Tone It Up: Nutrition Plan Review

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Good morning girls!

I didn’t realize how long it has been since I wrote… well, anything. I guess the holidays have got the best of me this year. But thankfully, things are finally slowing down in my life and I can start refocusing on the things that I love to do. One of those things is of course, writing. Hopefully, things stay at this pace so I can get back into blogging.

Recently I have been getting a lot of comments on my Tone It Up 5 Day Slim Down Review. I’ve always wanted to write a review of the whole plan, but wasn’t sure if it would it would a review people would be interested in reading. I’m thinking after their new hit show on Bravo came out this year, people are starting to notice the Tone It Up girls more. Please keep in mind; this is my personal opinion and something that has worked for me. It might not be for everybody and I will try to explain everything the best I can. But if you do have more questions, please comment here J  So let’s get started!

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The Tone It Up Nutrition Plan comes in 6 different options: regular, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, gluten free vegetarian, and pescetarian.

I purchased the REGULAR PLAN. I once tried the vegetarian lifestyle and absolutely loved it, but I’m a meat eater and simply couldn’t cut out all meats from my diet. I did, however, cut back on eating a lot of red meats. Once in a while, I will splurge but I don’t make it a habit anymore.

All of the plans cost $150 – and yes, when I first saw that I was hesitant right away. I couldn’t afford $150 on a plan that I never even heard of before. I loved their YouTube workouts and the community but just could not stomach the thought of paying $150. That’s a lot of money to commit to something. For about a month, I started trying some of the recipes they would post on their blog. The recipes seemed simple enough and were super yummy. This lured me in… I had to have it! I love food and I can’t get enough. I’m always looking for new cook books and new recipes to try out.

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Now that I had the idea in my head that I needed to order this, I started researching more information and talked with a few girls who have the plan themselves. When I saw that you would be a LIFETIME MEMBER and only have to pay that one-time fee, I purchased it that day. I have done a lot of diets, workout programs, and supplements so I feel like I have tried it all. So here is what I compared it to:

  • Weight Watchers – you have to pay $42.95 a month. That’s $515.40 for one year! Yes, I love the meetings and I go with my sister every Tuesday, but I think $500 is a little too much. I love tracking my points and being held accountable, but where are the workouts? Yes, they have a great meal plan and food options for you, but they don’t really dig into the workouts.
  • BeachBody – yes I am a coach and the workout programs and supplements are amazing, but they don’t give you a meal plan to follow. Each workout program has a meal plan to get results doing THAT program, but what if I’m not just following one program? I love mixing and matching my BeachBody workouts so it’s hard for me to follow one specific diet plan.
  • Atkins – I lost weight doing Atkins and got to eat all the foods I love. But this is a diet that you have to stick with and can be harmful if you don’t follow it exactly how they tell you. So, you’re limited on what foods you get to enjoy. No thank you!

So what is inside the nutrition program?

The main nutrition program has 191 pages of over 250 recipes. Recipes included are:

  • Breakfast (including various pancake recipes)
  • Lunch
  • Entrees
  • Desserts
  • Appetizers
  • Party Foods
  • Snacks
  • Beverages – this includes coffee, teas, and adult beverages
  • Soups and Salads
  • Wraps
  • Smoothies and Juices – they also provide detox juices

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It literally has everything you could possibly crave and need. This is what I love most about the program. I don’t have to deprive myself of anything because every single meal is right there at my fingertips. Fingertips? Yes. The program is emailed to you. I have an iPhone, so I simply saved mine right to my iBooks. They are PDF Files that you can download right to your phone or computer. I then printed it out and placed them in a big binder. The only downside to the program is printing out the editions as ink is pricey these days.  But that’s just an option. I personally never use my printed copies because my phone is always in reach. Every time they create a new special edition, it goes directly to your email. As you can see from the picture above, they are constantly coming out with new fun editions.

My favorite editions so far are the Love Your Body and Wedding Series edition. I can’t wait to get married simply so I can do all of these fun recipes to prepare myself. So far here are the editions: Regular Nutrition Plan, Beach Babe, Summer Sizzle, Love Your Body, Holiday, Fall, and Bridal.

5 day slim down

Also included in the plan are the 5 and 7 day slim downs. If you haven’t already read my 5 Day Slim Down journey, simply click here. I loved doing this slim down because I still got to eat the foods I love and be satisfied. I was not starving myself and I felt full. By the end of the slim down, my skin was glowing and I literally slimmed down. My next journey will be trying out the 7 Day Slim Down. These are made for when you want a quick slim down for an event. I did mine right before me and my family went to the beach so I didn’t feel overly bloated in a bikini. Nothing is worse than feeling bloated in a bikini.

