Grande, who’s Italian-American, grew up eating meat and cheese but adopted a vegan diet for health and ethical reasons. Some speculate the vegan diet spurred Ariana’s dramatic weight loss during the past two years.
“I don’t eat a lot of Italian things, because I’m vegan,” Grande told the Mirror. “I was raised on meat and cheese, so I’ve had enough for anyone’s normal life span.”
Ariana added: “I love animals more than I love most people, not kidding. I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-round happier person. I just stick to what I know – veggies, fruit and salad.”
Grande joins a growing number of celebrity vegans, who extol the plant-based diet’s anti-aging, weight loss and health benefits. Actor Samuel L. Jackson credited a vegan diet for his 40-pound weight loss and improved heart health, Examiner reported.
Similarly, Jennifer Lopez credited a vegan diet for her recent 10-pound weight loss. Jennifer has since begun incorporating some animal protein into her diet, but sticks to a mostly vegan diet because it has motivated her to eat more vegetables.
Grande said her weight loss and fitness secrets include jogging, hiking, dance cardio workouts and elliptical workouts. Ariana loves coconut water. “I always have a bottle next to me,” Grande told Shape.
Ariana’s fitness philosophy is simple: “Eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise daily, and meditate!”
Ariana Grande, 21, launched her meteoric music career with her 2013 studio album, Yours Truly, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Grande’s second studio album, My Everything (2014), also reached No. 1 in the United States, with critics comparing her stunning vocal range to superstar Mariah Carey.