At this point at least four colleagues are now on various diet to go menu plans because they've seen proven results, not to mention they've seen some of the meals I've been able to have while on a diet. Published Wednesday, March 14, Read on to get all the facts and pros and cons behind this popular diet. May 7, at The program works The program works, the food is good, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to lose.
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I tried many shakes and Shakeology has always been my favorite. Long short Shake is really working for me. I have not changed my eating routine other than adding a shake in the morning and afternoon which makes me much less hungry.
I really wanted to get off Soy shakes because of the dangers and really wanted to get off anything artificial. A friend told me about Shake and how it worked for her. I got hooked quickly as it simply works… my appetite is significantly suppressed during the day and I have much more energy when I get home. What do you usually eat for lunch and dinner? I still eat my normal dinner. Did I mention this stuff taste great. It hard to believe that a shake this good for you taste so good! Hello Helene, We always recommend a balanced nutrition approach when using any shake.
Three shakes a day is great and will curb cravings but also mix in some fruit, nuts, vegetables, etc.. Get down to and maintain your desirable body weight Reduce your total fat intake, particularly your intake of saturated fats and trans fats Ensure adequate intake of mono- and certain poly-unsaturated fats Reduce your intake of foods high in cholesterol Increase your fibre intake Use sugar and foods high in simple carbohydrates in moderation Use less salt Eat a variety of foods Drink alcohol only in moderation and regularly rather than in binges Drink enough water or other fluids throughout the day let thirst be your guide — remember that drinking too much water can actually be dangerous.
I am about to purchase my Shakes, have read wonderful reviews. Wondering, I am not on the heavy side at all. I just want to flatten my midsection and stay in shape. What would you recommend?
I have to update because I just went to the website. All in all a great product in my quest to lose wt. I have use many protein drinks,this is definitely one of the better tasting.
I mix it with unsweetned almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk and I either mix it alone or with yogurt and or fruit. Hi Roberto, Most folks like to have a shake in the morning and shake in the afternoon, this is best for maximizing results and jumpstarting your metabolism. Hi Shannon, used to be sold via Amazon. Ok I must agree the shake really taste great and it does keep me full for several hours.
I have been using this product twice a day for 4 weeks. I have included rigorous exercise 5 days a week whereas before I was doing none. I cut out bread, and drink water in ouncse for half my weight. And I have not seen any difference in my weight. Its still exactly the same. Am I the only one? Should I give it more time? I just borrowed some from my friend before I went out and bought some of my own and I love it! So far it has curbed my appetite but its only first day!
I am very picky about taste. I recommend skipping the restrictive Phase One meal plans and instead follow the more balanced Phase Two diet. The simple minute-a-day exercise program is a realistic and inexpensive approach to fitness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Journal of General Internal Medicine.
August ; revised March University of Kentucky Extension Service: James Hill wants Americans to shed pounds. But instead of promoting any one fad diet, he embraces most--Atkins, South Beach, grapefruit-only--as relatively effective ways to lose weight. The New York Times. Nutrition in practice — fad diets". Nutrition and Diet Therapy. Nutrition and Diet Therapy 8th ed. Year after year, 'new and improved' diets appear It makes some good points, but The South Beach Diet has problems typical of diet books: American Journal of Cardiology Review.
Hi Bethany, I am considering doing the 21 day program but I struggle with hypothyroid issues. Also, I would check with your doctor too. Hi Madison, That would depend a lot on the food you buy and the calorie level that you are at. I eat pretty much the same foods on a daily basis and I think my food budget is well below ten dollars a day. The reason I ask is that my schedule makes it difficult to fit in even 30 minutes of exercise on the days I work. The good thing about my job is that I am rather active.
I typically get anywhere from 10, 13, steps a day with flights of stairs, depending on the day. I do have a couple of questions. My package 21 Day should be here Monday. Planning to weigh in and do measurements Sunday tomorrow. Since I have not yet seen anything because it has not arrived, can you tell me what type of abdominal exercises are included? In particular, I am looking to avoid any variation of a true sit up or leg lift from a lying position.
