Feel like a broken record at the moment for book reviews – it’s another cook book! This time with the impossibly popular Joe Wicks – LEAN IN 15. When I started trying to lose weight I thought about signing up to the three-month plan. A hefty £150. I talked it through with mumma b and she wisely suggested I got the book first, saw whether I liked it and then reassess. I’m glad I did because oddly I struggled with this. I’ve seen lots of others also struggling with the recipes and the plan in general. Here are my two pennies.
THE RECORD-BREAKING NO.1 BESTSELLER
EAT MORE. EXERCISE LESS. LOSE FAT.
In his first book, Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, reveals how to shift your body fat by eating more and exercising less.
Lean in 15 features a hundred recipes for nutritious, quick-to-prepare meals and guides you through Joe’s signature HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) home workouts. Joe reveals how to combine food and exercise to ignite intense fat-burning.
Like lots of people I first encountered the lean in fifteen motto through Facebook videos. Before Joe got hugely successful I believe this is where he started sharing his fitness techniques and thought it looked like fun. The recipes looked really easy, quick and huge. He seemed to have genuine enthusiasm for losing weight and being healthy. Plus you didn’t need you to do hours at the gym doing cardio. Something at the time I really didn’t want to do.
I bought the book from Amazon so didn’t have a chance to read through it otherwise. Well, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. The problem? No carbohydrates. The Facebook recipes all contained good healthy carbs, but once I came to the book I found that meals prior to exercise meant carbs are pretty much non-existent. This is mentioned in the book at the beginning as to how it helps your body adjust and you start fueling your workouts. The problem for me is that my body didn’t adjust to the lack of carbohydrates. I was tired, I had constant headaches and I felt rubbish when it came to meal times. I just want to add, there’s also no difference for the meals in terms of men and women which meant if following with a partner there’s no real way of adjusting this.
A lot of the recipes take a lot longer than 15 minutes and although you can ‘prep like a boss’ it takes forever. Multiple days I thought stuff this. The amount of washing up, pots, pans, utensils. Frustrating. The price is also an issue for me. The number things I needed to buy to create the dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. The amount of meat and eggs I was supposed to buy and consume. I just ended up with a terrible, terrible headache.
I want to be positive about this because I have used the book. Just not in the way that Joe probably wanted it to be used. I’ve made the build me up bagel which is amazing and I’ve made a lot of the recipes. Just might have added more carbs to them and haven’t strictly followed the plan that he suggests. I’m not meal prepping because it took the fun out of cooking and eating and I struggled to be so strict with myself. Some of the combinations in the books are also odd- the curries with a side of broccoli rather than rice. It’s not something I would do and with my weight-loss plan I wanted something I could keep up full time.
I think if you’re thinking of taking up the £150.00 plan that Joe creates this book would be really helpful. If you’re not a carbaholic, and you’ve got a huge fridge and freezer for all the meats and eggs go for it. The recipes have given me a lot of inspiration and I’ve found myself using it for different breakfast ideas but for a diet plan. I just didn’t get along with this.