Body Beast Women’s Meal Plan and Week 1 Review

by Jen on October 10, 2014

My Body Beast week 1 meal plan and workouts.

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If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few months, you know that I have been doing PiYo for the past 12 weeks.  While I have truly enjoyed that program, I have felt the need to get back to weight lifting!  So I decided to break out Body Beast!  It’s time to get “Beasty!”  JUST KIDDING!!  Ladies, you are not going to look the The Beast if you do this program…I promise!!

It’s been a while since I last did Body Beast, and I had some amazing results when I completed it 18 months ago.  Now, just to let you know, this is NOT the program I would recommend starting out with if you are new to weight training.  This is not the first weight training program I did.  I already learned the basics when I did ChaLEAN Extreme.  That program introduced me to the power and magic of strength training.  5 years ago, I was that girl who had NO CLUE how to lift weights.  I thought that if I just did cardio, I would get lean and toned.  Boy was I wrong!!  It wasn’t until I added weight training to my routine that my body changed it’s shape!!

So now it’s time to do Body Beast a second time around!!

What equipment is needed?

The obvious equipment is weights!  If you are just doing this program for the first time, you’ll need very light weights and some heavier weights for legs.  I would recommend 5, – 20lbs for sure.  You’ll probably want to add 25’s after a month or two!  I use the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells so I can just dial in the weight I want (anywhere from 5 – 50lbs.)

You’ll also need a bench or a stability ball.  The great part about Body Beast is that they show you someone using the bench and someone using the ball, so you know how to use proper form no matter what equipment you are using.  Lastly, you’ll also need a chin-up bar or a resistance band.

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So what am I going to eat this week??!  I get asked this question all the time: “Do you and your family eat the same meals?”  And my answer is always…ABSOLUTELY!  Sure, there are things my kids don’t really like, like mushrooms, but they at least have to give it a try.  They are required to take so many bites before they can leave the table.  I want them to be open to trying new foods and know what healthy choices consist of.  I absolutely love it when they point out a heathy choice versus an unhealthy choice to me.

Monday night we had Apricot Chicken Strifry, which is full of vegetables and has a sweet sauce.  The kids ate all of the vegetables, even most of the spinach, after asking me what the “green stuff” was.  They just know that they have to try it and make healthy choices most of the time.

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I have to eat different when doing Body Beast as opposed to Piyo.  Lifting weights really increases your metabolism, so I need to increase my calories by about 200-300 per day.  Hey…I’m not complaining 😉  I’ve added in more healthy fats like raw nuts!  I’ve also added in P90X Results & Recovery Formula after my workouts.  I need it to help my muscles recover and deliver that energy to my body.

I’m not letting my crazy busy schedule throw me off track!  I’m committed to my workouts each morning and eating clean.  I know when I do those things, I have more energy, feel good, and feel proud of myself for accomplishing something!

If you’re one of those women who are afraid to lift weights, please don’t be!!  Sure, I was scared at first too, but once I learned to trust the process, I saw first hand what weight training can do for your body.  If you need help getting started, please reach out and message me, I’m more than happy to help you get started 🙂

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1 Debbie December 17, 2014 at 3:37 am

I am going to be starting Body Beast on Sunday and am looking for some ideas on food planning. I do not want to gain weight. I actually need to lose weight. Do you have any ideas on how to help or have some tips?

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2 Jen December 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

That’s great Debbie, I love that program! I find the food guide a little tricky that comes with Beast, as it’s geared towards men, not women. It’s going to take some time to figure out what works for you and your body..but you will need to eat more than normal, even if you want to lose weight! How many calories are you eating currently?

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3 Sheena December 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

HI! I am about to start the Body Beast program and am a bit nervous about all the supplements. Did you include all of them? Did you include the calories in the fuel shot in your meal plan or is that additional?

Thanks so much!

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4 Jen December 29, 2014 at 7:28 am

Hi Sheena! No, I did not use any of the supplements, I use my own. Did you order the supplements already?

