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Lizzo responds to backlash for sharing smoothie detox: 'Big girls do whatever u want with your bodies'

For 10 days, the singer only drank smoothies and ate small amounts of food, and was swiftly criticized.
Lizzo speaks to the crowd while at a campaign event in Detroit for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Oct. 23, 2020 in Detroit.
Lizzo speaks to the crowd while at a campaign event in Detroit for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Oct. 23, 2020 in Detroit.Nicole Hester / Ann Arbor News via AP file

Lizzo is defending herself after receiving backlash for social media posts documenting a 10-day smoothie cleanse.

The 32-year-old Grammy-winning singer posted footage to Instagram and TikTok on Monday of herself partaking in a diet cleanse that some said was at odds with the body-positive singer’s image and promoted dieting practices that could be potentially harmful.

As a part of the diet program, which Lizzo said was done in consolation with a nutritionist and based on the popular book “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse,” Lizzo drank green smoothies, took supplements, and ate foods such as nuts and cucumbers in apple cider vinegar.

In the video, Lizzo showed a sample of what she ate and drank, saying that days four, five and six were the hardest mentally but that she never was really hungry.

“I was never super hungry, I think I just wanted to stress eat and do things that were like, kind of self-harming,” she said.

In the end, Lizzo said that by days nine and ten, she felt “amazing” and was proud of her results.

However, after sharing the videos online she received a barrage of criticism. Lizzo, who is known for promoting body positivity and embracing different body types, was accused not only of giving into shaky diet trends, but also glamorizing a behavior that could be triggering for some or lead some to unhealthy dieting habits.

Within hours of the controversy, Lizzo returned to social media for a follow up video in which she explained her motivation for the diet.

“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,” she said. “In reality, November stressed me the f--- out. I drank a lot, I ate a lot of spicy things, and things that f---ed my stomach up, and I wanted to reverse it and get back to where I was.”

She added that following the cleanse her sleep has improved, she’s been more hydrated and more mentally stable.

“Big girls do whatever u want with your bodies!!!” she wrote in a caption over the video. “I’m just as proud of my results from my smoothie detox as I am of my belly curves and swerves.”