I often have people ask my opinions on various diet and exercise programs that are available so I thought I’d review a few and let you know my five best, and five worst – and the reasons why. Please bear in mind this is my personal opinion, based on my experience and trying different programs and diets over the years. If you disagree with me that’s ok
The 5 Worst Diets:
The portions are so small they wouldn’t satisfy a fly. They also tell you not to exercise ‘because it may make you binge’ (this *may* be because you are starving). I’ve had a number of clients come to me after ruining their metabolisms via this particular diet. Big thumbs down to this program.
Tony Ferguson/Ann Morgan/Celebrity Slim etc
These are all ‘shake diets’. Generally these are based on eating 1 meal a day, and 2 shakes. Yes, you’ll lose weight if you are only drinking liquid as a meal, but it’s not really going to be sustainable. Something that bothers me is that they make out these shake to be healthy – when in fact sugar is one of the main ingredients.
These next 3 aren’t particularly terrible, but they have flaws and the big one is that they do not contain a resistance training portion as a key part of the program. You can diet all you like, but if you don’t train right, you won’t change your body shape or get that lean, firm look most people are after.
JC is mostly packet food so it’s portion controlled – which is necessary for weight loss to occur. Packet food though is processed food. Not that good for you and not that good for fat loss. It’s also a very expensive way to get your food. A good thing about this program, and Weight Watchers below, is that they provide support and accountability. I don’t really like how they showcase celebrities who have lost a bit of weight, but still have a whole lot more to go. They are still in the obese/very overweight category.
As far as I am aware, WW doesn’t instruct on what types of foods to eat – it is based on a points system and you can eat all your points in junk food if you prefer. This won’t get you the body you want. I believe they may have a new program now that is nutritionally better – you can fill me in if you know about it.
Lite ‘N Easy
Great for convenience, but in my opinion this is not a long term option. How long can you go on getting your food delivered? A big part of successful, long term weight loss and maintenance is the ability to make it a lifestyle. You must learn how to plan in advance and be efficient and effective in the kitchen! It’s really not hard. It is another very expensive option. The food is heavy on the carbs, light on the fat and protein – the old fashioned way of dieting that we know doesn’t work!
**As mentioned, with JC, WW and Lite ‘N Easy there is no strategic exercise component – it’s more about just being a little bit active. While this might be ok for overweight people to lose a few kg, it won’t get you in awesome shape if that’s your aim so keep that in mind. These diets are not designed to be used in conjunction with a challenging exercise program (which is the only way you will get an awesome body!)
Ok so what the BEST programs to consider if you want to really get in great shape. Well firstly it MUST contain a challenging resistance training portion.
My 5 Best Fitness/Fat Loss Programs:
Body Blitz Blueprint for Fat Loss by Sue Heintze
Ok so I’m biased. I wrote the programs. Between Kristin and I we spent the better part of 12 months working on this series of body transformation programs. They are awesome. What else can I say!
We cover nutrition, training, commitment and motivation. This is your blueprint to a new body in just 12 short weeks.
*Here’s a whisper…there is special email about to go out on the Body Blitz Blueprint for Fat Loss system. Next week. Stay tuned.
Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto
An oldie but a goodie! BTFFTM is a very comprehensive e-book about proper nutrition and weight training for fat loss and muscle gain. One of the first books I learned from. This one is a must for every fitness enthusiast’s library. Covers EVERYTHING!
Shapeshifter by Adam Steer and Ryan Murdock
Yet to come! Watch out for this “Body Redesign” program in the next few weeks. I’ve reviewed it. My goodness the guys have gone out of their way to impress with this one. This program incorporates training (all bodyweight exercises, so you don’t even need a gym), nutrition, and lifestyle advice. If you like bells and whistles, awesome graphics, this is a program you’ll love – and get great results with.
WATCH THIS SPACE – I’ll be back with more on this one in a couple of weeks.
Xtreme Fat Loss Diet by Joel Marion
The current rage on the internet. This is a short, 25 day rapid fat loss diet. Being a figure competitor who has used a lot of different strategies when dieting to low body fat levels, I am super impressed with the fat loss strategies Joel uses in this program. The diet cycles in 5 day blocks, each day using a different strategy for a specific result. No doubt, this is the smartest, rapid fat loss diet (and training is included) you will ever see. No wonder it is a bestseller.
Currently $30 off and some great added bonuses with this program until Friday www.idealbodiesonline.com/xtremefatlossdiet
Final Phase Fat Loss by John Romaniello
Roman (as he’s known) is awesome. Just ask him – he’ll tell you J The thing is, he’s pretty spot on. Not only is he hot to look at, he’s pretty darn smart too. FFFL is a training program based on hormone manipulation and is specially designed to target stubborn fat deposits – be that belly fat or bum and thigh fat. Hormones such as cortisol, testosterone and estrogen, have a direct effect on where we store fat and how much and how easily we store it. By utilizing different training methods that Roman uses in this program, we can target the particular area that is most troublesome.
There are actually quite a few more really great programs around such as:
The Get Lean Program www.idealbodiesonline.com/getleanprogram
The Diet Solution Program http://www.idealbodiesonline.com/dietsolutionprogram
but thought I would limit it to 5 for today.
“So, Sue, what do YOU eat on a regular day?”
People are always intrigued about what I eat. I often trial new diets and ways of eating so my diet varies at times but I also have my usual staples that I probably will always eat.
At the moment I don’t need to lose any weight – I’m sitting only about 2-3kg off my stage weight and around 13% body fat. I’ve been experimenting as I am designing a new diet program – it’s based on cleansing and detoxing and includes plenty of antioxidants to fight cellulite, uneven fat deposits, and fights aging.
So I had a ‘lemon/maple smoothie’ which contains lemon juice, pure maple syrup, some Udo’s Oil for essential fatty acids as well as a few fat burning and cleansing spices. So refreshing!
My usual breakfast every day is oats made into porridge, sweetened with some stevia, with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter mixed in, topped with cottage cheese, a drizzle of pure maple syrup and some bran cereal (lots of fibre!).
Later today I had a green smoothie! This was a first for me. I generally can’t stomach green drinks. But this was yummy! It contained spinach, kiwi, banana, apple, whey and a few other things. Thanks to my lovely friend Di for this recipe.
For lunch I had some taco mince with broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, avocado and a sprinkle of cheese.
Dinner, well, Damien was in charge and he cooked up schnitzels, mash and veggies. Not my usual fare, but if I were dieting I would have something like a leafy chicken salad with avocado, or a salmon fillet with veggies.
Something you may be interested in – I am actually in the process of writing up my 2009 competition diet. This was my last competition, and I prepared my own diet and training. This is what I looked like (could have been a little leaner).
*If you are interested in finding out what my exact diet was for this comp, keep an ear out as I will be giving you the opportunity to get hold of this info in the next few weeks.
I hope you enjoyed my (not completely unbiased – however, honest!) reviews!