Online diet programs

We check out popular online diets - can a virtual diet program give you real-world results?
 
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04.Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation

Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation website screenshot

12wbt.com

$199 for 12-week plan

This popular program is a “team” event that occurs four times a year for 12 weeks. It includes detailed eating plans, shopping lists and an exercise regime that has options for home, gym or outdoors. 

The program also includes: 

  • Weekly “mindset” videos
  • Live chat sessions with Michelle Bridges 
  • Access to forums and social media
  • Pre-season tasks before the challenge
  • Progress trackers
  • Weekly weigh-ins
  • Calorie counters and group events 

Kellie says The eating plan is prescriptive (providing a specific daily meal plan) rather than adapting to people’s current lifestyle and habits.

There seems to be a bigger emphasis on exercise, which may be unrealistic for some on their own and without the help of a personal trainer.

The eating plans are based on achieving certain amount of calories each day – 1200 for women /1600 for men. It would be difficult to maintain such a high amount of exercise on such a low-calorie restriction. 

Nathan says This is the best of all the programs under review. It has well-balanced aerobic and resistance programs – weight and resistance will help you maintain muscle if you’re losing weight through a diet restriction.

On the downside, the exercise component lacks supervision. If you haven’t done exercise in years it could be discouraging as the intensity required is very high.


 

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