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You’ve already seen it.
The Beyond Diet’s “5 foods to never eat” video is all over the web.
It’s like whichever website you visit, the video literally follows you there.
So today, let’s review the Beyond Diet program.
Whether it works, who is it for, what are its cons, and everything in between.
Here’s the review for the review sake…
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part 1: My personal experience with Beyond Diet
What I tried before it, how I found it, etc.
So the Beyond Diet’s been around for more than 6-7 years now, and has grown quite popular in the last couple of years (over 896,000 members now).
I joined it over 3 years ago.
And first of all, here’s my own “before-after” picture most people are craving to see…
Yep, the results have been good. And the best part is I have kept it off even after three years (also due to my workout, more below).
However, I assume by now you know that this transformation didn’t happen in a few days or weeks.
It took time, and yes, the Beyond Diet was THE major reason I could change so much.
You see, all my life, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t obese.
And not just “overweight”, but truly obese (as you can see in the snap).
Sadly… the weight just kept creeping with age…
Yet, what frustrated me was:
I did not eat too many junk foods (ok maybe occasionally, but like rarely).
I did not lead a sedentary life, I was quite active in my youth.
My “genetics” are not that bad. There aren’t many overweight people on either side of my family.
Yet, I was always fat, for years. And emotionally, it did take its toll on me…
Things got worse after marriage (thankfully, only weight-wise), and I actually tried a couple of diet and fitness programs before calling it quits.
I started with the Atkins diet, tried the South Beach diet, and was foolish enough to try one of those intense exercise programs, the Insanity!
Yes, some of those diet programs did work… but only for a while…
… none of them looked like something I could continue long term.
And that’s when I discovered the number #1 weight loss factor…
YOU MUST *LOVE* YOUR DIET PROGRAM
This is the single, biggest factor that decides whether or not you’ll succeed.
On paper, theoretically, EVERY diet works.
Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, Mediterranean: they ALL work.
However, the real parameter of weight loss SUCCESS is not whether a diet works for a while, but…
… CAN YOU *STICK* WITH IT OVER THE LONG HAUL?
All of them (at least most) eventually become yo-yo diets, meaning you can only do them for a few weeks.
Either they become too boring, tedious, or they are simply not feasible, time or money-wise.
And that’s where I think the Beyond Diet
has HAD an edge. (No more, read at the top)
So back then, being extremely sceptical at first (since it ‘looked’ like every other diet program), I purchased Isabel’s guide, the “Diet Solution Program” (not available anymore), having no clue of the Beyond Diet.
The Diet Solution Program was simply an e-book with a really interesting diet plan, and based on this e-book, I thought of giving the then new “Beyond Diet” a try… And I was blown away!
I expected another e-book or stuff, but instead got a customized diet program, an array of tools, and a HUGE members community!
So with that, I began my Beyond Diet journey in the summer of 2013, and with the help and support of the coaches and members in there, I completely changed myself in the next one year.
Yep, it took a year, and believe me it DOES take time.
Any diet or weight loss solution that promises you results in weeks is soon going to be unsustainable.
So a resounding YES, Beyond Diet
DOES did work IF you are were patient enough, and if you understand that weight loss takes time. Period.
You cannot sort of “hasten” it with gimmicks and gadgets (you can certanly lighten your bank account that way!)
I still use the Beyond Diet guidelines to this day, especially with the growing number of recipes in there. And with the ongoing discussions and updates, it’s definitely paid over hundreds of times.
Now, let’s see what your Beyond Diet membership USED to get you (not anymore)...
So when you first logged in to your member’s area, this is what you used to see.
That is the members dashboard, and it’s usually populated with most recent questions from the community.
Next, here are the options to browse around the membership.
Next, here are three screenshots of the “library”, which is the main guide section of the beyond diet. The main BD guide has lots of accompanying goodies like the 14 day meal plan, day 15-28 meal plan, and also a vegan plan.
Then, we get to one of the best resources in the beyond diet program, the Beyond Diet recipes! Here’s a screenshot for you.
As you can see, there are like thousands of recipes in there, and the best part is they are all sorted as per their macro-nutrient ratios.
Naturally, this makes it super easy to sort them as per your metabolic type and requirement (as per your metabolism type test when you begin the program).
Which brings us to the tools section…
The main tool is the metabolism test, according to which the beyond diet will be customized for you.
Apart from that, there are also other helpful tools in there.
