Week by week, and after photos you can see all post here:
Now that I have officially finished the 3 week program the Ultimate Reset by Beachbody I thought it would be good to share my thoughts and feelings about the program as a whole. If you missed any of my previous post you can check out my day by day thoughts here:.
Many of you already know I ended the program a few days early due to my lack of eating enough because I just couldn’t eat the foods on the plan in the amounts that are required so I felt I wasn’t getting enough in my body for proper nutrition, even with the supplements.
Here are my list of Pro’s and Con’s
Pro’s Ultimate Reset :
- Weight Loss
- Improved Skin (definitely cleared up)
- Improved Hair (became less oily)
- Evening of energy levels
- Appreciation of preparing and cooking food
- Better digestive health
Con’s Ultimate Reset:
- The lack of variety in food groups
- Often hungry
- Time to prepare meals
- Unappetizing drinks (alkalinize and detox)
- Can not work out
Expectation: What I had expected to get out of this was very high energy (better then average) and really good sleep, in addition I was hoping and yes expecting weight loss.
Energy Levels: What I got in terms of the above was an evening of energy levels. What I mean is I didn’t ever feel like I had tons of energy, or had more then I knew what to do with it but I felt more rested, even keel, and calm. I didn’t have spikes of energy and lows of non-energy I just felt like I had what I needed.
Sleep: I did for a few days experience nights of really good sleep but after that it seemed my normal pattern in which I wake up frequently at night.
Weight Loss: As you will see below I did loss a nice amount of weight. I do think some of this is possibly due to not eating enough but overall I think the program does help you shed pounds.
Lessons Learned: I learned a lot about food and preparation. Things I will take with me. Did you know there was a study done regarding a microwave and broccoli. It showed that by using the microwave the broccoli lost 97% of it’s nutritional value. Through the program the microwave is discouraged. Sometimes though it is necessary (like at work). However due to this knowledge I have started using other methods of cooking when I can. I know steam my vegetables on the stove instead of using the microwave steam bags.
Natural/Organic Foods: This program does encourage organic foods. Though it is not necessary the reasoning makes sense. The first week if you remember I did all organic (and it was expensive). After that I did half and half at my local Publix. What I did fine was some foods that I LOVED when shopping at Whole Foods like this yummy salsa. I also found that I prefer to cook my rice using bulk purchased grains versus instant or boxed rice. So I think I will be making a monthly trip to Whole Foods.
Recipes: I found that for the most part I did not enjoy the recipes. Many of the flavors and spices used I just didn’t care for. I tried the majority of them and just got to a point where I couldn’t stomach the food. I did fine a few that I enjoyed like curry cauliflower, and some beans and rice recipes that I am taking with me to continue to use.
So overall I didn’t get what I initially thought I would get out of the program, it was expensive for the fact that for me it became more of a weight loss program, and it was extremely tough. Would I do it again? I’m going to say No. I don’t think after going through what seemed like the longest 3 weeks of my life that I could do it again now knowing what to expect. I’m I glad I did it? Yes because I learned some things that I think are important and changed my mind set and it has really motivated me to continue on the weight loss journey.
So here are my beginning and final results:
|Body Fat:||44.9||43.5||1.4% (approx 7.74 lbs)|
|Right Arm:||14 in||13.25 in||.75 in|
|Left Arm:||14 in||13.25 in||.75 in|
|Chest:||40.25 in||39.625 in||.625 in|
|Waist:||36.375 in||35 in||1.375 in|
|Hips:||45.5 in||44.125 in||1.375 in|
|Right Thigh:||29.25 in||27.25 in||2 in|
|Left Thigh:||28.25 in||27.125 in||1.125 in|
|Right Calf:||15.5 in||15.125 in||.375 in|
|Left Calf:||15.625 in||15.125 in||.5 in|
|Total Inches:||8.875 in|