Carrie Underwood Says ‘Body Shaming’ Had Her Limiting Herself To 800 Calories A Day

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Back in 2005, Carrie Underwood was becoming a household name. She had just won the fourth season of American Idol, and fans couldn’t wait to hear what happened next.

However, 2006 brought on a lot of pressure — especially in terms of Carrie’s weight. Carrie faced a lot of body shaming that affected the way she viewed herself.

While Carrie always looked healthy and beautiful, she revealed to Women’s Health magazine that shortly after her win, she restricted herself to only 800 calories per day. To put that into perspective, Healthline says that women should try to eat around 2,000 calories daily to maintain their current weight, and limit themselves to 1,500 calories per day for healthy weight loss.

Carrie revealed that a lot of the restrictions she placed on herself were because of mean comments directed at her online. When Carrie became a public figure, people felt like it was suddenly OK to judge her appearance. One commenter even said, “Carrie’s getting fat.” Not only was that a rude comment for Carrie, but it’s shameful thing to say to any woman.

She also cut out all junk food and stuck to a strict diet. While that’s commendable for some, it’s also unrealistic. By depriving herself of the food she enjoyed — and the food she needed to stay energized — she started binge-eating. With some time, Carrie learned how to keep up healthy habits. Hopefully, she’s also learned not to let the negativity on the internet get her down. Remember, celebrities have feelings, too — and unwarranted comments may be detrimental to their health.

Watch the video to see what kind of workouts Carrie’s doing to stay strong.

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