So I Tried One of Those $20 “Get a sexy bod” Online Programs

Caitlin Taylor
4 min readSep 1, 2020

Maybe it was stir-craziness, who knows.

This DIY fitness program promised me a bikini body in 90 days. I don’t wear them anymore after that one time I went boogie boarding, but let’s not talk about that. Suffice to say there is something to be said for one-piece swimsuits and rashguards.

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I wanted to know if it worked. Are they all scams, like I assume 94% of miracle cures/transformations on the internet are?

Here’s the gist of what I got for my $20 plus tax

  • workout schedule
  • eating recommendation
  • macro nutrition explanation
  • calorie recommendations for a variety of starting weights
  • access to a Facebook group for moral support
  • a respectable amount of upsells to other products

Macro Nutrition

Good to know. I’m not looking to be a bodybuilder, but the idea of “rhino kicking thighs” appeals to me. (Not that I would kick a rhino. Even I know that’s a bad life decision — and rude.)

At the time I was doing this, I had some family staying. They prefer to do all of the cooking. So changing the menu was out.

Eating Recommendation

Threw that right out the window — figuratively. It was a PDF, after all. I will eat pork stomach every day of the week if I can, thank you very much.

You can take your peanut butter & kale and toss them to the dog and compost bin, respectively.

Calorie Recommendations By Starting Weight

I used the Fitbit app since I was using my Fitbit for running anyway.

It turns out that calorie counting meals you (or a family member) prepares from scratch is stupidly hard. Mostly it involves guesswork.

That guesswork was still horrifying at the number of calories in steamed white rice. (204 calories in 1 cup of steamed rice.)

Also, two cups of morning coffee with milk and maple syrup became two cups of coffee with soy milk. Some days drinking coffee black was…

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Caitlin Taylor

Ghostwriter and blogger for businesses all over the world.