Finally, there’s the whole discussion section.
This is one of the best aspects of BD.
You can ask any diet, exercise or nutrition related query, and chances are, it’s already asked and answered by someone before! This has happened more than thrice with me!
The discussion section is broken down as per their topic, making it easy to search for what you’re looking for.
*UPDATE* WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW FOR A VIDEO TOUR INSIDE THE BD DASHBOARD
However, after looking at all those pics, does it mean that EVERYTHING IS GREAT with the Beyond Diet?”
Well, nope! Let’s see the…
Pros and Cons of Beyond Diet
So you can decide whether this is right for you
NOW, THE CONS:
There’s NO exercise program with the basic Beyond Diet program.
You have to purchase an additional exercise program, which quite honestly, I think should have been included in the core program.
Believe me (from my own experience), when you combine the Beyond Diet’s plan with a good workout program, THAT’S when you see the “before-after” worthy change!
So unfortunately, the BD guys do not give you any kind of workout in the base purchase and make you buy it separately.
However, and here’s the good news… Bonny to the rescue!
For the past few months, I have been sharing my personal workout program with my blog readers. Yep, no charge or anything.
So here’s what I suggest:
When you join the beyond diet, DO NOT buy the add-on exercise program. Rather just forward me your receipt on email@example.com and I’ll send my personal workout program to you.
Now, here’s the second problem with Beyond Diet…
Ummm, this one can’t be called a ‘con’, more of my own personal issue. They don’t have any specific guide on conquering your food cravings.
I suffered A LOT with food cravings, more specifically, emotional eating.
So much that in the past 2 years, I have read, re-read and analysed 14 books on cravings!
However, why is this important for you?
Because I have curated my own, what can you call it… a craving control ‘formula’ of sorts.
So, again, IF you also suffer in any way from food cravings, let me know in your email, and I’ll send this over to you with the workout.
This is my way of saying thanks to my readers. :) I try to share what I can with you guys.
So there, those were the pros and cons of BD. The two cons are not deal breakers, but when you can get my resources, the pros outweigh them by 10 to 1…
And now, an interesting section of this review…
Beyond Diet User Reviews
What people who’ve used it say…
First of all, here are couple of video reviews I could find. Some from YouTube, others from some blogs, etc.
And here’s Isabel herself, explaining how BD started and what’s actually different in Beyond Diet…
Beyond Diet FAQ And (Many) Common Questions
(If you too have a question, you can ask in the comments)
The Beyond Diet’s primary aim is to make you focus on your food first (and I agree). Nutrition, without any doubt, is the most important factor when it comes to weight loss, and more so for fat loss.
Our diets have been scre*** for the last couple of decades and we have become much too dependent on fast foods, sugars, grains and packaged foods.
All those combined are the main reasons behind the massive obesity problems we’re seeing these days.
So first of all, you correct your food with the beyond diet.
How you ask?
Yep, this is the best part, once you’re in, you can customize the program to suit your particular body. The website asks you few questions, and based on your answers, the program will churn out the exact nutrition plan you need.
And that’s actually why it works so well over the other one-size-fits-all diet programs, as it is made to work specifically for you.
Everybody is different and some programs won’t work for everyone for whatever reasons.
That’s why the Beyond Diet gives you a 60 days period to assess and try the program. If for some reason you do not want to continue, you can refund your purchase.
And to get the refund, you just have to get in touch through their contact page and it’s usually done in 2-3 days.
So don’t worry whether the beyond diet will work for you or not, you have 8 weeks to try and see if you really get results, and I think 8 weeks is more than enough time.
The basic Beyond Diet program with all the tools, membership portal, guides comes for a one-time $47 purchase. Once you complete that order, there are some optional add-ons that you may choose to purchase (Isabel’s workout, a detox guide, etc.).
Frankly speaking, you do not need anything else other than the basic beyond diet program. So here’s a tip: When you do complete the basic purchase, just go to the bottom of the add-on pages where you will see a link to “skip” that addon and move on…
So this is completely up to you.
If you can afford or prefer organic foods, awesome. If you won’t, no problem, it’ll still work.
I think the reason Isabel recommends organic foods is because overall, if you look at it from a ‘health perspective’ rather than just for fat loss, organic foods do make sense. But I guess it’s a very personal choice.
But to simply answer the question – No, there is no “mandatory” requirement of using organic foods in the Beyond Diet.
