As the year comes to a close, I thought now would be a good time to review my favorite workout programs and diet plans. So what are the key components of the best workout programs and best diet plans? In general, I think any good program provides some background and guidance as to why it is effective. That should in turn help the reader understand and even construct their own workout program or diet plan. Additionally, I find that the best workout programs and best diet plans lay out a recommended approach. Obviously, this provides a starting point for readers. Ultimately, I believe the best programs offer specificity as well as customization. In other words, a reader can either perform an exact recommended routine or gain enough knowledge to create their own routine. In this manner, the best workout programs and best diet plans can be effective for both beginners and experienced fitness fanatics.
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Best Workout Program for Men
Hands down, I think Visual Impact Muscle Building is the best workout program for men. While it’s technically a muscle building course, there’s so much knowledge strewn in here that you can use the strategies for whatever goal you’re trying to achieve. Trying to gain as much mass as possible? Do Phase 1. Want more of a maintenance approach to gain some muscle while burning some fat? Do Phase 2. How about a focus on reducing body fat while maintaining lean muscles? Do Phase 3. Of course, the best choice is to go through all these phases. I did so two years ago with good results and I’m now working through again (read about my Phase 1 results). Bottom line, Visual Impact Muscle Building is a solid 6 month program and also gives you all the tools you need to develop your own routines for the future.
Best Workout Program for Women
Workout programs for women don’t always focus on the right areas. That’s why I like Visual Impact for Women. It was designed to help women get the slim, feminine look rather than the muscular bodybuilder look. There are a lot of unique tips and strategies that you won’t find in other workout programs. Additionally, the 12 week cardio course is exceptionally well designed and serves as a great routine on its own. Of course, I recommend that women incorporate resistance training as well and Visual Impact for Women offers plenty of guidance on the best way to get toned, not bulky.
Best Diet Plans
It’s tough to recommend a best diet plan since everyone’s needs are so unique when it comes to eating. Any diet plan can simply recommend that you eat less calories than you burn. It’s managing to do that in a way that doesn’t adversely impact your lifestyle or result in rebound weight gain that is most challenging. That’s why my preferred approach is intermittent fasting.
For beginners, I would recommend Eat Stop Eat. This diet plan helped me get back in good shape a few years ago while still allowing me to enjoy the foods I loved. It involves fasting for 24 hours for 1-2 days per week. It might sound challenging but once you get used to it, it’s a phenomenal program.
If you’re looking to get really lean, I would recommend the Leangains approach. This involves daily fasting for 16 hours and also includes calorie cycling and meal timing components. A unique aspect of the Leangains approach is that it can help a person lose fat, gain muscle, or do both.
For those who can’t handle intermittent fasting, I think the best diet plans allow for flexible eating. Calorie restrictive diets ultimately fail in the long-term since your body can only go so low for so long. Additionally, restrictions are psychological torture as well. Both Cheat Your Way Thin and the Anything Goes Diet offer ways to lose weight without restricting what you eat.
Best Rapid Fat Loss Diet Plan
Finally, for those who want to rapidly lose a lot of weight, I would recommend the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet. In essence, it combines fasting with strategic re-feeds and a lot of exercise. This is a hardcore approach that I would only recommend to people who are looking to get in the best shape of their life for an event (read about my results).
Best Workout Programs and Best Diet Plans
So there you have my list of best workout programs and best diet plans. With most people highly motivated by the start of the new year, I’d recommend starting one of these plans and sticking with it. The key is finding a workout program and diet plan that you actually enjoy doing…or at least one that doesn’t feel burdensome!