Photography by Bianca Cheah
We caught up with Adelaide based bikini body trainer and Instagram fitspo sensation Kayla Itsines and asked her to reveal the diet and health secrets behind her bikini body and what’s next for the Kayla Itsines fitness empire.
What are the secrets to your success?
Honesty is the biggest thing. Being honest with yourself and sticking to to your morals. Having goals and having a great team who support you. And all of the girls who have finished my guides. All of the people in the photos I upload to Instagram so people can see others being successful. I think that’s what makes it so great. It’s not all about me.
We had so many girls asking for products they can use with the guides. And I didn’t have anywhere I could send them that was fantastic for quality. So we decided to create our own. One of our products is a foam roller. If haven’t used a foam roller before, you can sort of lose motivation if you don’t know how to do it. But it’s great for releasing any muscle tension, circulation and can even help with cellulite.
I get up every morning at 5am. So I’m up really, really early! I run my bootcamp with the girls for an hour and then I come home and eat breakfast. Actually, I always have two breakfasts. I’ll have something before I go, like an egg on rye toast and a green tea then I’ll come back and have the second half of my breakfast. So I’ve got an hour in between when I eat.
What about the rest of the day?
For a snack, I’ll have something like fruit or a little bit of yoghurt. For lunch, I think it’s important to have both protein and carbs. For example, a chicken wrap with some yoghurt, lettuce, cucumber and tomato. If I get hungry later I might have a little can of tuna. For dinner, again it’s just quality protein and a little bit of carbs. If I’m craving sugar, I’ll have a cup of tea or something like that. I think a lot of people confuse hunger with boredom.
What are some fridge staples?
My standard shop always includes rye bread, mint, basil, chilli, tuna and heaps of fruit and vegetables. I’ll always have bottles of water and also some natural yoghurt. I seriously buy the same stuff every time I go to the shops.
No, I don’t ever take supplements or anything like that. I swear by not cutting out your foods, not going on fad diets 0r doing detoxes. It’s just healthy eating and common sense and people need to realise that. It’s not hard. I don’t cut out carbs or cut out fats. It just takes real food and lots of protein. My secret is there are no secrets I guess! Don’t overcomplicate things.