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5 Carsen January 10, 2015 at 9:47 am

Hi! I am just starting my own fitness blog and came across yours when I had a question about Body Beast. I started the program about 2 weeks ago. I’m LOVING it so far. Before I was doing 21 Day Fix, Insanity, and P90X. But, I also love doing Title Boxing. It’s my one true love and I go about 4 days a week. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a boxing/kickboxing workout. I’ve been doing Body Beast on top of that following the “Huge” phase. I really want to put on more muscle, but will doing added cardio (boxing) on top of this program affect my results? I am in the 2,000 calorie range, so if I don’t want boxing to affect my results should I eat more than the program is telling me? I’m a 17 year old girl who is 119 pounds and 5’8 if that helps 🙂 Love your blog and hope that you can help me! Thanks.

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6 Jen January 14, 2015 at 7:00 am

Hey Carsen! Thanks for your comment and question! That’s great you are so active..I love all those programs you’ve done!! Body Beast is great, and you can definitely put on more muscle. In order to do that, you’ll have to cut down on your cardio. When I did the program, I barely did any cardio, and I gained 5 pounds of muscle. Yes, I would recommend eating more than 2,000 calories with all that activity…especially if you want to add muscle and some weight. The best thing to do would be to add in 100 calorie increments and see how that goes. If you find you’re still not gaining like you want, then you have to either cut back on the boxing or increase your calories!!
Are you a coach too? Or are you working with another coach?

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7 Lori Stang January 30, 2015 at 5:49 am

Hi how many calories are you eating a day? Thank you

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8 Jen January 31, 2015 at 9:30 am

I don’t answer that question Lori because everyone is different. It all depends on age, weight, height, activity level, etc. The amount of calories I eat would be very different than someone else, so I don’t want anyone to base what they are eating off of what I’m eating.

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9 Amber January 30, 2015 at 4:22 pm

My husband and I am thinking about the Body Beast system. We are both over weight. He is 5’9″ 450#’s and I am 5′ 190#’s. We want to know how the meal plan and supplements will affect us. Should we up our calorie intake if we want our bodies to use the resources it has? We can handle the workouts but the diet is our concern if we are going to do this right! We need to do this right!

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10 Jen January 31, 2015 at 9:30 am

Hi Amber! Thank you for your comment. Is it okay if I email you from my email account so we can chat more about your goals?

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11 Lori Stang January 31, 2015 at 8:12 am

Hi I love your results. I’ve been working on and off for years. My best results were with p90x. I am almost 51 years old and work full time and find it hard to stick to my workout. I started body beast and only had about three weeks to go and quit because of the holidays. I felt I was getting bigger because of the food I was consuming with the program. I’m wondering how many calories I need? I’m 5’9 and weigh 157. Thank you

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12 Jen January 31, 2015 at 9:29 am

Hi Lori! Thanks so much for your comment. Wow, good for you doing P90X, that is an intense program. What did you calculate in the body beast nutrition guide? We can start with that number and adjust as needed 🙂

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13 chelsea February 3, 2015 at 2:10 am

Hello, I just ordered the body beast plan. I am currently 115lbs. I want this to help tone and reshape my body for my wedding
My problem area is my tummy and after having my son I just can’t seem to kick the pudge! Any advice will help. I have done minor workouts and cardio, along with yoga but, I’m no pro..as far as a regime of all weights I am in the dark. I planned to do this with my fiance so I am hoping ill be a success story if I stick to the meal plan and 90 days. I figure what a perfect time to do it right up to summer! I have been contemplating ordering p90x3 but a girlfriend is so I saw the commercial at 3:00am of course after my half eaten bag of yogurt covered rasiens were bringing on the guilt lol!
Thank you!!!

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14 Jen February 5, 2015 at 11:17 am

Hey Chelsea! Thanks for your comment! That’s great you just ordered Body Beast! It’s a wonderful program. As for weight in your tummy area, that has to do with clean eating! You can workout all your want but until your diet is clean, you won’t see changes there. How is your eating now? What’s a typical day of eating for you?

