Kayla Itsines Review
Now this isn’t going to be positive. What would a Kayla Itsines review be without starvation, eating disorders and suffering all involved? Bluntly put, Kayla Itsines has no care for your health.
The only health she cares about is that of her bank account.
I know most people are out to make a buck, but when you put the physical and mental health of thousands of young girls at risk, trying to promote a bikini body guide, you’re pretty selfish.
Anyways, here’s our Kayla Itsines review.
Surprisingly, people have branded the workouts as ‘life changing’. Last time I checked, Kayla recommends you do a few bursts of exercises such as mountain climbers and squats. Some of the most simple and basic exercise. Nothing ‘life changing’ there. You might burn a few calories, but fitness? I think not.
Most of those following Kayla’s recommendations probably couldn’t even run a 5k or cycle 20. I’d also be strongly surprised if Kayla has any true fitness. There’s plenty of good Youtube videos showing Kayla attempting to perform her workouts- makes for humorous watching!
Squats, crunches, press ups. You name it, there’s a FREE Youtube video showing you how to do it. As such, it’s mind boggling how people are willing to pay almost $70 for one of the ‘guides’.
For more on the exercise you should be doing for a slim and healthy body, head straight to the bottom of the page.
Now, how can a guide that promotes eating meat, dairy and eggs be considered healthy? Lets just take a minute and really go through the ‘healthy foods’ being suggested. We’ll get onto some of the dietary specifics.
I thought this bit might be at least a little more promising than the rest of her recommendations. However, Kayla simply recommends to drink around 8 cups of water per day. Yes, we know this is the government recommended amount, but with exercising you’re going to want to drink plenty more than that.
The real advice Kayla should be giving is that you should piss clear every couple of hours. This ensures true hydration. Any thing but clear and you know you need to be drinking more.
This is the same girl that recommends coffee as an alternative to water. I mean, is she really that thick? Coffee is a diuretic.
It dehydrates you. Not to mention, coffee also causes adrenal fatigue, essentially causing our bodies adrenal glands to burn out.
Herbivores’ jaws move in a side to side motion during chewing and mastication. The jaws of carnivores are locked in place and move in a vertical motion. Carnivores also have long sharp canines to tear the flesh from a freshly hunted animal, humans have blunt, small canines with an abundance of molars.
That’s not all…
If you were to put a child in a room with an apple and a rabbit, would they start ripping into the rabbit with their teeth and eat the raw flesh? No. Every single time, they’d play and cuddle the rabbit while choosing to eat the apple.
We’re not carnivorous by nature, we’re simply lied to and misled into thinking we are.
This is why humans aren’t meat-eaters in ANY sense of the word.
Cholesterol. Cholesterol. And more cholesterol. Yep, dairy is packed with cholesterol. A single serving of milk can contain as much as 24g of it, whereas, it’s simply non-existent in a vegan diet.
Oh, and then there’s the cancer. Dairy is one of the biggest carcinogens known to man. Ovarian, prostate, you name it, dairy most likely causes it.
This is only skimming the surface (pardon the pun!)
There’s the high saturated fat, increased chances of osteoporosis, acne and the weight gain associated with dairy. Weight gain because milk contains growth hormone. Growth hormone meant to increase the weight of a calf by 20 times, just imagine what that does to a human. This isn’t even mentioning all the antibiotics and pus in milk (yes pus, as in the white gunk in your pimples).
But let’s get to the main point.
Dog milk is for puppies, rat milk is for baby rats, horse milk for their foals. But what about cows milk?
Cows milk is for baby cows. No animal needs milk beyond the years of infancy and that includes fully grown adults. We have to be one of the dumbest species to think that we need to drink another species milk.
Then there’s how cruel the dairy industry is…
Keen to eat chicken periods? Mmmm tasty!
Really though, think about it. Why would you want to eat a chicken’s period? Most importantly, we don’t need to eat eggs.
346 million male chicks are simply discarded at birth as they provide no benefit to the farmers and industry. Specifically, a grinder is used in which the alive and fully conscious chicks are thrown in to spinning metal cogs and crushed. Or, alternatively, they’re left in small plastic bags while they suffocate to death.
Want to be part of that? Don’t eat eggs, choose compassion.
