So yeah, it’s that time of year when everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions, and the most famous one is–say it with me now–LOSING WEIGHT.
How about this year, instead of making that simple goal of losing weight, we simply aspire to become healthy? To change our lifestyle from a few weeks on a particular diet to lose a certain amount of weight to one of simple and easy healthy eating and daily exercise?
Sounds good, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought when I first saw 21 Day Fix last year.
(Note: I’m not a Beach Body Coach so I don’t receive perks for marketing my favorite product of theirs).
What is 21 Day Fix?
Let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not a diet. It’s an eating & exercise plan that allows you to eat what your body needs in proper portions that’ll stimulate weight-loss when used in conjunction with the 30 minutes-a-day exercise program.
How Does it Work?
Let’s start with the food. When you purchase 21 Day Fix, you’ll receive not only the workout DVDs but the colored food containers. These are sized & colored based on the correct portion you should have of a certain type of food. The colors represent:
Green: 1 cup Vegetables
Purple: 1 cup Fruits
Red: 2/3 cup Proteins
Yellow: 1/2 cup Carbs
Orange: 2 tbsp. Seeds & Dressings
Blue: 1/3 cup Healthy Fats
1 Teaspoon: Oils
Based on your weight & current activity level, you will be provided with how many portions of each food group you can have throughout the day. For myself, I’m allotted 4 veggies, 3 fruits, 4 proteins, 3 carbs, 1 healthy fat, 1 seeds & dressings, and 4 teaspoons.
*For a thorough rundown of how it works, check out BeachBody’s 21 Day Fix site and watch the infomercial in the middle of the page.
Are the Workouts for Everyone?
YES. No matter your current activity level or how long it’s been since you’ve worked out or if you have bad knees and ankles THE WORKOUTS ARE FOR EVERY ONE.
The daily workouts are only 30 minutes and are designed to work every part of your precious body. No, there isn’t a day off, but there are two active rest days (Thursdays & Sundays) and a moderator. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday: Total Body Cardio Fix
- Tuesday: Upper Fix
- Wednesday: Lower Fix
- Thursday: Pilates Fix
- Friday: Cardio Fix
- Saturday: Dirty 30
- Sunday: Yoga Fix
Is it Going to be Enough Food?
YES. I know the amounts appear to be super small, and when the colored containers arrive you’re like “OMG I’m going to starve!”, but trust me, it is PLENTY of food. You just have to know how to mix your allotted colors throughout the day. Here’s an example of a day in my 21 Day Fix meal plan:
- Breakfast: Turkey sausage (1 red), oatmeal (1 yellow)
- Snack #1: Mixed fresh fruit (1 purple), plain non-fat Greek yogurt (1 red)
- Lunch: Roasted chicken (1 red), tomatoes & cucumbers (1 green), brown rice (1 yellow), 1 apple with PB (1 purple & 1 tsp)
- Snack #2: Carrots (1 green) and humus (1 blue)
- Dinner: Turkey taco meat (1 red), 50/50 salad mix w/ tomatoes & cucumbers (2 green), nonfat Italian dressing (1 orange), 5 oz glass of red wine (1 yellow)
YES, you can have wine IF you trade-in one of your servings of carbs. And it’s the same for chocolate! Pretty sweet deal, huh?
Where Can I Buy?
BeachBody’s 21 Day Fix site is the best place to get started with purchasing your kit. Based on my math (hah!) the program is only a total of $72.80 (that’s 3 monthly payments of $19.95 plus $12.95 shipping & handling).
Now, unfortunately, I don’t have before/after photos to share, but I did measure myself before and after my first round (which was in April 2015), and I lost a total of 4.5 inches and 5lbs. Now remember, a lot of the results you see online are from more than a single round. These results were from a SINGLE round, which is amazeballs! Just imagine how many more inches/pounds I would’ve lost if I’d continued straight into a second or third round.
Want to join my next 21 Day Fix Challenge?
I plan to start back with 21 Day Fix on Monday, February 1st. Are you interested in joining? If so, let me know in the comment section. I’ll shoot you an email so we can exchange information. If we have enough folks interested, I’ll create a Facebook page for daily updates and inspiration as we go through round 1 of 2016.
If you want more information on 21 Day Fix, or need some ideas of how to put your color-coded portions together into some seriously delicious and creative meals, check out my 21 Day Fix Pinterest board.
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016! *cheers*