Flavia Del Monte’s Full-Body-Licious Course – My In Depth Detailed Review

Full-Body-Licious

I thought I should give you guys a review of the brand new workout course that was put out by Flavia Del Monte. I know what your going to say, “but it’s a course that is marketed towards women”. “How are you going to review a product that is meant to be used by women”?

Simple. Check out the course. See what is offered and give you my thoughts on how effective Flavia’s weight loss method could be.

Full-Body-Licioius

I found out about Full-Body-Licious from another blogger that is a big advocate of the eat 6 meals a day thing. I’m not a fan of this style of nutrition as you might have guessed from reading my blog for any length of time. I just have a tough time with the philosophy that eating more is going to help you lose weight. It’s just not true. To lose weight, long term, you need to create a calorie deficit. Period. Eating more frequently is not going to “stoke” your metabolism that much that you shred more fat. I know that flies in the face of what is generally accepted in the weight loss industry, but I’ve tried these type of diets and have never had lasting weight loss success with them. At the end of this post I give you my ideas on how to lose weight long term. Like for the rest of your life and keep it off.

full-body-liciousWhy I Believe The Full Body Licious Course Is A Fail

The first thing that struck me when I purchased this course was the complete lack of emphasis on diet or nutrition. It’s almost non existent in this course. Now when you buy full body licious, you are taken to several up sell pages that want you to upgrade to get more goodies for $29.95 and then another for $20.00. I skipped these up sells because in my opinion, the first part of the course should be all inclusive and be all I need to succeed with the course. So with that in mind, I continued to the download section without getting the add ons.

The Full-Body-Licious Course comes with 5 DVD quality videos that are roughly 25 minutes in length. Each video represents a different day in your workout training. The videos are well informed and do a pretty decent job of explaining how to perform each exercise that is to be done. Keep in mind that each video is a large download file, so you are going to need a relatively quick internet connection to download all the videos. There is no option to stream the videos as of yet. I thought the videos were the best part of the course because Flavia does a good job of explaining what she is doing and why.

You also get downloadable and printable workouts. Which are essentially just an outline of what’s covered in the videos. The exercises in the printable packets are mainly body weight exercises with dumbbells and medicine balls. So a gym membership is not entirely needed, which is nice.

On To The Diet, Or Lack There Of…

You also get the free bonus ebook “The Deadline Diet”.

This is where I’m completely flabbergasted. The explanation of the entire diet course is given in just 9 pages! The first 3 of which are pretty much filler material. Another thing that blows my mind is that this was given as the bonus. This should have been the main product and the main focus.

Something that I think is incredibly important to note about this diet is that it is geared towards those that are already in shape!

A quote directly from “The Deadline Diet”

“This diet should only be done for 1 to 3 weeks and only for those who have hit plateaus or need to lose that last 5 pounds of fat.”

This is not disclosed on their main sales page anywhere I can see. Looking at the sales page, Flavia makes it seem that anybody regardless of physical condition can undertake her program.

It can also be seen by watching the workout videos that some of the exercises will not be able to be done by a beginner. For instance, in the first video Flavia goes through the first leg routine and asks you to do push ups with burpees. This is going to be extremely challenging for a beginner. One suggestion I have for Flavia would be to offer some alternative exercises that could be done instead of some of the more difficult moves.

Now the actual diet method that she suggests is not a new concept. It’s simply to use low calorie / low carbohydrate cycling.

The essential gist of the diet is that you alternate 2 days of high calorie / high carbohydrates with 2 to 3 days of low calorie, low carbohydrates. The reasoning behind this logic is that it will keep your body guessing and not allow your body to enter the so called “starvation mode”. Really, it’s just like it says in the guide. This diet is super short term and is really good at getting you past plateaus. So if this is your situation, then you might consider this approach.

I Don’t Recommend Purchasing The Full-Body-Licious Course

In all honesty I can’t recommend The Full-Body-Licious course because it lacks a lot of the fundamentals that are necessary for long and lasting weight loss. The exercises are intermediate to advanced and this diet should only be done short term for those that are already within 10 to 15 pounds of their target weight. Simply, this diet did not focus heavily enough on diet and nutrition.

I recommend that if your a beginner, to intermediate fitness level you give Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat course a try instead. Eat Stop Eat is focused heavily on diet, which is the way it should be. It lays out all the fundamentals that are essential to lasting weight loss in an easy to understand way.

