, how about you look at your own f**king self and worry about your own goddamn body.’
Credit: Original article published here.