Hey all! As I get further into my fitness journey I have been receiving more and more questions. I thought it would be helpful to create a frequently asked questions page to answer all common questions. If you don't see your question listed, please use the contact form and I will get back to you.
Q: What is this BBG you talk about?
A: BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide. It is a training guide that was created by Kayla Itsines, an Australian personal trainer. Thousands of women all over the world do her guides and it's where I found my passion for living a healthy lifestyle!
Q: I'm confused. How does the BBG work?
A: This question is precisely answered in the beginning of the BBG e-book. I suggest anyone to first read the beginning of the guide and educate yourself on the different moves (each exercise is explained at the end of the e-book) before beginning the guide.
Q: What do you use to substitute some of the equipment?
A: I use two dumbbells to substitute a medicine ball, two chairs (about the same height as a bench) instead of two benches, instead of using a jump rope I use my handy dandy "air-rope" lol (basically just acting like I'm jumping rope without the rope because I don't have enough room for it), and a small stool for a stepper.
Q: What do you do for LISS?
A: I walk on the treadmill at a 3.9 mph speed and a 2 - 2.5 inch incline or I will go on the stationary bicycle. I personally never run or jog for LISS as I find my heart rate gets too high as for LISS you want to keep your heart rate in that fat burning zone.
Q: What is your diet like?
A: I never really know how to answer this question because I don't think too hard about my diet. I don't restrict myself from any type of food and I don't count calories, but I always stick to the correct portion size for any given food. If I'm hungry I'll eat until I'm not hungry anymore. I eat clean, whole foods; I do my best to eat nothing processed. I do like to eat a decent sized breakfast with a lot of protein to start off my day. I also don't eat gluten as I noticed I bloat up if I eat it (except for Ezekial bread, that doesn't seem to bother me). I eat out probably once a week, but I make healthy decisions while dining out and it's easy to do! My biggest advice for anyone is to find out what works for YOU. What works for me may not work for you as everyone's body is different.
Q: Do you have a fitness tracker? Which one should I get?
A: I do! A fitness tracker is a great way to see how your doing during your workouts and to track your overall activity. I currently use the Polar FT4 - you can read my review for the Polar FT4 by clicking here. I also have a review and comparison for the Fitbit Charge HR, Apple Watch and Microsoft band, check it out by clicking here.
Q: When will I start seeing results from the BBG?
A: There is no answer that will be true for everyone. Some see results in the first few weeks, others see results in ten weeks. Everyone's body is different and will take a different amount of time to see results, but trust me on this: you WILL see results, but you have to give it time. Don't rely on a scale as the number on the scale isn't always reflective of your true progress. Instead, take pictures and compare them week by week or every other week or every month. Also, don't get discouraged after just two weeks, progress takes time and like the saying says, "you didn't put on the weight in a few days so don't expect it to come off in a few days". For me personally, I saw minor changes within the first couple of weeks (I was less bloated). However, it wasn't until week 8 for me that I saw significant change.
Q: Do you do other exercise programs besides Kayla Itsines' BBG?
A: When I did my first round of BBG (weeks 1-12) I stuck only with BBG. I'm now on my second round of weeks 1-12 and I do still stick primarily to BBG, but I do add in some extra ab exercises and soon I will be adding in some more arm exercises to strengthen those areas. However, I always say do what works for you. If you want to add in a little something extra to help strengthen parts of your body I say go for it, but don't overdo it either.
Q: What protein powder do you use?
A: Currently, I use Cellucor in the flavor Whipped Vanilla. I absolutely love it! I've never really liked whey proteins by themselves, so I add some frozen banana and a cup of any kind of milk, blend it all up and it tastes like heaven!
Q: What is IIFYM?
A: IIFYM stands for If It Fits Your Macros. It's basically if you want to eat a piece of food, no matter what it is, and if it fits into your macros you can eat it. Macros (macro-nutrients) are Carbs, Fat and Protein. You can calculate how many grams of carbs, fat and protein YOU specifically need by clicking here. Many people use the MyFitnessPal app and enter in the percentages they get from the IIFYM calculator I provided. You would then enter in the food you ate/would like to eat and if it fits then you can eat it. It's pretty simple and a nice way to make sure you aren't restricting yourself or eating too much.