Missy Elliott is one of the most successful musicians of all time. With over 150 million albums sold, it’s fair to say she’s made a name for herself. It’s also fair to say she’s not afraid to talk about her weight. In fact, she’s made plenty of motivational speaking appearances regarding the importance of self-love. In 2018, she even released a weight loss album titled “I’m Done with You”. So how did she lose all that weight? Let’s take a look.
Elliott’s Inspirational Speaking Career
To begin with, there was a time when Elliott wasn’t comfortable in her own skin. In an interview with Billboard, she recalls a time when she wasn’t satisfied with her looks and even considered plastic surgery. The singer/songwriter had low self-confidence as a result of her size. She felt people would rather see her beauty ideal than her “ugly” self. This self-doubt made her hesitant to share her true feelings about her body with the world. As a result, she said she only shared with friends and family what she was really feeling.
Thankfully, Elliott came into her own and started to embrace her true self. In 2018, she released a video apologizing for her past “drama” and sharing some of the struggles she’s faced with her body image. In the video, she talks about how she overcame her struggles and has become a much more confident person. As her confidence grew, she started to feel more comfortable sharing her thoughts on her weight. In the same interview with Billboard, she said she now feels “very lucky” to have a body that suits her and that she wants to “keep it real” with her fans. She went on to say:
“I want to keep it real. I want to keep it relatable…I want to show you what the struggle is. Not just with the eating part, but with the whole thing. Not just how great you look when you lose weight, but how great you look regardless of the weight. Because I think a lot of times we get so caught up in the ‘I want to lose weight’ thing that we forget about how wonderful we really are.”
Elliott’s Weight Loss Journey
It wasn’t all positive news for Elliott regarding her weight. In the years leading up to 2018, she went through a number of personal demons. The singer/songwriter battled cocaine addiction and binge-eating disorder. She spent time in rehab and worked with a personal coach to get back on track. This difficult time in her life served as a self-discovery process, and it made her realize how much she loved herself. As a result, she wanted to prove to the world that she was worthy of all her success. For that reason, she decided to embark on a journey to lose weight and show the world her true colors.
Elliott started “Cutting” — her nickname for her diet regimen — two years ago. In an interview with Vogue, she said she wanted to prove to the world that she could be the best version of herself without the extra weight. “I felt like it was a positive thing for me to go through,” she said. “I mean, it was really hard, but I felt like it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I got to the point where I was like, ‘Man, I’m not happy with you,’ but at least I can be proud of myself.”
During that time period, she dropped from a size 22 to a size 16. The weight loss was so significant that Elliott even changed the way she dresses. She started wearing oversized T-shirts and jeans to show off her new figure. She also started incorporating more fitness into her life. She went from not working out to consistently working out and sticking to a strict workout routine. She credits most of her weight loss to consistent fasting, which aids in digestion and allows the body to function at its peak. She also started using Nutrient-rich foods and supplements to further accelerate her weight loss process. These included açaí berries, chamomile flower, or a combination of both.
Ultimately, it’s clear that Elliott’s journey to lose weight was both challenging and eye-opening. It’s also clear that she didn’t do it alone. She credited her personal coach, Martyna Majka — whose specialty is eating disorders, among other things — with helping her to understand her body and how to make the most of it. In the same interview with Vogue, she said that without Martyna’s help, she wouldn’t be where she is today. “I don’t think I’d be close to doing any of this,” she said. “I would’ve never started eating healthy. I would’ve never done anything. Nobody helped me. I had to figure it out myself. So I think that’s a big reason why I’m where I am today.”
The Biggest Challenge To Elliott’s Diet And Exercise Routine Was…
Elliott faces many challenges while on her diet and workout regimen, and the biggest one is boredom. She told Vogue that while on her journey to lose weight, she’d sometimes feel like she was traveling abroad. She’d regularly find herself thinking about food and exercise or wishing she could eat something or go for a walk. At other times, she’d feel frustrated that she couldn’t eat what she wanted or how she wanted to. This led her to further investigate the mindset of someone who is voluntarily choosing to go on a diet and lose weight. She came to the conclusion that there’s a certain type of personality that loves to go on diets and is driven by trends rather than long-term thinking. This makes them extremely vulnerable to diet fads and the latest craze that comes along. As a result, they could lose weight and feel great for a short period of time before falling off the wagon and binge-eating or doing something else that harms their health.
How Does She Keep Track Of Her Diet?
Elliott keeps track of her diet with an app called MyFitnessPal. The app allows her to input all of the food she eats and then keep track of her daily calorie intake and macronutrient ratios. She uses the app to keep track of the food she ingests as well as any food intolerances she might have (e.g., dairy, wheat, corn, etc.). As a vegan, she also uses the app to input all the food she consumes (e.g., grains, legumes, tubers, etc.).
Elliott’s diet regimen is as unique as she is. While many people follow fad diets or watch what they eat to lose weight, Elliott does the opposite. She doesn’t eat what’s popular or what’s in fashion. Instead, she follows a diet that’s in line with how she eats and with what she believes in. In the same interview with Vogue, the songwriter said:
“I don’t think about what’s trendy. I want to be healthy and I want to eat the right thing and I want to do the right thing for myself. So if that means something different to you, cool. That’s your issue, not mine.”
Elliott doesn’t get her nutrition from fast food restaurants. Instead, she gets it from whole foods that are plant-based and low-calorie (e.g., vegetables, fruits, and nuts). She said in the Vogue interview that if she ever eats something that she deems “bad” (e.g., a sandwich made with white bread), she’ll just leave it out for the birds. She never denies herself anything, but chooses to deprive herself of the foods and habits that she knows aren’t good for her.
The Key To Elliott’s Longevity Is In Moderation
While there’s no question that Elliott’s remarkable lifestyle has allowed her to stay vital and active well into her 50s, her diet and exercise regimen aren’t enough to keep her looking this way. She also credits her longevity to being moderate with her food and drink intake. This is something that came as a result of her personal struggles with substance abuse. In the same Billboard interview, she said: