So, you caved and bought Lean in 15 The Shape Plan?! No?? …You’re still thinking about it then?? Firstly, if you haven’t already, you need to read my review of the first book in the series here…
…now you’re caught up on my initial thoughts on book one, lets move on. It didn’t really click with me until the second book arrived that they are planned out just like his programmes; so book one was SHIFT, book two is SHAPE and book three is the SUSTAIN plan. Makes perfect sense now!
My Thoughts on Lean in 15 The Shape Plan
- the book is still not one I would recommend for vegetarians but I applaud Joe for sticking to what he knows and loves. You can’t please 100% of people 100% of the time. He has brought out Veggie Lean in 15 so that may be more to your tastes!
- this being said, there is not a zoodle in sight. Just real honest pasta, bread, gnocchi etc etc. Carbs that you really shouldn’t be afraid of if you are training. Everything in moderation right?!
- the recipes seem to be a little more “fancy pants”. I mean, WTF are nigella seeds?! I seriously thought they were some creation / blend by Nigella Lawson! If Ocado / Waitrose don’t even sell them then why do I need them?! …I don’t go to health food shops that often and certainly didn’t expect to need to with this book. Also, the recipes have names I don’t know… erm, Panzanella? Romesco? …then Chipotle this and chipotle that!
- I love the list of hero ingredients (including coconut oil, avocado, midget trees aka broccoli, eggs, spinach, blueberries…). They are real heroes.
- the recipe I’m most looking forward to trying is the OMG Cinnamon French Toast (pictured above). I’m stocked up on protein bread and zero cal maple syrup already! This Cinnamon French Toast recipe is on the blog so you can try it out yourself.
- I’ve printed off my own meal plan template (from this first post) and chosen meals to make for week one. My shopping has even come in already! I’ve got a real mix of dishes planned – salmon, pork, steak, cod… and my all time favourites, smoothies. So far I’ve made the Chunky Monkey smoothie (pictured in top image) which I loved the taste of; can’t really go wrong when it tastes like a snickers bar.
- how you eat has changed. On training days, you now eat three carb rich meals and two snacks; non training days you three reduced carb meals and two snacks. And that’s because the type of training recommended in the book has changed too.
- the training now mixes HIIT with weights. Specifically volume training. I think I like it. I certainly am gonna try a session and see what I think.
You can get the book on Amazon for around £8 which like I said last time, is less than the price of a typical shop bought lunch!
Have you got your copy yet?! What’s your favourite recipe so far?!