7 Tips for Completing the 21 Day Fix
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Need Some Tips for Completing the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme?
If you’re starting the 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme, but are having trouble figuring it out, hang tight. I’m going to break it down and give you 7 tips for completing the 21 Day Fix. These tips and tricks will help you understand the program a little better and teach you how to achieve your own success!
These are two of the most popular Beachbody programs and have helped so many people reach their fitness and weight loss goals. When I did my first round of the 21 Day Fix, I lost 8lbs and 8” off my body and was impressed! So keep reading and let me teach you how I learned to be successful with this fitness program.
1. Trust the meal plan
When people first get their program, they tend to over complicate things. But really, all you need to do is apply the KISS Principle. If you don’t know what that stands for, I’ll be nice and call it the “Keep It Short and Simple” principle. These programs were carefully designed with simplicity in mind when it comes to nutrition. You don’t have to count calories, carbs or points, no weighing food. The portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of it for you!
We have run numerous groups using these programs and it still amazes me when people try to “cheat the system”. They don’t follow the plan or try to cut out carbs or fruits whenever possible. But this is where they go wrong! I encourage you to just trust in the plan. It was designed to give your body exactly what it needs and in the exact portions in which it needs it. Watch this quick video from Autumn Calabrese as she discusses how to get started with the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan.
2. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail
I cannot stress how important it is to schedule your weekly workouts and plan your meals. When you start your program, get out your calendar and decide when you are going to do your workouts. It should be an appointment on your calendar that you have agreed to and will NOT miss. If we don’t make it a priority, we often just think we’ll get around to it, but then we don’t. Then when our workouts get lost in the shuffle we’re left wondering what happened to our time.
There are 168 hours in a week. Let’s say you work 50 hours and sleep 56 hours, you still have 62 hours left. Each workout on these programs lasts only 30 minutes – or 3.5 hours a week. You can easily fit that into your 62 hours if you look at your week and plan it all out. Depending on your schedule, you can change when your workout time is, or make it the same time every day. The time doesn’t matter, the point is – make that appointment and stick to it!
When it comes to meal planning, you need to track your meals every day. I don’t care if you use the tally sheets that come with your program, a food journal or even the 21 Day Fix Tracker App (available on iOS or Andriod). Use whichever method works for you as long as you’re keeping track!
When you track what you eat, you not only see how many containers you have left each day, but you will also see where you’re overeating. For me, it’s always the carbs! And I’ve found that when I have to write it down, it makes me think twice about whether or not I really should eat that extra piece of bread or if I should go for another veggie instead.
3. Stay Hydrated
My third tip (even though it’s probably one of the more important tips for completing the 21 Day Fix) is to make sure you are drinking enough water. The rule of thumb is to divide your body weight in half and that’s how many ounces you should aim to drink every day (i.e. if you weigh 150lbs, you should be drinking 75oz of water).
If you don’t drink enough water, your body will show signs of hunger and low energy. Carry a water bottle around with you and fill it up throughout the day. This will help you keep track of how much water you’re drinking and give you a gentle reminder to keep drinking. If you download the tracker app I mentioned above, you can even keep track of your water intake right there in the app.
Rarely do any of us eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables; instead, we reach for what’s quick and easy – pre-packaged food or fast food. These foods are so overprocessed that their nutrients have long been destroyed. The reality is, we’re running our bodies on empty. And like a car, we need fuel to go. We need premium fuel, not empty-calorie junk. When you start thinking of food as fuel, you’ll immediately realize how important Shakeology is in your daily diet. Many people decide to supplement their breakfast or lunch with Shakeology, which means they have one less meal to worry about each day!
Can you do this program without drinking Shakeology and still get results? Yes, but everyone will have a different experience and their bodies will more than likely react differently. You can talk to a hundred people and get a hundred different opinions. Those in my Success Groups who drank Shakeology while doing their workout program, had more overall energy, saw their junk food cravings decrease, and they achieved more weight loss than those who didn’t drink it. I believe the only way to know if it’ll work for you is to try it out for yourself. You have to form your own opinion based on YOUR experience. Shakeology comes with a 30-day “bottom of the bag” money back guarantee. So you have nothing to lose by giving it a try.
Need some ideas on how to make your Shakeology? Check out my Shakeology Recipes or you can get more ideas in this blog post where I roundup my Top 60 Shakeology Recipes in one place!
5. Be Open to Trying New Recipes and New Foods
This plan is designed to give you a huge variety of food options. This is not meant to be a diet or a punishment. Instead, you’re learning what portion sizes should look like and how to eat clean. This isn’t a starvation diet and in fact, most people find that it’s MORE food than they’re used to eating. You are just replacing foods that are high in calories, fat, sugar, sodium, etc., and replacing them with healthy, nutrient-dense, whole foods.
If you find yourself bored, step outside of your comfort zone and try something new that you’ve never made before. You might be surprised to find you like more foods than you thought. You can even find healthy versions of most of your old favorites and you won’t feel deprived or missing out. I am adding new recipes on my site all the time and there is even a specific cookbook designed to work with the 21 Day Fix food containers available, FIXATE™ – 101 Personal Recipes by Autumn Calabrese, to take the guesswork out of how the containers work with meals.
6. Join an Accountability Group
Accountability groups provide you with support and motivation when the going gets tough. It’s here that you’ll find support if you’re struggling with either the eating plan or sticking to the workout schedule. In our groups, we reinforce these tips for completing the 21 Day Fix on a daily basis, so they will always be at the forefront of your mind.
Because you’re doing this with a group of like-minded people and checking in daily, you hold each other accountable. You’ll support each other and have fun while changing your habits for the better. Accountability groups are for those who have chosen a workout program and would like to receive an extra boost of support to help them stay on track.
Talk to your coach today and ask if they are currently running an accountability group you can join. If you don’t have a coach, feel free to contact me to see if it would be a good fit for us to work together.
7. Remember Your Why
The key to your success is going to be remembering WHY you started in the first place. You bought this program and invested in yourself for a reason, what was that reason? Keep that at the forefront of your mind. You are worth the time and commitment required to be successful in building the cornerstone of your new healthy lifestyle.
Don’t quit now and give up all the hard work you’ve put in. Remember, keep it simple and don’t let overwhelm set in! If you follow the meal plan and workouts and implement these 7 Tips for Completing the 21 Day Fix, you WILL see results.