I have a ventral hernia that will not tolerate it. That said, I am free to do core strengthening exercises using other muscles — per my doc. I have about pounds to lose and am so looking forward to learning about portion control. I also bought the package for my daughter — she received hers yesterday.
When considering which calorie range to choose, do we consider what our calorie range will be at goal and begin there , or…. I do have a supportive hubby and he will be joining me. We both have an incredible sweet tooth and do give in to our treats. We have also decided we will commit to this program and see how we do. What type of treats are permitted? I have read some of the FB comments and see that people have improved labs, including A1C, and am looking forward to getting my labs even lower.
Hi Debbie, There are no traditional sit-ups to speak of, but if you do feel pain be sure to modify. As you strengthen your core, will likely see some of the aches and pains go away. Your calorie range is determined by your current weight. As you lose weight you drop down in calories. There is a healthy treat section in the meal plan that will help you with cravings.
I want to be healthier overall and feel better and I think the program would easily help me do that , I also have other goals. Too most people I look pretty skinny. I would actually like to be about lbs — flatten my stomach while building muscle in my arms, legs, shoulders, back and chest. I know I cannot achieve this in just 3 weeks, but if I continue long-term with the program, would it provide enough protein, calories and intensity in workouts to achieve these kinds of goals?
If not, any recommendations on another program that would be better for me? Hi Kevin, I would recommend checking out the Body Beast workout program. It is better suited for helping you reach your goals. Hi Pat, Please consult with your doctor.
Most doctors have heard of this program so they should be able to advise you. Hi Kathy, I would recommend consulting with your doctor before beginning. I am in the UK and looking at starting the 21df in the next couple of weeks. At present I am on slimming world but the weight loss is not as great as what is has been previously. What I would like to ask is, is it ok to do more exercise each day on top of the workouts? At present I walk around miles per week with my dogs.
And is the green container before cooking vegetables or after such as spinach. We just started today. Hi Deborah, I think most green containers are raw vegetables. It will tell you if otherwise. I would not weigh yourselves more than once a week. After rounds of chemo with nausea and mouth sores my eating habits are not good and exercise consists of walks. Would 21 day fix be appropriate? I have been trying for years to lose weight.
I am now at a point where I need to lose 50 pounds. I have tried WW, watching my calories, Atkins, along with other programs. My fear is that I am going to buy yet another program and there will be very few foods that I will eat and fail again. Is there a way I can get a list of allowable foods before buying the program to see if there will be enough varitey to keep me going for more than a week?
Look in the 21 Day Fix category on this site, you will see what foods the Fix diet wants you eating. I saw an infomercial for the 21 day fix last week and started researching it, reading reviews, etc. Like someone said earlier, I really wanted to read the good and bad of this program before I order it. My other reason for thinking about this program is that I am getting older and want to be truly healthy, not just fit, if that makes sense.
I struggled with high blood pressure with my last pregnancy, and my family has high blood pressure issues, so I want to nix that before it starts. My main concern is that in our family of 7 my husband and I, and our kids ages , is it realistic to do this? The thing I really like about this idea is the short workouts included.
I like the idea of 30 minute workouts that I can do at home. So is this really doable with shakeology? I have a ninja that we use in the summer months a lot. Anyway, sorry for all the questions, but thanks for the information. Hi Julianne, It sounds like your main concern is feeding the family with the fix diet. Pinterest has a lot of recipes for the Fix that you can search around for.
I would take whole foods based 21 day fix diet approved foods vs processed foods for feeding my family any day. I would like to thank you for your wonderful site and positive and straightforward responses to the comments section. I am 47 and was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome at The diet stresses no processed foods and no known triggers of IBS such as onions and garlic.
Although it has helped confirm my trigger foods, I have been unsuccessful in losing the weight I have gained because of the constant struggle with irregular eating times and quantities. I feel the culprit is understanding portion control and balancing my diet. That being said, I am now waiting for my 21 day fix to arrive today. I really feel the portion control will help me tremendously while cross-referencing the list of allowed foods with the low FODMAP list. Naturally, my primary care physician is aware of my IBS issues.
