- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (December 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316339504
- ISBN-13: 978-0316339506
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 243 customer reviews
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Chris Powell and Heidi Powell are the stars of ABC TV's prime time hit show, Extreme Weight Loss. They are regular contributors to Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. They live in Phoenix, Arizona with their four children.
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In regards to the shopping lists and daily menus: YOU DON'T HAVE TO FOLLOW THEM EXACTLY! They actually state in the book (pg.72) that you can create your own menus and recipes and that theirs are guidelines/suggestions. They even include a brief 100-calories food list to make it easy to pair foods together. You don't have sprouts in your cupboard? Then move on to a different recipe. You don't like mushrooms? Don't use them. In my two weeks of meal preps I have not followed a single day to the tee, and have really only used six of the recipes (a couple of which I tweaked).
The whole point of the book is encourage the reader to think about their weight loss as a transformation of the body AND mind and that it's not simply a diet to get to your goal but then turn back to old habits.
If you're very rigid and take everything you read literally, then this might not be the book for you. However, if you are able to use the text as a roadmap, and be flexible and creative, then give it a try.
However, I spent 2.5 hours in the grocery store yesterday to gather everything needed for the first week. I photocopied the microscopic shopping list and said a lot of fowl words in my head trying to read it.
This morning as I explored Instagram to follow Chris and Heidi for motivation, I discovered there is a Transformation App!!
The App simplifies the book and takes all the guesswork out of shopping. It also provides you with many more meal choices. Maybe the app is mentioned in the book and I missed it, but if not please be aware and know the cost of the app is money well spent!!
So I read the book, read the recipes and took what I wanted from there. I don't like that so much of the recipes are "sugar free this and fat free that".. I'd rather do this with a more whole foods approach. Also, they suggest that 1400-1500 cals is appropriate for a woman which I think is way too generic. So again, I took in all the info and tweaked it to fit my own approach. So I've been doing probably 4-5 low carb days following by 1-2 higher carb days.. One thing I noticed was bfast was usually something in the moderate carb range where dinners were usually much more lean. So I kept that model and also figured that they were using roughly 25%carbs on low carb days. So again, I borrowed what I knew would work for me. I mean, the best diet is whatever you stick with, right?
SO, after a year of very slow weight gain and not much movement in body fat.. how did I do in the 6 weeks since buying this and implementing it? Well, I've lost 6 pounds and increased my strength gains at the gym. I'm calling that a big fat win. I love that it's a fairly slow and steady loss. I'm almost shocked every time I step on the scale and see a slight dip.. after a year of seeing the number creep up (whether I was eating 1400cals a day or 2000 cals a day) seeing it go in the right direction and knowing I'm eating the best foods for me (still very very clean, no "sugar free fat free" just real foods, mostly those with no ingredients lists.. best feeling ever.
Now, I also read about the macros (if it fits your macros) on their website.. how she eats a marshmallow dream bar from Starbucks everyday.. I sort of file my low carb and high carb days along with the if it fits your macros. Which feels much more "livable". So I get to have my own treats, while still maintaining my clean eating the rest of the time, doing well at the gym and feeling more energized.
Is it a one-sized fits all? Nope.. but I thought there were some great points in here and definitely a great starting point for anyone wanting to try something new.