I got my hands on a copy of Chad Waterbury’s latest program which is called Body Of F.I.R.E.
An optional part of the program is the ‘Shake Diet’ which makes some pretty big promises like a lot of other weight loss programs on the market. As with anything I promote, I have to try it myself and see if it’s the real deal or just a heap of (good) marketing.
I have enlisted the help of my wife Racheal to do it as well so you’ll get some varying point of views.
(I have reviewed the training portion of the program here —> Body Of Fire Review)
Morning Shake @ 8am
James – Off to a good start. If you can’t get the first meal or shake done properly on a seven day plan then you are going to struggle! Normally i would get up and have breakfast before going to bootcamp, but I just had a cup of tea when I got up and another on the drive there. After bootcamp I came home and made the first shake which was simple to make and tasted just fine.
I refuse to eat or drink anything that doesn’t taste good, no matter how good it is for me. So the morning shake ticks off both of those boxes.
Racheal – I actually set my alarm and got up early to make sure I had my shake at the scheduled time, things didn’t go according to plan with babies waking and needing changing but I made my first shake once this was out of the way. I am definitely not a shake kind of person, its usually the texture of the shake that I have trouble with so to be honest I was a little unsure about how this was all going to go down. To my surprise, the shake was delicious, way too filling and I couldn’t get through it all but I very much enjoyed it!
Lunch Shake @ 12:30pm
James – I was surprised how easy this one was to make. No blender required here, just grab a shaker, add the ingredients and drink up. The biggest problem with this sort of plan (2nd shake into it!) is that you have too much time! Instead of spending heaps of time planning, preparing and eating your food, you just have to make a shake and eat/drink it.
Racheal – I fitted in a late workout today so my 12:30 shake didn’t really happen until 1pm, but having said that, I wasn’t feeling hungry so really had to force myself to have it. I had thoughts all day of eating something, this idea of drinking shakes all day didn’t sit right in my head, I felt like I had to eat something, like chew something, even though I wasn’t hungry.
Afternoon Shake @ 4:30pm
James – I had to train a client around this time so I didn’t have access to the blender I would normally use. Instead I put the dry ingredients into a zip lock bag, and the other ingredients into the shaker and a plastic container. Because I didn’t have the blender I actually ate most of this ‘shake’ and drank the rest of it. Energy levels are just like normal, it’s just the abundance of time that seems to be an issue!
Racheal – I must admit I was kind of dreading another shake, and contemplated eating the spinach and berries separately just so I could eat something, but then though its easy just to throw everything in the blender for a few minutes and drink it. Once again, as with breakfast, I couldn’t drink it all. Felt very full and the idea of swallowing it all down, just for the sake of it made me feel sick. I knew there was a chance I’d have to box and didn’t want to be too full either.
Evening Shake – 8:30pm
James – This one is too easy. Just like the lunch shake, it’s literally prepared and consumed within 5 minutes. This sort of ‘fast food’ is normally bad for you but I can guarantee that with the mix of ingredients in these shakes, you are getting plenty of nutrients. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Add some water and you stay full and full of energy for a long time.
During the day I had around 6 cups of green tea and a cup of coffee which would be about my regular intake. Having a drink at your side is an important strategy if you tend to eat when you are bored or have extra time.
Racheal – I actually didn’t feel like this shake purely because I wasn’t hungry. Even after my workout in the morning, and 2 hrs of Boxing and Zumba tonight. Quite a lot of workouts and still feeling re-fuelled and energetic which totally surprised me. Still feeling like I want to eat something, but only for eatings sake, not because I’m hungry or needing too, probably more cause I’m bored. I’m looking forward to jumping on the scales in the morning to see if I have achieved any weight loss after day 1.