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Beyonce Covers 'Self' June 2009

Beyonce Covers 'Self' June 2009

Self Magazine’s June 2009 cover star Beyonce Knowles shares her secrets about how she gets in shape while on tour, including her diet and fitness regimes. Here are some interview highlights:

On the future she likes to keep: “To me, it’s sexier when it doesn’t look like you go to the gym. If you look like you’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym, then it just looks like you spend a lot of time in the gym. (laughs) So I never want to get to that point where it’s not natural. I think it’s important to feel like a woman, as well as look like a woman.”

On her cheat food: “When I’m completely overwhelmed and tired, comfort food helps. I’ll want to have some ice cream. Or when the tour is behind, I’m like, I just want some Krispy Kremes! [Because] there’s too much good food out there to never indulge. When I’m off, I feel like I’ve earned [the right] to eat what I want, and I give myself a certain amount of time.”

On using three strategies to stay motivated: First, she keeps a painting at the gym that features an Oscar, so when she’s running, she’s literally running toward her next goal. “I look at it, and I’m like, OK, I have to stay in shape.” A second tactic—which she only sheepishly admits—is shopping. “I buy something too small and then say, ‘I have a reason! I need to wear these jeans or this hot dress!’” Finally, and most important, she knows that she has eight teeny Thierry Mugler outfits to rock on tour all year long. “[All it takes is to] do a fitting and see that my costume doesn’t fit anymore,” she says, laughing. “I know I have to keep things in all the right places!”

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