Carrie Underwood Turns Haters Into Motivators for Her to Lose Weight

The 'Cowboy Casanova' singer opens up about her experience with body-shaming, revealing she began her weight-loss journey after being called 'fat' during her 'American Idol' days.

AceShowbiz - Carrie Underwood has credited her haters for her weight loss. Opening up about her decision to live a healthier life in a new interview, the "Cowboy Casanova" hitmaker recalled how she reacted to the "Carrie's getting fat" remark she received during her "American Idol" stint.

Gracing the front cover of Women Health magazine, the "Southbound" singer admitted, "I shouldn't care what other people think about me." Still, she could not help but acknowledge that her quesadillas and pasta diet made her feel tired, adding that she "kept buying bigger clothes." She continued, "I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators."

It was not until the author of fitness manual "Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life" won the singing competition in 2005 that she began to give more attention to what she ate. "I was sleeping better, and I had more energy for our grueling schedule," she spilled, before adding that it prompted her to push her diet even further until she only ate as few as 800 calories.

Carrie soon discovered that the stricter diet took a toll on her body. "I would 'fall off the wagon,' then feel terrible and repeat the cycle," she explained. "Your body is screaming out, I need more calories, I need more carbs!" Still, she refused to label her past struggle to get fit an eating disorder, reasoning that she just did not have the right knowledge about suitable diet for her.

These days, the "Before He Cheats" songstress balanced her diet with her workout. "If I can work out seven days a week - which doesn't happen, but if I can - I'm going to. Because the next week, I might get two days," she noted. She has also "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 5 miles."

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