Carrie Underwood revealed she wasn’t happy after winning “American Idol” – all because of her weight.
Carrie Underwood rose to fame after winning the fourth season of “American Idol” in 2005. It has been over a decade since she won the prestigious singing competition, but the singer admitted that she was not happy with how she looked back then.
On the outside, many thought that she was living her best life. She became famous and gained a lot of fans after joining “American Idol.” However, she revealed in an interview with PEOPLE Magazine that she had struggled with her weight. At the time, she knew she had weighed more than she had weighed before.
“As soon as you start making little tweaks, people immediately go, ‘You look so great!’ Then you start wondering, ‘How bad did I look before?’ Then it’s like, ‘Well, I guess I should keep on going.’ Then you start eating less,” the singer added, pointing out people criticizing her weight.
In order to cut down pounds immediately, she made unhealthy decisions and turned to weight loss supplements. She began taking things with ephedra, which she thought could bring great results. But she learned her lesson, and she now knows how to do it in the right way.
The singer also asserted that it wasn’t her intention to starve herself during those times. She’s not eating enough calories, not because she’s trying to starve herself – but because she doesn’t know how much calories she should be eating.
Carrie Underwood now takes on a healthier approach to her weight.
The singer, who has been married to former professional ice hockey center Mike Fisher since 2010, has been on a strict vegan diet. Reportedly, she hasn’t eaten meat for over 20 years. She does her best to maintain a healthy body by working out every day.
“I weigh more than I did when I was at my smallest, but I have a lot more muscle tone,” Carrie added.
The country singer has also gone through body transformation after giving birth via C-section to her first child, Isaiah Michael Fisher, in 2015. The Grammy Award winner said she felt “leaner” after that, and it was strange how her body reacted post-pregnancy.
“I feel like my bum’s a little nicer than it used to be,” she continues.
Carrie reportedly gained 30 pounds after giving birth to her first son. She believed that her weight gain was a good sign that everything was going well. She gave her body enough time to rest and adjust to her routines after giving birth.
Now, she knows what she’s doing to manage her weight. In fact, the singer has her own wellness app called Fit52. It allows members to find their approach in terms of health and fitness, creating a specific goal in mind.
When it comes to her own goal, Carrie said she tends to listen to her body and does the things that make her happy – and it doesn’t matter if it means doing less. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her Mike, Isaiah, and youngest son Jacob Bryan Fisher.
What is Carrie Underwood’s diet plan?
The singer is 95 percent vegan, though she’s not too particular with the food that she eats. What’s important to her is where the food is sourced from. She stopped eating meat, noting that she “looks and feels better without it.”
In an interview with Self, the singer shared what was in her diet plan. She always makes sure that she gets a sufficient amount of protein and fiber for her breakfast. Her morning meal usually consists of a “vanilla smoothie with pea protein powder, half a banana, a cup of berries, almond milk, and ice.”
She also makes tofu scramble with whatever she got in the fridge – it could be spinach, onions, and pepper, with salsa on the top. For her drink, she prepared grapefruit or orange juice. She also needs some caffeine boost, so she drinks black coffee.
After turning into a vegan diet, Carrie began eating mock chicken with some vegetables. Her lunch is often paired with brown rice and seasoned with Bragg Liquid Aminos. Although she noted that it’s a lot of food, she ensured that it’s less in fat and calories.
The singer likes consuming protein bars for her snacks. However, she warned to be careful in buying these because some might be high in calories and contain additives. She advised to check the label first to know the product’s nutritional value.
Carrie’s meal for dinner is a vegan burger, which is all vegetables and a piece of tofu in it. The singer also has a pre-event diet, in which she lays off the starch. Before performing, she loads he stomach with fruits and vegetables and no other starches and bread.
What is Carrie Underwood’s workout routine?
The singer has been consistent with her workout routines over the past years. She managed to burn the calories by playing cards. She said, “I take a deck of cards and assign each suit a body area—say, diamonds for arms, hearts for legs, spades for core, and clubs for cardio.”
She split the decks in half, and she would write down the exercises for each suit and a different one for each half. After that, she’ll flip over the six hearts and do six squats. If she gets the ace of diamonds, that would be 14 push-ups.
“Having different exercises for each half of the deck keeps me from getting bored. I make sure there’s a joker in each half—that’s a mile run on the treadmill. Then I go through the whole deck,” she explained.
The workout routine she designed for herself takes about an hour and a half, plus a 15-minute warm-up on the elliptical. In addition to her fun exercise, the singer also feels more motivated since she’s usually working out with her husband.
Meanwhile, Carrie has a pre-event workout – just like her diet plan. She does more cardio and fewer weights than usual before stepping out on the stage. Although she knows that strength training is important, she doesn’t like doing it because it makes her look muscular on the red carpet.
The singer’s struggles with her weight during the early years of her career have made her stronger to where she is right now. She believes that she has nothing to prove to anyone, and all she needs to do is focus on herself and spend more time with her loved ones.
“I don’t feel like I have as much to prove. I want to look and feel good and do well on stage, sure, but I also want to enjoy myself,” Carrie said.