21 Day Fix, Nutrition Plan
February 16, 2014
February 16, 2014
Understanding the 21 Day Fix Nutrition Plan
I must say, I’m really impressed with the versatility of the 21 Day Fix Nutrition plan, it allows itself to be used for more than just the 21 Day Fix workout program. Starting Monday Feb. 17, Alisha will be joining a large group of people who are going to go through the 3 week program and follow the exercise and nutrition plan that Autumn Calabrese has come up with for the 21 Day Fix. I on the other hand, will be using the 21 Day Fix Nutrition Guide and implementing it into my P90X3 workout schedule for the remainder of the program (Block 3). First things first, here’s a video briefly breaking down the nutrition guide and what it looks like.
Why I Am Using This with P90X3
I was already keeping my calorie intake at 1,800-2,000 (probably closer to the 1,800) per day and seeing good results. So you may be asking, then why are you going to incorporate the 21 Day Fix Nutrition Guide? Good question, because I do better with structure. In the video above I hit on it, this gives me a simple and visual plan for my daily food intake. Plus, I also know that I don’t always eat enough fruits and vegetables each day and this will force me to make sure I hit all the daily categories. Those are the reasons for me. I truly feel this will help me get the best results and finish strong with X3 and hopefully form even better habits.
So I figured up my calorie intake for 21 Day fix, replacing the 450 calorie workout burn they show and replaced it with an estimate of 700 calories that I burn doing the doubles schedule of P90X3. The daily calorie intake came out to be between 1,800 and 2,000 calories, which sounded about right with what I was already doing before.
So What Does 1 Day Look Like for Me?
So below is 1 day of pictures showing the 1,800-2,000 calorie plan. I’m allowed 5 Green, 3 Purple, 5 Red, 4 Yellow, 1 Blue, 1 Orange and 5 teaspoons (which are the oils and nut butters)
This was my breakfast. 1 Red (Shakeology counts as a Red) and a bowl of oatmeal. This was my normal breakfast already, so it was nice to not have to change that habit. The one bowl of oatmeal counted as 2 yellows. I usually buy the instant oatmeal, and this was 2 packets. The banana due to it’s smaller size counted as 1.5 of my 3 purples allowed. I was so full after the Shakeology and the oatmeal, I ended up saving the banana for my mid morning snack.
So this was lunch, 2 Reds (the grilled chicken), 1 Yellow (the quinoa), 2 Greens (the Kale and the Kale was prepared with olive oil and all purpose seasoning which counted as 2 teaspoons from that category). To be honest with you, this was a lot of food! I definitely was not hungry afterwards. I didn’t even do the afternoon snack, even though I probably should have, in the spirit of following the rules, but I just wasn’t hungry.
So this was my remaining 1 Red container (turkey patty), 3 Greens (squash and carrots) and 1 remaining Yellow (baked sweet potato). I’ll be honest on this one too, I wasn’t able to finish it, I was so full that the carrots went back in the container for the next day. I also did not eat the snack after dinner, which I believe is an option and not a requirement.
I did take one snack in the afternoon which was a 1 Blue that equaled 12 almonds. On things like nuts, you don’t always fill the container up, instead you go by the count. In this case, you’re allowed 12 almonds.
If you do this program, whether you do it full 21 Day Fix style or you use the Nutrition Guide for another workout like I am with P90X3, you will not be disappointed. It is easy to follow, easy to calculate and really makes you eat the way you should eat regardless. Best tip I can give you, prepare food ahead of time. Alisha baked 3 chicken breasts and cut them up so we had enough to get us through 2 days, same with the squash and some other vegetables. That way, all I have to do is figure up the containers, use them to portion it out and then microwave! Simple as that.
I did not use 1 Orange this day (dressing, flaxseed etc) because, it just didn’t come into the mix. I could have put flaxseed into my Shakeology and probably should have to get the 1 Orange requirement filled.
So, if you struggle with calorie intake, making sure your carb intake is in check, or making sure you get enough fruits and vegetables into your diet….then this is your answer. You do have to buy the program to get the nutrition guide, but you can buy extra containers if your spouse or partner want to do it with you, that’s what we did.
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