“I’m doing all kinds of diets, cleanses, making all kinds healthy choices. Not because I don’t love myself now, but because I DO love myself, my body”
After Lizzo faced public backlash for going on a Detox diet, Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks came to her defense, and shared her experience with her weight loss journey following the birth of her one-year-old daughter Freeya.
“I’ve muted my voice for a few months now out of shame. I felt shameful of gaining weight,” she wrote on Instagram. “Even though I brought a whole human into the world, I still felt shameful because I wasn’t able to maintain my normal body weight post-pregnancy. And a year later I have only lost roughly 20 lbs. of a 60-lb. weight gain. I was quiet in hopes to post that snatch back photo like so many celebrities miraculously do.”
“Just like Lizzo, and so many other ‘fat’ girls, we should be allowed to make healthy choices publicly without being made to feel like frauds for trying to be healthy,” she continued. “I feel it’s important to share the journey, as a reminder that we are not alone, we ain’t always got it together, and that we are ALL works in progress.”
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As a new mom, Brooks hopes that sharing her experience will normalize weight loss for all sizes.
“I’m doing all kinds of diets, cleanses, making all kinds healthy choices. Not because I don’t love myself now, but because I DO love myself, my body and my mind,” she said. “I want to continue to feel strong and sexy without catching ‘the sugars’ or any other disease. It’s okay showing the in between of growth. You ain’t always gotta have it all the way together. Just speaking from the heart.”
Last week, Lizzo shared a TikTok video that showed her doing a 10-day smoothie detox. “I drank a lot and ate a lot of foods, and f***ed my stomach up in Mexico, so I decided to do JJ Smith’s 10-day smoothie cleanse,” she said while sharing the diet plan.
People on the internet criticized Lizzo for participating in “unhealthy” detoxes, as well as for trying to “diet.” As a major icon for fat women, especially fat black women, many felt betrayed by this announcement, equating Lizzo’s desire to diet with the desire to lose weight, seemingly conflicting with her message that fat women are beautiful the way they are.
Following the backlash, Lizzo shared a positive message on her Instagram page, clarifying her reasons for the detox, and for sharing. “I detoxed my body and I’m still fat. I love my body and I’m still fat. I’m beautiful and I’m still fat. These things are not mutually exclusive,” she wrote in the post.
“To the people who look to me, please do not starve yourselves. I did not starve myself. I fed myself greens and water and fruit and protein and sunlight.”
She added, “You don’t have to do that to be beautiful or healthy. That was my way. You can do life your way. Remember, despite anything anyone says or does ✨DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH YOUR BODY✨”
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