But yes, some people with certain conditions/problems cannot exercise, and that’s fine. Beyond Diet is 90% about correcting your food habits and losing fat by changing our daily dietary habits.
So even if you can’t exercise, it’s alright, and will not affect your results drastically.
However, IF you can do even some simple exercises (check out my personal workout mentioned at the end), then your results would be awesome!
Not to mention the additional benefits of working out – improved muscle tone and energy, better sleep, MUCH better cardiovascular health, and so many more.
So IF YOU CAN, do not hesitate to move that body!
Most of us are so frustrated with all the “solutions” out there that our B.S. meters are always charged and ready to be fired! :D
So does Beyond Diet really work?
The answer may shock you… but it does not!
Ok, let me explain…
The beyond diet is NOT a diet pill you take and you lose weight “in your sleep” (how many times we’ve read that!). Rather, it requires efforts on your part to change your eating habits, correct your food habits and only then will you see results.
Maybe by now you know that “there are no shortcuts” to lose weight!
All the quick fixes like diet pills, shakes, powders, body wraps, they are exactly that… quick fixes! They ‘might’ work for a while, but only until you use them, once you stop, the weight creeps back!
This is exactly where beyond diet triumphs over others. The weight you lose here is something you’ll keep off for years if not forever.
Because here, you are actually changing your body form the inside!
And that’s the only way you’ll ever keep the bad weight off.
So, to summarize, NO, the beyond diet is not a magic solution that will work by itslef, you do have to take some efforts yourself.
But once you are ready to do that, once you are been-there-done-that with the late-night products, you’ll know what I mean!
And yeahhh, they are VERY tasty! That’s the best part about the program!
Most of the diet programs I have tried in the past either had cardboard recipes as I call them, or had recipes that required you to be a Master Chef’s apprentice!
In here though, beyond diet has some of the most tasty and nutritious recipes I have seen around, plus, with each recipe, you get a ‘macro-nutrient’ score (e.g. Protein – 2, Carbs – 1, Fats – 2) so you can understand and balance the recipes as per your individual metabolic needs.
Here are some sample recipes I love…
I don’t know about you, but my mouth’s watering!
Overall, yes you will definitely keep a watch on how much you’re eating, but no, you won’t be counting portions like a maniac!
Once you go over the main guide, you’ll know what I mean.
The beyond diet does not believe in being extremely rigid in the way you eat, but at the same time, Isabel does give you a ‘eyeball’ guide as to how much you should be eating with regards to your current weight and fat loss goals.
So yes, I can understand where this question comes from.
But no, this won’t be a problem with the beyond diet for couple of reasons. One, this is a not a meal delivery plan or service. So what you cook is what you eat.
Secondly, there are like 4000+ recipes in there, so even if there are certain foods you absolutely detest, there are always alternatives in there.
That’s one of the cons of the program like we saw above.
The beyond diet does not have any guide to help with food cravings. But I have great option for that.
It is more, what can you say, a real food program.
You won’t be cutting down on your carb intake like on say, the Atkins diet.
You will rather balance out your macronutrients (macronutrients are proteins/fats/carbs) as per your specific metabolism type.
This is one of the steps in Isabels’ “3 step plan”.
So even if you have to lose like a couple of extra pounds, this would in most likelihood, work great for you.
I have been in this category (as you saw) too…
We get obese people sharing their results every week, and their comments look very positive and encouraging.
First of all, the tools in beyond diet enable you to customize the program to your specific body type. So based on that test, you are given food recommendations and other guidelines.
So based on this fact, no, the program will be “customized” for only one person per membership.
But, part 2 of the answer, although the beyond diet is ‘customized’ for one person only, the recipes can be used for the entire family!
For e.g. when I created the recipes for myself, of course I cooked the main courses for my entire family, and my husband and kid absolutely loved them!
So even though you are going to prepare the recipes for “your weight loss”, the nutrition and health benefits will get passed on to your family too.
So no worries here, also, there are hundreds of recipes in the main section that are 100% vegan.
Usually there are a LOT of healthy choices you can make at restaurants but we choose to ignore these healthy foods either due to ignorance or simply… cravings!
So yes, if you can cook and/or eat at home for the majority part, the beyond diet will work wonders.
And even if you can’t, if you can just make food choices are per the program, you should be fine.
It’s my own highly researched detox guide. I try to cleanse my system twice every year, and it feels great!
