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Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You Hardcover – April 10, 2007
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Michaels, who gained recognition as a trainer on NBC's The Biggest Loser, pushes to get you in "the best shape of your life." Assuming you are already in fairly decent shape, if you have 20 or less pounds to shed and are willing to make the commitment, Michaels promises to have readers "feeling comfortable running in a bikini." Determining body fat percentage and taking a "fit test" is par for the course in this sort of book. What separates Michaels' program is that she bases the diet on whether a person is a "slow oxidizer, balanced oxidizer, or fast oxidizer." The idea is that slow oxidizers require more carbs, while fast oxidizers need higher percentages of protein. Michaels provides three different sets of menus and recipes (she claims that there is sound science behind this, but don't expect to see helpful footnotes quoting clinical studies). The majority of the book is list-like and not invigorating to read. A glut of trainer-driven fitness books seem to be hitting stands lately; this one only stands out if you accept her notion of oxidizing.
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“Making the Cut by fitness trainer Jillian Michaels is the perfect book to get you in the best shape of your life.”
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I was able to follow the workout plan closely for about 3 weeks. Workouts are amazing! No hours at the gym, quick and effective. I like that she explains the underlying strategy for forming the workouts - that gives a lot to move forward with, beyond the 30 days. I was training for a triathlon at the same time and had to cut back on the cardio in order to keep up with the 4 workouts / week. On a side note - I had my best triathlon performace ever despite not having all the hrs of biking and running logged. Jillian's workouts are truely functional and effective.
I didn't follow the food plan closely but stayed within my calory limit (most of the days). I was hungry in the first week and realized I can't go 4 hrs without eating so I encorporated healthy snacks in and ate about every 3 hours. I really liked a few of her meals but didn't have the time to plan and cook most of them, especially since I live alone and 1-2 meals last me a week.
I lost 4 pounds and although it doesn't sound like much, I haven't weighed below 118 in years! I was so excited to see 114 lbs and am happy to finally break my trend of putting on a pound each year for the last 6 or 7 yrs. More importantly, my body is a lot more firm and toned.
As for why 4 stars instead of 5:
- The book itself isn't well organized, especially all the individual workouts are tricky to find and don't really appear alphabetically as you'd expect
- Inconsistencies in the photos and workout descriptions
- Some explainations (like how many circuits to do) aren't clear
- The food plan isn't easy to follow and all
- Some food suggestions don't seem like the healthiest of choices (ex: why everything fat free?)
Maybe it's 4.5 stars really... cuz the book content is wonderful! Just a little frustrating to use as a reference.
I will definitely do the full 30 days sometime soon with counting calories closely and following the workouts. There isn't a clear "maintenance" section in the book, as some people commented, but the knowledge I gained from this book is my maintenance. Every few days per week I still log my calories (on My Plate by livestrong) and I will never again do a "lift and rest" sort of workout at the gym again.
Thanks to Jillian for putting this information out there and making it so accessible!
I also find the diet advice to be contradictory to Jillian's "Master Your Metabolism" book (which I read before I read this one). There, she talks about the evils of artificial "Frankenfoods" that are filled with fake sweeteners, fillers, preservatives, etc. And yet this book advocates eating these things. I am a bit disappointed about that.
However, I like the workouts. They are tough, and they make me sore. I am certain they are changing my body. I liked the idea of circuit training, but didn't know which muscle groups to work on what days, and which exercises to do to work them. This breaks it down nicely. Even if I don't keep on with this program after 30 days, I will keep working the same muscle groups together on the same schedule.
I find this workout is a little light on ab work, for me. This is a particular area of focus for me, so I add a lot more bicycle crunches and standard crunches when working abs.
That probably sounds like a lot of negatives, but I really do like this workout. Without a doubt, it will give results.