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My Top 8 FAQs Answered!

My Top 8 FAQs Answered!

My Top 8 FAQs Answered!
Kayla Itsines FAQ

So, a while ago on my social media, I asked you all to send through a question you wanted me to answer. I got SO MANY responses, that I couldn’t possibly reply to them all! But it was great to find out more about the topics that interest you!

As promised, here are the answers to some of my most frequently asked questions!

FAQ #1: Where do your workout clothes come from? 

When it comes to activewear, I don’t have a preferred brand or style necessarily. I look for workout clothes that offer support, while still allowing me to move freely. I’m definitely more a comfort and function type of girl, above anything else! I get some of my workout clothes from Stylerunner, because they offer a range of different styles and brands that are fantastic quality and are built to be supportive. Some of my favourite brands include Nike, Adidas, P.E Nation and more!

FAQ #2: How do you care for your skin?

I have a normal day-to-day routine, as well as routine I follow once a month. While a healthy diet is obviously really important for your skin, a good skin care routine is something every woman needs! I think everyone knows by now that I could go on and on about skin care because it is so important to me, so I thought it might be better to write a whole other blog post instead. Read about my skin care routine here.

FAQ #3: How do you stay motivated?

Motivation is affected by lots of different factors, and for many of us, it comes and goes. That’s why I don’t JUST rely on motivation to keep me going. Instead, I’m a big believer in creating healthy lifestyle HABITS. Establishing behaviours (such as meal prepping on a Sunday afternoon) as part of your routine can help them to become a permanent fixture in your life. Making small changes over time can make it easier for these good habits to stick. 

FAQ #4: What do you think of supplements and protein shakes?

I get asked this question a lot! I know it can be a bit confusing when there is so much information out in the universe. Personally, I like to get my vitamins and minerals from whole food sources, but that is what works for MY body. Eating from all of the food groups means I can fulfil my daily requirements, which provides me with the energy I need. That being said, I know that we’re all different AND some women may have allergies or intolerances that can restrict the food they can eat. Supplements may help when this is the case.  

When it comes to protein powders, I think generally it is a good idea to choose powders which have minimal artificial flavours and other additives if you are going to use them. A while ago, I wrote a blog about the different types of protein powders available, which you can refer to!

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FAQ #5: What do you eat in a day?

It really depends on where I am (whether I’m at home or travelling for work), and what time I am working out. I make sure my meals are tasty and filled with nutrients, so that I don’t get hungry during the day. I love to have something like eggs on toast with spinach for breakfast, or mashed avocado on toast is my go-to on the weekends. For a snack I like to have a smoothie, like this blueberry, banana and green tea smoothie. Vietnamese rolls (or ‘cold rolls’) are perfect for lunch when I’m on-the-go. To keep me going in the afternoon, I might eat some crispbreads with feta, tomato and basil on top, then dinner will be something tasty like Pad Thai with chicken. 

FAQ #6: How can you reduce cellulite?

Firstly, I want to point out that cellulite is totally normal and I wish we would learn not to be so concerned about it! Cellulite can affect women of all ages and fitness levels, and all weight ranges. Keeping in mind that cellulite can be the result of genetics, there are a few things you can do to reduce the appearance. 

These are:

  • Keeping your body hydrated
  • Foam roll to improve your circulation. 
  • Follow a healthy diet! This can help to maintain optimal circulation, while some foods can help maintain the skin’s structure. 
  • Exercise regularly to increase muscle and decrease fat below the skin’s surface. 

If you’re feeling particularly self-conscious, tanning products can help minimise the appearance of cellulite. I think we, as women, should stop focusing on the outside so much and worry about how we feel instead! 

FAQ #7: How do you deal with food cravings?

Okay ladies, here’s something you need to know about me: I get cravings, just like everyone else! I think it’s important to be realistic when it comes to handling food cravings — for example, if you feel like ice cream, then have a small bowl of ice cream! Most women find that cutting everything they like out of their diet leaves them feeling deprived, so the occasional indulgence can be a good way to help you stay on track in the long term. 

FAQ #8: What is the reason you don't recommend resistance and LISS in the same workout?

While it might seem like a good idea to fit both sessions into one workout, there is a good reason to keep them separate. This is because after 45 minutes of exercise your body is more prone to stress and some research says your body releases large amounts of cortisol (stress hormones) which can potentially be damaging long term. The hormone cortisol can actually break down tissue and may lower our bone density. It’s known as a catabolic hormone, which means it reduces the synthesis of protein, something we need to grow muscle and retain bone mass. 

This means, when the levels of cortisol in your body become too high, you are more at risk of actually reversing the good work done in your workouts. Combining cardio and resistance in one workout makes it a longer session, and it can cause your body to release more cortisol. This is why I recommend you should split your LISS cardio and resistance sessions. 

So there you have it, girls! A few of the things you wanted to know! Don’t be sad if your question wasn’t answered in this post — I will try to answer a few more of your questions in the coming weeks, of course feel free to post more below in the comments. A huge thank you to everyone who took part, this was so much fun ;)

Love, Kayla xx

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.

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