I suspect much of what I can eat will be on the 21 day fix as well. Hi Clare, Thank you for sharing and please let us all know how it goes.
I for one am very interested in how this will work for you. Sounds like you have put in the research! I will definitely do that. My package came in this afternoon so I am reading now. Hope to start tomorrow! I am on day 12 of the 21 day fix diet. Tomorrow is my first night shift since starting. This means I will be awake tomorrow around am and will not go to bed again until the next morning around 8am. What and how much should I eat overnight?
Hi Colleen, I would pack an extra couple of snacks and then play it by ear. If you get hungry. I have a work event on Thursday where I know I will want a beer or two. I plan on that being my only cheat of the whole week. I know it sounds silly, but dollar beers ahh Do you know how many carb containers that would equal out to or would it really be the carb containers?
Any help you could offer would be great! I have a few questions I would like to ask. Firstly during meal times can I combine the containers for example for lunch a yellow red and a green and for dinner a red and green.
Can I only combine the containers at lunch and dinner times or at snack times as well? Hi Patti, They are a red container on there own, and if you mix in other foods to make them a meal then you also count those. I am an extremely picky eater. I find it difficult to try new things and prefer to stick with what I can eat. Are there enough choices in food selection or do I need to eat specific foods at mealtime? I purchased the 21 DF this morning. I would like to know if it would help with mid section weight gain due to menopause?
Hi Evana, Yes, 21 Day Fix is based around fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins and is low on the sugary and high fat foods. Our metabolisms slow with age so focusing on foods that take longer to digest and convert to energy will help us not gain fat. I believe in the book it says you can use partial containers or try to not always skip the same containers on a daily basis.
I have a question about the food. I see that everything is split up into containers. Is the food in the containers all the food you eat in one day? Hi Jason, You get multiple servings of each container. For example, if your calorie range was 1, to 1, you would get 4 green, 3 purple, 4 red, 3 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange, and 4 tsp container servings.
I am considering this program as it seems pretty straight forward. The Shakeology seems like it would be hard to do on the go. Hi Aven, There is a high-protein snack bar recipe in the eating plan guide. It makes 24 bars, so you could bake a batch or two at once for the week. I also just wrote a new post that outlines a few simple breakfasts that are 21 Day Fix approved which you might want to take a look at for ideas.
Tomorrow is my last day of the 21 day fix. I would like to do another round, do I take a week off from the program or can I just start again on Monday? Hi Lauren, It is up to you. But, if you feel good I would start Monday, no reason to break the streak.
I am waiting for my 21 day fix to come in and I was just wondering if I could still do a little bit of running along with the workouts? I was thinking just a little, maybe miles X a week.
I figured I would do my 30 min workouts in the morning and then run in the afternoon after work? Would this hinder my results?? Also, I am wondering about how long I should wait to do another round of the program?
Currently my target calorie intake is Should I recalculate as I lose weight to make sure that I am still in the same calorie intake bracket?? I eat egg whites, do I pour the whites into the protein container uncooked to measure? I know silly question. Can you explain how the Shakeology part of the 21 day fix works? I was looking to order the 21 day fix essential package to get me started. It looks like it comes with the shakeology container but should I be ordering something else too?
Any help is appreciated. Hi Jenna, That comes with the Challenge Pack option. The shake should be used to replace a meal if you decide to use it. What happens after the 21 days, do you just kind of get stuck in your weight loss? Or will you continue to loss? Or do you have to buy another step? Hi Christina, You could do another cycle, move on to another program, it really depends upon your continued goals.
Hi Sam, You will of course want to talk to your doctor before beginning any program and there is another program called Tai Cheng that you might want to take a look into. Oh sorry, one more question, I see you say the light dumbbells are lbs. How much are the heavier ones? Hello Bethany, thank you so much for your review. I have been wanting to lose about lbs and tone up for about three years now when I had my son. I just recently decided to get back into working out, and this program was suggested to me.