I share it with my readers for free, just ask me for it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why?You will be eating highly nutritious, real foods, super for the baby! You will be eating as per your individual body needs, awesome for the baby! You will NOT be eating junk foods, great for the baby! You will be eating foods with lots of natural vitamins/minerals, amazing for the baby!
In short, due to the food choices you make in the beyond diet, it will save you from many post-pregnancy woes and make your baby one true bundle of health and joy! :)
(By the way, this is a complete tangent, but very important. If you’re due, I highly recommend you exclusively breast feed your baby AT LEAST for the first six month. Formulas cannot match 10% of the power and benefits of your breast milk!)
There are like 100’s of people from the UK inside the community and nobody has mentioned this to be a problem.
So I don’t think this should be a problem for anyone…
But if you’re like most allergic folks, aka the lactose intolerant or the celiac, you’ll be happy to hear that 90% of the beyond diet recipes are gluten free! :)
So no worries if you have certain food allergies, there are variety of recipes to choose from.
And in fact if you are a Celiac sufferer, then you’ll love the recipes in here.
The beyond diet folks have not given a workout with basic program. You have to purchase it separately from them in the add-on sections.
But once again, like I mentioned before, I am now sharing my own personal workout with all my readers.
See the details at the end of this review.
Because of 3 reasons:
1 Weight watchers never works long term because nobody likes to “count points” for something as dear as food!
Not me for sure! I have myself tried WW, it worked for couple of weeks, but somehow life’s problems got in the way and slowly I forgot all about the points, and I was back where I started.
2 As for meal delivery plans, they restrict your portions. And THAT will NEVER work. If you are ever hungry on a diet program, you ARE going to quit it. Maybe not in the first 2-3 weeks, but definitely after a few more!
3 So the reason beyond diet will work is because it does not keep you hungry, so you stick with it, and secondly, it does not involve complicated calculations or logging points which becomes tedious after a while.
These 2 are the primary reasons I highly recommend beyond diet over others.
But from what I heard, from my own experience, and from what all I have understood from the program:
If you are extremely obese, you should see some real quick results as your body responds fast and brings down the extra weight. So some really good ‘visible’ results can be seen in as little as 2-4 weeks.
For the moderately obese, some really good changes can be seen within the first 6-7 weeks.
And for the ‘slightly’ obese, you’ll see more health related changes first than weight loss.
By health, I mean: more energy, less sleep required, better skin, positive mood, less irritability.
Of course, depending on how fast your body responds, you should also see some positive movement weight-wise.
Once you purchase the beyond diet, you’ll get an email with your login details.
Then you go to www.beyonddiet.com/login, enter your login details and simply follow the on-screen instructions.
There’s really no “tech” need to do this.
A tip I can give you is to access the website through your laptop, ipad or tablet as it will show you things much better than on a small mobile screen.
But you can request for a physical hard copy once you’re in, from the membership area. I don’t remember the cost of that, but a physical copy is an extra purchase.
Coz some of the beyond diet goals are based on minimizing your sugar intake, reducing your insulin resistance and boosting your metabolism – all things that help keep your diabetes at bay.
So if you are a diabetic, there’s no better program out there. Period.
I saw some members complaining in the community too, but it’s been a long time now and it’s sorted out now.
As of now I don’t head any issues with accessing the program.
Conclusion: Is Beyond Diet worth it?
(Short answer: It's NOT any more!)
Finally, we come to the end of this Beyond Diet review.
If you read the entire review, you know I am hooked to the BD from the day I signed up.
It’s been a great journey so far, with regular recipe additions, the responsive community and my own personal workout (4 times/week).
The only con as you now know is that they don’t give any workout plan, and they don’t help with food cravings.
To end this review, I would just like to say what I always tell you guys…
There’s no magic weight loss pill, nor a magic diet.
You need to put efforts, and that too in the right direction.
A customized diet program (where Beyond Diet fits) + an exercise plan that you actually do (get my workout).
Yep, due to the fraudulent activities, I have to update and give Beyond Diet a 0.5 out of 5 stars rating.
EFFORTS INVOLVED: Yes, a lot.
DOES IT WORK AS PROMISED: Not anymore, you need to buy a lot of extra stuff.
DO I RECOMMEND IT:
Yes, if you are frustrated with all the other quick fixes, do have a go for it. No more… read below.