Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide Review by Emma

Carbs are not evil
I stated earlier that during the first guide I would eat more bread and rice. I think we are all trained to believe that carbs are what you go to when hungry. I now know that carbs are in fruit and other foods. I also ate too much fruit which is high in sugar which also had to change. I still have rye toast and brown rice (switched from white at week 16) and quinoa but have had to lessen these. I have two portions of fruit a day not five and I eat more spinach.

Another low point
Week 16-18 I had followed the food guide pretty much exactly, but I had protein powder, water, oats and yoghurt as extra. Week 19 and 20 I had upped my protein like chicken and veg portions. Essentially, I was back to maintaining my food intake. Kayla seems to have low protein portions but other food guides state to have higher protein portions, so I increased mine. By increasing the good foods, you are still adding calories. I was maintaining my food intake, but not in a calorie deficit way to loose fat. I was feeling down for the weekend. I had begun to question whether all this was worth it. I knew I was obsessed and didn’t like it. This was not the journey I wanted to be on.

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Week 21
I am now on week 21. I have decided to reduce my grains like bread and oats. Instead of two bits of toast I have one and no wrap at lunch. I found sometimes, with all the extra protein and vegetables, that I wasn’t hungry for the grains. Though I still would make myself eat them. Grains are not bad, but if you eat more vegetables, meat and fish you can have less of them. The last few days I have reduced my grains and I have felt ok. I have decided that at the end of the second guide, which is just before the new year, that I need to reflect on this whole journey.

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  1. Sanne

    I really love your honesty in this review! Not only about the BBG, but especially about your own struggles with finding a balance between wanting to live healthy and happy, liking what you see in the mirror but not letting it affect you in an obsessive manner. Good luck with your journey! Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will get you where you want to be! Love Sanne @livelifedreamin

  2. Emma

    Thanks for the positive feedback. I hope many can relate to my journey. I have two weeks left of the guides. My instagram name is eking2014 if followers want to see more photos and join on my journey. My account is private as I am a teacher I hope people understand 🙂
    Next year I am setting up a fitness clothing business with a friend so follow me for updates on that. Thanks fitgirl for letting me share and be a fitgirl!

  3. L

    Really good review! Can totally relate to the food issue and nor seeing results. So reassuring to know I am not the only one struggling with this!

  4. gina

    Great review. Totally agree! I am at week 7 now 🙂 I was just wondering where you can find the weights to use in the glossary? I can’t find it. I read the whole guide… is it with the individual exercises? Or the educational part? Either way, my guide doesn’t explain anything about which weights to use… weird.

  5. Emma

    Hi Gina,
    Go to the glossary … For example number 48 weighted squat clean and press says use 5-8 kg and the medicine ball squat and press also says the weights …. I didn’t see this at first so used lighter ones. I just checked the abs didn’t say it but I think I saw it on her website or used the weights from the other moves to guide.
    So I saw that in number 48i had to use 5-8 kg and realised I had been doing too light on my abs and panicked. The second guide is clearer and says not to go over 10kg for abs.
    I like if the weights are stated next to the moves.

  6. Mila

    Thanks a lot for your honest feedback ! I have the guides and I want to start in January (due to an injury in my ankle I can’t do it earlier :/) and this review really helped me. Especially because it made me realise that I don’t have to be perfect and that I’m not the only one who struggles when comparing herself with other people. It was also really helpful because I wouldn’t have come up with the idea to check for the weight suggestion in the glossary! I really think the second guide is more accurate in that way 🙂

  7. Favor

    Youre tottally wrong about the sugar in fruit-not all sugar is created equally and the fructose/glucose in fruit is incredibly good for the body.Cutting down on fruit is bad because it is full of rich nutrients for the body

  8. Emma

    Favor it is suggested you eat two pieces of fruit everyday in all diet guides and online. I was eating over 5 a day so I have cut down to two a day. I know it is good for me thankyou. But my portions of it were wrong. I was eating 5 fruit and two veg and now have a lot more vegetables and my results have been a lot better. This is what works for me. I gave my experience and am not telling people what to do just offering experience.

  9. MB

    Thanks for the honest review! This is exactly how I have felt following her H.E.L.P and workout guide. I ate exactly according to the suggestions but I never felt full and I was always low in energy before and after the exercises. I was doing this for 4 months but when I realised how obsessed I had become over the calories and burning off “that extra apple” I just quit cause I had just recovered from anorexia and didn’t want to go back there. I was also comparing myself with the skinny girls. They were even skinny in the before picture so I felt like if I didn’t lose more weight than those girls in the before pictures I would be fat.

  10. Lucy

    Thought your review was fab, I was wondering if you struggled with measurements with you being a brit as well? Like ‘1 cup’ any advice would be really appreciated please!!!