Body Coach Review

For a time I tried the Body Coach program organized by Joe Wicks.  Joe’s huge following and positive reviews drew me to try the program and pay the nearly $200 for fitness and diet plans.

I ended up quitting about 1/2 way and going on my own fitness program. Why?

Well first, here are some good points of the fitness program:

  • It’s easy. There’s easy access to coaches (though their advice varies and is sometimes not helpful) and the plan is detailed with food weights in grams. The workouts are detailed as well and Joe has uploaded videos for assistance.
  • It is a healthy lifestyle. The coaches would often say to me that you cannot gain weight on this program (I beg to differ, but it WAS healthy food)
  • Joe is adorable and a positive role model.
  • The food plan is tailored to you based upon some measurements and lifestyle quiz details.
  • I did improve my cooking skills and interest through practice.

Okay sorry, that wasn’t a lot of positive… I have quite a bit more to say about the negative bits of the program:

  • It’s pretty flexible but does not teach how much fat, calories, and protein are worth. You know you must eat the way you do, but you don’t get a whole lot of thorough education on the body.
  • I definitely gained weight on the problem. And the first part of the program is HIIT so I didn’t build much muscle. I quit because the second cycle out of three was lifting based and I knew I would gain more weight. I felt SOOOOO bloated and bigger. My tummy was so big I swear. And I didn’t cheat much at all.
  • When I asked the coaches for help they blamed me not doing things right and told me to have patience. I did and it didn’t get better.
  • The meal plan is flexible- but not super creative. It gives man food options and some plans, but these get old and are hard to make for more than 1 person (they don’t convert well).
  • I love the easiness of the quick HIIT sessions, but they don’t burn enough for the HIGH HIGH protein diet. It doesn’t quite add up.
  • The plan allows real carbs after a workout. This pushed me to work out more, but taught the unhealthy practice that you need to burn to eat when in the reality it does not matter when you eat your calories in the day.

In the end, it just wasn’t worth the money or time. I cooked for hours, blamed myself for screw ups, and didn’t have the body change I desired.


Beating Cravings

Cravings happen to the best of us! Sweet? Salty? I love both. So how do you keep those cravings in check without emptying the cupboards of all your dangerous treats?

Try brushing your teeth when you have a bad craving! I swear this works great. When still hungry snack on something filling and healthy like baby carrots, banana, or avocado.

Drink a lot of water! Sometimes when you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. I find this is often the case with myself.

Want some good craving beaters of mine, here are my picks:

  • Mixed nuts — nuts are so filling. Almonds, cashews, and walnuts are amazing. Add dark chocolate and maybe some raisins– you’ve got yourself a trail mix!
  • Pickles! I love pickles. Dill Spears often have more flavor than the dill chips.
  • Beef Jerky- hearty and available in many flavors, this source of protein is low in carbs and lasts a while.
  • Enlightened ice cream– it’s miracle “healthy” ice cream. Highly recommend in that hot summer.
  • Fage Greek 2% yogurt– the best Greek yogurt. It’s awesome with oats or berries and cinnamon.
  • Dried seaweed– although strange at first, it grows on you! Salty and crunchy.
  • Cucumber and watermelon are awesome and filling snacks. Yummy.
  • Laughing cow cheese wedges; these are tasty if you’re a cheese fanatic and also small, light in calories, and delicious.
  • Popcorn: try air popping then drizzle olive oil, butter, or margarine with salt. I love this and you save a lot of calories by making it yourself. Still delicious!!
  • Tea– green tea, white tea, chai tea, black tea — it’s all awesome and I love it. I’m a tea addict 😀
  • Gum: Not food, but great gum can really kill a craving and keep the mouth busy. My pick is Trident spearmint gum.

I hope these treats are as good for you as they are for me. Happy munching!