21 Day Fix Review

I completed the 21 Day Fix Workout created by Autumn Calabrese and BeachBody. I documented my results from day 1 – 21 to give you the consumer an honest review of the product, so you can decide if this product is right for your fitness goals.

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I would highly recommend the 21 day fix to men, women, beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness enthusiasts. Being a man who mostly did cardio on a treadmill then lifted weights, this workout enlightened me to how to get better gains by bringing up the intensity during a workout and doing multiple movements to workout more than one muscle at a time.

I would usually spend an hour at the gym, but really only had my heart rate up for the 10 – 20 minutes I ran on the treadmill.  With the short and intense 30 minute workouts my heart rate was always up and I sweat more than I do in an hour.

The workouts are challenging as long as you challenge yourself. The first time I did a workout I may have used a 5 lb weight, but by week 3 I maybe used a 15 lb weight. The key is to push and challenge yourself to give maximum effort for each workout.

The workouts are put together well, so that if you do arms you will then workout a different muscle next, so that you can keep up your maximum level.

I enjoyed the fast paced workouts, and the fact that they were only 30 minutes because it made it easy to fit into my schedule each day.

Meal Plan- 

I learned a lot from the workouts and will continue to use the DVD’s and do some of the workouts at the gym, but is was really the meal plan that helped me lose 10 lbs and get down to 8.5% body fat.  I have always eaten pretty healthy, or what I thought was healthy, but this simple meal plan opened my eyes.

I did not realize how much I was over doing certain food groups, and how little of others I was feeding my body.  At first when I saw the containers I thought I was going to starve, but after a couple of days I quickly realized how much food I could eat when it came to fruits and vegetables.

Yes, my calories were very low, but that’s because there is very little calories in vegetables compared to the amount of veggies you can eat.

There’s a lot to reveal, so here’s the rundown of my results:

Day 1 - August 10thDay 21 – August 30th
Body Fat: 9.8%

Weight: 170 lbs.

Chest: 33.5 inches

Waist: 34 inches

Right Thigh: 22 inches

Left Thigh: 21.5 inches

Left Arm: 14.5 inches

Right Arm: 15 inches
Body Fat: 8.5%

Weight: 160 lbs

Chest: 33.5 inches

Waist: 32 inches

Right Thigh: 21 inches

Left Thigh: 19.5 inches

Left Arm: 14.5 inches

Right Arm: 15 inches

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What is the 21 Day Fix Workout Plan?

It is a 21 day workout plan combined with food portion control.

The plan is designed to make your meal planning simple by giving you seven color coded containers and Shakeology shaker cup, so you have ideal portion control.  The premise is, if it fits you can eat it.  The nutrient-rich food plan features roughly 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fats.  It is designed for weight loss and to give you the necessary energy to complete the daily workouts.

To figure out how many calories you should roughly eat each day the 21 Day Fix uses the following formula:

  1. Your current weight in pounds x 11 = your caloric baseline
  2. Your caloric baseline + 400 (fix calories burn) = your caloric needs
  3. Your caloric needs – 750 (caloric deficit) = your calorie target

Day one, I weighed 170 pounds, so 170 x 11 = 1,870 + 400 = 2,270 – 750 = 1,520 calories per day.  Once you calculate how many calories you should consume each day, the next step is to the calorie chart.  The chart tells you how many of each container you should consume each day.

Based on my calories I get to have 4 green (Vegetable) servings, 3 purple (fruit) servings, 4 red (protein) servings, 3 yellow (carbohydrates) servings, 1 blue (avocado, nuts & cheeses) serving, 1 orange (seeds & dressings) serving, and 4 teaspoons of cooking oils.

This does not seem like a lot of calories, and so you may think you would be starving.  However that is not the case because much of the foods you will be eating are very low in calories.  It was actually a lot of food each day, so I was not starving and did not crash during the days.  In fact my energy grew throughout the 21 Day Fix, because my body started to become acclimated to the daily routine.

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Green – 1 Cup Vegetables

Purple – 1 Cup Fruit

Yellow – 1/2 Cup Carbs

Red – 3/4 Cup Protein

Orange – 2 tblsp Seeds

Blue – 1/3 Cup Cheese, Nuts , Avacado

 Workout DVD’s –

 The 21 Day Fix workouts are short (30 minutes), so you can fit them into any schedule.  There are six different workouts:

1) Total Body Cardio Fix – Keep your heart rate up and your metabolism revved high long after the workout is over.

2) Upper Fix – Targeted resistance training helps shape your chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs.

3) Lower Fix – Firm and tone your entire lower body while you blast fat and burn calories.

4) Pilates Fix – Strengthen your core, elongate your muscles, and firm your hips and thighs.

5) Cardio Fix – Get your heart pumping and your body moving as you melt away the pounds.

6) Yoga Fix – Improve your balance, flexibility, and strength as you help relax your muscles.