'Thinspired' Author Talks How Beyonce Inspired Her Weight Loss

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/09/2015 | 12:00 PM EST

'GMA' correspondent Mara Schiavocampo lost 90 pounds in two years

For most women trying to obtain their desired body, Beyonce is the perfect motivation.

The superstar singer’s curvy, yet trimmed body frame has long been praised by the masses, which is why it comes as no surprise that Mara Schiavocampo, author of “Thinspired” and Good Morning America correspondent, says Queen Bey is one the motivations behind her 90-pound weight loss.

It’s Beyonce’s balance as a mom and performer, and yet manages to keep her body fit, Schiavocampo say, inspires her to believe she can do it all.


“When it comes to being a working mom, I do get a lot of inspiration from Beyoncé. That woman works hard, she doesn’t give herself any excuses, and she seems to be a very devoted and loving mother,” Schiavocampo tells The Grio. “She probably has a lot of help, but she also has a lot of responsibility. She’s not making any excuses in her life. She looks better not before the baby, so that’s a very powerful role model.”

“I’m inspired by moms who are better now after the baby… physically, ” Shiavocampo added.

In her book, the 35-year-old shares how she went from weighing in at 230 pounds to her now slimmer, healthy figure, as well as her formula for getting the bod of your dreams.

Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds — My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance,” which hit shelves on Dec. 30, also documents Schiavocampo’s eating disorder. She says it took seeing herself on the television screen to realize her struggle with weight.

Rather than focusing on the do’s and don’ts of dieting, Schiavocampo’s golden rule is eliminating foods that have control over.

In two years, she’s lost nearly 100 pounds and says she feels stronger and happier than ever, and wants those who pick up her book to feel the same. Like her inspiration, Beyonce,  Schiavocampo is juggling a marriage, a beautiful 3-year-old daughter, and a demanding career.

But like most women, she feels like she can do it all.

(Photos from left: Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing, Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

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