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

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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…

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