Few artists earn as much fame as Andra in their early days. Andra, whose real name is Cassandra Monique Batie, made her debut album in the year, 2015. And since then, she has not stopped.
Not only in music but Day has also made a splendid debut in her acting career. In her very first movie, The United States vs Billie Holiday, Andra won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture.
But shining in the music industry and playing the role of her idol singer aren’t Day’s only achievements.
She is famous in the world of health as well. Andra is well-known for her body fitness. And as if it was not enough, she lost a whopping 40 pounds shocking her fans even more.
So, what was the main reason behind her sudden weight loss? Well, as it turns out, her playing the role of her idol and her drastic weight loss are inter-connected. Day lost weight in order to play the role of Billie Holiday.
Andra explained the experience as “It was horrifying. No, terrible, I was dead scared. I’m not an actor, and I felt totally out of my depth. I’m such a fan of hers, and the last thing I wanted to do is mess up the story of this woman I love“. Here are the details about Day’s weight loss journey.
The American stand-up comedian, Tiffany Haddish, has lost 40 pounds as well.
Andra Day’s Weight Loss Journey
As mentioned earlier, Day’s weight loss journey started the day she was cast for the role of Holiday. However, the process was gradual. “I had to transform not just my body but the way I spoke and even the way I thought,” said Andra and continued, “I had to adapt the way she (Billie Holiday) approached everything: conflict, joy, life. I lost 40 pounds”.
As you can see, Andra was completely committed to her playing the role. She started working on her appearance and in months, lost the required weight. So, the question that comes to mind is how? How did Day lose so much weight within months?
She followed an established routine day and night. For nearly three months, Andra made her every decision according to that routine. Now, some activities of this routine might sound strange to you but in the end, they worked. So, here we go.
Working on Eating Habits
Eating healthy food is a crucial part of successful weight loss. Day understood its significance, which is why she paid a lot of attention to her eating habits.
If you’re curious about Day’s diet plan, here’s what she had to say about her approach to food: “My overall philosophy about food is that I love it. But on the other side, I aim to eat in a balanced, healthy, and clean way.”
Day emphasized the importance of choosing organic foods when possible and advised against going overboard with indulgent treats like Cheetos Flamin’ Hot. This balanced approach to her diet played a significant role in her weight loss journey, helping her shed a quarter of her body weight. Day also revealed that she’s a “vegetable person,” highlighting her love for veggies.
In addition to vegetables, lean protein was a key focus in Day’s diet. While healthy eating is essential, we all have our cravings, right? Well, Day is no exception. She confessed her love for pasta, her mother’s “murderous yellow cake peach cobbler,” and the delicious Mexican food in San Diego.
Hydration was another important aspect of Day’s diet plan. She made sure to drink plenty of water, aiming for 10 to 12 glasses per day to keep her body well-hydrated.
So, Day’s diet plan consisted of these elements, which played a significant role in helping her shed those extra pounds. But it’s worth noting that controlling her diet wasn’t the only strategy she employed to achieve her weight loss goals.
Working Out in the Gym
When you read the word gym, don’t think about a gym full of people with muscles, sweating while working out. Instead, think of a garage because that’s what Day did. She turned her garage into the gym. She got the necessary equipment there.
Day explained the experience as “I’ve got to do cardio. I hate it, but I need it. In my family on my father’s side, we have to be very attentive when it comes to our hearts”. Now, this was something that needed attention.
Here is the impact of working out had on Andra, “I often feel like brain fog is an issue for me, but when I’m working out regularly and drinking more water, my head feels clearer, truly. It’s an exciting feeling“. Besides cardio, Day also loves lifting weights which helps her in burning all extra calories and lose the extra weight. She also did swimming and cycled outdoors.
Peace of Mind is Necessary
Andra is a very spiritual person. She loves to clear her mind by practicing the ancient practice of yoga. She called her relationship with God the “healthiest habit of her life”. Along with yoga, Day also does a lot of meditation.
This is how Andra lost weight in order to play the role of Billie Holiday.
Before & After Weight Loss
No surprise here! Day has put in a lot of hard work and stayed disciplined in her life. As a result, her current weight is 121 lbs, which is quite impressive.
This is a significant change from her old weight, which was 161 lbs. In her journey to a healthier lifestyle, she has successfully shed 40 lbs. That’s like losing the weight of a medium-sized dog! Way to go, Day!
Andra’s Comments on Her Weight Loss
When Day was asked to explain her afterward experience with weight loss, she answered, “I started to get to a healthier state, it felt good on my system. Now, I’m enjoying the way my body feels, my mobility, all that stuff. I want to keep running, keep working with weights, and keep eating well and also having random Cheetos moments“.
Also read how the queen of millions of hearts, Selena Gomez, got rid of an extra 20 pounds.
What Andra has achieved is truly an inspiration. Within a few years of her music and acting career, she won the hearts of millions and has written her name in the hall of fame of great artists. Her weight loss journey is an inspiration for millions of her fans.