Don’t get me wrong, I love Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach and I totally support anyone helping this country make positive changes to their health and fitness. He and Jamie Oliver have done so well at encouraging normal people to take small steps in changing their future.
With Jamie changing school dinners and supporting the sugar tax. And Joe actively giving away free exercises on social media and inspiring a generation of convenience food lovers. They are both two of the biggest influencers out there. In fact, rumour has it that Joe Wicks earns over £1,000,000 in JUST a month.
But why is it that many people can’t seem to get to grips with the plan?
Because they’re not following it
So your mum bought you all of his books for Christmas and now you feel like you could take on the world. GOOD. Go get em. But make sure you do your research and read up properly.
The Lean in 15 recipes are anything but lean.
Joe is a fan of high-fat diets, and why not. For so many years we’ve been brainwashed by the media to believe that fat is dangerous and harmful when in reality healthy fats are actually super beneficial.
But with high fat comes high calories and with high calories, you NEED to be exercising. It’s all well and good making yourself 3 meals a day from the recipe book but without adequate exercise, those extra calories are going to go straight to your thighs and NOT in a good way.
Joe advises his readers not to track calories
Which is understandable, as so many people get wrapped up and obsessed in a web of macros and calories that they could end up causing more damage than good.
However, if you’ve been slacking with exercise and just making his recipes then you should probably monitor what goes in your mouth. Joe’s cheesy chorizo chicken and spinach recipe from the first Lean in 15 book serves 1 person and contains around 1000 calories!
Like I said, it’s all well and good for someone who is following the plan correctly and working out alongside.
While those in the know will realise this is the case, for many people who pick up his books, hear about him from friends or see him on the television. They don’t know. People are naive they believe anything they’re told. So when some super ripped guy, making millions from advising people on their health and fitness says you can get fit and healthy by “eating more and exercising less” he must be correct?
He’s sending out the completely wrong message. Although I hate to say it, there are a lot of stupid people who will read the Daily Mail and believe every single warped story they publish. Those are the people who The Body Coach will inevitably be encouraging to gain weight instead of lose it.
Counting calories is the best way then?
For some people counting calories can drive them absolutely insane. Admittedly I do count calories, but it’s not something I would let take over my life. Eating when and what your body needs is the only way you will get to where you want to be. No, your body does not need Nutella and marshmallow pancakes, that’s your heart. Everyone knows dessert goes to the heart…
What I’m saying is, a restriction isn’t great, but high-calorie over-consumption is also not ideal. There needs to be some balance and some experimenting. If Lean in 15 isn’t working for you, then stop. Try something else. Slimming World, Weight Watchers, calorie counting. Every diet plan has good and bad points it’s just about finding what’s right for you personally. Weight loss is a long drawn out process and if you have a lot of work to do you need to realise it takes time, physical strength and a lot of mental power.
When The Body Coach plan is Good
So you’re having success with The Body Coach’s SSS plan. Then you are so doing it right! Exercising well and eating good food. The plan has a great structure to it and if followed correctly can help you stick to a healthier, positive relationship with food.
But remember, what works for you, may not work for everyone else. The weight loss industry is full of tricks, tips and marketing scams. Finding something that works for you, but might not work for your best friend is highly likely.
If you decided to take on a diet plan, whatever you decide to do this year, don’t let it take over your life. Caring too much about food and diet can lead to some catastrophic issues. Negative relationships with food and eating disorders. Disordered eating issues are real and the diet marketing industry is helping manifest these issues