This program sounds great to me, plus my husband has been saying for six years now that he was going to lose weight, but never does. He weighs lbs and this program is actually intriguing to him. I have a few questions. How many times a day are you supposed to eat on this plan? Is it three meals and maybe a light snack? I know some programs want you to eat small meals a day. Also, my husband eats a lot. He only eats once or twice a day, but he eats in big portions.
How easy or hard is it going to be for him to start feeling full on this plan? Hi Danielle, There is not set eating schedule with program. It does not want you to go more than three hours without food, as to try and keep your metabolism high.
What do you recommend and what do you think is most popular? Hi Jen, Yes, 3 to 5 pounds for light weights is perfect. I usually start with 3 to get warm.
I am trying to decide whether or not to order the full 21 day fix, or just the containers for the portion control. I have struggled with my weight my entire life, so I know what I need to do, just having a hard time committing to diet and exercise. This time last year I was working out 6 days and week and eating very well and was 24 pounds lighter — then the busy stressful job kicked in. I have heard that the workouts are more for beginners at working out and can be quite easy.
Thanks for your guidance! Hi Liz, I have not had any complaints about the workouts being to easy, but I do recommend it for beginners or people coming off an extended layoff in the review, so that could be a reason.
You can always return the program if you find it to easy. Can you do the 21 day eating plan and workout on your own? I usually do about 30 min of cardio and min of weights every morning. Would that be acceptable? I am interested in trying this but i am really heavy and way out of shape im afraid to try the thirty minute workouts i dont know if i can make it thru one and getting even more disappointed in myself any thoughts or motivations? I really want to do this just afraid of failing i need to lose lbs: Hi Holly, You are not competing with anyone.
Or you could just start a walking routine until you feel you have the endurance for the 21 Day Fix. Butternut Sqush, yellow and green zucchini, onions, garlic, green beans, stewed tomatoes, chicken broth, spices, tortolini with cheese, and parmasean cheese will cook all day together.
I would imagine I guess which portions go with each container based on the amount in my bowl because it would be hard to serve a bowl and then separate it?
Some crock pot meals are easier, but when mixed it is harder. I also play raquet sports hours a day or bike ride, so do I still do the exercises on those days? Hi Cindy, Most foods would be measured prior to cooking. After a couple of weeks of using the containers, you should be able to eyeball most foods pretty easily too. As for the extra extra, I would just see how you feel, if you are worn out then no, but if you still have the energy then yes you could.
Can you purchase extra containers? I work hrs shifts and to pack enough food for the day it would be helpful to have extras.
I am about to order the 21 day fix. Hi Jayme, Remember these are supposed to be used to replace a meal and the organic whole food quality ingredients that are used in them contribute to the cost.
You can find other shakes, but be careful of ingredients, a lot of meal replacements are filled with processed sugars making them not a healthy option. If I also do the treadmill, do I eat any more containers? Hi Diane, I would just monitor how you feel and if you feel low on energy I would start adding in a couple of containers. A good goal to strive for is, weight loss of pounds a week.
Can Vermacelli noodles be used as a carb? I prefer the noodles over brown rice but wanted to be sure they are considered a good carb for the diet plan? Thank you for all your help. Hi Carol, No processed foods, the Fix wants you to kick the junk and processed foods. Check out the sample shopping list under the 21 Day Fix category to get an idea of what type of foods you should be eating.
Hi Bethany — just started 21 Day Fix and am excited to lose and become more fit. Question, I am calculating my intake should be at the cal range with my current weight. Or will this backfire over time by dropping to a lesser range? Seems logical to eat less calories if one feels good energy to lose faster if feeling great. Or, am I supposed to use the range where I want to weigh eventually and am thinking about this backwards. Hi Lilly, Good sustainable weight loss is pounds a week.
You start at the calorie level that is recommended and work down. As you start to lose weight, you drop down calorie levels as you go. I would begin with the calorie range that is recommended and go from there. Faster weight loss is not always better for the long term.
I originally heard about the program through social media, etc. So far, I like that it focuses on eating real food, nothing processed. I have two questions, both related to the diet.
