In the world of fitness, there are literally thousands of different diet and exercise programs available at any given time. What’s worse is that 99% of them flat out, don’t work and will set you only serve to discourage and set you back further.
If you want to get any success when it comes to loosing fat, you need a proven strategy. Without a solid plan, you will fail, guaranteed. A new program has been recently released by Joel martin (he has too many credentials to list here) which is called the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet.
So, if you landed on this page, you are no doubt wondering if this program is effective or if it is just another “diet fad”. I am happy to report that Joel’s program is, as the name implies, extremely effective. However, there are a few issues you should know about before diving in and I will talk about them in the next few sections.
Anybody who has even the slightest clue about losing fat will tell you that the most important aspect is your diet. As a matter of fact, it is possible to lose as much weight as you want without doing any exercise at all. This is not to say that exercise isn’t important, but it isn’t necessary for pure weight loss.
That is why the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet puts so much focus on the dieting aspect of fat loss. The 25 day diet itself is broken down into 5 day cycles and each day within the cycle has its own dieting rules. This is what it looks like:
Day 1: Cheat Day
The most fun day of all, the cheat day actually lets you eat what you want, when you want. Seriously! That means you can eat cheeseburgers, ice cream or even some deep fried Oreo cookie and peanut butter cheesecake (I don’t know if that exists). So, with one cheat day per cycle, you will only be going through 4 days of dieting before getting a break.
This is not only great to keep your motivation up, it also helps with some hormone production in your body (Joel explains this in detail in the manual) that actually leads to greater fat loss. That’s right; strategically eating junk food can help you lose weight.
Day 2: The Fast Day
This is by far the hardest days of the program since you go a full day without eating anything. Joel only recommends you take some very specific supplements but outside of that, you can’t eat anything. This actually sounds worse than it is.
The first time you do it is very hard, but after that it gets pretty easy. The main trick is to stay busy throughout the day to keep your mind off food.
Day 3: The Shake Day
During the shake day, you only consume protein shakes. Of course, there are some very specific quantities of other nutrients to add to these shakes and Joel does a great job of explaining how much of each you need.
Day 4: The Moderate Carb Day
During the moderate carb day, you have to eat specific amounts of carbohydrates at the right time along with meat and veggies. Once again, Joel does a great job here of going into what types of carbs you can eat here as well as what foods to avoid.
Day 5: The Protein Only Depletion Day
As the final day of the cycle before the next cheat day, the depletion day is designed to deplete your body of all its glycogen reserves (aka stored sugar) so as to make room for the carbs and calories, you will no doubt eat during cheat day. To do this, you have to only eat specific amounts of protein and Joel does a great job of showing you how to calculate how much you need.
Since all your meals (except for the cheat day meals) require very specific amounts of the right nutrients, you will have to do a little math to figure it out. Don’t worry though, its VERY simple math and Joel walks you through how to do it.
The Xtreme Fat Loss Diet also goes in depth about what foods you can eat to actually get all the right nutrients. There are extensive lists of protein sources, fat sources, carbohydrate sources as well as vegetables that are best to eat. It makes it really easy to know whether or not what you are eating is good for your fat loss efforts.
The other big part of the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet program is the training. Now, the workouts prescribed in this portion of the program weren’t written by Joel Marion himself but rather his friend John Romaniello who is a world renowned fitness expert (this guy knows his stuff).
The workouts are broken down into 4 types:
- Lactic acid training
Now, there is too much science going on with these workouts to explain them here but suffice it to say that these BURN. These are painful and are basically get your muscles to produce as much lactic acid (the stuff that makes your muscles burn) as possible. This has lots of fat burning and hormonal benefits that Roman explains in great detail.
- Density Training
Density trainings are very heavy training sessions that were originally designed to build muscle mass. The basic premise here is that they get you to do as much work done in the shortest time possible.
- Strength Training
These workouts are performed with very heavy weights and low numbers of repetitions. On top of helping you burn fat, these will actually make you stronger.
- Dynamic Training
These workouts are specifically designed for fat loss. What happens here is that you perform multiple exercises with a single set of dumbbells, without ever letting them go.
John actually does a fantastic job here of explaining the reasons and science behind each type of training in a way that anybody can understand. He also went through the trouble of building workout logs that you can just print out and take to the gym.
There is even an entire section dedicated to showing you how each exercise is performed which is handy because there are some pretty obscure exercises in there that you have probably never heard of.
Joel also includes a few other things that can help you reach your fat loss goals. These include: A supplement guide: Tells you what supplements you will need as well as the best place to get them.
A success journal and cliff notes: Printable spreadsheets that breaks down what needs to be done on each day as well as self-evaluations to keep you accountable. This is great to keep you focused.
Audio interview transcripts: These are interviews and discussions done between Joel, John Romaniello, Vince Del Monte and Flavia Del Monte who are all highly respected fitness experts. They talk about mindset, tricks to succeed, pitfalls to avoid and their own personal experiences with the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet program.
Everything in the program is very well explained in terms that anybody can understand. Joel tells you exactly what workout to do on what day and even at what time to do them. He explains when to eat your meals as well as what each of those meals should contain Fats, Carbs, or Protein.
He even tells you where to get all the supplements and protein powders you will need during the diet. There is seriously EVERYTHING you need to know about highly effective fat loss in this program.
The diet is very strict and will require a lot of planning on your part (especially in the beginning) to get optimal results. For example, it is recommended that you eat six meals a day with 2 to 3 hours between each one. This requires a lot of planning and organising especially if you work a 9 to 5 job, although it is doable.
For most people, the diet plan will be a drastic departure from their usual eating habits. One thing that could have been added to the package is a transition plan to ease the dieters into the main diet. This isn’t a huge problem by any means, but it definitely would have helped ease newcomers into the program.
Also, the workouts are quite intense, especially if you have never trained in the gym before. Jumping straight into the workouts that are provided will leave you very sore if you don’t have any prior experience with weightlifting programs. Once again, a transition workout plan for beginners would have been a great addition.
Finally, Joel doesn’t provide any recipes that you can follow that incorporate all the nutrients that he recommends. This means that you will have to figure it out for yourself or buy a separate recipe book that does have appropriate recipes.
It just seems that instead of putting energy into bonuses such as interviews a recipe book would have completed the package much better.
So the big question is, is this program worth the costs to access it? I would personally say yes, but I would also say that it depends what you are looking for.
Overall, Joel Marion’s Xtreme Fat Loss Diet is a great program, but it definitely isn’t for everybody.
You see, just as the name implies, this program works extremely well and the claims that it can help you lose 25 pounds of fat in 25 days are not exaggerated at all.
However, such drastic fat loss requires some quite drastic behaviour and dietary changes (but there are cheat days to keep you sane).
It is also worth noting that the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet program comes with a 60 day money back guarantee so if you buy it and find that it isn’t for you, you can get a full refund and keep the whole program for free.