The 7 Day Slim Down is just a longer version of the 5DSD. It tells you what to eat, when to eat it, and everything is mapped out for you. No guessing! Included with the slim down plan, you’ll get a slim down tracker sheet to make sure you’ve done everything right. Check that out also in my 5DSD Review.

Another thing I loved most about the nutrition plan was the meal guides and what they call a “meal wheel.” This is a color coded chart to help tell you which meals are okay to eat through the day. I never understood what I was eating or when to eat certain foods. I just thought I could eat breads and starchy foods for dinner if I ate super healthy all day. Yes, this method worked for some people but it didn’t work for me. My body is different and I found out that I could not eat heavy foods for my dinner. They helped explain this to me. Each meal or recipe has a guide to help you choose what foods are best for your goals.

Example: My goal is to slim down and lose weight. Obviously, I don’t want to eat the meals that are made for people who want to Tone Up or Maintain their weight. So I tried avoiding those foods as much as possible. I chose the slim down meals, in other words. But every person is different and so are their goals. Some girls come to me and say I lost all my weight, now I need to tone up. What foods should I eat? Well, I can now let them know because of this plan. This doesn’t mean you can’t still eat all of their meals. I mixed and matched recipes throughout the week so I didn’t get bored of eating the same foods all the time. And I still was losing weight. I’ve learned as long as you eat clean, green, and lean (their slogan) you will lose weight and feel great. I sound so cliché right now ha! But it’s the truth. You have to cut out the sugars, breads, red meats, and processed foods. I learned that the hard way and hundreds of dollars later.

Summer Sizzle Pic

The plan also goes into specific and scientific details about which foods you should mix and match. They break down why foods are healthy and good for you and actually give you a reason behind that. If you watch tv or read new fad diets they just say to eat certain foods because it helps you lose weight. Okay, well why is it helping me lose weight? Karena and Katrina break that all out for you and help you understand what you’re eating and what to eat it with. Certain foods come together and create what they call a complete protein.  If you buy the plan, you will see that for yourself. Like I’ve mention several times, I now finally understand what I’m eating because I never did before.

When you buy the plan, you also get exclusive information. They call this the Weekly Members Email. Every Thursday, they send out an email to the people who purchased the plan. The email is different each week and it includes great tips to help motivate you. You also get more information on new and exciting things they are coming up with compared to people who are not members. It’s my favorite part of the week. I love getting new information and ways to stay focused.

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Have you ever went to the grocery store with full intentions of buying only healthy foods and when you get there you completely forget and start buying things you THINK is healthy? Yeah, me too… talk about a waste of money. With this plan, there are 2 pages I believe of grocery items they approve of. This makes it a lot easier when you’re shopping because everything is mapped out for you. What’s also nice, every food they list is part of the recipes. So I always try and stock up on foods or highlight the items I need before heading out. I print off that page every time I go shopping.

They also include a weight and measurement tracker. I also print this out weekly to keep track of my measurements. It’s super important to keep track because you might not lose pounds that week, but you will lose inches. Toning up simply removes the fat and replaces it with muscle. Yes you are losing, but you’re toning up at the same time. I love keeping track of my inches that way I don’t get discouraged when the scale doesn’t go down that week.

The last pages are full of printables.  If you travel a lot or don’t always have access to the internet, print out the workouts they include in the plan. They break down each move step by step. Keep them in your purse or travel bag and when you get some free time, pull them out and hop to it. Their workouts don’t require a lot of space, so this will be great if you are stuck in a hotel room.

Like I’ve mentioned above, they include measurement trackers, journal pages, and a grocery list.

Here are a few FAQs I recently got about the plan:

 

Do you think it’s worth buying?

  • Yes, absolutely. It’s the best plan I’ve ever followed.

Do you get full eating the foods?

  • Surprisingly, yes. You make a lot of food with these recipes and they satisfy your hunger. I feel full, but not miserably stuffed.

Are you still sticking with the plan since you started in August?

  • This is the only plan I’ve actually stuck with. I get excited about everything and go at it with my whole heart and then get bored with it after 3 weeks. This plan actually changed my life.

Have you noticed a change in your health and weight?

  • At first, no. I couldn’t see a difference in myself but everyone else kept saying I was losing weight. Then I compared myself to a picture of me from a year ago and the notice is there. I’m losing weight and actually toning up. My skin is clearing up and I have a natural tan almost. Sounds weird, but it’s true.

Can you mix and match recipes or do you have to buy their protein powder?

