Kayla Itsines makes a solid case for eating more carbs
You’d be forgiven for thinking that carbs were sinful. A food group that should be cast aside, consumed only during ‘cheat meals’ and vacays in the Italian Riviera. But Kayla Itsines wants us to eat all the bread we damn well please. And rice and pasta for that matter.
In a recent Instagram post, the 28-year-old Sweat trainer makes a case for filling our bodies with the right fuel. Which, FYI, means following a “health, balanced diet”– one free from any restrictions.
“YES, I eat pasta!! People are often surprised when they find out that I eat pasta, bread, rice and other carbs,” she captioned a snap of herself tucking into a bowl of spaghetti. “Eating a healthy, balanced diet, does NOT mean that you need to restrict yourself from eating certain foods. I love food, it's a big part of my life and it's the way that my family and I connect, we love to cook and eat together.”
Personally, Kayla follows a Mediterranean-style diet (a nod to her Greek culture), which centres around fresh veggies, carbs, protein and healthy fats. Put simply? Everything she needs for all-day strength and energy.
“I do not recommend trying to follow ‘diet trends’ that you don't enjoy,” she continued, adding that it's not a “sustainable” way to live. “Once I tried to cut down my carbs to support Tobi (he was on a diet for a bodybuilding competition) and... it did not end well. I was craving sugar and junk food that I never usually like to eat!!”
Kayla does agree, however, that certain carbs are better for us than others.
“Complex carbs like wholemeal bread, brown rice, quinoa or wholemeal pasta can provide your body with great nutrients and keep you fuller for longer,” she explained. “You need to find what works for YOU, but don't be afraid to include carbs as part of your diet!”
The queen of fitness has spoken.
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