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Over the past few years an increasing number of so-called dieting experts have preached the banning of carbohydrates as a means of losing weight.

But unfortunately for those of us whose willpower can at times be a little lax, dodging an entire – and terribly delicious – food group can quickly become a major struggle.

Thankfully a number of women have come forward in recent months to share their carb positive body transformation stories, and if Madalin Frodsham’s bikini pics are anything to go by, we’ve a feeling carbohydrates aren’t as detrimental to dieters as many would have you believe.

After growing sick of constantly having to count calories, the 27-year-old Australian sought the help of a nutrition coach who advised her to up the volume of carbs in her diet by a massive 45 percent.

Admittedly, this news didn't exactly send Madalin straight into the arms of a bread, pasta and chip-filled love fest, but in order to reach her body transformation goals she did increase the levels of complex carbohydrates in her diet.


I was chatting with my good friend  @gracemaeslay about fitness the other day. She's super fit and runs her own Beyoncé style dance classes (I know, epic!) and she was like "yup I'm doing to do Kayla now!" I think she knows that if I can do it, she can most definitely do it because she knows I was the most unfit person alive!  Anyway, she did the first circuit and messaged me basically dying  I didn't have much words of encouragement… Haha basically said it gets worse before it gets better! But she's so freaking determined and was like "you know what I tell myself? It's only 30 minutes."  I couldn't agree with her more! When I first started I'd lay in bed for half an hour coming up with excuses to not do it. I've now learnt to not even question it, wake up, lace up and go #gogetitgurl Leggings and crop: @publicmyth

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Complex carbs are those which are made up of long chains of sugar molecules and include wholemeal grains, legumes and everyone’s favourite sweet potatoes.

According to the Daily Mail Australia, eating more carbohydrates while keeping track of her macronutrient intake – the levels of carbs, protein and fats in the diet – allowed Ms Frodsham to increase her body’s muscle definition without changing her exercise regime or weight.

Interestingly this process also allowed Madalin to up her calorie intake from 800 calories per day to 1,800.

So, what’s Madalin’s advice to those avoiding these nutritious delights?  Well obviously: Carb it up!

“Don’t do what I did for so long,” she said.  “Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes.”

Madalin, we really like your style!



Next time you're considering sleeping through that 6.30am alarm and giving the gym a miss, take some motivation from Instagram's fittest ladies.

From workout inspiration to protein-packed #foodporn, these Irish health and fitness fanatics never fail to deliver. While some of these amazing women are personal trainers or nutritionists by trade, others are fitting their passion in around a normal 9-5 lifestyle.

Here are just five of our favourite Instagrammers…

Sinéad Forde (@sineforde)
After battling anorexia and bulimia during her two 'past lives', Sinéad has now found a balanced, healthy lifestyle that works for her. She's currently training for her first fitness competition this November, and you can follow her journey on Instagram.


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Amanda Moroney (@recalibratedbodies)
This Clare-based personal trainer has abs to make your eyes water. Amanda and her boyfriend Daniel set up online company Recalibrated Bodies to share their "knowledge & passion for health, fitness and wellbeing" and have been enjoying huge success with clients worldwide.


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Sarah Moloney (@sarstri)
At just 17, Sarah has already abandoned the world of fad dieting for a different approach – flexible dieting involving counting the macros (grams of protein, carbs and fat) in each meal. Combined with a regular training routine, Sarah has seen amazing results.


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Georgia Hickey (@georgiasfitlife)
Personal trainer Georgia is another advocate of the macro-counting diet and we LOVE her creative takes on mealtime. Expect lots of tasty, filling treats that for once AREN'T considered a "cheat meal."


Woke up late this morning… Oops! Having some 85% dark chocolate on my egg white oats this morning!

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Joanna Larby (@makeupfairypro)
Make-up artist and model Joanna began her fitness journey earlier this year and has had an incredible transformation so far, all through clean eating and regular training. She's also kept her amazing (and all natural) curves, tailoring her exercises to tone and tighten those areas rather than lose her shape completely.


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