Hi Kerrie, There is no maintenance protocol per say, but it does tell you haw to calculate the level needed to maintain. Yes, you can follow the diet as a vegetarian no problem, you would count lentils and beans as reds instead of yellow is the only adjustment. So far I am happy with the program. I have lost 4 lbs in 4 days but I am wondering if there is somewhere I could find recipes or suggestions for meals. I am so afraid of not sticking to the program that my meals have been pretty boring.
I am very interested in trying the 21 day fix. I was reading another article that showed you how to calculate how many calories you should eat a day. I was surprised at how many calories this program said I should consume. I know that it is way too many and I will be stuffed. I am also concerned that I will actually gain weight because the amount is so much and more than I normally eat.
Do you know if I choose to follow a lower intake of calories will the 21 day fix still work for me? Hi Kathryn, Yes, the 21 Day Fix is not a starvation diet for sure. A lot of people are drinking a lot of their calories, so when they switch to a diet that focuses on whole foods it can be a transistion phase. I would not be concerned with gaining weight with the amount of calories that are recommended as it is a mathematical equation.
The good news is you can make adjustments, the eating plan does go over what to do if there is too much food for you to eat. But, it does take some trial and error.
If you want to prrovide your age, weight, and activity level I might be able to help. I am 29 and lbs. I am on my feet walking a lot of the day.
I get over steps a day and walk 5 miles. I am hoping next week to either start 21 day fix or some other exercise plan that will increase my activity even more. Hi Kathryn, The 21 Day Fix is sounds like an excellent program for.
While you do a lot of walking the workouts will be a totally different kind of exercise for your body. But, what I really love of about the Fix is the diet.
Thank you so much! I just have one last question. If I used the 21 day fix for the workout plan alone and continued the diet I am on would it still be effective as just an exercise program? I feel like the only area where I need a boost is exercising. I would suggest following the 21 Day Fix diet for the three weeks and then begin adjusting it to meet your lifestyle. No matter how well someone is eating I believe the 21 Day Fix eating plan would be beneficial in the long run.
I purchased the 21 day fix program and find it pretty easy to follow. However, I am confused with the teaspoons showing up on the guide. What are the teaspoons representing as to the actual food you are eating. Hi Judy, The teaspoons foods are simply measured with a teaspoon. You have to use your own as they are not provided with the program.
But, I would look for something labeled organic without nitrates. I was wondering if xylitol could be used as a sweetener for coffee , etc? I have ordered the 21 df and I am reviewing as much info ahead of time. I bought the 21 day fix and followed it religiously for 21 days and did all the workouts as well.
I only lost 7 pounds. Losing more than pounds a week is often just water weight. You should be proud and keep at it! Do you think this program would work for me? I have spent lots of money over the past few years trying to find the right fix and none so far have worked. I work long hours and I am totally exhausted when I get home at night, not sure I would be able to get the workouts done.
Hi Janice, Everyones weight typically fluctuates pounds a day, so I would not let that concern you. You should be weighing yourself once a week max, at this same time of day, and under the same conditions to be the most accurate.
Could you do your workouts before you go to your job? I actually moved down from the 1, — 2, range due to it being too much for me to eat within a day.
I am finding the calorie range is still too much for me to eat in a day, and I end up with roughly 2 red and 2 green containers left to eat for the day. Before I started this system, I was eating very unhealthy and way over 2, calories in a day and drinking lots of sugary soda. I would like to lose pounds, at what point is not enough calories?
Hi Lindsey, What you are experiencing I have heard from a few people. Now instead of drinking empty calories you are eating whole nutrtitious foods filling you up and it can take a bit of time for the body to adjust. Hope that helps, Bethany.
Thanks for the review. I was wondering if, being a vegetarian, I would be able to get results from this program? Is meat easily replaced?
I know that there are suggested foods and I was wondering if any proteins are not meat. Are the food plans vegan friendly? I am not vegan but I have food allergies to chicken, eggs and cow milk. Will there be options to those when planning meals and being able to stick to them? Hi Heather, Yes, there are plenty of food options for the vegetarian or someone with food allergies to choose from the approved food list that the Fix comes with.
