I’ve been meaning to put this review under my belt for a while now, but the good news is I’ve had quite a bit of time to scan through this book and give you my honest feedback. I initially heard about this book via Twitter. I follow my girl-crush Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who I know is being mentioned entirely too much in my posts, and she Tweeted about her trainer, James Duigan.
Seriously though, you don’t want to look like this?
Or even better, this????
Upon doing a bit of research I came across Clean & Lean Diet and Bodyism. I found the book on Amazon, which you can purchase HERE, and decided to explore this 14-day challenge.
I get tons of messages, emails, posts, etc. asking about cleanses or ways to shed a few pounds fast. Although quick weight loss isn’t a long-term solution, or necessarily healthy, I think the right tools can help you lose a few pounds before a school reunion, encounter with an ex-boyfriend, or that tight squeeze into a bandage dress. The good news is I think Clean & Lean Diet is just the book to show you how to do it properly. No gimmicks, no fancy products… just real food as nature intended it to be.
Ultimately, the proof is in the pudding and the list of clients dedicated to Bodyism pretty much sums it up. Elle Macpherson and Mollie King, from the British girl group The Saturday’s, round out the group of celebs being tightened and toned with this amazing program. On Bodyism’s website they do sell a load of supplements, none of which I have tried. If you have ever sampled them, please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your feedback too.
The core Clean & Lean program, however, doesn’t requite the purchase of said supplements. The book, and a trip to your local grocery store, are really all you need. I think that it is important to point out that this book isn’t good for people just looking to shed some pounds, but also people looking to shed their addiction to food. I don’t mean this in the gluttonous sense, but many additives such as sugar, salt, and fat are highly addictive and this book is just the detox you’d need to get that junk out of your system!
The book truly gives you everything you need, a meal plan for each of the 14 days, recipes, a sample of exercises, and the beginning of this book is dedicated to helping you to understand the importance of whole foods and why this program can set you on the right path to changing your overall well-being.
I wasn’t paid for this review, in fact I wasn’t even sent this book. I purchased this with my own money because I have been looking for a product to recommend to people who want to make a difference in their health quickly. I believe I have finally found the right one! It won’t be easy, eating purely clean food is a shock to the system and to your lifestyle, if you aren’t used to cooking and preparing ahead of time. Many other celebrity trainers are feeding their clients 900 calories or putting them on a diet of baby food. Clean & Lean Diet simply retrain’s your system and expects you to want to put the right foods into your body… because you’re worth it (cue corny commercial voice.)
Here is sample of what you’d be eating on a typical Clean & Lean day:
Day 6 -
Breakfast: 1 scrambled egg with spinach, cooked with EVOO and 1 slice turkey
Lunch: 1 beef burger (skip the bun) with pan-fried mushrooms, onions, and grilled tomato, served with a small salad
Snack: chopped vegetables with hummus
Dinner: baked salmon fillet (add some chopped dill, crushed garlic, and paprika to it first, wrap it in foil, and bake), served with steamed broccoli and cauliflower
Snack: 5 brazil nuts
See, not too shabby. Eating clean isn’t anything to be afraid of as long as you are prepared and willing to stick it out. I find the first two weeks of any plan are the toughest, which is another reason why I love that Duigan made this a 14-day plan. I think he is like your training wheels. If you can stick with it, by the end of the 14-days you should be able to take those training wheels off and continue to live a cleaner life.
I highly recommend this book!