EXCLUSIVE: Try Josh Cuthbert’s SHIFT56 System

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Welcome to your 14-day “quick start” guide to living a leaner, healthier and happier life. This is an exclusive extract from The SHIFT56 System, a new exercise, eating and healthier living book co-authored by Men’s Fitness cover star and Union J band member Josh Cuthbert.

This extract contains two key better-body elements from the book: a high-intensity functional training plan; and a flexible eating guide, which work together to help you shift body fat and build defined muscles fast.

Try this 14-day plan to kick-start your new health and happiness mission and start making big changes to your body, without spending hours in the gym or giving up all the foods you love!

You can find out more about The SHIFT56 System at shift56.com, where you can also download your free 32-page Power Breakfasts healthy eating guide!

How The Plan Works

The way to become fitter, healthier and happier – and we mean for life, not for just a few days or weeks – is to make small and sustainable steps in the right direction. Before long, those simple yet hugely influential lifestyle changes will quickly add up to make you healthier and happier than you ever thought possible.

At this time of year most people want to look and feel better than ever, but trying to turn every single bad habit into a good one overnight is a big mistake – and a surefire way of never making those changes you want. That’s why The SHIFT56 System is based on making some small but strategic changes to the way you exercise and eat, and to the way you live your life so you can make positive – and lasting – changes to your health and happiness!

The three parts of the plan

The SHIFT56 System is based on three of the most important factors behind achieving greater health and happiness: exercise, eating and journaling. In this exclusive extract you’ll focus on the exercise and eating elements to start shifting belly fat fast, while adding lean, hard muscle mass across your body.

We’ll explain everything you need to know about this 14-day plan, but first here’s a simple guide to how the three parts of The SHIFT56 System book work together.

The three elements of The SHIFT56 System are all closely linked and interconnected – which means that doing one part makes you more likely and better able to do the others. Think of it as a “virtuous circle” like the one shown below.


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Here’s an illustration of why The SHIFT56 System is so effective at helping you become healthier and happier!

  • In the morning you do your daily journal entry, which will help you to have a more productive day.
  • That will ensure you have time to do one of the plan’s fat loss workouts, which will make you feel great.
  • You then eat healthier and more nutritious foods, which gives your body the nutrients it needs to look and feel better.
  • A productive and less stressful day means you sleep better, so you’ll wake up tomorrow full of energy and motivation – so having another successful day is much easier!
Joe Warner
Former editor of Men’s Fitness UK

Joe Warner is a highly experienced journalist and editor who began working in fitness media in 2008. He has featured on the cover of Men’s Fitness UK twice and has co-authored Amazon best-sellers including 12-Week Body Plan. He was the editor of Men’s Fitness UK magazine between 2016 and 2019, when that title shared a website with Coach.