My 21 Day Fix Review From Beachbody
One of the most popular Beachbody programs has quickly become the 21 Day Fix program. On more than one occasion since being released in February (which sold out within 3 days), the program has been put on back-order due to the overwhelming demand by customers! I was lucky enough to get my order in the day it was released and was in one of the first challenge groups hosted by a 21 Day Fix expert. She is currently featured on the infomercial for the program as well, so I knew I was in good hands!
Why I purchased:
When the program was first presented to me, I got so excited. The program caught my attention because while I love working out, and don’t usually have a problem with that part, I needed help in the kitchen. While I don’t think I necessarily ate horrible, my portions were out of control (yes, you can eat TOO much of fruit or anything else that is considered healthy). While other programs come with meal guides and plans, I felt like this one focused more on the meal plan than the workout (although they are both important!). “Abs are made in the Kitchen” a famous quote from Autumn Calabrese herself in the workout video. So this was what I needed. My hopes were that this program would teach me more about the food I was eating and portion control.
When that famous Beachbody box arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t contain myself! I ripped it open and started thumbing through the book. Then I looked at the containers and thought ‘Oh my god, I’m going to be starving! These containers are soooo small!” Even Chris commented on how small they were! But I didn’t let this derail me and I kept reading.
- The 21 Day Fix nutrition Guide: an 84 page guide to understanding the program and what’s allowed and not allowed, how to calculate your calorie bracket and how many containers you’ll be eating. The simple step by step process eliminates the need to count calories! It even includes recipes, snack and treat options (yes – wine & cookies are allowed!)
Here’s a breakdown of the color codes and food groups
Green – Vegetables
Purple – Fruits
Red – Protein
Yellow – Carbohydrates
Blue – Healthy Fats
Orange – Seeds / Dressings
Teaspoons – Oils & Nut Butters
Shakeology Bottle – For water & Shakeology
- Workout DVDs: 6 workouts plus a Bonus Plyo workout are included with the Essential (or Base) Package. The Ultimate Package includes all this plus: Flat Ab Fix & Barre Legs.
The information can be somewhat overwhelming at first. I had to change my ways of thinking about food and start color coding things. I carried my book with me for a good week so that I could quickly reference it. After about a week of following the plan, I felt like I had a good grasp on how things worked.
Remember those small containers? Turns out when you start putting food in them, you quickly realize they aren’t as small as you had imagined! They are actually quite large and filling! I was in the lowest calorie bracket and most days I was not hungry at all. There would be an occasional day where I seemed hungrier, but I just snacked on an extra veggie (Autumn’s suggestion if you are still hungry). I understood how I could swap out a yellow for wine if I wanted it on a specific night, I could go out to eat and eat a burrito and have that counted in my daily containers without messing everything up. Once you wrap your ahead around it and start following the program for about a week, it becomes natural. I began thinking about food in colors and food groups versus calorie, fat, and carbohydrate content!
What is allowed: clean whole foods (fruits, veggies, lean proteins), hummus, cheese, wine, treats like trail mix, delicious homemade dressings, sweet potatoes, waffles, bagels…..the list is quite extensive!
What isn’t allowed: Highly processed foods, artificial sugars (yes – I gave up my beloved splenda & diet sodas!), Quest Bars or other ‘healthy’ bars.
Water is also essential during the program. The program recommends at least 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water…EACH DAY! I’ve always struggled with water intake, so this was a difficult area for me. But I managed to get them in by setting smaller goals throughout the day – like finishing my 20 oz bottle every 2 hours. This was much more manageable for me!
21 Day Fix Workouts
The first day, Total Body Cardio, I was not impressed. I was used to high intensity & fast paced cardio (like Insanity & T25). This was a little different to me. I expected that in a 30 minute video, it would be all out for 30 minutes and no resting. But the videos are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) so there is a minute of hard work followed by a short (15-30 second) break. The next day I woke up sore and felt like I worked every muscle in my body. I quickly realized, I didn’t need to go all out and be dying for 30 minutes. Clearly these workouts were designed to be the most effective 30 minutes of your day. And you can always push yourself harder by increasing the weights or tweaking slightly (as demonstrated in the videos) or you can take it down a notch and follow the modifier – who uses lighter weights or modifies the moves to be lower impact, which is great for those new to working out.
Working out 7 days a week was also new to me. I was usually doing 5 to 6 per week. So it was a little intimidating at first. But there are built in ‘active rest’ days that include Pilates (LOVE!) and Yoga. I had never done a lot of Pilates before this program, but it quickly became one of my favorites. 7 workouts a week is completely doable and has become the norm for me!
The Bonus Video – Plyo! I didn’t attempt this workout during my first round. I was in between challenges and decided I would give it a try. WHOA! That Insanity like pace and tuck jumps, burpees, etc all included here! You do each move as much as you can for 30 seconds and then recover for 30 seconds. It’s a fat blasting cardio workout like no other!
The program name, 21 Day Fix, is based on the notion it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. Working out and eating clean for 21 days, definitely changes your mindset and forms new habits!
My daily allotment of containers left me satisfied. I wasn’t craving processed foods like chips and cookies, and I wasn’t coveting my diet soda. I completed the program using Shakeology, which helps to reduce cravings for sugars and other unhealthy foods.
After 21 Days, I was down 6 lbs and 8.5 inches! I had never been one to take measurements and based progress on the number flashing on the scale. But this program is about inches and pounds. You are building lean muscle mass, which may not always result in a huge loss on the scale, but can be reflected by your measurements.
To date, I’ve completed several rounds of the 21 Day Fix and have lost over 16 lbs and 18 inches! I’ve gone down 2 dress sizes and am wearing clothes I had packed away and only been dreaming I could wear again one day.
I keep myself accountable by running challenge groups and helping others through the program. Each round I learn more from my challengers and new ways to combine food for healthy, clean, and Fix-approved recipes the whole family will love! The motivation and encouragement from these challenge groups make it easy. You have people who are on the same journey you are, and they are there to guide & support you when you need it the most.
“The 21 Day Fix is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change that is effective!”
All you have to do is use the specially designed portion-control containers and do one 30-minute workout per day. Commit to it for 21 days, and you are going to love your results!
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