Unbiased Review of 1000 Calorie Challenge

by admin on October 1, 2010

It seems to me that whenever a new program comes out my inbox gets flooded with raving reviews and lots of fitness experts telling me this is the best program ever designed.  This week the new release is a program by the name of the 1000 Calorie Challenge created by nutritionist Joel Marion and personal trainer Arnel Ricafranka.

I decided to buy a copy of the program so that I could give it an unbiased review.  You see if I asked for a free copy so that I could write a blog post about it the authors would be pressuring me to say something good about it.  I’d rather just check it out on my own and share with you my thoughts.


The 1000 Calorie Challenge makes some bold claims that you can burn 5 pounds of fat per week. By phase three you are performing workouts that burn 1000 calories per workout. By combining this with a diet where you only eat 1K calories per day three days per week you can create a huge calorie deficit accelerating fat loss.

The Workouts

The workouts are really good. They are very intense and use a lot of bodyweight. Arnel has a ton of energy and keeps you cranking through the workouts. Now burning 1000 calories in a workout is not something everyone is able to do so there is a phase 1 where you start with workouts that burn 300 calories followed by phase 2 where you burn 600 calories per workout. Now getting to the point where you can burn 1000 calories in these fast paced quick workouts is a challenge in itself but something you can be proud of when you do it.

So even though the workouts are very difficult there are phases in place for beginners too. During each week the workouts get harder and harder progressing from standard sets to supersets to tri-sets to giant sets until eventually you can do insane circuits.

Training variables such as reps, resistance, rest and rounds are also manipulated from week to week. This is given a fancy name of R-Quattro but it’s something bodybuilders have been doing for a long time.

I give the actual workouts an A.

The Diet

You’ve got the three 1000 calorie diet days and the rest of the days are non-diet days. After you know your lean body mass you’ll know how many calories per day to eat on your non-diet days.
From their the macro-nutrients are broken down for protein, carbs and fat. Overall the diet is sound and will create a calorie deficit like it should. The part I don’t like is that you have to create your own meal plans by plugging in foods so that you get the right number of calories, carbs, fat, and protein for the day. If you’ve got some time that’s no big deal you can look up food nutrition info online pretty easy.

They do offer some meal plans in the upsell package. Now these meal plans look great and they are tasty and designed by a solid nutrition guy Dave Ruel. The only thing that seems off is that they don’t have different meal plans based on how many calories you should be eating for the day. You have to figure out the portions sizes yourself based on your daily calorie requirements. So the meal plans are cool but don’t buy them thinking that will save you from having to figure out how much you need to eat at each meal.

I give the diet portion a B-

Bottom Line

Even if you don’t follow the diet part perfect but do follow all the 1K calorie diet days and do the workouts you’ll burn a ton of fat. This is a pretty extreme program which is probably why it’s called a challenge. It’s not a lifestyle or something you can maintain for a long time, but if you’re in a rush and you’re willing to workout really hard and restrict your food intake, this will work fast.

Will you lose 5 lbs of fat in a week? It’s possible in the first week but I wouldn’t expect that every week.

Here’s why it’s worth trying out.

1. It creates a large calorie deficit that is needed to burn fat.
2. The workouts are based on progression which are good, are fun and challenging.
3. Due to the extreme nature of the program it will work fast.
4. There’s a cheat day.
5. The creators are certified in their fields.
6. There is a money back guarantee.
7. Overall I give the entire system a B+ if you’re not anal about exact calorie counting.

The Complete 10-Component
1,000 Calorie Challenge System

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