Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide Review by Emma

Balance in my life
At the end of the second guide I will be making a decision if this is all worth it. I love the exercise and that I am stronger and leaner. Kayla has created guides that help women all over the world and I am one of them. The guides have given me a tool. I went to a fitness class recently and was the fittest one which made me feel good. I could see my muscle tone and liked how I looked. The food is the issue for me. I know that eating more meat, vegetables and lean food is best, but I don’t want to feel guilty for eating some toast if I feel like it. Why have a perfect six pack if you can’t enjoy food? One negative of the food guide is that it gives you 7 days of food inspiration and how to switch this up. However, there aren’t many recipes. I wanted to try new things but was unsure how this would affect the calories you need for the day. This is why I want a balance in my life. I want to follow a guide for breakfast and lunch as this helps with my routine while at work. Having simple evening meals is also helpful as I walk my dog, exercise and prepare dinner. The weekends are where I want to be healthy, but try new recipes and eat out as well. I want to eat at a restaurant and not worry that my vegetable portion is not enough if I would be following the Kayla Itsines guide.

Other girls on Instagram…
For many girls this obsession may not happen for them and I hope it doesn’t. I know many on the journey that stick completely to Kayla’s food and exercise and are unable to veer away from that. Others have also visited nutritionists and personal trainers to increase their progress. We are all different.

The main lesson to learn is not to compare to others as each of us is different. Some girls may have exercised longer or used other methods to help them. As long as you do what is right for you and are happy, your choices are all that matters. I have choices in my journey. I can choose to exercise and change my food and for now that is a choice I experiment with. These choices may change down the track. The main choices I make will to always be healthy and fit, that may include continuing the way I am now or changing. Instagram is a dangerous tool as you compare your life to others and feel inadequate when you are on the same journey. Being aware of this is important.


Final tips and advice
Remember to live and let live. Live your life and your journey and let others live theirs. Progress, not perfection. I am not perfect. People tell me I am slim and they want a body like me but I still want to work at mine. I know a perfect body may not mean a perfect mind and I want to have a healthy body and healthy mind. I am starting to realize a six pack may mean restricting foods and obsessing and this is not healthy.

Lean and clean is the way. Eat lean foods and clean up your diet as this plays the biggest part. You can exercise all day but if you eat junk, this will not help you. I do not drink alcohol at all or eat junk food and if I eat chocolate it is raw chocolate. I do eat popcorn at the movies and eat ice-cream and drink coffee.

For me the Bikini Body Guide has helped give me an exercise routine. It gives me a workout for every area and I do not have to think as it is all laid out for me. I can run and walk and add in other things. At the end of the guide I am off to Cambodia to teach English at an orphanage. This means I will not be exercising for over two weeks. I intend to do yoga and stretching when overseas. I will have no control over my food as it will all be cooked for me and I hope the experience changes my mind set about my body. Jealousy, control, comparing and obsession are my negative traits that the Bikini Body Guide brought to the surface. These may never change but I hope to learn how to keep them at bay and love who I am, with a six pack, with guns, or either without.

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Do you wanna read more reviews about the Kayla Itsiness Bikini Body Guide? Read all about Annelie’s personal experience.


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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!!!