The 21 Day Fix is not a diet like some people tend to think, instead it is a workout program that allows you to eat, only in the right amount of portions. The program includes two DVDs that each have six workouts. The workouts are 30 minutes each, and are designed to burn the highest amount of calories within that time frame. Each workout is unique and focuses on different bodily aspects for the maximum fitness benefit.
How does this program work?
The program’s first two weeks require a single workout each day, typically in the morning. During the last week of the program you have the option to do double workouts, one in the morning and one in the evening. With the program comes color coded food containers of different sizes. These are used to control your portions of food.
What does the 21 Day Fix meal plan include?
The 7 color coded containers along with the Shakeology shaker cup that are included in the program package are designed for system of portion control. Each colored container is a different size and represents a different food group. Each container represents the following:
Green is for vegetables – 1 cup
Purple is for fruits – 1 cup
Red is for proteins – 3/4 cup
Yellow is for carbs – 1/2 cup
Blue is for cheeses and fats – 1/3 cup
Orange is for dressings and seeds (2 orange containers included) – 2 tablespoons each
Shakeology shaker up is for drinks
The 21 Day Fix diet plan shows you how to calculate your calorie intake as well as target calories, so that you’ll know approximately how many containers you’ll need each day.
I found the drinks section interesting; the program recommends coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk and fruit juices three times a week. Each of the drinks listed are equal to one yellow container. Tea is also allowed in this program and consuming a lot of water is recommended. However, it also mentions soy milk and coffee, both of which are generally unhealthy to consume.
Some believe the system is very restrictive, though everyone has their own opinion on restrictions. Planning meals is flexible, and you can choose to eat the contents of any container at any point during the day, in any order. Also, the program recommends that you eat at least 6 smaller meals two hours apart or three large meals and two to three snacks per day.
Realistic expectations and complications
First and foremost, the program is not easy and it will make you sweat. You can expect to be on the floor for many of the workouts and the nutrition plan will likely be overwhelming in the beginning. You can expect the workouts to focus on cardio fix, yoga fix, pilates fix, upper fix, lower fix and total body cardio fix.
To get the most out of it, make sure you are following the program schedule exactly the way it is designed to be followed. If you fail to meet the daily workout, you can make it up the next day. You should give each workout everything you have for the best results. However, the huge caveat to this is that the program is only 21 days long. The product owners have hopes that you will continue to use what you have learned after the three weeks are up, but what if you hit a plateau or lapse back into your old eating habits? Giving everything you have for three weeks is great, but if it’s not kept up, then the system isn’t really a “fix.”
The Final 21 Day Fix Review
Although this program was designed with good intentions and the fact that it does work for some and not for others, you need to know that this program is not a permanent solution. This program is not what the name states. To maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle you must make a lifestyle change. If you are looking for a long term program, this program is not for you. Start by making healthy changes to your lifestyle and meals and choose a long term goal.