I wrote the following review on Amazon after completing one round and eight days of a second round of the 21 Day Fix. I am however still doing the plan and am now on day eight of round 3!! In the coming days I plan on writing much more about the 21 Day Fix including tips, tricks, recipes and I’ll also be going more in-depth with my comparison to my time doing Weight Watchers – so make sure to check back!
I LOVE this program. However, it worked for me so that has a lot to do with it:-) What I mean is – the nutrition plan, portion control, and exercises were totally doable for me – but when telling a friend about the nutrition plan she said if she had to pay that much attention to her portions etc she’d be a total mess and just super anxious all of the time – so I definitely think it has a lot to do with your personality.
That being said, if you feel you can follow a plan, plan out your food ahead of time, eat every 2-3 hours, and comfortably eat from all of the food groups then this program might just be for you.
Last Fall I did weight watchers for like 5 months and thought that was “the way to go” because it was a plan I could follow. What I didn’t realize is that while I was losing weight with WW, I wasn’t necessarily eating healthy – I was just counting points that were comprised of the junk food I liked to eat. On this plan, you actually learn proper nutrition – to eat from all of the food groups, making sure your body is getting the proper nutrition for weight loss and optimal health. That’s a plan I can continue long-term.
I’m writing this having already completed one round of 21 days. I actually did not weigh or measure myself before I started because I’m much more motivated by non-scale victories (how I feel, how my clothes feel, etc) versus what a number on the scale tells me. I can tell you that after 21 days I felt stronger, leaner, healthier, and more ready than ever to continue following a healthy eating lifestyle – because that’s what the 21 day fix really is – it’s a way of eating, a healthy eating lifestyle – not a diet. Never at one point did I feel restricted or starving (again that’s just me, everyone is different) but I drank 80+ oz of water/day, spread out my proteins throughout the day, got all of my veggies… and really for the first time in my life felt like I was eating to fuel my body; not feed my face.
In my humble opinion, the 30 minute workouts are just icing on the cake (sorry to mention cake). The meal plan alone is worth every penny of the $70 or $80 that you spend (if you purchase without Shakeology). I do really enjoy the workouts however [well most of them!] The format is 60 seconds of work with 15-20 seconds of rest between each – by the time you start to feel like you really can’t do an exercise anymore, that exercise is done and you’re on to the next. I also really appreciate that there’s a participant in each workout who shows you modifications you can do in case you aren’t *yet* strong enough or flexible enough.
While this is called the “21 day” fix… I plan on continuing this program for the foreseeable future. When my first round ended I immediately started a new round the next day so now I’m on day 8 of round 2… as I said though, I don’t really see this as something I have to do – something I’m dreading – or something I’m just trying to get through – I really just see this as a new way to live – eating healthy and exercising.
If you are thinking about buying this or have already purchased it – make sure you run some searches on Facebook for 21 Day Fix groups – there are great groups for motivation/support, and recipe ideas! Also check out Instagram – that has been a HUGE source of support and motivation for me. Hashtags to follow are #21DayFix and #21DayFixApproved.
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