With all the “diet advice” out there, it's no wonder that women often resort to restricting calories—or worse, starving themselves—to try and look trim.

Turns out, that's not the most effective way to get the body you want.

Just take Australian fitness blogger Madalin Giorgetta as an example.

Year after year, Madalin told herself that she wanted to work on getting healthier and in better shape.

While Madalin definitely was thin, however, she was not achieving the body she wanted.

She kept to a strict 800 calorie daily diet—and while that may seem minuscule to most, Madalin claims it was keeping her full, because she'd trained her body to survive on that amount.

In an effort to learn more about fitness, Madalin hired a personal trainer. What he said blew her mind.

To start, Madalin was told to dramatically increase her carbohydrate intake. That meant eating more foods like banana pancakes and sweet potatoes, and fewer salads:

“When he first told me to eat 50% carbs I nearly died! I was eating about 10% carbs before and could not fathom how 50% carbs would not make me fat. I also freaked out at all the calories.”

Then she was told to double her caloric intake. Yes, double:

“I've been keeping an excel spreadsheet and in the first week of being on macros my average calories for the week was a little over 1000. I remember how hard I struggled to actually eat the size of my meals. I would just put my lunch next to my desk and eat it over the course of 3 hours as I couldn't eat it in one sitting! Now my stomach can take way more and is much happier! In the second week I was averaging 1600 calories a day!”

Eventually, Madalin was eating more than twice the amount she had been before—and was achieving results that she had spent years trying to achieve.

Just take a look:

Let's just preface this by saying no, I did not have an ED. When I was eating 800 calories a day, I thought I was healthy. I was eating healthy food, but hardly any macronutrients. I was curious to find out what my macros were like before I actually started counting my macros, so I entered my old foods into @myfitnesspal to find out. I was quiet astonished to see how little protein and carbs I was eating. 800 calories seems absurdly low as now I need minimum 1500 calories to be full, but at the time 800 calories was keeping me full because that's what my body was used to. After a while though, salad simply wasn't cutting it, and for all the restrictions I was placing on my diet, I simply wasn't seeing the results I had anticipated. So I got in touch with a PT and nutritional coach and got my macros sorted. When he first told me to eat 50% carbs I nearly died! I was eating about 10% carbs before and could not fathom how 50% carbs would not make me fat. I also freaked out at all the calories. I've been keeping an excel spreadsheet and in the first week of being on macros my average calories for the week was a little over 1000. I remember how hard I struggled to actually eat the size of my meals. I would just put my lunch next to my desk and eat it over the course of 3 hours as I couldn't eat it in one sitting! Now my stomach can take way more and is much happier! In the second week I was averaging 1600 calories a day! It didn't take long for my body to catch up. A part of me may always have that mindset that relates not eating with weight loss and "being good today". Sometimes I may forget to eat lunch just because I got busy and for a second I will revert back to old thinking, and think "ohh, I've done really well today and haven't eaten much at all." That's why I love tracking my macros. It will tell me "Maddy, you need to eat more. Go eat 3 potatoes". And I'll pat myself on the back for being healthy and doing really good today! If you're under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don't do what I did for so long. Don't waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works ????????

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With that being said, it wasn't easy.

Madalin often found herself wanting to revert back to her old ways... And why not? She had been restricting calories for years:

"A part of me may always have that mindset that relates not eating with weight loss and 'being good today.' Sometimes I may forget to eat lunch just because I got busy and for a second I will revert back to old thinking, and think 'ohh, I've done really well today and haven't eaten much at all.'

That's why I love tracking my macros. It will tell me 'Maddy, you need to eat more. Go eat 3 potatoes.' And I'll pat myself on the back for being healthy and doing really good today!

If you're under feeding yourself in an effort to lose weight, don't do what I did for so long. Don't waste your time eating salad when you could be eating sweet potatoes and banana pancakes. Eat more and get fit. It actually works."

As you can see, her body looks much more athletic and fit now, compared to when she was eating less food and fewer carbs:

Of course, Madalin is not doing all of this without some good old fashioned time in the gym:

And there you have it.

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