Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Her Severe Diet Due To ‘American Idol’
Carrie Underwood is getting honest about the extreme dieting she did after her American Idol win in 2005. Online comments made her feel insecure about her body.
Carrie is back on track now, and has even written a book about health and fitness. Read on to see what she said about that difficult time in her life, and how she overcame it.
Carrie Underwood’s Post-‘Idol’ Diet
Carrie told Women’s Health that she noticed cruel message board comments about her “getting fat” during the singing competition. “I shouldn’t care what other people think about me,” she said, but added that she was feeling “tired” and “buying bigger clothes.”
“I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators,” she explained. During the American Idol tour, she paid more attention to calories and worked out more. At first, the lifestyle change gave her more energy, but she took it too far.
Carrie ate less and exercised more, consuming as little as 800 calories a day. Although she says she “would not call it” an eating disorder, it was clearly not a healthy way of living. “Your body is screaming out, I need more calories, I need more carbs!” she recalled.
How Carrie Stays Healthy Now
Carrie has changed her habits in the years since those 800-calorie days. “I love rules,” Carrie told the magazine, as she tracks calories, protein, carbs, and fat using the app MyFitnessPal. She lets herself indulge in dark chocolate and red wine.
Carrie also works out with a trainer and says exercise is her form of self-care. She has even penned a book about healthy living called Find Your Path. She’s also launching an app to go along with her Fit52 method. She calls it a “year-round, common-sense approach to health and fitness.”