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15 Brenda Villarreal February 4, 2015 at 9:09 am

Hi there!
I am trying to get some information on body beast before ordering and really commiting. I have 2 boys, my youngest is 4 and I am a single mother so my schedule is always so busy and i’ve always been too busy to workout. I need it in my life!
I gained 20 pounds this year, started after my gallbladder was removed. I am Hispanic and i’m sure you know how Mexican food is! There have been times when I am able to workout and keep the weight but I was never able to tighten my stomach, I have that tummy that when weight is lost its just skin. And its awkward because I might get a 2 pack up at the top and than the skin is just hanging still???? really awkward, I am very petite. Weighed 98 lbs before my kids and than I was at 123. I hate my abdomen but I love my breasts! they are not huge but they are not small. Would I loose them if I committed to doing body beast? and would that help my abdomen? I think that since I have gained weight my breasts are full not saggy like usual that’s probably why I have actually been happy about them. I want to be lean and tone. Always have had big butt and thighs. but I hate my abdomen and im scared to completely loose my chest. What is your opinion?

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16 Jen February 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

Hey Brenda! Thanks for your comment! To answer your question about breasts and tummy, unfortunately, yes, most women do lose breast size when they lose weight. Of course, this depends on genetics too, but 99% of the women you see in mags and fitness videos have all had breast augmentation, because that’s typically the first place we lose weight. As for you tummy, the skin will tighten up over time, but there is only so much you can do. Again, that’s genetics and your skin elasticity. I still have a bit of skin on my lower belly, and that’s all it is, SKIN! The only way to get rid of it would be a tummy tuck. But you can still get amazing abs with that skin there, like I said…if you eat clean and exercise (lifting weights is great) you will see that get better over time. May I ask what workouts you have done in the past?

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17 Julie February 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

I just received my body beast package: Including Base Shake*Fuel Shot* Creatine*Super Suma & ActiVit. My question is what my pre-workout Nutrition should be (if I’m working out in the early morning)? and~which shakes/supplements I take when? Which ones can be added togther?? etc……
The book describes Post workout-but isn’t clear pre-workout.
Thanks for your help…I’m looking forward to starting this Sunday!!

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18 Jen February 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

Hey Julie! Sorry I’m just replying now, I was on vacation last week. That’s great you are doing Body Beast, it’s a wonderful program. I did not do the supplements with it, so I’m not much help there. I know the fuel shot you can take before your workout, which may be helpful if you workout first thing in the morning. Did you check out the shake recipes? That may help you determine what to combine. Before a workout, if you need a little something, you want to stick to complex carbs to get some energy. Try some banana or some raw nuts. I like to have some nuts and my Energy & Endurance formula right before my workout.

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19 Liz German March 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm

You look fantastic in that picture!
Did you opt for the build muscle or lean program in Body Beast? I’ve read that there’s an option? Which one did you do?

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20 Jen March 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

Hey Liz! Yes, I followed the Lean program. Do you have the program yet?

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21 Lydia May 5, 2015 at 6:36 am

I am getting ready to star body beast. Very excited!! Finished p90X3 but not loosing wieght. I’ve been scared of carbs for a decade, and lost about 20lbs. Can’t get my eating plan down. My husband has been doing the same workouts with me the only difference is he is under wieght. Uuuuuggggh! And he WILL NOT. EAT VEGETABLES OR FRUIT!! Double uuuughh!! So none of the recipies work for us. Can you maybe help with ideas for a eating plan please. Thanx. Lydia

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22 Jen May 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Hi Lydia! Thanks for your comment! Before I help you out, I just want to check and see if you’re working with another Beachbody coach? I wouldn’t want to step on any toes 🙂 If you have a coach, I would recommend contacting them first.

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23 Heather Johnson June 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Do you have additional Body Beast sample meal plans?

