The Body Coach Breaks The Carb Myth
After a killer HIIT session of bear crawls, tricep dips and burpees, we chatted carbs, cheat meals and death-row dinners with Joe Wicks – over a #buildupbagel, obvs
Joe Wicks – AKA The Body Coach – is the Insta fitness sensation famous for LOL vids, #Leanin15 meals and his love of #midgettrees – that’s broccoli, FYI. His debut book Lean In 15 is one of the Top 10 cookbooks of all time. ‘I’ve sold 700,000 copies,’ says Joe. ‘Some of Jamie Oliver’s best books sold that number in five years and I’ve done it in five months. That’s the power of social media.’
The follow-up, Lean In 15: The Shape Plan (£14.99, Bluebird), has just hit shelves and Joe lets slip there’ll be a third by the end of the year, plus a TV show. We can’t wait!
The Body Coach On: Carbs ‘Carbs aren’t the devil. My favourite carb meal is 100g of oats, blueberries and two scoops of chocolate whey powder – that’s my cheat meal. It’s so moreish. And the Buildup Bagel is one of the most popular recipes in my book. Everyone makes that because it’s so quick and easy and you know you’re getting everything you need to refuel properly.’ The Body Coach On: Post-workout Meals ‘Keep fats down – they slow the digestion process and stop the good stuff getting to your muscles. We need carbs after training – eating them will shuttle protein straight from the meal into your muscles. I eat two reduced-carb meals a day, with higher fats and protein, and one postworkout meal that’s all carbs and protein. If you love rice or oats, after training is a really good time to eat them.’ The Body Coach On: Nutritional No-nos ‘Alcohol holds most people back. You can be training hard and eating well, but if you’re drinking a couple of wines a night you’ll never be super-lean. You have to be boring to get super-lean! And most people who train don’t eat enough. They over-train and under-eat, which doesn’t burn fat. You have to fuel your body correctly – that’s what my book is about.’ The Body Coach On: Lifting Weights ‘I do weights, dips and pull- ups – things that make me feel strong and like I could outrun a bear! HIIT [high-intensity interval training] is important, too. It makes you feel amazing. You get a rush of endorphins, your fitness improves and you can eat what you want. Even from 20 minutes.’ The Body Coach On: His Death-row Meal ‘Definitely a Nando’s half chicken followed by Ben & Jerry’s.’
Joe insists carbs aren’t the devil. Hurrah!
Make your own #Buildupbagel with the Body Coach and New York Bakery Co’s yummy recipe…