It’s summer. And that means swimsuit season is upon us. By now, you’ve either got your bikini body, or you’re desperately wishing you took spring a bit more seriously. That’s where the 21 Day Fix comes in.
If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up — something to make you feel just a little bit better as you squeeze into your bitty bikini — the 21 Day Fix is totally for you.
Coming from someone who HATES dieting and is all about moderation, this is a program that:
- Follows the general rules of healthy eating without crazy restrictions like beans, fruit or whole grains
- Did not leave me hungry
- Got me results — fast
When we first did this, we borrowed the Beach Body program from a friend. If you are really serious about this, I highly recommend purchasing the program — it comes with containers to measure your food, awesome workouts, spices, recipes and many other totally-worth-it resources.
However, we’ve since done the program multiple times — once again for the full 21 days but other times just for five or 10 days to detox — without the actual Beach Body kit. Thanks to the internet, there are lots of resources to figure out how to do it on your own.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to! I’m here to give you the scoop. Here’s how to 21 Day Fix, without the actual 21 Day Fix.
Step one: Figure out your daily allotment. Based on your weight and age, you’ll be allotted a certain number of servings of each food group per day. Each food group is color coded for ease. With the actual program, the color coding corresponds to different sized containers so that you can easily figure out what a serving of each food group looks like (you’ll read more on this in step three).
Once your figure out the number of colors you can have per day, write it down! This will be very important (and you’ll probably have it memorized by the end.)
Step two: Meal plan. Being the extreme organizer that I am, I created a meal planning spreadsheet to help grocery shop and plan in advance. On the first tab, you can input your weekly meal plan (there’s a spot for a partner, too, but you can skip if you’re doing this solo). On the second tab, you can find the approved 21-Day Fix grocery shopping list and color coding cheat sheet.
Once you complete this, I recommend printing it out at the start of each week and hanging on your fridge. This helped eliminate the temptation for snacks, because we knew our colors had already been accounted for.
Step three: Cook & eat. Without the containers, you can use a measurement cheat sheet and measure your food with standard measuring cups.
Step four: Don’t forget to stay active. The 21-Day Fix program recommends working out every day, and their workouts are tough! For me, I gave myself one day of rest but pushed myself a bit more than usual with six-day-a-week workouts. You should do what’s right for you, but if you want to see results, you’re going to have to hit the gym. (Read here for my fitness routine if you need suggestions).
Step five: Record your results. When we did this the first time, we recorded all of our measurements and weight when we started, and then when we ended. In addition to feeling GREAT, it was so rewarding to watch the numbers come down.
I dropped four pounds doing this regimen, but I felt amazing. My husband dropped 17! And my Dad — who is now on his second back-to-back 21-Day Fix run — has lost more than 30 pounds. It’s all about what’s right for you.
If you have specific questions or tips, don’t hesitate to reach out. Good luck!