  • Their recipes do use their Perfect Fit Protein powder a lot, especially if you want to make their pancakes and smoothies. But when I got the plan, I did not have their protein powder. I did have healthier flour at home, so I used that up before purchasing theirs. But now that I have their brand I won’t use anything else.

If I have missed anything (which I’m sure I have) please comment on this post with any questions you still might have and I will get back as soon as I can! I hope you enjoyed this post and have a better understanding of Tone It Up and that you will too join our TIUteam!

xo Brittny

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151 thoughts on “Tone It Up: Nutrition Plan Review

  1. Hi, are you still able to send a sample of the plan? I am trying to figure out which plan to get and think maybe seeing a bit of the regular plan will help. Thanks so much!!

  2. Hi! So glad I found your review of the plan!
    I have been considering purchasing the tiu nutrition plan and was wondering whether they include macro information in the recipes – i.e. Do they break down grams of carbs, protein and fat? I am vegan and gluten free and my trainer has me on a very strict diet where 50% of my calories have to come from protein, 30% from fat and I am only allowed 20% from carbs (which equates to approx 75g of carbs a day). Being vegan, it has not been easy to reach these amounts because most vegan sources of protein are very high in carbs so I thought the tiu plan might give me ideas but want to make sure they include macros – for example, I would not purchase their protein powder because it only has 15g of protein and 3-5g of carbs while the brands I typically use have 24-30g protein and 0-4g of carbs… I already eat clean, organic, no starchy carbs, no sugar or even natural sweeteners, don’t drink, etc and work out 7 days a week sometimes twice a day (mixing strength, cardio and light recovery exercises like yoga). So I am very hesitant to purchase the plan if it just going to tell me things I know and if I have to calculate macros for each recipe…
    Thanks in advance for any insights!

    • Unfortunately they do not list the breakdowns of calories and what not. You kind of have to do that on your own. But it’s simple, it’s not a lot of ingredients.

      The plan is very healthy, but with your strict diet, I’m not sure it would be beneficial for you. They don’t provide that type of information. They have breakdowns explaining what each ingredient is, but not in the recipe themselves. You would have a lot of researching to do before even making a recipe.

      If you want an example, go to their blog and see some of their recipes and then add up the nutritional information yourself. Everything on their site is basically what is in the plan. That would give you a better idea. I hope this helps!

  3. Hi there! Thank you so much for your post…super helpful! One question for ya…the only reason I haven’t purchased yet is because of the cost. I know in the long run it’s worth it. It is feasible to go in on the plan with one or two girlfriends and share the program? Is it able to download on multiple devices to share it? thanks!

    • You definitely can get away with that. They allow you to download the plan 5 times. But once the PDF is on your computer, you can email that to whomever. The only thing I would suggest is to not use someone’s personal email address when signing up. Make an email address for the two of you to share when signing up.

  4. I would like a sample of the plan. But more importantly I hear they mention something confusing about fruit from another review? Do they reccomend not eating it or what because that’s a red flag.

  5. Are the recipes easy to make on a busy schedule and would it be feasible to prep before the work week? And btw, your review was extremely helpful so thank you 🙂

    • I think they are pretty simple. I am a really busy person and I don’t like cooking when it takes up my whole evening. The TIU Girls actually prefer meal prepping, so these recipes are simple for that. And thank you! I’m glad I could help out a lot of people by this review.

  6. I am definitely considering buying this plan. However, do you think that buying the foods at the grocery store can be pricey? And do they really plan it out for you week by week? I just don’t want to spend the $150 and then be spending hundreds at the grocery store every week. Like you said–it’s great that they tell you what to get in the store, but how much does that end up costing you?

    • You basically create your own meal guide. They simply tell you when you should eat certain foods, list them, and you choose what you want to eat and when. As for the prices of foods, this depends on which recipes you like and will make. If you’re like me where I’m not eating seaweed and fancy thai wraps, you won’t spend a lot of money. I keep it simple and basic and usually buy foods I would buy normally.. but again, some foods are pricier than others.

      My best suggestion is to check out their recipes on their website, get an idea of what ingredients they use, and then go from there. When I’m following the plan strictly, I spend about $60-$80 a week on foods. I’m also buying for two of us.

  7. Hi are you able to send a sample of the plan to me as well? I have been contemplating buying the vegetarian plan for at least 6 months.

    • Sure, if you send me a private email I can send you a few snapshots of the plan. I don’t have the vegetarian version, but it will give you an idea of how it’s set up.

