Rihanna recently dished about her “mysterious” weight loss to Ryan Seacrest, explaining that, although some of her slim-down can be attributed to dieting and working out, she’s currently losing weight despite eating “everything.” Rihanna’s dad takes the cake for worst comments about Rihanna’s body, but the Daily Mail‘s article about it isn’t doing much better: They all but glorify the kind of weight loss that, for most of us, signals a fairly poor state of health.
Rihanna told Seacrest that she can’t keep the pounds on, despite the fact that going on tour has completely thrown off her diet and workout plan:
The Five Factor Diet has gone straight out the window ever since I went on tour. I mean, It’s difficult to have any kind of routine when your schedule is that crazy.
So I really have no idea how I’m continuously losing weight.
It’s actually pretty annoying, because now I don’t have a butt, and I have no boobs. I already had no boobs to start with. So annoying! and I’m eating everything!
This isn’t particularly shocking: She’s on tour, which is physically demanding and stressful. Some gain weight under stress or when they’re unable to stick to a routine, but some lose weight in response to the same things. Rihanna was being honest about what’s going on with her body, not giving weight loss advice. But publications like Daily Mail should be more honest: Weight loss in response to stress and not eating properly isn’t exactly healthy, and it’s definitely not something that we should glorify.
Her regular weight loss method, however, is: The Five Factor Diet, put together by Harley Pasternak, is actually a pretty sound diet and workout program that doesn’t require a super-low calorie intake or disproportionate hours spent at the gym. In fact, it basically requires eating five meals a day and doing five 25-minute workouts per week, and it also allows one “free” day when you can eat whatever you want; something most of us could actually manage.
Working out and dieting regularly doesn’t make for sensational headlines, but it does set a good example for women who are confused by various media messages telling them how to lose weight and look like their favorite celebrities. Flipping Rihanna’s comments into an excuse to show before and after photos of her body just adds to the confusion.