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In the past few months we were seriously beginning to think Beyonce was somehow superhuman. Singing (OK, lip-synching) at the presidential inauguration? Check. Performing the halftime show at the Super Bowl? Check. Starring in an HBO documentary about her life (which she also directed)? You guessed it, check again. And don't forget that she accomplished all this while being mom to Blue Ivy, who just turned 1 on January 7th.
But in this candid new interview for Shape, we're (mostly) convinced the mega-star might be a bit like us mere mortals after all. The Bootylicious diva admitted in the April issue of the magazine that she gained a very real 57 pounds while pregnant with her daughter -- and that losing the baby weight wasn't as easy as it seemed.
"I'm not a person who is naturally very thin. I am a person who has to work at keeping my body in shape," Beyonce frankly told the magazine.
From an outsider's perspective, it looked like Sasha Fierce didn't have much trouble shedding the baby weight quickly. (She already looked svelte just a month after giving birth, and at two and a half months out she looked downright skinny.) But the singer admitted losing the weight so quickly was tough -- and not the best decision she ever made. "I didn't have a lot of time to lose the weight because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again."
Beyonce told People last May that she started a strict diet and exercise regimen about a month after giving birth. "I counted calories. I worked out maybe three to four times a week. I did a lot of walking in the beginning and now I'm running." She has also credited breastfeeding, which she did for 10 weeks, with helping to shed the pregnancy pounds. Now, she tells Shape she stays slim in part through dancing.
A strict diet and exercise routine one month postpartum sounds a bit superhuman-y. But dancing to stay in shape after baby? That sounds like something us regular moms can handle, too.