What's a fitbook? For starters, it's my new favorite product! Fitbooks were created by Angela Mader to help promote living a healthy lifestyle and to help you achieve your goals. For me, I never really kept a food journal for an extended period of time before I started using my fitbook (about 3 weeks ago) because I always watch what I eat and get plenty of exercise. I've kept one from time-to-time during some some more intense training periods where I needed to monitor my caloric intake a little more closely. But now, I have a fitbook and it's hard to see myself not continuing to use it. It's amazing!
A fitbook helps you set goals and achieve them over a 12 week period. You start by setting your goals for the end of the 12 weeks, but you also set a new goal for each week. You actually set 3 goals... nutrition, workout, and "other." This week my nutrition goal is to not eat too much king cake (which is seemingly difficult with one always sitting in the kitchen), my workout goal is to increase my reps, and my "other" goal is to complete my DICAS application. The best part? You also set a reward for yourself each week (ONLY if you achieve your goals and stick to your plan), and preferably not a food reward!
Does it actually work? Yes! It forces you to plan ahead. I sit down at the beginning of each week and plan my workouts and meals, then you record each day separately. You record all your measurements at the beginning and end of the 12 weeks, and "weigh-in" each week. While I'm not necessarily looking to lose weight, it's a GREAT tool for people who are! It's great for everyone really... those looking to maintain weight, build muscle, or even just meal plan. Also, at the end of each week, you record how well you did... the good, positive points, and the areas where you struggled and maybe need a little improvement. It helps you stay on track and makes you feel guilty if you don't... all because you have to write it down... You are 69% more likely to stick to your goals if you WRITE them down. And people who tend to write down what they eat are likely to eat about 500 calories less a day compared to someone who doesn't - said by Angela herself!
I had an opportunity to listen to Angela speak at a meeting for work and she was so inspiring! She has developed a great product that I will continue to use and recommend! She has other great products (and an app!) that are available on her website... or even if you want to learn more, I recommend checking it out! And I love her fitlosophy - "live life fit."