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VICE: We Asked Real Dietitians If Beyoncé's 22 Days Diet Plan Would Actually Work

Dana Hunnes, an adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, was quoted in a VICE article about the plant-based “Beyoncé Diet.” 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

There’s a yass-queen energy to 99.9 percent of online chatter about Beyoncé — rarely is she involved in anything approaching controversy. That chatter hit a fever pitch in April when Netflix dropped Homecoming, the revelatory documentary/concert film that went behind-the-scenes of her historic 2018 Coachella performances.

22 Days presents a calorie count for servings of food, but doesn’t give guidance on how many servings or meals to eat -- “If your focus is on eating clean plant-based meals, you will notice that you feel satisfied and nourished after your meals, and your health will likely follow,” the FAQ states, despite that food quantity is an important factor in body fat loss or weight maintenance. Instead, the preferences page asks users to select a per-meal serving size (M for “most women,” L for “most men and active women,” and XL for “super athletes”) and adjusts recipes accordingly.

Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, told VICE that while 22 Days seems more like a “lifestyle” diet and doesn’t read as crash-diet-y as Beyoncé’s personal plan, it’s still overly aggressive in terms of quantities. “The foods themselves are healthy, but even for weight loss and especially for maintenance, portion sizes need to be increased, or snacks need to be added," she said.

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