Just in time for the New Year, I received the 21 Day Fix program and got on the lose weight/get healthier band wagon! I’ve complete one whole round of the 21 Day Fix. Twenty one days later, here are my honest thoughts on the program
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I was sent the 21 Day Fix from Beachbody for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was thrilled to receive the 21 Day Fix since I’ve been eyeing this program for a couple of years, at least. This isn’t my first Beachbody program, I did P90X3 just before returning to work after I had my son.
One reason I really wanted to do the 21 Day Fix is because it aligns with my 3 goals of 2017:
- Fuel myself like an athlete
- Develop a stronger core
- Work on strength training
What is the 21 Day Fix?
The 21 Day Fix is a workout/nutrition plan created by Beachbody, the company behind other popular workout programs such as P90X and Body Beast.
The 21 Day Fix aims at teaching how to eat better and make exercise part of your daily routine. This program is designed to make losing weight easy with portion control containers and 30 minute workouts.
The 21 Day Fix program comes with 7 portion containers and 1 Shakeology shaker cup. The portion control containers are as follows:
- 1 green container for veggies
- 1 purple container for fruit
- 1 red container for proteins
- 1 yellow container for carbs
- 1 small blue container for healthy fats
- 2 small orange containers for seeds & dressings
Based on my calories target range, I fall under the Plan A, which is the calorie target range of 1200 -1499 . This allows me the following:
- 3 green containers of veggies/day
- 2 purple fruit containers/day
- 4 red proteins containers/day
- 2 carbs containers/day
- 1 healthy fat container/day
- 1 seeds & dressings/day
- 2 tablespoons of oils & nut butter/day
My first impression about the containers were that they were tiny and it wouldn’t be enough food. But, after the first week, I found out that it was actually enough food. My first week, I had crazy carb withdrawal as well. But I got the hang of it by the second week. Except for a few weak moments during my 3 weeks (mostly on weekends), I mostly stuck to the meal plan.
During week 1, I tracked by my food using my Food & Exercise Log expansion pack from my Happy Planner. However, I found that tedious after a few days.
I noticed a pattern in the container combination, so I came up with this cheat sheet for my meal plan. That way, I found it easier to plan my meals and I didn’t have to worry about logging my food since I kept forgetting. Here is my 21 Day Fix – Meal Plan A – cheat sheet.
There were 7 workouts on 2 DVD’s included in the 21 Day Fix as well as a bonus 10 minute ab workout on each DVD. Every workout is about 30 minutes in length. Here is the equipment you need to complete the workouts:
Woman: Light set of weights 3 – 5 lbs and heavier set of weights of 8 – 10 lbs weights (or equivalent resistant bands)
Mean: Light set of weights 8 – 10 lbs and heavier set of weights 15 – 20 lbs (or equivalent resistant bands)
Here is the workout plan with a description of the workouts:
Day 1 – Total Body Cardio Fix – This complete body workout will help keep your heart rate up, your muscles engaged and your metabolism revved high
Day 2 – Upper Fix – 30 minutes of intense resistance training to help sculpt your chest, back, shoulders, arms and abs
Day 3 – Lower Fix – Resistance training for the biggest muscles in your body, the glutes, quads, and hamstrings
Day 4 – Pilates Fix – This Pilates style workout will help strengthen your core, elongate your muscles, and tighten your glutes and thighs
Day 5 – Cardio Fix – From jumping jacks to burpees, this workout will have your heart pumping and your entire body drenched in sweat.
Day 6 – Dirty 30 – 4 rounds, 8 exercises, and 30 minutes to get in, get out and get on with your day.
Day 7 – Yoga Fix – This workout will help balance, flexibility, and strength, while also increasing circulation and speeding the healing of your muscles
Repeat for week 2 and 3
I was a big fan of the workouts and Autumn Calabrese. The first week, I did a bit of modifying and was soooo sore the whole week. By the third week, I was able to do the workouts with no modifications (except the push-ups, I’m not very good with push-ups). My favorite workouts were the Total body Cardio Fix (I love cardio combined with weights) and Dirty 30.
What I didn’t like about the workout program is that there are no rest days. I need rest days. Although they consider the Yoga an active rest day, it’s not enough rest for me. I know that if you are doing this program for only 21 days, maybe a rest day isn’t as important, but if you are doing several rounds back to back like I’m planning on doing, I would need at least 2 rest days.
21 Day Fix Results & overall impressions.
I loved that this program was only 21 days. It’s so easy to commit to 21 days. In the process you learn how to eat better, a skill that you’ll take with you even after the 21 days are over. Also, once you see the results, you’ll want to keep up with the workouts too!
So, the big question: Did this program work? Yes it did! I lost a total of 4 lbs in 21 days. It’s close to my goal of 5 lbs. Also, I lost of total of at least 2 & 1/4 inches all over. I think I could have done better for myself. I found weekends more difficult to follow the nutrition plan exactly, however, its real life!
This program has helped me rethink what I eat for breakfast and my first snack of the day. This has been key for my weight loss. It’s helped me add more protein to my day and it keeps me satisfied all the way to lunch.
Also, the workouts are great for me since they show me how to use weights. It’s something that I’m not that familiar with, but definitely want to add to my workouts regularly.
Would I recommend this program? Absolutely. If you are interested, have a look at the (affiliate) links below to learn more about the 21 Day Fix and Beach Body Programs.