      • I am so happy to have found this posting as I have been on the fence about buying the plan (the $150 price tag scares me) since I already eat healthy. Can you answer whether or not you think thr plan is worth is to someone who already eats healthy and can you also email me a sample? 🙂

      • If you’re already eating clean and healthy, the plan might not be the greatest for you. Unless you’re looking for more motivation and more recipe ideas. But again, that’s my personal opinion. I kind of knew about what foods to eat but this plan really helped me and gave me more knowledge. So it’s all in what you’re willing to spend. Just check out their website and you’ll get an idea of their recipes and see if it’s something you would want to invest in.

    • I believe for a big bag it’s $55. But they have sales and also I think their packets are cheaper.. you can go to their website and click the SHOP tab and then Perfect Fit to see.

  8. Hi, I’ve been thinking about joining TIU for some time now and your reviews really have been very helpful. Thanks for that! But due to my job I do have some weeks where I eat out or have dinner invitations all the time. I have been wondering if they give you advice on handling such occasions or what to eat on these days? I happen to quit my good intetions on such days what always has been the problem in the past. Thank you so much!

    • They are actually very helpful with eating out issues because they’re always on the go so they always have great tips on how to eat out while still being on the plan. Also, every Thursday they send you an email with even more tips going into more depth with these kind of questions.

      Once you read over the plan you start to see what foods you should be eating and avoiding and you can then have the knowledge to choose which foods to eat when you go out without feeling guilty.

  9. Hi there! I came across your blog while looking more into a TIU plan. Just like you, the price is something that held me off from buying it right away. That being said, my hubby and I are looking to start a family soon, so an unhealthy weight gain is a HUGE concern to me. If you look into my blog, you’ll know that I’m not big or anything, but I think it’s a normal thing to be worried about pregnancy weight change. So I just want to make sure that at least the food I’ll be consuming is healthy and full of nutrients 😀 OKay, enough mumbling for me. Thank you and nice to meet you! xoxo Olena

    • I completely understand and this plan is nothing but healthy foods and nutrients. You won’t have any problem there. But buying this plan was the best thing I’ve ever done and it was a simple $150 that I don’t even miss anymore. I think this plan would be great for you and your future baby without having weight concerns 🙂

  10. I love the tone it up girls and would love to try the nutrition plan but almost very recipe they share requires protein powder. I do not use protein powder and have no interest in using it. I simply believe protein should come from real food. Do you think the plan is worth it if I will not be using any recipes involving protein powder?

    • There are a lot of recipes in their plan that don’t require protein powder. I know with their baked goods they recommend their Perfect Fit protein along with their smoothies. But everything else is pretty much basic foods that don’t require any powder. I rarely ever have to use their protein powder except when I make baked foods.

  11. I joined Tone it up a year ago or so and I switched my computer, now I can’t find the PDF anywhere. I have searched the member website up and down and tried contacting Tone It Up to find access to get a new one without paying fees ):. Do possibly know any way I could access the plan?

    • The only thing I can think of is to email their customer service and explain it to them and then they pull up your account and reactivate the download link. I’ve emailed them a few times and they are super nice and always get back to me right away.

  12. I keep hearing good things about the plan and have been considering buying it myself as well. My question is: are you not allowed to have ANY sugar, ANY bread, etc? Also, what do they think about dairy? I am a big cheese eater, and I couldn’t imagine giving that up.

    • They use a lot of sugar. Mainly from Stevia. But they are also big into fresh fruits and what not. As for the bread, you can have them. They have lots of wrap recipes and recommend using the ezekiel bread. You don’t need to worry about being limited on foods you love to eat because they don’t really hold you back from those foods except processed foods. They have a lot of recipes that include cheese as well, especially in their breakfast and lunch recipes.

  13. Thanks a ton for writing this! I’ve been debating buying the plan for almost a year but with everything about it being so vague, I was hesitant. I’m in love with their Cyber Monday bundles right now though and think I might take a stab at it. If nothing else, you get a ton of other stuff with the bundle for little more than the price of the plan AND you get all those recipes!

  14. Thank you for your review! I am considering purchasing the plan but would love an example of it. Would you be willing to share my email address is emsimon21@yahoo.com.
    Another question I have is…from the sounds of it it seems like the plan is all recipes? What makes the plan so special that you lose weight on it? Does it have a guide for when and what to eat? Is it easy to stick too when you are raising two kids and work full time? I am just worried that I am going to spend $150 on a cook book.
    Thanks

    • The main plan breaks down what foods women should eat, when to eat them, and what foods to combine together in order to achieve your goals. The plan breaks down which recipes are best to also reach your goals whether you want to slim down, tone up, or maintain your weight.

      Each plan does not just consist of recipes. They tell you what ingredients are good and bad for you and help you understand what you are putting into your body.

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