21 Day Fix Review.
Friday, August 01, 2014
This blog post is soooooo overdue. I can't put it off any longer.
Just to recap the 21 Day fix it's a fitness program that lasts 21 days. I did two rounds of it. It comes with 7 workouts on DVD's, a workout schedule and an eating plan that focuses on clean eating and portion control by using color coded containers. Each container represents a food group. You follow a guide on how many of each container you should eat everyday. So in my case my containers were as follows
3 greens - vegetables
4 red - protein
2 yellow - carbs
2 purple - fruits
1 blue - healthy fats
1 orange - salad dressing, nuts or seeds
2 Tablespoons - oil or nut butters
The reason why I want to do the 21 Day fix, was because I was in a rut. I had just finished training and running a half marathon, and doing P90X3 on cross training days. I think I was over training and burnt out. I felt like I was progressing backwards. My nutrition was getting complicated too. I was constantly worried if I was getting enough carbs for my training, or if I was eating too much. I was worried about once my training wass over how was I going to adjust, because I felt like I'm starving all the time....I just needed to simplify things. I needed simple fitness and nutrition. That's exactly what 21 Day Fix offered.
I think it's a great program for any fitness level. The workouts aren't overly complicated. They have exercises everyone can relate to. They were simple, but effective. I was surprised at how sore I was the first week. What I like about the workouts the most is that each time I did them I could tell I was getting better which would help anybody build momentum. The trainer, Autumn Calabrese is energetic and motivating. I still follow her Youtube channel for tips and tricks.
The best part of the program is the nutrition. It's so simple. My meals were getting complicated from the way I was preparing them and the number of ingredients I was using. Not to mention eating healthy was getting expensive. Following the plan helped me simplify my meals. It helped me understand when to eat certain food groups during the day for the best results. I also got a reality check with portion control. Best of all my grocery bill was lower. I will warn you that you do need to plan out your meals so that you can spread the containers through out the day. You don't want to get to dinner and only have a purple and teaspoon left and go to bed hungry. Even though I'm doing other workouts now, I'm still using the containers and following the plan.
I personally think this program would be beneficial to anyone no matter where they are in their journey. Maybe you love your high intensity workouts, but need a reality check with you nutrition. I think it would be great for someone who is new to fitness or struggling with how to eat healthy and be full and satisfied. You'll also learn what kind of results you can get by doing a variety of workouts. You will see results if you follow the plan. I didn't lose a ton of weight, but I did lose inches.