#Fitspo star Nikki Rees is an Instagram sensation with a difference. Yes, she posts #TransformationTuesday and #MorningMotivation posts like there’s no tomorrow, complete with requisite designer activewear and protein shakes and abs. So many abs.
But one of Rees’ latest posts has made global headlines for one very important reason. Unlike many of her peers, Rees doesn’t believe in cutting out food groups, counting calories or beating yourself up for the occasional (or regular) indulgence – instead, her approach is refreshingly normal. And judging by the photos, it works.
“Most of you already know that I workout most days… and that I do so at home,” Rees’ post, which shows a picture of how her body has transformed over two years, begins. “But I get lots of questions about how I eat because it’s not something I talk about or photograph that often.”
Let me tell you about my Food/diet/nutrition/healthy eating… whatever you want to call it. Most of you already know that I workout most days .. and that I do so at home. But I get lots of questions about how I eat because it's not something I talk about or photograph that often. . I know It's not what you want to hear but the reason I don't really talk about it .. is because there's nothing really to tell. I don't follow a plan, I don't count anything (not macros not calories) I don't try to cut out food groups or stop eating carbs after 5pm.. I dont do intermittent fasting or flexible dieting or even clean eating (anymore, I did for a while in the beginning) … I still eat cake more days than not… I still drink prosecco I still can't seem to resist stealing snacks from the kids junk food cupboard. I still love a takeaway curry… eat pizza, burger and fries and love to eat sweets… The difference between the two pictures is NOT what those foods do to my body it's what those foods do to my head. 2 years ago eating sweets and takeaway and junk all day would send me into a downward spiral of feeling bad about myself. All that yummy food would actually fuel my EXCUSES to quit exercise, to not bother balancing the treats out with nutritious alternatives. Now these same foods (and my passion for them) fuel my AMBITION to condition my body. I know the difference between eating well and eating poorly… And if a day happens where I binge eat cake and a tub of butter .. I leave it at just that … a day that happened. It doesn't de-rail my goals like it used to … I don't see it as a reason to give up … but a reason to continue … I don't workout out of guilt – I workout to be GUILT FREE. Healthy bodies start with healthy minds. So balance the food books like the intelligent rational human being your are… eat what you love every now and then And what you NEED more often than not… and on those days when it all goes horribly wrong.. as it inevitably will… just remove your face from the tub of butter… replace the lid and continue on exactly as you were.. motivated, goal orientated and #healthyAF . Love Nikki xx #transformationtuesday
“The reason I don’t really talk about it is because there’s nothing really to tell… I don’t do intermittent fasting or flexible dieting or even clean eating (anymore, I did for a while in the beginning,” she continues. “I still eat cake more days than not… I still drink prosecco, I still can’t seem to resist stealing snacks from the kids’ junk food cupboard. I still love a takeaway curry… eat pizza, burger and fries and love to eat sweets.”
So how did she go from the picture on the left to the picture on the right? Aside from vigorous exercise, this is what Rees says: “The difference between the two pictures is NOT what those foods do to my body it’s what those foods do to my head. Two years ago eating sweets and takeaway and junk all day would send me into a downward spiral of feeling bad about myself. All that yummy food would actually fuel my excuses to quit exercise, to not bother balancing the treats out with nutritious alternatives.”
“Now these same foods (and my passion for them) fuel my ambition to condition my body. If a day happens where I binge eat cake and a tub of butter, I leave it at just that… a day that happened. It doesn’t derail my goals like it used to.”
#throwbackthursday to my first whole year of fitness, Instagram, @kayla_itsines and #BBG . . A lovely longtime follower asked if I would share more of my earlier transformation pics as they are now buried so deep in the archives of my Instagram feed they can be hard to find. I know it can sometimes be off putting and intimidating seeing pictures that represent such a long commitment such as two years, so I though this was an excellent idea for a regular Thursday #tbt feature on my page. . to kick it off here's a month by month look at my first whole year and next week I'll go right back to the beginning with my week 1 vs week 5 #progresspic . . . Also tomorrow I'm ending my week of BBG resistance with #bbgstronger (but the #bbgsah edition) FULL BODY see below for thE modifications I made to make it a #strongeratHOME VERSION . . let me know if your doing it too #bbgstrongerathome #mybbg #bbgmyway Full body #bbgsah week 1 mods: . CIRCUIT 1 . •instead of cable lunge and tow ➡️ dumbbell lunge with a knee lift and standing row (will video tomorrow) . . CIRCUIT 2 . • instead of cable face pulls ➡️ bent over reverse fly . . Happy almost #friyay everyone #bbg #bbggirls #bbgprogress #bbgmoms #bbgmums #transformation #bbgtransformation #femalefitness #fitnesstransformation #loseweight #beforeandafter #fitnessjourney #fitmum #fitnessblogger #fitspo
The post has quickly gathered over 5200 likes and hundreds of comments from women who love Rees’ no-nonsense, guilt-free approach. More of this from our #fitspo stars, please!
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire
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