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.
Is it bikini weather yet? Aussies are not made for winter! I'm still recovering from HIIT yesterday! I forgot to stretch and didn't think much about it… until this morning when my calves were all seized up! I went to a 90 minute Bikram yoga class and feel much better but I'm still going to get the foam roller out later. Who else has a love/hate relationship with their foam roller?
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
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.
If you watch my Insta stories you'll have seen this bikini from @whitesandsswim more than once I love it! I'm usually always in black so it's a nice change to feel girly for a change you can shop it using the link in my bio Shoutout to @kayla_itsines for giving me this peach if you haven't downloaded the Sweat with Kayla app tomorrow is the best time to start!
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!
So. I get quite a few comments saying, "she only looks different because she's got better undies on". And I do agree to some extent, some knickers are certainly more flattering than others It's just that when I took this before photo I didn't think thousands of people were going to be seeing it Haha otherwise I would have definitely made more of an effort to look totes sexy so I present to you the daggy knickers which I have been avoiding at a fear of basically, not looking my best. Fast forward 8 months, I feel strong, confident and sexy no matter what I'm wearing #SweatwithKayla where have you been all my life?