Your not going to lose weight long term by relying completely on working out. Exercise is a tool that helps us increase our calorie deficit.

One last thing that bugs me about The Full Body Licious course is the whole bashing of slow cardio. Flavia recommends high intensity circuits for losing weight and to a certain degree I agree, partially. I do integrate HIIT into my work out routine but the idea that you can’t lose weight by doing slow cardio is ludicrous. When I first started working out back in February of this year I was totally out of shape. I did nothing but slow cardio for the first 4 weeks of my weight loss and was averaging 6 pounds of weight loss per week! You can bet that diet played a very important part of that also.

A Great Weight Loss Program Geared Towards Women?

A great weight loss course that I highly recommend for women is Rusty Moore’s Visual Impact Muscle Building For Women. Rusty has been a leader in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and has an impressive physique to match. He is a huge proponent of the “Lean, Hollywood Look”. He doesn’t promote working out like a bodybuilder to lose weight and get lean. Instead, he uses fundamental weight loss strategies that he has used and tested for over 20 years to achieve lasting weight loss without looking like a “meat head”.

His women’s course has received very high praises from women that have used his techniques to achieve the look of many of Hollywood’s leading ladies, such as Jessica Alba.

Visit Rusty Moore’s Visual Impact For Women at the link.

Here Is An Action Plan To Get You On Your Way To Losing Weight

  1. Get your diet and nutrition in check. I recommend you use Eat Stop Eat for this.
  2. Create a calorie deficit by reducing the amount of food you eat and by working out using either Rusty’s Visual Impact Muscle Building Course for Women, or his Men’s Course.
  3. Stick to your plan and don’t deviate from it. You will see some amazing results if you stick with it.
  4. Remember that you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Stick to a diet that you can maintain long term and not one that is only good for 1 to 3 weeks at a time. The majority of your success will come from your diet and not exercise.

Alright. Now go get lean.

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5 Responses to “Flavia Del Monte’s Full-Body-Licious Course – My In Depth Detailed Review”

  • Grateful skeptic on September 4, 2011

    Hey Joe, I was considering the Flavia Del Monte full body licious course but could not find any information to outline exactly what you get when you purchase it. I was skeptical to say the least and I came across your review.
    Your outline of her course and its flaws was really good. I am pleased I didnt waste my money. I am however impressed with Rusty Moores site and will consider his program instead. Being a fairly serious triathlete training is not a problem but I would like to lose about 5 kilos and my everyday training is not getting me the results I want or need so I am investigating cross training. Diet of course is important & I understand this but I also need to fuel my workouts otherwise I become run down and tired and my performance drops. Rusty discusses the importance of preventing becoming malnourished on his site which is why I am interested in his program so thank you for your review Joe. Much appreciated!

    • Joe on September 12, 2012

      Not a problem. I’m glad that my review was helpful in your decision. I find that the majority of diet and exercise programs available today are almost purely focused on the exercise part of losing weight. This is not helpful to those that are severely overweight.

      Greater than 80% of the fat loss you want will come from simply being diligent managing calories in and calories out. Once you get down to that last 5 to 10 pounds, you will need to change up your diet and exercise.

  • Sarah on July 30, 2012

    Thank you so much!
    I have been searching for an honest review, I will not be buying this product after considering your opinion, some of which I agree with and some which I do not. Thanks again!

    • Joe on September 12, 2012

      Thank you Sarah. The full body licious course is almost entirely focused on hard, strenuous, exercise. That’s fine and dandy if your within 5 to 10 pounds of your goal, and need that hardcore push to ultra low body fat levels, but for someone starting out, it won’t be helpful.

      Being so exercise intensive will push beginners to give up prematurely because it will be too tough to maintain for them.

      I hope that you have been able to meet your fitness goals. Have a great day.

  • SwaE on April 16, 2013

    Hi,

    I have actually purchased this programme when it first came out and I do agree that the exercises are not for beginners as I had been training for a year previous and managed to work up a good sweat. Again, although I love the workouts, I must also agree that the diet (which IS only for last few pounds loss) is not for those who are overweight. Saying that- I don’t even know where to start again now since I’ve had to stop training for 3 months before this week and my diet – lets just say is not a way to live. I hope to go back to following full body licious as soon as I can shed the extra fat- I’m at 18.5% body fat and seem to put it all on my lower back and love handles – any advice? Thanks

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