And then we have your health. Eggs are the leading cause of high cholesterol in the United States. They simply have a pro-inflammatory nature that affects the lining of our arteries, some studies have even shown eggs may be as bad as smoking in terms of arterial plaque build-up.
For more on why eggs are so horrendous click here. Or, if you want to know more about why they’re so bad for your health, try here!
The bottom line?
We were never meant to eat animal products and never should. Our bodies are completely herbivorous by nature. Don’t let Kayla or others trick you into thinking differently.
Fruits and vegetables
That’s not even juice, let alone a smoothie. It’s essentially flavoured water. I’m already so fed up of this low calorie nonsense.
There’s nothing wrong with fruit. Eat as much as you possibly can.
Fruit is so rich in vitamins, nutrients, minerals and is perfect at hydrating the body. Great for glowing skin and incredible for energy. We NEED sugar, so give yourself plenty.
Low-fat or high-fat? I’m confused!
Digging a little deeper.
Kayla goes on to recommend a number of meals and details something of a suggested ‘meal guide’.
Considering those interested want to lose weight, slim down, tone up and achieve a healthier body, why is there a load of avocado included?
And olive oil?
It’s basic research that needs to be carried out into each of these foods to realise they’re not something you should be recommending to this particular demographic. After all, Kayla should care about those she’s influencing.
Instead, recommend high carb, low fat with plenty of sugar! That way ‘Kayla’s Army’ would get the best results with NO starvation and feel solid as gold.
And let’s get onto the whole starvation thing…
Thats what Kayla Itsines recommends.
She also recommends ’20 grapes’ or ’10 almonds’ as a snack.
Not only is this absolutely insane, it’s promoting orthorexia.
Just look at the girls commenting on a Kayla Itsines Reddit post. “If I eat 1200 calories or so (to lose weight) I find it is difficult to keep up with and I end up binging. If I eat 1600 calories (to maintain my weight) I worry that I wont have any noticeable progress.”
Kayla’s put these poor girls in such a predicament where they don’t know whether to starve themselves, or essentially not eat at all.
1600 calories isn’t enough and 1200 is simply a death wish.
So, what’s wrong with all this calorie restricting nonsense?
Well, according to the United Nations, famine is declared when 20% of the population consumes 2,100 calories per day or less. Kayla recommends 1600, 500 less than that recommended. If that’s not ringing alarm bells you need to take a serious look at yourself.
If you want to be starving, malnourished and increase your chances of developing an eating disorder by all means, follow Kayla’s advice. But I’m assuming a few thing here:
- You go to school or have a job
- You want to maintain relationships
- You might have a family
- You want the energy to be fit and maintain an active lifestyle
So, how does Kayla think that’s possible on 1600 calories? Where will you be able to get any energy from?
The short answer is that she doesn’t care. As long as she’s getting plenty of progress pictures showing a bunch of slim girls, Kayla’s happy! After all, that only adds to her success right?
And to be fair to Kayla, she’s right in the fact starving yourself will shed the meat straight from the bones.
It’s obvious that this’ll cut fat the quickest because there are 9g of fat per calorie as opposed to 4g of carbohydrates and protein. What’s important though, is that calorie restricting in such a way will only be damaging your vital organs. This is seriously important if you want to be healthy.
So does this form of calorie restricting work long term?
The amount of metabolic damage you’ll be doing to your body is huge, you’ll be fisting your thyroid and depleting your energy constantly.
I will lay every cent I have, that 95% of those that follow the Bikini Body Guide, will blow out massively after starving themselves.
Because their bodies are in a panic, the only goal is to store as much food as possible to ensure survival. This is why we see massive weight gain after overcoming eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. The way to achieve a slim, healthy and fit body doesn’t begin and end with starving yourself.
Let’s look at a real life example.
The Great Starvation Experiment- The Study That Changed The World
The Great Starvation Experiment was conducted just after the Second World War. A group of male participants were gathered and were fed a regular diet consisting of around 3,200 calories daily.
Following this, the men entered a starvation phase. It 6 months and they were restricted to 1600 calories (yes, this is what Kayla advises).
During the period the men endured a large number of both physical and psychological stresses:
- Significant increases in depression, hysteria and hypochondriasis. In fact, in one case the depression and emotional distress was so extreme, they self-mutilated, cut three fingers off to be exact. Hmmm, perhaps it’s no wonder calorie restricters and dieters are a NIGHTMARE to be around. Have you ever tried? They can sometimes act completely insane.
