10 POUNDS IN 10 DAYS by Jackie Warner

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Book Reviews, Product Reviews

The very ripped, very likeable Jackie Warner.

I’ve been a fan of Jackie’s since I saw her Bravo show Work Out because I thought was just as good of a trainer as Jillian Michaels, she just didn’t—and still really doesn’t—get the attention. Not to mention her Timesaver and Abs DVDs are WOW-AWESOME. However, the book made me frown a bit.

Ten pounds in 10 days is a super-lofty claim, so of course, I had to check this out. Jackie’s crew sent this to me and thus I began my journey into Jackie’s world of how I can “be thinner by next week!” In her 320-page book, which honestly could have been cut by about 30-40 pages if she didn’t repeat the same workout-move pictures every single time, she gives you three 10-day plans for dropping pounds and maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Let me first clearly state two things I quickly noticed about this book: 1) The first 10 days is NOT maintainable and in all honesty, not very healthy; 2) This is a book for people who are transitioning from no to light exercise to moderately intense exercise, not for everyday gym attendees.

Now, the book describes why Jackie’s 10 X 10 system works; what the difference is between fats, carbs, proteins, sugars, etc.; what and how your metabolism works and how you can “reset” it; different kinds of cardio workouts and plateau busters; all of the exercises, including five warm-up exercises, four exercises each of chest, back, legs, biceps, triceps, and shoulders, six ab exercises, and five cool-down stretches; the different superfoods and why they are good for you; shopping lists; Phase I, II, and Maintenance workout plans; and 10 tips for long-term success.

Instead of going into crazy descriptions about everything, I’ll break it down like this….

What I liked: The explanations on what superfoods are and why each food is special; the shopping list at the end; her 10 tips for long-term success. My favs—“It’s not how long; it’s how strong. Shorten your cardio and always apply HIIT.” And “Muscle is the quickest way to a healthy body. It helps speed up metabolism so that you can burn calories while resting.” And, of course, “Don’t overthink it. Just do it.”

What I didn’t like: There is no deviation from the workout moves in 30 days; There are no combination moves (a lower body move paired with an upper body move); There is no variety in the meal plans during each 10-day phase; Jackie talks a lot about her supplements, which I know is a business move, but honestly, a fat-burning water mix-in is not healthy, long-term tested, or going to make you instantly slim.

What scared me: Phase 1 requires you to eat only 950-calories a day!!! That’s ridiculous. Really!? Less than 1000 calories a day!? That is not healthy. Sure, for a day or two it may be, but for 10 days…. I worry that your body would start to go into starvation mode and hold onto some of its weight, or that your metabolism would get a little freaky. Granted, I have not researched this and Jackie apparently has, but in all sincerity—and I think you all know this—that is not a sustainable diet plan, nor is it realistic. She goes up to 1200 calories during Phase II and 1500 calories for the Maintenance Phase, which is definitely more realistic.

In conclusion: Basically, the reason people lose 10 pounds in 10 days is because they go from barely exercising to do higher-intensity-than-they’re-used-to cardio with weight lifting and pairing that with a very healthy, clean diet, which includes crazy calorie restrictions. That’s why it “works.”

My concluding thoughts: You’re better off to try Jackie’s workout suggestions a few days a week, but mix it up with workout classes, longer bouts of steady and interval cardio, more short bouts of physical activity during the day (pushups and sit-ups in the morning, a walk at lunch, the gym after work, and an after-dinner walk or bike ride), and a blend of the 1200- and 1500-calorie diet plans from the start. This is will ensure that you won’t get bored, you’re teaching yourself to eat a lower number of calories from the beginning, but nothing crazy, as well as how to stay active more often during the day and week.

Buy it?: If you’re really new to all of this workout and diet plan stuff, this is a good REFERENCE. It explains enough to educate you, though not too much to bore you; it has good meal and calorie comparison ideas; it gives you workout tips, tricks, exercises, and plans; and there are extra tips in the back to keep pushing you through rough patches. If you already go to the gym, eat pretty healthy, but are looking to lose a few pounds, this book IS NOT for you. Sorry. There’s no magic pill, just cleaner eating, working out a little longer and harder, and being conscious of the little things that add up, good and bad.

  1. Lauren says:

    Couldn’t agree more with this. I found the diet super boring and especially restriting if you have any dietary restrictions. Good reference, but I could have done without buying the book. This was the first time I’ve been disappointed with her stuff.

  2. Robin says:

    Everything she teaches you to eat is healthy. The first 10 days at 950 calories is not meant to be the way you eat forever, it’s meant to lose 10 pounds in 10 days! It’s a jump start. And the foods you eat are so much more nutritious than what the average person eats.

    • Hey Robin, thanks for the comment! You’re very right — all of the foods are healthy and she trains you to fuel your body, not stuff it. However, eating less than 1100-1200 calories a day isn’t very healthy and my fear is that people who lose that 10 pounds quickly will be disappointed when they start to eat more and see a little of the weight come back on.

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