Towards the end of last year I had been looking for a new meal and exercise plan to follow. I was fully aware that going back to work was going to impact how much exercise I could fit in, and I wanted to find something early to get stuck in to and see if it would work going forward. On my search, I was sent the Body Transformation Meal Plan Design book by Nick Mitchel and Jonathan Taylor. I have had a thorough read through and here are my thoughts on the book. This is a review of the information in the book, rather than the actual plan itself.
I was seriously impressed by how much information is in this book. You can see straight away this is not a fad diet but serious transformation that requires time, effort and dedication. There is a huge amount of detail, but also lots of quick, helpful tips that break down the information and take everything in to consideration. Initially, the plan looks hard core and time consuming, and focuses on having a specific goal, however, it does take in to account special occasions or holidays you have – anything that might interrupt your programme. There are then ways to work round this without having to be too strict.
My Initial Thoughts
After just a quick glance, I did panic a little and wonder if this programme is for me? To do this seriously, I need to set aside time to go through and set up the program properly. However I have just returned to work and being busy with a family, am I going to be able to fit it in?
This is going to be hardest part to fit in – mainly due to time. Unless I get up at 4.30am every day, or exercise at 10pm every night, I honestly can’t see where I can squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise! But the book has fantastic information on what kinds of exercise to do and when, the different types of exercise to do and how often you should do them. The focus of the book is nutrition, however you can’t have a body transformation without training so this section is a great introduction on how to effectively train to aid your transformation.
Nutrition is the main focus of the book, so I was expecting it to be detailed, but I was shocked at how detailed it was! My first thoughts are that it is very high tech, quite wordy, and scientific. However, it is well written and you can see that the authors are just being thorough because calculating nutrition for your own benefit is science – it’s not a one size fits all situation and this book reflects that. The information is broken down well and with a little concentration (easier said than done with two children!) it does make a lot of sense.
The list of food is excellent and very helpful. The meal planning is definitely a brilliant way of incorporating the food plan in to a busy lifestyle, you just have to be really prepared. They suggest using MyFitness Pal, which is an app accessible to everyone and having used it in the past, is very easy to use. There is information about weighing food, how exactly to meal plan, what you can eat, how much of it, and it includes drinks in the plan too. There’s also information about adapting your meal plan for when you’re eating out so you can still enjoy a night out without interrupting your transformation. I think for a lot of people, this is what can throw off your efforts – restrictions when you want to enjoy yourself.
There are some excellent recipes to get you off to a great start – the photos are amazing and had my mouth watering and itching to try some recipes immediately!
Recording Your Progress
There is a great section about recording your progress and how to assess if you are on the right path. It takes in to account water fluctuation, eating at different times, and even your menstrual cycle. This section stresses the importance of recording not just weight, but your body measurements and taking photos too.
The book includes a number of case studies which I thought were really helpful. I think it’s always great to see how a plan works for someone else and these were interesting to read and see real results.
The book is fantastic. It has so much information about how to make this body transformation work for you. The detail it goes in to explain why you need to do the prep work is brilliant and encourages the phase “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.
How will it work for me? As a busy working mum of two young boys, I am going to be honest and say this plan isn’t going to work for me right now. I don’t have the time to dedicate to such a detailed plan that follows such regular eating times – there are days when my first meal of the day is 8pm when the kids are in bed and I’ve just picked at their leftovers all day! I know this is why I need to make the change, but realistically, it isn’t going to happen to me as I just don’t have the time to dedicate to it at the moment.
However, having discussed with my husband, this might be something that is good for him. So, he is going to have a sit down and have a proper read of the book and see if we can figure out a plan for him. Honestly, he has the same time restrictions as me so again, it might not work, but just an initial glance and intrigued him so we’ll see how it goes. For me, the actual making the food element is easy. It’s the eating at the right time and fitting in the exercise that is going to be difficult for me.
Whilst I think this plan would be amazing for some people, unfortunately it isn’t going to work for me, which is a shame because it clearly works well for the people who do follow it!
Here’s hoping I can find something else soon that will fit in to my hectic schedule!
If you want to take a look and give the book a go yourself, you can find it here.