Earlier this year, Aussie icon Rebel Wilson announced she was dedicating 2020 to being ‘The Year of Health’. Since then, she’s lost an incredible 18kg and is looking happier and healthier than ever before.
Though she’s kicking goals on her weight loss journey, Rebel’s been very honest about how tough it’s been and is an inspiration to all. In one of her Instagram captions, she wrote:
“Even if you have to crawl towards your goals, keep going x it will be worth it. Try and give a little bit of effort each day… I know some days are frustrating as hell, you feel like giving up, you get annoyed at the lack of progress… but good things are coming your way 🤘 what are your goals this year?”
And that’s why we love her. Ever the relatable queen, Rebel has always been upfront about her struggles with her weight. So how did she lose 18kg and counting this year, and can you follow in her footsteps? There’s no secret pill or shortcut here, it comes down to good ol’ diet, exercise and hard work, but with a dash of science thrown in.
The diet Rebel Wilson has been following to shed her 18kg is called the Mayr Method. Developed in Austria by a doctor called Franz Xaver Mayr, he theorised many people were poisoning their digestive system with the food they eat and how they eat it. Rebel found this diet at the world-renown Viva Mayr wellness facility in Austria, which uses, you guessed it, the Mayr Method at the centre of its therapies.
The diet essentially encourages consuming high-alkaline foods like fish and veggies, eliminating dairy and gluten from your diet and prioritising gut health. A great example of a Mayr Method-approved meal is our MACROS Herb Crusted Salmon, served with sweet potato and zucchini.
One of the central pillars of the diet is mindful eating. To the Mayr Method, that means chewing each mouthful of food 40 to 60 times (to break the food down properly before it reaches the stomach and appreciate the flavour more) and banning talking, looking at your phone or reading while eating. Snacking is also discouraged, and the Mayr Method process always starts off with a full caffeine and sugar detox, although this doesn’t carry on for the entire duration of the diet (phaew).
While diet does do most of the hard work in any body transformation, we can’t forget the important part exercise plays in this equation. Rebel has been working with Aussie celebrity PT Jono Castano smashing out a combination of HIIT, mobility, weights and resistance six days a week, with one rest day. She’s been posting regular pics and videos on her Instagram of her workout routines, done in her signature humorous style, of course. Our favourite is her Sydney Opera House stair run with Hugh Sheridan.
You already know our love of HIIT workouts, and if it’s good enough for Rebel Wilson, it’s definitely good enough for us. One study found that people doing HIIT workouts lost 28.5% more weight than those doing other forms of exercise. Sign us up!
A standard workout for Rebel might include the assault bike, TRX squats, battle ropes, dead bugs with a med ball and standing bandit trunk rotation. It sounds pretty hectic, but we’re always up for a challenge to see results.
What we particularly love about Rebel’s approach to her weight loss journey was it wasn’t solely about having a goal weight in mind, crash dieting to shed max kilos in min time. As she mentioned in her January 2020 Instagram post, this was her year of health, and we love that for her. At MACROS we’re big believers that any glow-up should be about how you feel as well, not just how you look, so take a leaf out of this Aussie star’s book and let’s make the rest of 2020 the healthiest it can be!
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