Welcome to lean in 15 book review, where going to have an in-depth look into this no 1 bestseller and see exactly why it’s so popular.
There are a lot of books out there that have wild claims, is this just another book destined for the top draw never to be seen again?
Can this weight loss book keep its promise that you can eat more and still lose weight?
You may have tried many books before such as Paleo or the Atkins diet and found that there just too hard to keep up, well there may be light at the end of the tunnel with this book as there are some tasty treats in these pages, but we will get into that later!
We all know that the hardest part of dieting is the taste of the food so let’s hope this book is different to other books.
Also As a nice treat for you readers, I will give 3 recipes from the book (my personal favorite)
About Lean In 15
This book by Joe Wicks aims to provide you with a whole new way of losing weight, instead of living on a depressing low-calorie diet that is super hard to get through the day and you inevitably fail to finish the course, Joe is going to show you how to eat more and get better results.
Lean in 15 teaches you to fuel your body right, instead of just “losing weight” on a calorie deficit diet, Joe teaches how to keep lean muscle but lose fat, giving you a better healthy life and body to match.
Combining high-intensity interval training workouts from home and eating the right food at the right time that will ignite your metabolic furnace for greater weight loss even on your exercise rest days.
With 100 15 minute recipes to see you through the 90-day plan that allows you to eat more and exercise less, making it easy to fit this plan into your lifestyle.
If you are looking for intense fat burning then Joe aka the body coach will show you the way through his 217-page fat burning book.
Who Is Joe Wicks
Joe started this journey back in 2014 by posting a video on Instagram (crazy how social media can start something off)
Joe says “it all started as a bit of fun in his kitchen” he just wanted to share simple recipes to help people get lean.
At the time, Instagram would only allow 15-second clips and all his meals was made in 15 minutes, naturally the hashtag was #leanin15.
However, this book may have never been published if it wasn’t for Joe having so much fun doing the Instagram videos, some of his mates thought it was stupid and he should get back to doing his personal training and bootcamps.
At first, he wasn’t getting much attention but there was a real tipping point a few months down the line, hundreds and thousands of people were watching his videos and trying them at home and re-sharing.
Joe also says ” I am completely self-taught, so I don’t over complicate my recipes and think people respond well to me as I often post pictures of me eating out and eating treats”
One thing Joe is keen to do is to help people and move away from diet companies that hold people prisoners, basically put you have to keep up with their programme as you will no doubt put the weight back on once you finish their plan.
This isn’t the case with Joes book.
I picked up this book myself after seeing people rave about it on Facebook, as always my curiosity just got the better of me and had to buy this book.
The first few opening pages when Joe tells you about himself somehow captures you, you can’t help but feel his passion for generally helping people, sure he likes the money but you have to remember he didn’t start off chasing the money.
It all started by posting his 15 mins meals that he would enjoy throughout the day, I find this massively impressive, there is no agenda there is no buy in subscriptions there is just Joe’s unique way.
Essentially what Joe as done he has taken all the discomforts of exercise and dieting and made it comfortable 15-minute meals who hasn’t got time for that?
Joe has been clever when exercising and chose HIIT, this method of training is well known for the impressive results in a short amount of time.
Like with any review I don’t like to give continuous praise, after looking through the book trying to find something to pull him up on, it was hard but I found something.
In fact, I found two things and it wasn’t easy, I am being really picky, firstly they are all meat dishes so not suitable for vegetarians, secondly all though Joe picks’s the best exercises that will work big muscle groups you may find yourself tiring of these after just a few weeks.
Also, some of his exercises need dumbells to get the most out of them.
However, part from these two flaws Joe does a great job of explaining fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
One thing to note about Lean in 15 is Joe is very realistic, he comes from a fitness background and generally wants to help.
What Others Think
This book is No 1 bestseller for a reason and wasn’t expecting to find many bad reviews, on amazon UK there has been just under 2000 purchases and it has star rating of 4.7 out 5
Blutnik says, tasty meals and made me less fat
Longtallsharon says, no vegetarian meals
Gemma Freeman says, great book, the guys a legend
Apart from unhappy vegetarians the book is very well received and generally loved for its simplicity and time-saving approach.
3 Tasty recipes
These recipes are taken straight out of the book and 3 of my personal favourite.
Cheeky chicken Fried Rice, Serves 1
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1cm of ginger, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 x 240g chicken fillet sliced into 1cm strips
- 250g of pre-cooked basmati rice
- 2 spring onions roughly chopped
- 50g baby sweetcorn roughly chopped
- 1 carrot chopped into 1 cm pieces
- 40g frozen peas
First, take a wok and your coconut oil,melt the oil over a medium heat, throw in your garlic and ginger and stir-fry for about 30 seconds.
Now add the chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes, making sure the chicken as coloured on the outside, now thrown in sweetcorn, peas spring onions and carrots and stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes until the veg and the chicken is cooked through, easy way to check is by slicing into the chicken if there is raw pinky bits stir fry a little longer.
pour the rice from in the wok with a tbsp of water and stir fry for another minute making sure you have warmed the rice properly.
The last step remove the wok from the heat and pour in soy sauce, sesame oil and top with the chilli for a fiery kick.
Banana And blueberry Overnight Oats, Serves 1
- 1 banana, roughly chopped
- a handful of pistachios or other nuts, blueberries and raspberries to serve
- 1 scoop strawberry protein powder
- 75g full fat yoghurt
- 250ml almond milk
- 100g rolled oats
Place the banana,almond milk, protein powder and yoghurt into a blender and blend until a nice smooth consistency, now pour into a bowl and cover, you must refrigerate for at least 4 hours but best if done overnight.
Once you’re ready to eat just top with your nuts and fruit.
- 1tbsp of honey
- Juice of 2 limes
- 3 tbsp full-fat greek yoghurt
- 200 ml almond milk
- 1/2 avocado
- Han full of blueberries
- Hand full of blackberries
Blitz in a blender until smooth
Pros and Cons
With every product there is good and there is bad, here at busting my fat belly I like to tell you about the cons as well as the pros.
- Simple instructions
- Very informative
- Likeable author
- Quick recipes
- You eat more to lose less
- Sustainable long term
- It has cake recipes, do I need to say anymore
- 100 recipes with good variety
- Cheap buy
- Not suitable for vegetarians
- Not enough Exercise variation
- Some of the exercises require dumbells to get the most out of it
- Need to work a budget out as can lead to extra expense on grocery list
Conclusion on Lean In 15
Thank you for reading the lean in 15 book review, I can see why this book is a No 1 bestseller, Joe makes it easy for you to make nutritious meals that will help you lose weight.
At first, it may take you longer than 15 mins to do a meal but honestly, they are really quick especially when you do your favourite a few times.
The only real hang up I have is the exercise section of the book has no real substance or depth, however, the book is aimed at exercise less and eat more.
For the price, you really cant go wrong and at the back of the book, there is a gallery of pictures of people who have had great success.
I am looking forward to trying a lot more recipes and seeing the end result.
The cheapest place to invest in this book is amazon click the relevant link below to take you to your local amazon.
UK readers click here Price £7.49
USA readers click here Price $15.23
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