I was invited to review Muscle Food‘s new Food and Fitness program, Do The Unthinkable, and was absolutely delighted to work with Muscle Food, as I’ve been very tempted to purchase some of their protein bundles… only to be thwarted by the lack of space in the freezer.
Included in Do The Unthinkable is food to feed you for every meal, plus snacks. It comes in a huge box (or two), so your cat will be extra-grateful.
For a week, I received the following:
- 1x Chicken Tikka Pizza
- 1x Goat’s Cheese Pizza
- 1x Roasted Squash & Chilli Soup
- 1x Tomato, Basil & Quinoa Soup
- 1x Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup
- 1x Thai Green Chicken Curry
- 1x Satay Chicken
- 1x Thai Chicken Stir Fry
- 1x Chicken Fajita Stir Fry
- 1x Chinese Pork Stir Fry
- 1x Chicken Pad Thai with Asian Veg
- 1x Persian Lime Chicken with Quinoa & Minted Peas
- 1x Beef Lasagna with Italian Veg
- 2x Shreddies MAX Granola
- 2x Fuel Porridge
- 3x Oomf Protein Oats
- 5x Muscle Food Bar (Chocolate Decadence, Lemon Crunch, Cookies & Cream)
- 3x PhD Diet Whey Protein Bar (Salted Caramel, Triple Chocolate Cookies)
- 2x Zippers (very crispy almost biscuit-like stick things!; BBQ flavour, Cheddar & Sour Cream)
- 1x Cheese & Onion Protein Crisps
- 1x Beef Jerky
- 1x Chinese Marinaded Chicken-On-A-Stick Snack
The Breakfast Foods
Unfortunately, I really didn’t like ANY of the porridges and protein oats, which I’m really sad about, because I like porridge, and used to eat quite a lot of the porridge pots, but it’s entirely possible that this is why I didn’t enjoy them, because they weren’t sweetened! I realise that this is the whole point of healthy food (to be healthy!) but I’d have rather just eaten plain porridge with salt. Others’ taste buds may appreciate the Oomf and Fuel oats more than I did, however. The best of those was the apple, cinnamon and raisin flavour, which had an excellent flavour of apple and cinnamon, but was lacking in raisins. I think I found two, and the sweetness of that pot might have been better with more raisins. The Shreddies MAX Granola was actually quite nice, although a 45g serving is tiny, and on the morning that I ate the Shreddies, I really, really needed a snack to keep me going until lunch time.
I was a huge fan of the soups, although I didn’t enjoy the chicken & sweetcorn flavour… only because it had a lot of fresh coriander in it, and I’m one of those people who really can’t enjoy coriander, because it tastes like soap. Apparently that’s a genetic thing! The roasted squash and chilli soup was DELICIOUS! It had a beautiful flavour of squash, and the chilli was FIERY-HOT. I’ve never been a fan of overly-spicy foods, but this was beautiful, and left my tongue tingling. The Tomato, Basil & Quinoa soup was lovely, and the flavours were balanced nicely.
The Ready Meals
First off: the pizzas are excellent, although portion sizes for pizzas tend towards the smaller side, which is its only let-down. The takeaway container ready meals are delicious, despite the Satay Chicken not tasting at all like peanut sauce. It was still lovely to eat, and the red peppers and green beans cook wonderfully – still some crunch left, and they didn’t go soggy.
Actually, that was a thing I noticed about all of the food: the veg definitely feels fresh, when I’m eating it. There’s a lot of peppers and onions, and there was always a good bit of crunch from them during meal times.
I was also lucky enough that I got quite a few Asian flavours: Thai Green chicken, chicken Pad Thai, Chinese Pork, Satay Chicken (for the main means); chicken tikka pizza; Chinese marinated Chicken-On-A-Stick snack. The Chinese flavours I’ve always had from ready meals has been an over-saturation of Five Spice… but while there’s five spice in these meals and snacks (not all but some of them) it wasn’t overly-strong, and just added a nice flavour. The Chicken-On-A-Stick snack was actually one of my favourite items, especially as it turned out to be actual chicken meat – chicken breast, even! – and I don’t think I’ve ever eaten chicken-on-a-stick that wasn’t processed meat. It tasted lovely, it was moist, and it was delicious.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the beef lasagne, which wasn’t saucy enough for me. I like plenty of sauce in my lasagna, which is a personal preference of course.
Ever eaten a protein bar before? I’ve tried a few diets with meal replacement bars, and I’ve found that they all taste quite the same: a little powdery, and nothing like their description.
Luckily, the protein bars included in this bundle weren’t powdery, and in the case of the chocolate chip/chocolate decadence, they were actually chewy and sticky, and that was fine by me, because it made them so much easier to eat than previous bars I’ve tried. The beef jerky was the first beef jerky I’ve ever tried, and while it was a little on the tough side (I’ve been assured by other eaters of jerky that this is Normal and How It’s Supposed To Be) the marinade was delicious, and I will happily eat jerky again in the future. The zippers were brilliant – very crunchy, and so, so much flavour. I’ve never had so much flavour on crunchy biscuity crispy snack things before (the only thing I can even think that comes close to their texture is the little cheese crackers that you get in snack packs) and I’m definitely going to order zippers if/when I get a Muscle Food bundle again. The Cheese & Onion crisps tasted just like cheese and onion crisps, and they had a great crunch to them that I really enjoyed.
