Does going on a diet sound awful? For most people, the thought of eating “healthy” seems like punishment. I don’t know about you but eating kale all the time can get boring fast.
There are nutrition plans out there that actually do have amazing recipes that make healthy eating fun. Recently, a popular diet and exercise plan called 21 Day Fix has had a surge in positive testimonials.
But can 21 Day Fix really help you lose weight? We find out!
What is 21 Day Fix?
21 Day Fix by Beachbody is a nutrition plan (company specifies nutrition and not diet plan) and exercise training routine created to assist people who want to shed up to 15 pounds in 21 days.
This nutrition program involves specified color-coded containers for pre-measured food intake with a guide for eating. 21 Day Fix also requires 30 minutes of guided rigorous activity seven days a week.
Autumn Calabrese is the host and creator of 21 Day Fix. She is involved in a number of other Beachbody programs which include Fixate Diet and Cooking Show, Country Heat, 21 Day Fix Extreme, and The Master’s Hammer and Chisel.
She is known as a super trainer because she has helped ten’s of thousands of clients get in the best shape of their lives. Between her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter she has over a million followers.
Who is the 21 Day Fix For?
21 Day Fix is suitable for just about every fitness level. Each workout is customized so that you can pick moderate or fast according to each person’s preference.
When Beachbody was testing how well 21 Day Fix works. Some people were more than 100lbs overweight. The results from the initial testing was a huge success.
The vast majority of people who tried 21 Day Fix loved it and saw a huge improvement in their waistline. The exercises in this fitness program were carefully chosen to ensure that you burn the maximum amount calories from each routine.
How Does 21 Day Fix Work?
This diet program involves color-coded containers for pre-measured meal amounts with a detailed eating guide. 21 Day Fix also requires 30 minutes of guided rigorous activity seven days a week with two exercise intervals in the last week of the program.
The reason why you would use different colored containers for meals is portion control and caloric restriction. Whatever fits in the containers is approved as long as it’s within the guidelines. In this way, nothing has to be measured.
Most fitness experts agree that when consistent exercise is combined with reducing calories consumed, optimal weight loss typically ensues.
This program incorporates exactly that kind of intake and outtake program. There are two main principles that determine how the 21-Day method works.
- Workouts incorporate intensity with longer repetitions and muscle confusion by using different groups of muscles throughout the duration of the program.
- The program uses carefully measured portion sizes according to the different food groups which in turn helps people to eat less.
Exercise Routines and Benefits Included on DVD:
During the actual workouts, you can visibly see different people working the same movements at their own level. You just pick the one most suited to your fitness level and keep your eyes on him or her. The routines are listed below:
– Pilates Fix: Targets your core and focuses on firming the butt, hips, and thighs.
– Lower Fix: Focuses on building lower body strength in the calves, butt, and thighs.
– Upper Fix: Works your upper shoulders, back, chest, abs, and arms by building muscle.
– Total Body Cardio Fix: Boosts metabolism by raising the heart rate through cardio.
Eating guidelines: What’s Allowed and Not Allowed on the 21-Day Fix
Most low-calorie nut and coconut milk are permitted as well as coconut water. Participants will be expected to drop one yellow serving size from the daily amount if they consume a whole serving of one of the nut milks.
Beachbody recommends as much water as you can consume to help flush out toxins and reduce body weight. It is highly encouraged that no cheating be permitted. If the consumer feels they have to overindulge, it should be with only vegetables.
Formula to Determine Portion Size and Calories Per Day
A formula is provided in the guidebook so that they can calculate a number of calories they need to consume daily.
The consumer will have to determine their baseline in order to get their calorie restrictions. Once that is determined the amount of portions that should be consumed can be calculated.
Here is the basic formula:
* Your Current Weight (in Pounds) X 11 Is Your Baseline
* Your Baseline + 400 Is Your Daily Caloric Need
* Your Baseline – 750 Is Your Target Calories Per Day
Should You Buy 21 Day Fix?
If one is committed to the strict daily workout and food portion control, I believe some success could be attained like similar weight loss plans.
The key factor in achieving weight loss is almost always calories in versus calories out with a moderate exercise routine. 21 Day Fix is a great diet and exercise plan that can help anyone get on the right track.
I found the actual work out to be uplifting. Autumn Calabrese is an excellent fitness instructor who is easy to follow. 21 Day Fix can be modified to one’s own fitness level. If you want to lose weight and keep it off this program might be for you.
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