They've had a bad rap for years, but it appears complex carbohydrates are making a comeback and should be appearing regularly in your diet.
Over the past few years, the surge in high-protein diets such as the Atkins and Dukan have ensured most of us have been avoiding any kind of carbohydrate for some time now. And that does make sense. The understanding is that to lose weight, cutting out carbs is the quickest option – and it really does work. But is it actually good for our bodies?
It appears that carbs – specifically complex carbs – have been misunderstood all of these years and should actually be reintroduced to our diets, pronto. Best news ever? If we want to live a well rounded and healthy lifestyle, following a low-calorie, carb-free diet isn’t going to keep our bodies strong. Exercising regularly and incorporating ‘good’ carbs into our diet is essential. And it seems the internet is catching on to this new ideas. Campaigns such as ‘Strong Is The New Skinny’ have shifted focus away from weight loss and towards building a strong body, inside and out.
Fitness guru, Kayla Itsine, has taken the crown as the new go-to personal trainer for her well-rounded approach to nutrition, which focuses on creating a strong, lean body from a strict workout plan and wholesome diet.
Kayla says on her website, ‘For the longest time it has been a myth that to workout as a woman will lead you to becoming “big” and “bulky” like a man. This leads many women to unhealthy ways of slimming down from extreme diets, to over exercising. Thankfully, being fit is becoming an “in” body type, and we are now seeing so many women starting to take care of their bodies. In our 12 week guide, we outline the best ways to workout, without taking up too much time from your day. In under 30 minutes per session, you will get the most complete workout to achieve fantastic results, and get the slim, lean look of a toned and sexy body.’
Her approach to eating is equally as inspiring ‘Your body is an amazing machine! In order to have it properly function, you have to give yourself the right nutrients. Healthy eating isn’t just an important part of weight loss, it is THE most important part. Everything you put in your mouth fuels yourself for the day, as well as for any workout you have planned. The food you eat must be clean and nutritious, in order to jumpstart your metabolism, and turn your body into a fat burning machine.’
Find out more at kaylaitsines.com.au.