TRAINING WITH SAFIA BERRADA’S ONLINE PROGRAM

One of my resolutions in 2018 , was to get healthy ,shape up and lose a couple of pounds …

I decided to try out Safia Berrada’s program .  Safia is a boss girl from Miami.

I have been following her on social media and admiring her grind for a while and i’ve seen enough transformations to want to try her online program.

The program consists of a pdf meal plan , and 6 cardio focused workouts a week , alternating between 45min of jogging or cycling and Safia’s bomb ass workouts.

You receive 3 of her specific workouts each week, an upper body video , a lower body video and an then of course the abs .

You also get to join the community and a what’s up group of 10 girls doing the program with you. This  has been a big motivational tool in my 3 months of following her program . Also Safia was available whenever you needed her really (give or take the time difference of course, Miami – Paris ).

The beginning :

The program starts with you taking a before picture . she doesn’t like you weighing yourself because it doesn’t reflect you true progress ( i totally agree with that school of thought)

You can loose 4 kg in fat mass and gain 4 kg in muscle and that won’t show up on scale , but it would change your shape dramatically.

i did them all , pictures, scale and measuring tape.

The meal plan :

you get a grocery guide and a recipe book too( a pretty good deal, if you ask me! )

you have to consume small 5 to 6 meals a day ,with a relatively restricted carbs .

i wasn’t spot on with a diet because of my lifestyle . i work a 9 to 5 job , and don’t like to eat breakfast (I am well aware that these are excuses 🙂 ).

An example of my day on the meal plan would be .

Breakfast:

2 rice cakes with peanut butter and half a banana

snack 1

12 almonds

lunch:

a salad or some kind of carbless thai or Japanese food

snack 2:

12 to 24 almonds

dinner :

a sweet potato and a grilled tofu

not gonna lie , it was difficult, i got hungry and  strayed quite a lot from the diet and i think that’s why my results weren’t as great as they could have been.

The workouts :

Now if you don’t like cardio, this is not for you ! but also you are not gonna lose the weight as fast as you would want.

I love being active. So i went to the gym religiously 6 time a week for 3 month. it was quite refreshing actually to have someone give some structure to my fitness regime.

Monday: 20 minutes run + Safia’s Lower body video

Tuesday : minimum 45 min of running or elliptical machine

Wednesday : 20 minutes run + Safia’s upper body video

Thursday: minimum 45 min of running or elliptical machine

Friday : 20 minutes run + Safia’s abs video ( those are killers!!)

Saturday: minimum 45 min of running or elliptical machine

Before I share my results , here are from my point of view some pros and cons of this program

Pros:

  • Affordable if on a deal, I got the 3 months deal for 200 euros because there was a 50% off
  • If you have problems motivating yourself, the what’s up and Facebook group , really boost you up
  • The workouts gets gradually challenging depending on your progress in the program
  • If you follow it , you will get results!!

Cons:

  • If you are not really serious about this. Then its not for you . It requires some serious stamina and motivation to follow through
  • Eating outside was a challenge, you need to prep girlfriend!
  • Very cardio heavy, little resistance to my taste  (body weight to 1kg dumbbells). if you hate cardio, you will not like the program

My results :

Keep in mind that I did not follow the diet entirely . Weight wise I lost 0 kg . Amazing huh , all this effort for nothing !!  That’s what I would have thought if I have done this based on the scale alone. But as they say a picture is worth a thousand word

Before
After

Also here is my measurements before and after :

Starting measurement

  • Fat : 24.4%
  • MM: 37%
  • WEIGHT : 54Kg
  • waist : 80cm / 31in

Last day measurements

  • Fat : 22% (-2,4%)
  • MM: 38% (+1%)
  • WEIGHT : 54Kg (0 kg)
  • waist : 69cm / 27 cm (-11 cm)

considering i did not diet at all, those results are amazing!

Bottom line, this program works! but as all weight loss programs . they only work if you are determined and you want it enough . Personally, I love it because it gave structure to my workouts and kept me accountable during the winter season

How to get the program :

contact safia through her website http://www.sbsafiaberrada.com/ Or her instagram : @Safiaberrada

My healthy picks in junk food restaurants

So … you are already set up in your healthy lifestyle journey or just trying to do some damage control when you are out eating in a fast food chain, and lets say, quinoa, lean proteins and vegetables are not on the menu… if you are a health fanatic, you will certainly feel guilty… so here are some of my go to picks  when i’m eating in fast food restaurants

McDonald’s

A classic : Since I am vegetarian, i don’t have much choice anyways… so my go to’s are usually the potatoes and 2 mustard packets

If I’m feeling extra hungry, i would get the egg muffin, no cheese from the brunch menu (Yep! they will costumize it for you)

If you are not vegetarian, then try the honey mustard wrap, the 2 euros one not the big one( let’s just say the calories on the big wrap is worst than havinga big mac).

These 3 meals are approximatly 350 Kcal each. pretty neat for a fast food slip…

PS: Please no Matter what ! Stay away from the salad, it is highly highly calorific …we are talking 700 to 800 kcal per salad…it’s just not as healthy as you think!

Quick

Sorry to burst your bubble, but quick is the worst , the sandwiches are too big and the salads are as calorific as McDonald’s . I would probably go for a diet coke and potatoes  ( around 400Kcal )

Burger king’s

My least favorite, not worth the calories. Just go for something that is small in portion

Subway

My favorite, i never take the sandwich anymore, i like their the vegetarian steak salad with lettuce, cucumber, bell pepper, olives, pickles and jalapeño with a hint of sweet onion sauce…yumm…. i get a piece of bread on the side though, when i’m vanished 😀

Chipotle

My other favorite, I love their vegetarian salad, but be careful even though it’s a salad it doesn’t mean its not heavy if you add the cheese and guacamole .

My trick is to ask for everything on the side …I don’t like cheese so it makes my life so much easier to avoid extra calories..

I usually have the salad with lettuce, brown rice, black beans, vegetables and spicy sauce , no cheese with guacamole and a tortilla on the side …

honestly is so filling …