Some people need a structured program in order to lose weight and get into shape. I honestly feel that I am one of those people. Having the option to choose any food or any exercise isn’t always good for me. That’s why I was excited to review Jillian Michaels Body Revolution.
This program is Jillian’s most comprehensive system yet. Most of her other DVD’s have just been about exercise and getting fit. However, Body Revolution also includes a meal plan and journal so that you can be sure you are fueling your body with only good foods.
15 Workout DVDs
The 15-DVD set gives you 90 days of a workout, divided into three phases. The workouts encompass cardio as well as strength training. Jillian gives a great deal of focus on HIIT, high intensity interval training. She fully believes that HIIT is the best way to get fit in the smallest amount of time. I am beginning the program today, so I cannot yet comment on the difficulty of the workout. I have watched the first DVD though, and it looks like it will be tough but do-able.
Exercising with Jillian doesn’t require a gym membership – in fact, you don’t really need anything but a DVD player, space to move around, and hand weights. Jillian Michaels Body Revolution comes with a resistance band that is needed as you progress through the workouts. Nothing else is needed!
Fat Burning Meal Plan
Body Revolution comes with a 70-page booklet all about the healthy meal plan that Jillian recommends. The book starts with tips and helpful advice that will help you make good choices when it comes to eating. There are two sections for YES foods (highly recommended so that you get the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health) and NO foods (foods that can harm your weight loss/getting healthy attempts).
The book then launches into the recipes that are designed to be used with the workouts. Each recipe comes with nutritional information, so you can see just how healthy every meal you are preparing is. There are 10-15 options for each meal type, and she directs you to eat 4 times each day: breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. The plan is designed to give you approximately 1,200 calories each day. There is a variety of meals to choose from, and many make multiple servings, which is great for making and storing in the fridge or freezer so the you aren’t cooking all the time.
The fitness guide discusses the workouts you will be doing. It talks about the importance of metabolic training and also provides you with a schedule of the workouts so you do them in the right order for the 90 days.
There is also a journal included that allows you to track your food. You can write down what you eat at each meal, as well as the caloric intake for each meal. There is a space to record your water intake for the day, so you can be sure you are staying hydrated. There is also a section that allows you to reflect on your thoughts and emotions as you work out and eat healthier.
At the end of each week, you can also record your goals for the following week. The journal is very helpful to keep you on track.
30-Day Access to Online Help
Jillian Michaels Body Revolution features 30 days of free access to an online community where you can receive more help. You will be able to get online support from Jillian herself. There is also personalized online training and meal plans available. You can also discuss weight loss results!
My plan is to follow Jillian’s workouts for sure, and to adapt the eating portion to fit my lifestyle. I feel as though 1,200 calories isn’t enough for me personally to eat in a healthy manner, so I will be taking in a little more each day – but mainly from foods that Jillian recommends (just slightly bigger portions or maybe an extra snack).
Today is Day 1 for me. I will be updating with my progress after 30 and 60 days, and then again when I have completed the 90-day program.