Jillian Michaels 7-Day Kickstart Your Metabolism
Jillian Michaels 7-Day Kickstart Program - What Happens The First Week?
Jillian Michaels Body Revolution is an exercise program that requires a commitment of 90 days. With that, she promises a lean and fit body by the end of this time. Of course, this does not come without effort and focus on my part. The program begins with a Kickstart - that is, a week-long intense program that requires a workout 6 out of 7 days and a strict diet plan. The diet plan is to detoxify my body from unhealthy foods and generally 'kickstart' my metabolism by eating 3 meals and 1 snack per day with a limit on how many calories I may consume. The hardest part is weaning myself of white flour and sugar. What an addiction! Tough but doable with the tasty choices in the Meal Schedule. Jillian also lists 'no' foods to avoid. This first week I did experience many of the withdrawal symptoms she warned me about; headaches and low energy (making the double workouts even tougher!) but I wasn't really ever hungry because I was spacing my meals out properly while eating lots of healthy foods and protein.
The workouts for the 7-Day Kickstart are the same ones that I will use for Weeks 1 an 2 of Phase 1. I know, it sounds a little complicated but it's not really that bad once you take a look at the fitness guide and see how it's all organized. There are 2 major differences between Kickstart and Phase 1 - which lasts for 3 more weeks beyond your kickstart week. Those differences being a major change in eating habits and exercising twice per day. These were big changes for me! I was not used to exercising at all, let alone twice per day but I figured that I could do anything for a week. The Kickstart program asks that you do one strength training workout with weights and resistance along with one cardio workout per day - morning and night. I could not fit the 30 minutes in before work so I did them back-to-back after work. This was a challenge since then the workout became an hour at a time. Again, it was only for one week. The workouts are doubled with there even a day for double cardio workouts. I was very sore and tired this first week and appreciated the day of rest on the last day before beginning the regular Phase 1 workouts. After the Kickstart, the workouts become 1 per day, 30 minutes each.
My results so far have been good. I am mostly impressed with myself for staying away from the white bread, sugar, and baking. I feel much better, less tired now that the week is done and my body is adjusting to the new diet plan. I am looking forward to Phase 1.