Lizzo is speaking up after videos she made documenting her 10-day “smoothie detox” drew backlash.
The “Juice” singer, 32, took to TikTok on Monday to share her experience going on a 10-day smoothie detox from author J.J. Smith. In one of her posts, the singer wrote a “disclaimer,” noting that she was “practicing safe detox methods (with) a nutritionist” and warned followers not to attempt the regimen without doing research.
Lizzo also shared what she ate as part of the diet, which included green smoothies, apples, peanut butter, vegan protein bars and morning and night supplements, among other foods. In another video, Lizzo noted that days four, five and six were “the hardest,” but that she feels “amazing” after having completed the detox.
“It’s great to reset your stomach and reset things, especially if you deal with gastrointestinal issues like I do,” she said. “But I think I look (expletive) great too, so period.”
According to the National Institute of Health, there isn’t much evidence detox diets or cleansing programs actually remove harmful substances from the body. Nutrition and healthy-eating expert Joan Salge Blake told USA TODAY in 2017 that while the idea of magically resetting the body with a juice cleanse is popular, the body can remove toxins and cleanse on its own.
Lizzo’s videos stirred controversy on Twitter, with many defending the singer.
“Not @ people praising Adele for losing weight but (expletive) on Lizzo for going on a detox,” wrote @DecayedPencil.
“Damn y’all bully lizzo for being fat & unhealthy and when she tries to share her detox smoothies with u guys you shame her even more for trying to get skinny ???” wrote @hairsdior. “Y’all are annoying, y’all are the problem”
“y’all don’t let lizzo win,” wrote @maddy_v7. “half of y’all are obsessed with telling her she is unhealthy because she’s a big girl, and the other half are mad bc she decided to do a smoothie detox. stop”
y’all don’t let lizzo win… half of y’all are obsessed with telling her she is unhealthy because she’s a big girl, and the other half are mad bc she decided to do a smoothie detox. stop
— maddy✨ (@maddy_v7) December 15, 2020
Others, however, accused the singer of promoting something that could be harmful to people with eating disorders.
“Detox is the gateway diet to eating disorders,” wrote user @CMYanko.
“#Lizzo is totally welcome to do whatever she wants with her body,” wrote @konekorai. “If she wants to lose weight good for her, but doing it in dangerous ways that have been shown to cause eating disorders isn’t the way to do it. Detox diet fads are extremely unhealthy and usually cause rebound gain”
“Lizzo, a plus-size goddess who I considered my body confident role model, is now promoting detox smoothie diets on ig and I feel so betrayed @lizzo,” wrote @lifeoftazza.
#Lizzo is totally welcome to do whatever she wants with her body. If she wants to lose weight good for her, but doing it in dangerous ways that have been shown to cause eating disorders isn’t the way to do it. Detox diet fads are extremely unhealthy and usually cause rebound gain
— Rachael (@konekorai) December 15, 2020
Among Lizzo’s critics was “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil, who sounded off on detox diets on Instagram Tuesday. Though Jamil noted her respect for Lizzo, she said detox diets can be “slippery slopes into eating disorders.”
“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 they could just be your gateway to one,” wrote the actress, who added that she was once hospitalized after going on “a long juice fast.”
Lizzo later responded to the controversy in another TikTok, saying that the goal of her detox was not to lose weight.
“I did the 10-day smoothie detox, and, as you know, 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, like, a dramatic weight loss, and that is not the case,” she said.
Lizzo said she did the detox to reverse the effects of unhealthy habits she picked up in November, a month she says “stressed me the (expletive) out.” As a result of the detox, the singer says her sleep, hydration, skin and mental health have all improved.
“I’m so proud of myself,” she continued. “I feel and look like a bad (expletive), and I think, like, that’s it. I’m a big girl who did a smoothie detox, and I wanted to share that with you guys. I got exactly what I wanted out of it, and every big girl should do whatever the (expletive) they want with their bodies.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Lizzo’s reps for further comment.
Can we please stop talking about Adele and Rebel Wilson’s weight loss?
Contributing: Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lizzo responds after her 10-day smoothie ‘detox’ stirs controversy