The 4 X 4 Diet by Erin Oprea

Book description:

Discover the 4 key foods and the 4-minute workouts that will change the way readers look and feel in just 4 weeks. Celebrity trainer and former marine Erin Oprea’s motto is “lean and clean.” Her unique 4 x 4 diet shows readers how to get clean by reducing the 4 major hitches in most diets: sugar, starch, sodium, and alcohol. She also tells readers how to get lean, using her 4-minute tabata workouts: 8 repititions of 20 seconds of high-intensity moves, then 10 seconds of rest. Within 4 weeks, the average person will be able to reduce bloating and belly fat; gain increased muscle definition in the arms, legs, and stomach; improve cardiovascular endurance; and break sugar and sodium addictions. Complete with meal plans and recipes, the 4 x 4 diet is perfect for anyone looking to streamline their body and lifestyle.

My review:

I found this book to be filled with really good information. I liked Oprea’s stance that you can be thin without being fit and that fitness is what we should strive for.

I thought the 4 clean eating habits were more common sense than new information. It is pretty much common knowledge that we should all reduce sodium intake, sugar, and starch. Other eating plans encourage followers to stop eating at a certain time. I did, however, enjoy the recipe section and the clean eating kitchen guide. I thought they were very helpful and the recipes were easily accessible and the ones I tried turned out really well.

The most valuable part of this book was the tabata workouts. They totally blow away anyone’s excuse for not having time to exercise. A tabata timer app was easy to get on my phone and you don’t need any special equipment for most of the tabatas. I also really appreciated that there were so many different tabatas to choose from. There is a lot of variety in the tabatas so boredom isn’t a factor.

Overall, if you are looking for an innovative way to incorporate more exercise into your life, this book is a can’t miss. I would recommend it for the tabatas alone!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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