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24 Jen June 12, 2015 at 11:15 am

Hey Heather, thanks for stopping by. No sorry, I don’t have more sample Body Beast meal plans on my blog. I post more meal plans in my exclusive Drop a Dress Size groups. I also use the 21 day fix to plan my meals when I do Body Beast, I find that less confusing 😉

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25 Amy Berkshire June 15, 2015 at 6:53 am

What is the cookie dough breakfast you have listed here?

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26 Jen June 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

You can find it under the recipes tab, and then click on “course” and “breakfast.” It’s soooooo good!!

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27 Abroo June 26, 2015 at 9:15 am

Hello

I was hoping you could answer this question for me. From what I understand,this is a three month program. What do you do after the three months to maintain what you’ve done ?

Thanks so much
Abroo

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28 Jen June 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Sure Abroo, I can help you with that. Were you planning on continuing with Body Beast after you’re done the program, or would you want to move into something new?

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29 renate hunter July 13, 2015 at 12:32 am

What is Oatmeal Cookie dough cereal?

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30 Jen July 13, 2015 at 3:23 pm

It’s a favourite meal of mine. If you look under the RECIPES tab, and under BREAKFAST, you will find it there!

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31 Stephanie July 26, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Hi Jen! I came across your page while researching Body Beast. I am starting the Lean program tomorrow and have done the calculations according to the Body Beast Book. According to other websites I have come across, they are telling me to lower the calories in order to lose weight. I was curious as to what you did. Did you follow the calories that the book told you to or did you do something differently? Eating around 2600 calories seems like a lot. I know that lifting weights increases your metabolism and all, but I feel that the number I got is for those who want to really build. Thanks for your help!

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32 Jen July 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

Hey Stephanie! Wow, that’s awesome you’re starting Body Beast, it’s a great program. As for the calories, it’s going to come down to you being a detective and figuring out what is going to work for your body. Do you know how many calories you are eating now? Also, what workouts were you doing prior to Beast?

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33 Kristen September 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

What’s the daily caloric intake for your sample meal plan?

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34 Jen September 14, 2015 at 9:11 am

I’m in the 2200 calorie range 🙂

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35 Tina November 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Hello!! I am just starting round 2 of Body Beast. I haven’t seen great results yet. You seem to be a wealth of knowledge. Can you tell me more about the results and recovery? What is it? Does it taste good/bad? What is the purpose of it? Thanks so much!!

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36 Jen November 23, 2015 at 9:25 am

Hi Tina! Thanks for your comment! That’s great you’re doing Body Beast, it’s a wonderful program, I’ve done it a few times. Are you following the nutrition plan for it as well? The Results & Recovery is a drink you can take after your workout to help repair your muscle and body. It has an orange flavour, and I think it’s tastes great. Do you feel you need something after your workout to help with recovery? There are other options as well like the new Performance “recover.”

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37 Lora January 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I have the Body Beast and I am wandering if only doing the Total Body workout DVD daily is ok?

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38 Jen January 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Thanks for your question Lora! No, I do not recommend doing the same workout daily, no matter what the workout is. Your body adapts to the workout, and eventually, you won’t see change. Also, with a workout like that, your muscles need rest in between, that is why the schedule has you working different body parts during the week.

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39 Samm January 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Hi there Jen,
I was thinking about ordering Body Beast to help improve my strength, would you say that it significantly changed your endurance factor when it comes to lifting? I’ve never done any serious bodybuilding, but I’m an acrobat who trains 3 days a week so I’m not exactly a twig either. I’m looking for a fun way to lift that will help me increase the time before my muscles fatigue, but I’m not sure if Body Beast is better for people already familiar with bodybuilding, any input you have would be very helpful!

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40 Jen January 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Hi, thanks for your comment! I can definitely help you decide on a program. There are a few options to choose from. For example, I started my weight training with ChaLEAN Extreme rather than Beast. I felt that was a better introduction and muscle building program for me. If you like, I can email you some options, then you can decide from there. Did you want me to do that?

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41 Samm January 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

That would be wonderful please do!

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42 Jen January 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Great, thank you! Email sent 🙂

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43 Kimmik January 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Could you put your Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats in this weekly menu? And if so, where? They sound great.

