Carrie Underwood: ‘My critics motivated me to get fit’

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood let negative comments about her weight motivate her to get fit when she found fame on American Idol.

The Cry Pretty singer is now known for her strong and healthy physique and commitment to her diet and workout regime, which recently inspired her to create the Fit52 fitness app and the accompanying book, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life.

However, when Carrie first found fame on TV show American Idol in 2005, she wasn’t paying much attention to nutrition or fitness - but this quickly changed when she began to see comments online about her weight gain.

“I shouldn’t care what other people think about me,” the star told Women’s Health magazine. “I was tired, and I kept buying bigger clothes. I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators.”

After she won the show, Carrie and her fellow contestants went on tour, and she started counting calories and working out.

“I was sleeping better, and I had more energy for our gruelling schedule,” she added, revealing that she decided to take it further and would sometimes eat as little as 800 calories a day. And while she managed to lose weight, she struggled to keep up with her strict diet.

“I would ‘fall off the wagon,’ then feel terrible and repeat the cycle… Your body is screaming out, I need more calories, I need more carbs!” Carrie recalled.

The 37-year-old now abides by a healthy diet and works out seven days a week if her schedule allows. She likes to come up with her own routines, which she plans in a journal before her workout, and sets herself challenges, with her explaining, “I have to set goals for myself: ‘Every 15 minutes I’m going to hit 1.25 miles, then by the end of an hour I’ll have run five miles.’”

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