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Body For Life

Body For Life

The Bill Phillips plan is an aggressive approach to fitness.

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If it's an aggressive fitness program you're looking for, then Bill Phillips' Body for Life program is your answer. Prepare to have this 12-week plan transform you mentally and physically. The Body for Life program has helped millions of people reclaim their bodies, going from fat to fab.

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  • By the looks of the exercise regimen, you will surely tone and lose weight
  • Small meals help keep you from ever being hungry
  • The exercise program is taxing. May be tough for many people to handle.

Body for Life recommends eating six meals every few hours, each of which should contain a balanced mix of sensible portions of protein and carbs. No less than two meals a day should include vegetables and you should drink no less than 10 glasses of water. Also, you should try to include one tablespoon of unsaturated oil each day, or consume salmon three times a week.

You can also maintain ideal nutrition by complimenting this diet with nutrition shakes.


The primary focus of Body for Life is exercise. You'll train for 12-weeks, each week switching from upper body to lower body. Your upper body includes biceps and triceps, back, chest and shoulders. You'll train this muscle group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during sessions lasting no longer than 46 minutes. Your lower body includes calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. You'll train this muscle group on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using aerobics for 20 minutes. Each week you'll alternate the order in which you work the upper and lower body. For instance week one you'll train upper body on Monday and Friday, and lower on Wednesday. The second week you'll train lower body on Monday and Friday with upper on Wednesday.

You're encouraged to train each muscle group with two activities during each exercise session. Body For Life does not provide specifications for number of sets, rest periods and amount of weight you should lift.


Bill Phillips' Body for Life program appears to be the real deal. But, it looks like you could be set back with some extra costs for dietary supplementation.

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By far the best program I have tried. Stuck with the program and lost 60 lbs in 3 months!

posted Jul 15th, 2009 5:24 pm



Any other programs that you need to pay too much is probably not worth it. If it is too complicated, it will not work in the long run. If it comes with too many CDs or DVDs, it is not practicle.
The goal is to have a fit and healthy body for a long long time and not just for a couple of weeks. So, I think BFL works well even beyond the 12 weeks. In fact, my goal is not to stop after 12 weeks but to continue for a long as I can.
BFL is a simple program to follow (see details from its website). Also, keeping an eye on what you eat is very important. Obviously, you don't have to follow exactly what it says in the book but being health concious will help a lot. When I started, the first 3 weeks has JUST been cutting down on the junk and sweet food and immediately my weight started to come down. Only then I started the exercising routines. Also, working out early in the morning is the best. For me, that would be 6am (execpt for Sunday, I get to sleep in and eat anything I like).

posted Jun 28th, 2009 1:07 pm


I am thinking about starting this program I want to loose 15-20 pounds and tighten an tone....But I have heard good things about P90X as well...Which one should i pick?Does anyone have any advice or suggestions?

posted Jun 18th, 2009 5:17 pm



Have been on plan for one year. Went from size 10 to size 2. 4 hours of exercise a week. 6 small meals a day for 6 days.
7th day no exercise and eat as much as you want/can. Burgers, fries, pizza, candy, donuts, everything. Body for Life cookbook is helpful. Great plan. I will have my size 2 body for life.

posted Apr 13th, 2009 6:26 pm



I'm on day 3. I love this program! I assume that I will loose weight on this program. however, the bottom line is that I FEEL great! It's wonderful to know that I am really taking care of my body.

posted Mar 31st, 2009 1:44 pm


I just found out about BFL... but im little confused about the exercise part.... Do I pick any 2 exercises that I like to do from the same group and try to switch them up? And should i follow the exercises in the book or the ones that are BFL website? please help... :)
Thank you

posted Mar 27th, 2009 3:38 pm



I've lost 23 pounds with this and dont intend to stop the program even when I reach my goal. This is just a way to eat right and be healthy as part of your lifestyle. No gimmicks. After being on it and understand Bills philosophy, i chuckle inside when people ask, so do you have to work out on this "diet"? Who are you kidding? You are supposed to work out on ANY diet. The only reason someone says you dont is so you buy their program. Follow this plan and put in the hard work it requires and you won't regret it! Good luck!

posted Mar 16th, 2009 2:53 pm



Love this diet...my husband and I did it before we got married...in just two months, I went from size 14 to size 6!

Abby, to answer your question...it does tell you how many reps to do. Here is a snapshot from the bodyforlife.com site...