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44 Jen January 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Yes, you sure can! They would make a great dinner any night of the week!!

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45 Kimmik January 26, 2016 at 9:39 am

Awesome! Thanks!

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46 Neyda February 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Hi Jen, I’m starting the Beast in a few days. Just setting up my meal plans. My only problem is my snacking and my sweet tooth that I can’t control. Also I’m a teacher so its hard for me to leave my class to eat in between meals. Can you suggest any snacks please. BTW I’m going to follow your weekly plan. Thanks for that.

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47 Jen February 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Hi Neyda! Thanks for you comment! Wow, that’s great you’re starting Body Beast soon! It’s a great weight training program. As for your sweet tooth, I can totally relate! I had a major sweet tooth a few years ago and couldn’t stop. What’s helped me is Shakeology!! It’s changed my tastebuds – now sweets are way to sweet for me and I don’t crave them anymore. Is it something you’ve considered trying or would like more info about? As for snacks to have while teaching – nuts and fruit are good options. You could also try making your own protein bars/balls. They are easy to bring along and fill the gap between meals 🙂

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48 karem March 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm

I’m ordering body beast tomorrow, I’ve done P90X with great results,but crossfit was my next choice and I loved it,I had a baby 2 months ago and I feel 100%,it was really hard to feel myself again after being in a best shape ever after crossfit,my Doctor said that it takes about 6 months to regain energy and same level of strength and endurance after giving birth, specially if you want to build the abdomen area all over again.
My understanding was the nutrition was a main key to achieve the ending goal,I did it without a restricted diet,I’ve always ate healthy my whole life but never achieve a ripped zone,now I’m ready to take it to next level with body beast (I saw it’s cheaper than crossfit,now that I’m a single mom,I’ve have to save as much as possible).
Any recommendations?
Thanks.

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49 Jen March 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Did you grab my free meal plan Karem? http://www.thefithousewife.com/free-meal-plan It will give you some good ideas for meals 🙂

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50 Mary March 22, 2016 at 5:14 am

Hi,
I’m going to start Body Beast to try to get in better shape. I came across your site and found it very informative and positive. I’m 57 and really want to do something I feel will
help me. Any ideas how I should move forward?

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51 Jen March 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

That’s great – it’s a good program to build muscle (if that’s your goal.) Are you working with a coach? If so, please direct your questions ot them as they can help you. If you aren’t already working with a coach, you can email me thefithousewife@gmail.com

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52 Aj March 31, 2016 at 4:52 am

I am about to start the Body Beast program 1 April. I am currently breastfeeding. I am 35lbs over weight and excited to start the program. Have you ever heard of any other women getting results while breastfeeding? I will be eating healthy of course throughout and the only supplement I use is Leanbody for her protein shake. Baby seems to be happy with that. I have about 3 months to get in shape before I do a physical fitness test. Any suggestions or information on other women completing the program in my situation?

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53 Jen April 2, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Yes, you can do any program while breastfeeding, just make sure to eat enough calories and hydrate enough 🙂 Exercising doesn’t affect milk supply.

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54 Alina April 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Hello Jen. I was looking for reviews of Body Beast online (particularly from women) as I bought the program and want to start it May 1st. I am a bit confused between the two workout schedules and two eating plans, but I saw your post and loved your results. I absolutely would love to look like you. It is exactly what I am looking for with this program. I understand you followed the lean workout schedule, but did you follow the mass eating plan or the ripped? Given the 2200 calories you say you are on I would say mass, but I have to ask. When I calculate my mass eating calories I also come up with 2200 calories, but that seems like so much. I worked hard these past few months and lons 22lbs. and I wouldn’t want to gain it back. Please advise. Thank you so much.

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55 Mozelle April 19, 2016 at 10:39 am

Hi: I am going to start body beast to lose weight and tone. I am current 194 and I do work out 3 days a week spin and kettleball, kickboxing and HLIT. just started boot camp forsummer 2 days out the week. My problem.. I cant seem to get the eating down probably as I am not loosing weight so I decide to try the Body Beast.

