You’ve heard the buzz about the 21 Day Fix program, and you’re wondering if it’s all that it’s cracked up to be. Most of you know that I follow the Weight Watchers points program, so I’ll show you how this translates into the 21 day fix program in my next post.
You know swimsuit season is just around the corner and have heard that the 21 day fix program is a great way to lose weight fast, but you have your doubts. Does it deliver on its promises of quick fat loss or will it just leave you wishing for your $59.85 back? Read more to find out.
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What Is the 21 Day Fix?
The 21 day fix weight loss solution was created by Autumn Calabrese and is marketed by Beachbody.
One would assume that a bikini competitor and celebrity fitness trainer could develop a viable solution to weight loss that might be worth its weight in gold. As this system focuses on things normally linked to weight loss such as portion control, healthy eating, and exercise, it may put you on the track to lifelong success. Of course, assuming that you follow it to the tee.
Exercises and eating plans of the 21 Day Fix are intended to be a simpler and faster weight loss method. However, while the eating plan is pretty simple, I didn’t find the exercises to be simple at all. Oh, my aching abs!
How Does the 21 Day Fix Work?
This program combines two components that sound easy enough to manage. The Simple Fitness Plan is a 30-minute daily workout and offers six different workout routines to lessen the chance that you’ll get bored and drop it after a short period. The 30 minute time frame fits into most people’s busy schedule and won’t take up too much of your free time.
Upper Fix- resistance training intended to increase muscle tone and strength without bulk. This routine focuses on your abs, back, shoulders, arms, and chest.
Cardio Fix-everyone knows you must burn calories to burn fat. This routine includes burpees, jumping jacks, and other heart rate raising activities to help you shed the pounds and increase cardiovascular endurance.
Pilates Fix-strengthen your core, firm thighs, and hips, and elongate your muscles. Core strength helps you with day-to-day activities and can help to prevent back injuries caused by a weak core support system.
Lower Fix-much like the upper fix but focuses on your lower body to help create a balanced proportion.
Yoga Fix-yoga improves relaxation, lowers stress, and improves flexibility, balance, and strength. This exercise will also help relax all of the muscle groups that you’ve been working on in the other workouts.
Total Body Cardio Fix- increase heart rate, boost metabolism and increase cardiovascular health. Boosting metabolism helps your body to burn calories more efficiently throughout the day.
To be honest, I was extremely relieved to see that Beachbody included a plus-sized girl in their video who modified most of the workouts. They didn’t need to use a plus-sized girl, but most of the exercise industry still hasn’t caught on that average sized people need modifications for various reasons too like knee injuries or lack of muscle tone.
The 21 Day Fix Diet
A color-coded plan allows you to eat healthy foods on the plan. Say goodbye to processed, easy to grab Lean Cuisines. You’ll need to start packing your lunch, although the plan does have an eating out guide that spans maybe 2 pages.
The 21 Day Fix includes portion sized containers, which honestly are just standard measurements that I’ll chat about in my next post. Each color-coded container helps you know how much of the food category you should be eating without having to count calories. Pack containers with the food type that matches the container and code color and you have the correct portion.
Color-coded containers work as follows:
- Shakeology Shaker Cup-protein drinks
- Orange Containers- oils and seeds
- Blue-cheese or healthy fats
Who Can Use This Plan?
This weight loss plan was created for both women and men who wish to lose a lot of weight or shed a few pounds quickly. The diet plan is great for those who have a hard time to commit to calorie counting and tracking or who are too busy throughout the day to take the time to count everything they put in their mouth. The exercise plan is also great for those who don’t have time to head out to the gym for an hour or two every day but still want to improve their physical conditioning, strength, cardiovascular health and reduce their excess weight. As with any diet or exercise program, it is important to speak to your primary health care provider before you start a new routine as your physical limitations or medical conditions always warrant a professional opinion.
The plan is easy to use, follow, and maintain, especially for those without a lot of extra time in their day. Modifiers in the exercise routine make it suitable for multiple fitness levels and the change in routine from day-to-day will increase the chances that you stick with it over the long term.
The plan works best with simpler meals but may be a little more difficult for more complex meal options. A way around it would be to put all of your foods in the color-coded containers first to get the right portion then cook them after if it involves a more complex cooking process. The protein suggestions used in the program would be quite limiting for vegans but knowing how vegan protein compares in calorie or fat content can still make it work for you.
The 21 Day Fix may seem a little pricey at first glance, but it does come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you don’t have anything to lose but those extra pounds. If you’re not satisfied, you can return it in the time frame and receive your money back less shipping and handling. This is certainly cheaper than a gym membership you never use or a diet revolving around pre-cooked meal plans you will never eat. Believe me, I’m a serial-dieter who has done the Jenny Craig program too. My counseling sessions back in the day were nothing but getting my order for meals. That plan cost me about a grand, and I left after the first month.
Overall, this is a well thought out weightloss program that can be useful for a wide variety of users and lifestyles and its design makes it both quick and simple, increasing your chances of success and long-term adherence to the program. As the changes you are looking for are those which involve life-long habits, this would be a good way to figure out what you need to do and you could always add in extra exercise if you have more time or want to take it all a step further.
I’ve modified this program to work with my Weight Watchers point program because I love variety. In my next post, I’ll show you how you can use it if your on the Weight Watchers points program.
*Note: I’m not affiliated with Beachbody, nor am I fitness coach. Please see your doctor for any health related questions or before you start any diet. I’m just a serial-dieter who’s tried this program and think it might work for others.This blog contains a referral link to Ebates. If you sign up with Ebates, I’ll get a credit for referring you and you’ll get a bonus such as a $10 gift card when you shop through their links. I use Ebates to shop online and have earned hundreds of dollars since I joined in two years ago.