The plan’s simple: three meals a day, plus three snacks a day, and it’s your choice as to what to eat when, although I’d suggest no more than one protein bar per day, as this reduces the amount of processed food eaten each day. Each food pack is portioned (or has the portion count mentioned on the ingredients/nutritional information label) and includes cooking instructions where necessary. The easiest way to keep your food at its best is to freeze the items that can be frozen on day of receipt, and defrost the next day’s food in the fridge overnight. Almost everything is freezer-compatible, including the soups, which makes it easy to keep the food fresh and delicious.
Incorporate the suggested exercise from the DVD on the days marked on your calendar, and you should see an improvement in your health shortly!
Now, I didn’t take my measurements for the before and after, because it was only a week’s course, so I didn’t expect to see any difference, even with the Do The Unthinkable fitness plan incorporated into my life (see below).
Do The Unthinkable Weigh-In: April 13
30st 6lbs (193.23kg)
Do The Unthinkable Weigh-In: April 20
30st 2lbs (191.42kg)
-4lbs since April 20, 2018
Yup, I managed to lose 4lbs in a week while eating more food than I’ve been eating recently. I was only hungry that one morning that I ate Shreddies Granola instead of porridge/oats. And I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that many vegetables in one week before in my life.
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The other part of the Muscle Foods Do The Unthinkable program is the exercise. You get a 90-day planner with spaces to mark in your fitness test scores (marked on the calendar in green) and which days to rest, which days to work out, and spaces to mark completion of your exercises. None of these exercises require anything more than a towel, some water and a bit of space, which is awesome, because it means the only thing standing in the way of a great workout is… well. You.
(Trust me: I got in the way of a lot of the workouts.)
I learned something very important during the fitness test on day one:
I am very, very unfit.
I honestly couldn’t even do most of the fitness test. Mountain climbers? Nope. 123 with High Knees? Nope. A press up? Nope. Glute bridges? NOPE. I am unfit. It’s not even funny how unfit I am.
I mean, I tried. I did. But honestly? I’m just so fat that I can’t do some of the exercises. My belly gets in the way, and I’m in no way strong enough or fit enough to fix that right now. So I did what I could, which wasn’t much at all, because I’m being honest.
For those capable of performing the exercises, Phase One of the program (also known as “The Base” in the material) will provide a more than adequate amount of difficulty to keep them interested and to work them out hard. It was more than I could cope with, and I’m a little ashamed to say that, but I’m not ashamed to say that I would be happy to work at it until I am capable of performing the workouts.
The calendar included in your materials is for the entire length of the program, so includes Phase Two and Phase Three, and includes space for all fitness tests (start and end of phase one; start and end of phase two; start and end of phase three) as well as spaces for your measurements on days 1, 30, 60 and 90.
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These are the items that I received; my program was for a week only, and so if you purchase the full program for 90 days, you’ll receive everything for the duration, including 3 DVDs in total. You will also get access to an account area on Muscle Food.com, which includes things like a meal planner, a workout tracker, and a progress tracker, not to mention access to Steve, a personal trainer and nutritionist who can answer questions you may have via social media (you need to have a Facebook account to access this part of the program).
Deliveries are weekly, and you can change your food choices whenever you want/need, and you get the option of having a weekend off (you’ll receive food enough for 5 days); a cheat day (you’ll receive food enough for 6 days); or total dedication, which means you’ll receive food enough for all 7 days of the week. Total Dedication offers the best value for money, and you’ll eat better than you’d ever expect, while never feeling hungry, and never feeling deprived.
Overall, I’m really happy with everything to do with Muscle Food and Do The Unthinkable – the quality of the fresh food, the taste of the meals, the freshness of the ingredients – as well as the workout program, are pretty incredible. The plan is especially good if preparing your own healthy meals is a bit of a problem, as there’s no preparation involved in any of the meals, unless you feel like adding a half an avocado or something to that effect. The most work you’ll need to do is frying the stir fries or heating up the oven. It’s perfect for people who aren’t so hot in the kitchen, especially as the food is all delicious, and you’ll have more than 40 choices of foods.
While the workouts may seem difficult, I’ve no doubt that you will not regret a single day of the 90 days of the duration of the program.
You can set up and choose your plan at the Do The Unthinkable homepage, or you can check out Muscle Food.com to see what else they have to offer. Do The Unthinkable costs between £60-79 per week, depending on which package you’re choosing:
- £60 for 30 meals (“Weekend Off” 5-day plan)
- £69 for 36 meals (“Cheat Day” plan)
- £79 for 42 meals (“Total Dedication” plan)
I received no monetary compensation for this review; I was provided with one week (7 days) of Muscle Food‘s Do The Unthinkable meal products, snacks and breakfast foods to try out, and was also given Phase One of the Do The Unthinkable fitness plan, which included a DVD and a 90-day calendar. The links included in this review contain affiliate links, which means that if you follow one of my links and make a purchase, I will receive a small affiliate’s compensation payment. This does not increase your cost for the products; prices are correct as of April 22, 2018.