When trying to lose weight, we’re often told to abstain from alcohol, avoid sugar and cut out carbs. But could it be that we’ve got it all wrong?
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One Australian woman says that eating more carbs is the key to a super-fit figure, and she’s got the results to prove it.
Madalin Frodsham, 27, told Daily Mail Australia about how she changed her diet from five per cent carbs to 50 per cent carbs.
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? ??????
“I was sick of my diet and felt that I was plateauing, so I wanted to try something new,” she said.
The before-and-after photos speak for themselves. While she was toned and thin before, (neither her workout regime nor her weight has changed, she says) Ms. Frodsham is now noticeably stronger, with defined abs and toned, slim legs.
Before she embraced carbs, the Instagram star was on the ketogenic diet of 70 per cent fat, 25 per cent protein and just five per cent carbohydrates.
“The ketogenic diet had worked for me in the past,” said Frodsham, “But I found the food so difficult to eat, as you’re constantly having to substitute carbohydrates. So instead of pasta, you have zucchini noodles, instead of tacos you have lettuce cups, instead of a pizza base you make it with cauliflower.”
“I gradually started just eating salad and veggies in an effort to be healthy but then that just became so boring,” she said.
Stuck in a food rut, she she enlisted the help of a personal trainer and nutritional coach, who advised her to add more carbs into her diet.
“When [my personal trainer] first told me to eat 50 per cent carbs I nearly died,” she wrote on her inspirational Instagram page, which has more than 47,000 followers.
She also upped her calorie intake from a measly 800 to 1,800 calories a day.
Let’s just preface this by saying no, I did not have an ED. When I was eating 800 calories a day, I thought I was healthy. I was eating healthy food, but hardly any macronutrients. I was curious to find out what my macros were like before I actually started counting my macros, so I entered my old foods into @myfitnesspal to find out. I was quiet astonished to see how little protein and carbs I was eating. 800 calories seems absurdly low as now I need minimum 1500 calories to be full, but at the time 800 calories was keeping me full because that’s what my body was used to. After a while though, salad simply wasn’t cutting it, and for all the restrictions I was placing on my diet, I simply wasn’t seeing the results I had anticipated. So I got in touch with a PT and nutritional coach and got my macros sorted. When he first told me to eat 50% carbs I nearly died! I was eating about 10% carbs before and could not fathom how 50% carbs would not make me fat. I also freaked out at all the calories. I’ve been keeping an excel spreadsheet and in the first week of being on macros my average calories for the week was a little over 1000. I remember how hard I struggled to actually eat the size of my meals. I would just put my lunch next to my desk and eat it over the course of 3 hours as I couldn’t eat it in one sitting! Now my stomach can take way more and is much happier! In the second week I was averaging 1600 calories a day! It didn’t take long for my body to catch up. A part of me may always have that mindset that relates not eating with weight loss and “being good today”. Sometimes I may forget to eat lunch just because I got busy and for a second I will revert back to old thinking, and think “ohh, I’ve done really well today and haven’t eaten much at all.” That’s why I love tracking my macros. It will tell me “Maddy, you need to eat more. Go eat 3 potatoes”. And I’ll pat myself on the back for being healthy and doing really good today! If you’re under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don’t do what I did for so long. Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works ??
“I remember how hard I struggled to actually eat the size of my meals,” she says. “I would just put my lunch next to my desk and eat it over the course of three hours as I couldn’t eat it in one sitting.”
In each of these photos, Frodsham weighs 52 kg (around 115 pounds), with one key difference. She says she used to work out just so she could keep her body weight under 50 kilograms. Now, she cares less about the number on the scale, and more about how her body feels.
Always take my @womensbest after a workout ??? today it was LISS on the treadmill as an attempt to cancel out all the calories I’ll be consuming at @breadincommon tonight ? I know its more complicated than calories in = calories out but I always feel a bit better about a cheat meal if I do a killer workout before ? Happy Saturday night ladies ? #womensbest
At first, her new diet had her disheartened — she wasn’t losing any weight. But soon, she realized her body was changing. Eating more carbs allowed her to replace fat with muscle, she says.
“I have visible abs, biceps vying to be seen and a perky butt, so I’m not complaining. That’s not even to mention my mental health and how amazing and full of energy I feel every day. “
For anyone else at there struggling to lose those last 10 pounds — despite a gruelling, low-calorie, low-carb diet — Frodsham has some advice.
“If you’re under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don’t do what I did for so long. Don’t waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes,” she says.
“Eat more and get fit. It actually works,” she added.