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Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You Paperback – Unabridged, January 22, 2008
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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.”
About the Author
JILLIAN MICHAELS is a strength trainer and life coach for NBC’s hit series The Biggest Loser. She hosts a successful website, www.jillianmichaels.com, and is the author of Winning by Losing.
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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.
Being someone who has been around the block a time or two in this realm of eating/lifting and such...I can sort of glean the direction I should go, without figuring out how to print the information out, because I'm a busy mom and already reading a ton of other books. So, I will go ahead and order the paperback and wait to take the quizzes to narrow all this down.
But, beware that on the E-book..it will be difficult. I am NOT knocking the book---she is super duper thorough, promotes organic, etc. I think it's a great guide for slimming down to get the cut body for maybe a trip or special occasion and such. I echo others that if you don't have a very small amount, it would definitely not the the book for you. You would already have to be in a high level of fitness shape, and have an understanding of how to eat this way to begin with.