I would like for you to be my coach and I have none right now. I need your full name to find you on facebook as well… I am so tired of being this weight looking like this.. I dont feel like I look.. I want to change that..

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56 Jen April 19, 2016 at 4:20 pm

Thanks for reaching out! Sure, I would love to help you get started! You can email me: thefithousewife@gmail.com and I can give the instructions to change coaches! Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

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57 Eva April 19, 2016 at 10:42 am

Hi. I am 36 and 190 pounds. I am a very picky eater. Could you give me an idea of how many calories to consume and some healthy food options. I am on the go a lot with my kids and need to pack a lunch for work. I want to try this program, but am afraid I won’t like the food and won’t be successful. Also, I do not like the protein shakes.

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58 Jen April 19, 2016 at 4:21 pm

I can’t give you an idea of how many calories to consume, that all depends on your age, weight, activity level, etc. The program comes with a guide that will help you determine that! It also gives you a list of foods you can pick and choose from, so you’re not just limited to certain foods. Have you tried my free meal plan for ideas? http://www.thefithousewife.com/free-meal-plan

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59 Bri April 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Jen,
I just ordered Body Beast, and very excited to start. I need to lose probably a little less then 10 lbs but really want to lean and define. Should I go with the lean program people are talking about on here? Also, I don’t like allot of food choices. The simpler the better because I don’t have time and money to cook multiple things. I don’t mind eating the same thing very often. Is this possible to limit the food choices? I want to get back to my body I had when I dogs bikini fitness but in a healthy way, and maintain. Can this program get me there? Also, I do get afraid of not doing enough cardio to get the body I want. Do you think I should add in a couple of running interval days of 30 minutes or no? I just noticed I tend to look more cut when I add that in, but I don’t want to screw up the program or over train. Sorry for so many questions.

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60 Jen April 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Hi Bri! That’s great you just ordered Body Beast 🙂 You can go with the lean program, that’s what I did. You will be given a list of foods to choose from, so you can choose which ones you like best. As for cardio, that depends, everyone is different. If you feel you’re putting on too much muscle and you want to lean out, then for sure, you can add in some more cardio..just keep it short and intense!

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61 Amy May 24, 2016 at 9:16 am

Hi Jen! I just received my Body Beast Program and am going to get my groceries tonight and start tomorrow! I came across your post on Pinterest (you look reat by the way!) and was wondering if I could get some guidance. the coach they assigned me did not respond to my email…Question I have is that I have been dieting and have already lost around 25-27 lbs, but eating around 1200-1250 calories per day(plus exercise, running/walking), so I’m a little nervous about going up to about 1800 calories for this program? did you find you needed to cut back a few calories or was your calculated amount the right amount for you? hope this makes sense! Amy

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62 Jen May 24, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Hi Amy! Sorry your coach didn’t get back to you! I’m happy to help you with Body Beast and the nutrition side of things. Yes, I found the higher amount to be pretty accurate. Of course, it’s not an exact science, so you may need to experiment a bit and see. Start with the 1800 and see how that goes. If you need to cut back, you can. If you would like to switch coaches, I’m more than happy to help! Just let me know and we can switch you over to me!

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63 Amy May 24, 2016 at 3:25 pm

Thank you so much for getting back to me! Yes, If I can switch over to you for a coach that would be wonderful! thank you so much. And that sounds good, I will start out with the 1800 and see how it goes. Wish me luck, I start tomorrow!
I appreciate your help!
Amy

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64 Jen May 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Great Amy!!! I’ll send you an email with the instructions 🙂

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65 Becky June 28, 2016 at 9:18 am

Hi Jen! I am also starting Body Beast here in the next couple of days and have a few questions. I completed the 21 day fix a couple of weeks ago and it was great but would really like to build more muscle. They assigned me a coach but she never replied to my email. I found you on Pinterest and would like to know if you could be my coach? Please let me know how I go about changing.
Thank you!!

