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 .
2 rice cakes with peanut butter and half a banana
a salad or some kind of carbless thai or Japanese food
12 to 24 almonds
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
- 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!!
- 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
Also here is my measurements before and after :
- 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