I started my 2nd round of the 21 Day Fix yesterday, and I had a few people ask me to write a post about it and so I am 😀
The 21 Day Fix is a program through Beachbody that is based on a 21 Day Cycle. Its different from most of their other programs in a few ways. 1. The time. Most programs are 60 to 90 days. This one is just 3 weeks. 2. The food part. Most (if not all) programs come with a nutrition guide, but this is the only program that treats what you eat as equally important as the workouts. That’s one of the main reasons I love it.
A lot of people, myself included, can figure out the workout part. While getting up, doing it and committing long term are hard, the workouts are the easiest part of losing weight. The hard part is changing how you look at food. When we were brought up, there was basically zero education on nutrition. We ate what our parents cooked (which 90% of the time came from a box or a can) or what our parents picked up on their way home. We always had seconds and we didn’t think twice about it. We either took a cold lunch to school (PB&J, Fruit, Yogurt) or ate hot lunch (Pizza, lets be honest you always chose pizza). It was a crap shoot if we even ate breakfast, but if we did it was pop tarts or cereal, depending if we were running late or not.
In school, health class was more about drugs and hygiene than actually living healthily, and the only nutrition thing I can remember learning about in school is that if you don’t get enough calcium you get osteoporosis. So as an adult, it isn’t shocking that my meals consisted of a crap ton of hamburger helper, pizza, spaghetti and mac & cheese. These are the things I grew up eating and I knew how to cook. It wasn’t until I started actually trying to lose weight that I realized I was starving my body of real nutrition.
So I tried clean eating (which, to be honest, the first time I heard of it sounded like an insurmountable task) and I started to get used to it. I stopped eating things out of a box and most things out of a can. But I still felt like something was missing. While I was certainly eating better, I in no way felt like I had a grasp on what “Good Nutrition” looked like.
Enter the 21 Day Fix. When I first looked at the meal plan, my reaction was “Holy crap thats a lot of food!”. I, like most dieters, had found myself in the school of thought that the only way to lose weight was to eat 1200 calories. Which of course for me looked like 1200 calories of healthy food and 1200 calories of bingeing because fuck I was hungry. I started researching BMR and stuff like that but I never knew what proportion of each kind of food I should be eating every day. That is where the 21 Day Fix helped open my eyes.
The way the nutrition plan works is you calculate what zone you are in by your weight, then the chart tells you how many of each container to eat every day.