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66 Jen June 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

That’s great Becky – it’s a wonderful program, especially if you want to build more muscle. For sure, I would love to be your coach! If you login to your teambeachbody.com account and click on CONTACT US at the bottom of the page, you can send customer service a request to change you coach to Jennifer Gacek, coach #191607. Can you email me thefithousewife@gmail.com when you get confirmation? Chat with you soon 🙂

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67 Heather Arave December 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

hello…I have a few questions on which body beast program to use. I am an avid runner (training for a marathon and a Spartan Race which includes running and hard obstacles) I need to work on my upper body and core strength. I am 5’7 and weigh around 150 lbs. I am not sure if I should do the lean or the bulk I want to get stronger but not sure which one you would recommend.

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68 Jen December 6, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Hi Heather! Thanks for your comment! Since you are a training for a marathon and Spartan Race, I would recommend the the Lean phase of the Body Beast program. You’ll still get muscle, but you won’t bulk up. That’s just my personal recommendation based on what you have told me and it’s the phase that I follow as well.

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69 Heather Blair December 29, 2016 at 7:36 pm

Hi. Where can I find the recipes for the meals listed on the above meal plans

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70 Jen January 2, 2017 at 9:55 am

They are on my website. Just use the search bar near the top right and type on the name of the recipe.

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71 Elizabeth February 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Hi Jen. I am 52 and considering to purchase the Body Beast Program. I need to lose about 25 lbs and shape up. Recently I went through lot of life changes with stress, lost my fitness level. Would you recommend the program to jump on it or should I start with something less strenuous?

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72 Jen February 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

Thanks for your comment Elizabeth! That’s great you want to get into more weight training. Have you done weight training before?

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73 April February 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Hey, I started the beast body diet program and I am wanting to know if I have to eat my entire meal. I get half way through my meal and get full, it’s too the point that I physically get sick to my stomach after finishing a meal, to the point I want to gag.

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74 Jen February 22, 2017 at 1:29 pm

If you’re feeling like that, then I don’t recommend eating that much. Have you checked out the new meal plan for Beast? It’s on Beachbody on Demand! You can sign up here for a free 30 day trial and see the new plan! http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/TBBClub?referringRepId=191607

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75 Adam Wills April 25, 2017 at 1:12 am

Body beast plans are structured to help One gain lean muscles. And It may make them increase their muscle a and speed up the rate of metabolism. Thanks for sharing this.

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76 Katie C April 25, 2017 at 9:03 am

Do you recommend meal replacement with any of the smoothies and what powder supplement do you recommend for women ?

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77 Jen April 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

The only one I personally use and recommend is Shakeology. That’s because it has all the nutrients my body needs, which cuts down on cravings!

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78 Maurissa July 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Hi,

I am 29, 5’2″, and a little over 180 pounds. A few years ago, I was losing weight through Weight Watchers, and got down to 142 pounds, with fitness activity mixed in. Since then, a lot of external issues hit that caused me to gain back most of the weight. Just over a week ago, I started back up again, determined not only to be healthy, but to lose weight as well. I have a 6 day work-out plan consisting of dancing, zumba, and upper body work-outs. I have also changed my eating habits, not knowing what I ought to eat around this work-out plan. A friend of mine recently introduced me to this eating plan. I am supposed to eat 300 something calories less than my stable calorie count as of my current weight (which was 1,997). I am not good at nutrition one bit and am having a rather difficult time understanding snippets of the book I have to reference. Can you please help me? It is rather overwhelming and the portion divisions don’t make much sense, especially when I need to try to eat 5 meals a day-smaller, planned meals. I would greatly appreciate it!

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79 Jen July 12, 2017 at 6:22 am

Hi Maurissa! I no longer recommend this way of eating. I don’t believe that trying to “fit” into a portion controlled system works long term. I believe in eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full. I also don’t believe in eating 5-6 meals a day. If you’re looking for a meal plan that is easy to follow, is lower in carbs, and will help you determine the right amount of calories to eat for your weight loss, check out my low carb beginners guide book: http://www.thefithousewife.com/low-carb-shop

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