Cheesy title I know, but this fitness program is not, surprisingly so. When I first heard Cize was coming out ("The End of Exercize"), I thought about "dance" workouts back in the day where awkward middle-aged people in skintight "toreador" pants (as my mother used to call them for some reason) and high-cut leotards would shuffle back and forth to a very 80's beat. I also thought that fitness programs masquerading as dance (or vice versa) would never put you into as much of a sweat as programs like 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme or Body Beast, which is my favorite right now (I'll explain why in another post). But I was wrong! I like to believe that I can dance although I'm far stiffer than I used to be in my teens but this put me to the test! I loved it.
The interesting part of Cize is that the eating plan is simple. If you're over 150 pounds, you are in a certain calorie bracket; if you're under 150 pounds, you're in another. No fancy calculations having to with TDEE, BMR, resting heart rate, or none that of nonsense. The eating plan does use the same containers as the 21 Day Fix/21 Day Fix Extreme system so that makes it easier for you if you've already started with 21DF.
I still have to say though that 21 Day Fix Extreme (21DFX if you're savvy ;)) is still my go-to fitness program. It kicks my butt for 30 minutes a day, the eating program is more restrictive which I need because I don't drink enough water and I don't eat enough vegetables, and it keeps me on track and kickstarted my strength regimen. Right now, I feel that I need more from a program, such as... joining an actual brick-and-mortar gym again and lifting heavy. Don't get me wrong: 21DFX is really, really tough but I think it goes only so far with weight loss. You need to spend more time weight lifting and building muscle to burn more fat and instead of stocking my tiny extra bedroom with an increasing amount of dumbbells, I'd rather just go to the gym and use a wider range of equipment.
P.S. One minor criticism: there's one dancer in particular who looks as if every move she makes is camera gold. It's super annoying. I'll let you be the judge. Apart from that, the DVDs are awesome. :)