"conduct five sets with it, starting with a set of 12 reps, then increasing the weight and doing 10 reps, adding more weight and doing 8 reps, adding more weight for 6 reps. Then reduce the weight and do 12 reps. Immediately perform another set of 12 reps for that muscle group using the second selected exercise. "

I suggest you find out what weight would be the heaviest for you for the last 6 reps and then work your way down to figure out which weight to start with...just remember, you can use the same weight for a couple of the sets if you need to to get started...you can always build up...you want to push yourself, to the point of exhaustion, but not to the point it hurts...that will make you stop the program.

As far as purchasing the book, you really don't need to...the entire program is on the website...that's all I ever used...the only thing you may need the book for is the pictures of the exercises...

Hope this helps! Goodluck!


posted Mar 1st, 2009 12:37 pm



I am about to order the book now. I read that he doesnt suggest weight numbers or number of reps. How do u know what to use and when to increase. Can anyone help me answer this?????????

posted Feb 28th, 2009 1:41 am

sherry clouse


I am starting tomorrow. About 2 years ago I did it for 1 month and it was successful.. However, I do notice that it speeds up my heart. At times I got concerned, should I be. That is why I stopped. However, I am going to try again.

posted Feb 12th, 2009 10:52 pm


Starting this tomorrow - will come back and post my results. Everything i hear from the health/medical community gives it a definite thumbs up.

posted Jan 25th, 2009 1:26 pm



This is awesome! FYI - you do NOT need to buy any extra supplements or products. The only thing I bought was the shake mix. That's it. If you think about it the shakes are an excellent deal. Currently you can buy a huge bag at Costco for around $30 which lasts for a looong time. I would guess that each shake is easily less than fifty cents - tell me how many other meals you can buy for that!

I did BFL and went from a size 12 to a 6. That's one size smaller than I'd ever been. I didn't take anything other than vitamins, the shake mix, and eating healthy foods. What I love is that he teaches tons of super helpful things. Things like a portion size is the size of your fist. If you're a big man your fist is bigger and you need more, a woman your fist is smaller. With other diets they list portion sizes in ounces.....do you know how many ounces something is by looking at it? I sure don't.

posted Jan 24th, 2009 11:35 pm

Maggie Malone


I did this diet for about a month and was mostly faithful...One thing that did concern me was that I lost inches but I seemed to gain or stay the same I did not lose weight...Does this part come later for females? I was just wondering if anyone new how long it takes for females to lose weight.

posted Jan 22nd, 2009 6:04 pm



I've never looked better....not even in high school!

posted Nov 6th, 2008 1:28 pm



Anyone who has failed to achieve desirable results following this program is likely unable to concede his or her sub par work ethic. For the longest time, I was a substandard butt plug of a man clinging to the notion that a sweatsuit in my closet and five beers rather than six was enough to see results. I was wrong.

Bandage your ego and actually do some hard work for a change.

posted Oct 24th, 2008 4:06 pm



I did this "diet" and exercise program a few years ago and I lost 75 pounds in 3 months! It was excellent. I have since had a child and I am planning on beginning it again next week. I also love the fact that you get a free day to eat anything that you want. This time, I have also purchased the Eating-for-life book that has many recipes that look wonderful. I can't wait to see my results. I know that this plan really works!

The exercises are intense if you do them correctly, but in the end results are so worth it!

posted Oct 17th, 2008 10:04 am


I am up to week 3 of Body For Life. I took before photos and am taking new photos every 2 weeks and the change in the first 2 weeks is astonishing. I have stuck to it religiously and workout really hard and the photos show this. I have carved off fat from my hips and waist and am feeling a million dollars! So full of energy!

posted Sep 16th, 2008 11:07 pm


I did this program 9 years ago (3 back-to-back) challenges (36 weeks in all). I lost 65 lbs. in all and felt fantastic! I was in the best shape of my life. I am currently in week 3 of the program again and it is helping me lose my pregnancy weight. It truly works!!

posted Aug 14th, 2008 5:35 pm


I love the balance of body for life and eating for life. The whole system is intuitively right. I've lost 45 pounds in four months and can actually see my biceps. Have about 55 pounds to go I guess.

posted Aug 13th, 2008 10:39 am


I did the program for 10 weeks a couple of years ago and lost 30 pounds. I was pretty strict on it with diet and worked out hard. That translated to roughly 3 pounds a week which is a good, healthy rate of loss. It works, but it is tough. You have to stay with it and you will see results.

posted Aug 6th, 2008 10:29 pm


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