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…



Caitlin Taylor

Ghostwriter and blogger for businesses all over the world.