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12 Week Body Transformation (12WBT) Reviewed

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Published May 12th 2014
Michelle Bridges' 12 Week Weight Loss Program- Reviewed
12WBT, Michelle Bridges, 12 Week Body Transformation Review

This is not a paid or sponsored endorsement; I am in no way affiliated with Michelle Bridges nor 12WBT.

Bottom line up front: Go for it.

If you're setting some health goals, this program is going to be, by far, the healthiest, most balanced, and best value for your dollar program you will find on the market today: Work out plans, food plans with automatic shopping lists, mindset videos, community forums, apps... the best $20 per week you will ever spend (save $40 if you pay $200 in one payment up front, making your investment just over $16 per week). And guess what? If you don't sign up now, 12 weeks from now you'll wish you had started today.

The best and worst part of the program? It's all online. This makes it an amazing option for parents of young children, shift workers, students, and, well, anyone that's looking for flexibility with scheduling. Being exclusively* online makes this a challenge for some; if you're not self-motivated and need some rib-jabbing, nagging, face-to-face accountability, you may not succeed.
12WBT, Michelle Bridges, 12 Week Body Transformation Review
Members' Area Screen Shot

✳If you intentionally seek out accountability, the program does not need to be exclusively online. You can find groups in your area that have work outs and in-person meet ups; sign up with a buddy, or find a personal trainer that will help you work with the program.

You'll love the recipes, some basic and some fancier, all relying on fresh, whole foods. No diet foods, no shake powders, no extra hidden costs. Okay, some of the food may cost more for a while if you're not used to buying lots of fresh, whole foods, but once you get into a groove (do you really need a different breakfast every day?) the costs mellow out a little and you've even got some opportunities to save money if you haven't been a great meal planner in the past (you also should be eating out less, if you're following the calorie allowances and food suggestions).

The mindset videos deal with everything from self-sabotage to choosing better take-away meals. The talks are very practical, if you're looking for advice. If you already eat well and know a lot about healthy food and fitness, they may seem a bit condescending; try and listen with an open mind and with the intent to glean something new out of each one.

Check out 12WBT on pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, and of course the 12WBT website.

The best place to get some inspiration and a bit of honest (albeit some negative) opinions, is the "posts by others" on the Facebook page. Members answer others' questions, and there seems to be some support crew occasionally as well.

Try some fantastic new recipes and interesting foods with the food plans. Customize the food plans to allow for food preferences or aversions (gluten free, dairy, vegetarian, and others). I found most recipes to be kid-friendly as well. You will need to adjust portion sizes if you're the only one in the family that's on the plan.

I want to be sensitive to the breech of copyright, so I can't share many details of what you get "behind the scenes," but rest assured that there are all the tools you will want or need to succeed. Charts and tools and progress and tests and apps and charts, and more charts. If you love charts, you're set.

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Recipe sample

One thing I found a bit inconvenient, is that all of the 12WBT stats are in calories. Why calories and not Kilojoules? I didn't see it explained anywhere like this, but I reckon it's because of Michelle Bridges' expansion to the USA. It may have started with members' reliance on apps like MyFitnessPal (MFP), which, while unaffiliated, seems to have a lot of information associated with 12WBT recipes and nutrition information, entered by members (incidentally, MFP now has the option of entering Kilojoules).
12WBT, Michelle Bridges, 12 Week Body Transformation Review
Members' Area Screen Shot

There is a push as a new member of 12WBT to commit hard, do it all, set your goals high, and push, push, push, don't give up! Fair advice for anyone pursuing new challenges, it also has the propensity to set one up for failure if goals are too lofty, unattainable, or start putting unrealistic pressure on your family, spouse, and budget. I recommend going in with a realistic plan that includes your own capacity as well as your family's capacity.

Don't worry about missing out ("wasting") some of the tools and programs' capabilities. You can get plenty of value out of the program even if you don't use it all. For example, start your first round by only focusing on food plan changes for the first 6 weeks, or even the entire 12 weeks. If you already feel you're in a good place with nutrition, start with only the work out plans (by the way, there are excellent learn-to-run plans as well as muscle-sculpting programs; it's not exclusively about weight-loss).

12WBT does offer adaptations for pregnant, nursing, new Mums; you have a lot going on with a new baby and hormones and sleep deprivation at the same time, so know yourself and don't try to change too much at once, it won't be worth it (working out hard, 6 days a week, may be a bit much to start; don't throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater, just do 3 or 4 workouts per week, or whatever you feel like you can manage; be sure to adjust your expectations for weight loss as well if you're adjusting the program).
12WBT, Michelle Bridges, 12 Week Body Transformation Review

Check out Michelle Bridges' blog for even more information.

If you're self-motivated, disciplined, and don't need some fresh work-out ideas or meal planning ideas, by all means don't try this program. Stick to 1200 calories per day and work out several times per week; you'll be fine on your own, and will lose weight. To me, that is kind of like telling somebody in deep debt, "It's simple, spend less money than you earn." Easier said than done. At $16-$20 per week, it's worth the risk for 12 weeks to see if it's for you; what's the worse that could happen? Remember though, ultimately, you will get out of it what you put into it.
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Why? To lose weight, run a marathon, or anything in between.
Where: In the comfort of your own home (online program).
Cost: Pay weekly: $19.99/week; Pay upfront: $199 for 12 weeks
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