Underwood, who has been vegetarian since her teens, told Yahoo she’ll make a few minor dietary adjustments while pregnant before resuming her vegan diet after she gives birth.
“I have been vegetarian for about 10 years now,” said Carrie. “With pregnancy, I am definitely going more on the vegetarian side, but as soon as I am not pregnant anymore I will go back to being vegan.”
Underwood said she hasn’t had too many crazy pregnancy cravings, and has been making an effort to stay healthy. “I try to keep it as healthy as possible and try to take care of myself,” said Carrie.
Underwood joins a long list of celebrity vegans, who credit the 100% plant-based diet for natural weight loss and its anti-aging health benefits.
Experiencing easy weight loss and improved health on a vegan diet isn’t surprising to medical experts like Dr. Joel Fuhrman. “The more greens you eat, the more weight you will lose,” said Fuhrman, author of The End of Dieting.
Dr. David Katz, author of Disease-Proof, agrees. “If you shift to a diet more about plant-based foods, you are likelier to live healthier and experience less chronic disease,” said Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
Underwood, who shot to fame after winning “American Idol” in 2005, has undergone a dramatic transformation during the past nine years. The 5-foot-3 blonde beauty lost 20 pounds shortly after winning “American Idol,” and has since become a fitness fanatic who admits she obsessively counts calories and works out daily.
Carrie’s pre-pregnancy workouts included lots of high-intensity cardio exercise such as running on the treadmill and kickboxing, as well as strength-training with five- to 30-pound weights. “My favorite thing is cardio,” she said. “Cardio makes me feel good, it makes me happy.”
Underwood’s new single, Something in the Water, is already a hit. It’s the latest track from her upcoming “Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album, set to drop Dec. 9. “It’s really kind of a joyous, uplifting song about changing your life for the better,” said Carrie.