I have a smaple list on this site if you serarch 21 Day Fix you should be able to see some of the foods Bethany.
Just finished the 21 day fix. I am not too far over in the weight department about pounds. I bought it for the exercise DVD mostly. I found the program very easy to use and the exercises are great but killer. I had been exercising but obviously not to that extent. I thought oh I can do this, could barely move for four days after the first session. The containers are very helpful with portions and getting that mindset going. After being pretty good on the system, not perfect, because life does happen, I lost 5 pounds.
My goal is to loose a total of 12 lbs. I am continuing with the program, I enjoy it and can see changes happening to my body, slowly but surely. I think what is an over marketing ad is that you will get that killer body in 21 days. That is NOT going to happen, even if you are totally diligent.
It will happen maybe in several of the rounds. And, thanks for sharing your experience, I enjoyed reading your story. I already ordered this product and I have already tried the shakeology which I love and actually crave I am 48 and going through menopause and cannot take hormone replacements; therefore, I have gained weight and several inches around my waist and hips over the past year.
I have two questions that I hope you can answer. All of my hormones are depleted and my metabolisim has slowed way down 2 I work long hours in the and I rarely have time for lunch or a snack- Can I drink a shake in the morning and a shake for lunch and have a healthy dinner??? Thank you in advance. To answer your questions: Yes, you can lose weight while going through full blown menopause. It may take a little bit longer and come more slowly, but be patient and stick with it.
If you work very long hours, try planning your meals for the week on your day off and meal prepping too. Opt for quick foods that you can eat with your hands if you find yourself always on the go, and leftovers are always a life and time saver. I would not recommend doing two shakes per day for more than a few days at a time…not for the longhaul.
Hi Kathy, I really hate to commwnt on medical conditions. I always recommend being cleared by your doctor first for those people who have excisting injuries. For the protein portion or meal plan is there other options aside from meat? Hi Stephanie, Yes, it is vegetarian friendly. And you can add beans, lentils, and quinoa as red containers as a vegan.
I am a vegeterian and eat mostly Indian food, will this prgram work for me. Am trying hard to lose 30 pounds but have plateaued after the first I know exercise is the missing component but I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and have been completely sedentary for about two years. Even walking a quarter of a mile makes me sore and exhausted. Will the low impact options on this plan be too much for me?
Hi Karen, I would start by sticking with the walking plan. Walking can be good exercise, you just need to track how much you are walking and try to improve on your distance and time. I want to try the program but I have — pounds to lose. Is the 21 day fix program going to work for me? Do I do cycles until I reach my goal weight? When I reach my goal, do I continue the program or does it teach me a new healthy lifestyle? Hi Charline, It will work, if you put the work in. Yes, most people do more than one cycle.
And it does teach you healthy eating habits that you can use for a lifetime. I stumbled upon your site and have found it quit helpful.. I know fresh is always best choice but some items are seasonal.
Hi, Frozen fruits and vegetables are fine. Some frozen varieties can atually contain more nutrients as the freezing process locks in the nutrients. Canned fruits and vegetables should not be included except tomatoes as the canning process destroys their nutrients. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer so many comments and questions!
However, the Shakeology shake mix is very expensive! Hi Emily, I am happy to hear your friends are loving their results! Yeah, I have looked around because I wanted to do an alternative article like I have done for some others, but when you match the actual ingredients, the only thing I could find was taking two supplements together but then the rice point was actually higher. I would not let this defer you from trying the Fix, even it is just the base.
I am thinking of trying the 21df program. I just had my second baby and am looking to lose some of the extra weight. I do love fruit tho. Is it required to eat a lot of veggies or can I sub fruit instead? Hi Jessie, You really should not subsitute fruit for vegetables.
The sugar contant in fruit is much higher than vegetables. The Fix wants you eating a balanced diet of macronutrients, that is why there are the different containers. Not eating the correct ratios would kind of defeat the purpose. One other question… I also have PiYo but only got through the first Align workout before 21 day Fix arrived. I decided to start that one first. Then I saw your amazing review on PiYo! I like both instructors.