- Signs of social withdrawal, isolation and sexual disinterest. (HINT- to be great in bed, carb up!)
- A reported decline in concentration, judgement and comprehension.
- Some participants began to experience edema in the extremities of their bodies. This was most likely due to the lack of plasma in their bodies red blood cells. After all, the ability to construct key proteins such as albumin hinges upon the energy intake.
- The participants basal metabolic rate also saw a harsh decline. Notably, resting heart rate dropped by an average of 2o beats per minute along with a reduction in body temperature and a change in respiratory rates. This was the body attempting to slow the mens’ metabolisms down, in a last plight to save as many calories as possible.
- Participants reported feeling cold all the time.
- Perhaps one of the worst reported side effects was that the hearts of all participants reduced in size along with a blood volume reduction of 10%.
As we know our blood carries oxygen to our muscles which allows us to perform exercises, both complex and simple. How does Kayla think our bodies will be able to transport oxygen and produce energy on only 1600 calories while exercising and functioning in life?
Why does this matter?
The main takeaway here is that this is the diet Kayla is prescribing. A low calorie, low energy diet that achieves slimming results, fast. So fast in fact, that soon enough you’ll be trying to crawl out of an anorexic hole.
That or binging out on food and piling the weight back on. In fact, the men studied, binged until the point of sickness with some even having to be admitted to hospital in order for their stomachs to be pumped. And people think young girls should be under the same advice? That’s insane! Kayla’s advice is not sustainable.
All the mens bodies were in panic and were engaged in a desperate fight to survive. Thousands of girls should not have to endure the same.
To maintain a consistently slim and healthy body you need to only solution that works long term. No health problems, no starving, high abundance and virtually all you can eat. For more on that, scroll to the bottom!
If you want to develop an eating disorder, starve your body and feel terrible then I HIGHLY recommend buying Kayla Itsines guides. That being said, regardless of how many honest and truthful reviews there are of Kayla Itsines, she’s a good manipulator meaning young girls will continue to follow her advice. Now I know this isnt a glowing Kayla Itsines review. But someone had to say it.
Is she really qualified to be advising such things? Probably not! Her methods are dangerous and only in place to quickly improve her image and reputation. Unlike her, I care about your health, I’m not writing this Kayla Itsines review for financial gain.
Kayla wants your money plain and simple, the more ‘results’ posted on Instagram, the more money she makes and the health of more girls damaged.
It’s such a shame to see someone who influences so many people worldwide, with millions of Instagram followers and a large following, promote cruelty, poor health and disease. Imagine if Kayla instead used this influence to spread a vegan message, promoting compassion, kindness and true health. A real, sustainable lifestyle as opposed to a simple starvation diet.
These are the types of role models we don’t need in a community that is so trusting and as a result, it’s especially disappointing to see more and more people exploit those who are yet to know any better.
A better alternative
Being around a community that has a high level of fitness, energy and health, it’s obvious Kaylas guide is not the answer.
So what is the answer?
Be a high carb vegan, ride a bike for fitness and for convenience. If, and I assume I’m right, most girls buying the Kayla Itsines bikini body guide want to slim down and lose wight. A couple of squats, burpees and mountain climbers is NOT the way to go about building fitness.
The single best way to burn fat is cycling. Nothing comes close.
And why high carb vegan?
High carb means plenty of energy, and you need a stack loads of energy to build fitness and burn fat. After all, carbohydrates are what our bodies use to burn fat. Eating plenty, no restrictions of calories and trying to get 10g of carbs for every kilo of bodyweight to ensure adequate carb intake is the ideal method. To feel extra fine try to get at least one whole meal from fruit too.
This lifestyle is especially beneficial if you’re coming from a background of calorie restricting or eating disorders. The optimal number of daily calories to ensure adequate rehabilitation is 4000. Now, 4000 calories eating meat, dairy and eggs?
Well, unless you want to massively increase your chances of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, osteoporosis and a host of other diseases.
A high carb, low fat diet means you’ll never overeat because it’s literally impossible, high carb revitalises the energy and allows your body to heal and thrive again.
If you need additional help changing your lifestyle or want more information, simply contact us or post in the comments below.