Myself and Mr Five Minute Mummy have been trying out the Joe Wick ‘The Body Coach’ ‘Lean In 15’ for the past four weeks and I think it’s about time we share our experience.
About six weeks ago I was just scrolling through Facebook and I saw a great looking recipe. I had no idea that it was actually from ‘The Body Coach’. It looked far to good to be something from a ‘diet book’, so I decided to check out what it was all about.
Turns out The Body Coach aka Joe Wicks is in fact an internet sensation. He was a personal trainer running bootcamp training sessions but wanted to do much more, he started out on Instagram posting videos of his recipes, and soon grew a huge following and now Joe has a No.1 Selling book Lean In 15.
I brought the book the same week and started learning all about it.
The whole idea is that you eat the right foods at the right time so that you fuel you body correctly and never go hungry. So how does that work you ask…
The recipes in the book are amazing, with ‘Build it Up Bagels’, ‘Joe’s Chicken Pie’, and his ‘Mum’s Special Lasagne’ all on the menu. The book is split into three sections of recipes, reduced-carbohydrate and post-workout carbohydrate refuel as well as snacks and treats.
“Real food, not dust
There are serval pages in the book explaining how nutrients work and what your body needs and what it does with it, and it is defiantly worth reading through this part, but really its simple.
You workout 4 to 5 times a week; these are known as your Training Days, the other days are Rest Days, and on theses days you eat differently.
- On a training day you eat 2 reduced-carbohydrate meals, 1 post-workout refuel carbohydrate meal and 2 snacks.
- On a rest day you eat 3 reduced-carbohydrate meals and 2 snacks.
For workouts Joe recommends something called HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), it is quick and easy to fit into your day one of the most effective ways of burning fat. Every session should be hard, but it’s only 15 to 20 minutes, but trust me, you’ll see the results.
“Do one session,
do it properly and you won’t
want to do it again”
The book has workout examples in it, but I found the best way of doing these workouts is by using YouTube videos, Joe has a few videos, but there are loads out there so there is no need to get board.
So how did we get on?
I actually love this, it’s not a diet, it’s a life style. It’s all about changing habits and fuelling you body correctly, and it was just what I (we) needed.
I enjoyed every meal, and although the workouts are really tough, I felt great afterwards, firstly for finishing them but secondly for the amazing food that followed. Getting to eat ‘The Body Coach Club Sandwich’ after a killer workout made it totally worth it!
If I’m in a rush in the morning I love making a ‘Nut & Mango Smoothie’ to take on the school run or to enjoy at work, it’s so good and a great way to start the day. For dinner the meals are all really quick to make and/or can be made in advance. All of the recipes and really quick and easy to make and don’t contain a huge number of ingredients, they are simple and straight forward.
One of my favourite ways to fit in my exercise is to either squeeze it in while dinner is cooking or if we are planning on having dinner later I will do a HIIT workout while the kids are having their dinner, it’s just 15 minutes so it’s so easy to fit into the day.
The negatives, it is a bit expensive with regards to the weekly food shop as you are buying a lot of meat and fresh produce. Also, of course, it can be hard when you go out to dinner, but in all honesty I did have a few cheat meals, I’m no angel, but I always jumped straight back in the next day. One of the hard ones is avoiding alcohol…ummmmm I wasn’t great at this one, oops, but hay, I’m only human.
Does Lean in 15 work…HELL YES!
It work brilliantly, yes it’s hard work, but it works. Put in the effort and you will see the results. One of the tips in the book is to ‘throw away the sad step’ aka the scales. Stop weighing yourself. One key way is to use photos, take a photo at the beginning and others along the way and compare them to show how well your doing. It is so much more motivating than a number on a set of scales…trust me, hell don’t trust me check out my beginning photo compared to my 4 week photo below. I am over the moon with the results.
I’ll be sticking to it, fancy trying out yourself? Click Here to buy the book yourself.