Carrie Underwood's 2005 run on American Idol launched a mega successful career that's among the best of any winner of a reality competition, but that's not all the show inspired for her. Underwood recently revealed her "haters" who watched the show had some things to say about how she looked, which she took as inspiration to lose weight and get healthy.
Carrie Underwood spoke out on this experience while promoting her book, Find Your Path. The book provides fitness and health tips for readers to follow all year round for overall better living. According to an interview with Women's Health Magazine, Underwood's fitness journey first began when checking out the American Idol message boards in 2005. In those messages, she found comments from viewers that mentioned she was gaining weight throughout the competition.
I shouldn’t care what other people think about me. I was tired, and I kept buying bigger clothes. I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators.
Once Carrie Underwood won American Idol, she hopped on tour with other contestants while trying to turn around her health for the better. Underwood started making better food choices, reading labels, and working out on the elliptical. The result was great at first, as the singer noted she had more energy and was sleeping better. Things began to take a turn however when the singer wondered what would happen if she worked out more, and ate even less. Underwood noted at one point she was only eating 800 calories a day, which isn't much.
Ultimately the system was unsustainable, and while Carrie Underwood was hesitant to say she had any form of eating disorder following her American Idol win, she now wishes she had the knowledge about health and nutrition back then. Over a decade and a half later she's a pinnacle of health, and the haters from American Idol message boards are far in the past.
It's a message that some may think justifies bullying on the internet, though I think it's more important to note that Carrie Underwood's response to the bullying was the main takeaway. The change was not enacted by the trolls on American Idol message boards, but rather Underwood coming to terms with her own health concerns and feeling motivated to do something about them. Good on Carrie Underwood for finding a way to spin a negative into a positive, and find a way to turn that into what may be another profitable endeavor in her post-Idol career.