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People Are Defending Lizzo After She Was Criticized For Doing A 10-Day Smoothie Detox

“You do not own her. She is free to do what she wants with her body. Leave her alone.”

Lizzo attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. | Getty Images
Lizzo attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. | Getty Images

People are defending Lizzo after she posted her results of a 10-day smoothie detox, attracting critics who accused the artist of promoting toxic diet culture. Lizzo defended her decision to share the detox, saying that she’s proud of herself.  

“I fed myself greens and water and fruit and protein and sunlight,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “You don’t have to do that to be beautiful or healthy. That was my way. You can do life your way.” 

The 32-year-old singer-songwriter posted two videos on social media about a 10-day smoothie detox she did under the supervision of a nutritionist. She posted a TikTok of her daily routine which includes drinking water, smoothies, and teas, in addition to eating fruit, protein bars, nuts, and supplements. She also noted in the TikTok caption: “Disclaimer: I was practicing safe detox methods (with) a nutritionist. Do not try without research.”

Lizzo said in another video that she decided to do the cleanse after she ate and drank a lot while vacationing in Mexico, which “f*cked up” her stomach. She also showed videos of her progress.

“I think I was just wanting to stress eat and do things that were sort of self-harming,” Lizzo said in her video. “I feel amazing, and I think that it’s just great to reset your stomach and reset things especially if you deal with gastrointestinal issues like I do. But I think I look f*cking great too.” 

After Lizzo posted both videos, several people criticized her for doing the smoothie cleanse, accusing her of “promoting an unhealthy diet fad.”

Actor and activist Jameela Jamil — who is often vocal about celebrities promoting unhealthy diets — posted about Lizzo’s controversy. 

“BUT when celebrities endorse lifestyle choices it’s important for them to be very clear about the science of what they are doing,” Jamil wrote on Instagram. “So I’m gonna suggest that if you have ANY history of disordered eating, stay away from these NONSENSE ‘detoxes’ and ‘cleanses’ and if you don’t have an eating disorder history, than [sic] they could just be your gateway to one.”

After the backlash, Lizzo posted another video defending her decision to share her smoothie detox, saying “every big girl should do whatever the f*ck they want with their bodies.” 

“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,” Lizzo said in the video. “In reality, November stressed me the f*ck out. I drank a lot, I ate a lot of spicy things, and things that f*cked my stomach up, and I wanted to reverse it and get back to where I was.” 

Lizzo continued: “I’m so proud of myself, I’m proud of my results. My sleep has improved, my hydration, my inner peace, my mental stability.”

After the backlash, many people defended Lizzo and her decisions to share her experience, criticizing the “entitlement people feel over Black [women’s] bodies.”