Lizzo is known for her confidence and unapologetic love for her body, but she’s now facing backlash after documenting a 10-day smoothie “detox” on her Instagram. On December 14, Lizzo posted two reels to her Instagram, documenting her daily “progress” during a 10-day smoothie diet. In the posts, she said she had “drank a lot, and I ate a lot of food that f*cked my stomach up in Mexico,” prompting her to try the cleanse. She documented what she ate and drank during the diet, showing daily pictures of herself to show “results.”
Explaining why she went on the diet, Lizzo said “I think I just wanted to stress eat and do things that were like, kind of self-harming. I think that it’s just great to reset your stomach and reset things, especially when you deal with gastrointestinal issues like I do. But I think I look f*cking great too.”
But many fans were quick to call Lizzo out, noting that her smoothie “detox” promoted diet culture. “Damn I really thought this was a safe space, but promoting detox and cleanse that is a part of the diet culture,” one commenter wrote on Lizzo’s post. “This, as they say, ain’t it. Not now, during a year and season when people are struggling extra hard with body issues, and not ever,” someone else wrote.
The comments flooded in, some expressing anger at Lizzo’s choice, while others felt upset to see someone they heralded as a beacon of self-love engaging in diet culture. In response, Lizzo posted a series of Instagram stories, defending her diet, saying weight loss wasn’t the goal.
“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. “In reality, November stressed me the f*ck out. I drank a lot, I ate a lot of spicy things and things that f*cked my stomach up, and I wanted to reverse it and get back to where I was.”
“I’m so proud of myself, I’m proud of my results, my sleep has improved, my hydration, my inner peace, my mental stability, my f*cking body, my f*cking skin, the whites of my eyes. I feel and look like a bad bitch, and I think like, that’s it,” she continued. “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 f*ck they want with their bodies.”
Lizzo’s right that we should be able to do whatever we want with out bodies, and it’s great that, after a period of stress and gastrointestinal upset, she wanted to change how she ate to feel healthier. But “detox” diets can be harmful, and promote potentially dangerous myths about how our bodies work. “I would say the bottom line is that there really isn’t any clear evidence that detox or cleansing programs can actually make you healthier or improve your health, or that it removes…