Beachbody 21-Day Fix Review

Beachbody 21-Day Fix Review
6.6 out of 10
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The 21-Day Fix is a super hot and trendy diet. It has a huge social media following and is among the most searched diets on the Internet. [1]

Created by National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified celeb trainer and bikini model Autumn Calabrese and marketed through Beachbody LLC out of Santa Monica, California, the 21-Day Fix is, simply stated, precise and restrictive portion control combined with daily robust exercise. Confined, like the name spells out, to a three-week period; after the 21 days, then what? The idea is it takes about three weeks to change a lifestyle habit, and the assumption is you’ll have been so successful and committed that after the 21 days are up, it’ll have become your new routine. Whether or not that’s the case depends on the person. [1]

…if you do an energetic workout at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week, you will lose weight.

The 21-Day Fix diet plan package includes the seven colored containers (explained below), the 25-ounce Shakeology® shaker cup which “delivers exactly the right portions every time, so you never eat too much or (too little),” two workout DVDs, and two booklets; the quick-start guide with a calendar and the eating plan including 21-Day Fix recipes. All for about $60-80 plus $12.95 shipping and handling. [2]

The 21-Day Fix Claims

“Simple Fitness. Simple Eating. Fast Results.” [2]

“What’s the secret? Our seven exclusive containers. Each one is color-coded for a different kind of food, and pre-measured for the precise portion. You’ll never have to “eyeball” your measurements again—if it fits in the container, you can eat it! Combine this eating plan with one 30-minute workout a day. That’s all. It’s that simple!” [2]

Obviously results are going to vary person to person, but if you keep the calorie count accurate—which the containers help to ensure—and if you do an energetic workout at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week, you will lose weight. How much depends; Beach Body president and CEO Carl Daikeler, owner of Calabrese’s diet plan creation, as well as Calabrese herself, claim people will lose weight—though no specific amount of weight. And the money-back guarantee is simple: if within 30 days of purchase, and even after using the kit and doing the whole 21-Day Fix plan, you don’t get the results you expected, get a full refund less the S&H fee.

…And don’t forget to exercise briskly almost every day. Without that, this diet will likely fail you.

Calabrese says on the Beach Body website,

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I’m a bikini competitor—and a single working mom. I don’t have time for complicated meal plans and hours of exercise, and neither do my clients. That’s why I created 21-Day Fix. It’s simple, fast, and will help you get results. All you have to do is follow my program, and you WILL lose weight. I promise—or your money back. [2]

The 21-Day Fix Plan

Start with your caloric intake calculation, which is an easy equation: (Your weight x 11) + 400 − 750.

So say you weigh 150 pounds; using this formula, you should consume 1300 calories a day to lose weight. Knowing your caloric limit per day to achieve weight loss is a great start, even if you don’t do this diet. The trick is making sure to accurately count those calories.

We’ve all been there. Forgetting “just a small bite” of donut, or “just a couple” of chips, or a nibbled slice of bacon, or too much tasting during family baking. On the 21-Day Fix diet there’s an easy fix that doesn’t include counting, measuring, keeping a journal, scales, or special calculations. You now know your target calorie intake, so just check the 21-Day Fix chart and you’re ready to go.

The trick with The 21-Day Fix isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s just a system to ensure that your portions are on point and that you’re not going over the daily caloric intake limit necessary for you to lose weight. It’s just that simple.

The thing that makes the 21-Day Fix meal plan especially attractive is this next bit. You measure daily food portions with color-coded 21-Day Fix containers. It’s practical and easy, and that’s what may make this diet appealing. If it fits in the dish, you can eat it. And depending on your caloric target, you may eat one or more of each of the color-coded containers packed with food. The 21-Day Fix container sizes are:

  • 8-ounce (one cup) green and purple containers are for veggies (you name it) and fruits (most if not all)
  • 6-ounce red one (3/4 cup) is for proteins (like eggs or lean meats)
  • 5.3-ounce yellow container (1/2 cup) is for complex carbs (good carbs like brown rice and sweet potatoes; not donuts, even if it fits)
  • blue 2-ounce (1/4 cup) container is for healthy fats (avocado and cheese, for example)
  • two orange-colored 2.7-ounce (2 ½ tablespoons) containers are for seeds, nuts and dressings or condiments.

Based on the calorie target chart, the 150-pound person with a target of 1,300 calories a day, can eat approximately 3 green, 2 purple, 4 red, 2 yellow, 1 blue and 1 orange, for example.

And don’t forget to exercise briskly almost every day. Without that, this diet will likely fail you.

iTunes has a Beach Body 21-Day Fix app that’s been reviewed by nearly 4,000 users who rated it almost 5 stars. It might be worth checking out, should you decide to do this diet.

The Science Behind The 21-Day Fix Diet

The science is solid, given this diet is all about eating healthy foods, controlling the portions and exercising regularly. Isn’t that what nutritionists and health officials recommend? [3]

It is. The Mayo Clinic website offers a number of articles on the subjects of portion control and exercise for health. And suggests a plan is key in being able to stick to it long enough to make a difference. They refer to a study that involved three different systems of portion control plus exercise:

The reviews weren’t all glowing. But the majority of customers who rated it a 1- or 2-star diet had more to do with packaging, a missing DVD, shipping issues, and the like.

A key aspect of this study was an increase in confidence. Participants reported more confidence in controlling eating and sticking to a meal plan for weight loss. They exercised more regularly and reported a better sense of mental wellbeing. Their confidence in their ability to carry out key lifestyle behaviors, such as portion control and exercise, lead to better adherence to other beneficial changes. [4]

The trick with The 21-Day Fix isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s just a system to ensure that your portions are on point and that you’re not going over the daily caloric intake limit necessary for you to lose weight. It’s just that simple.

Word on the Street About the 21-Day Fix Diet

The 21-Day Fix reviews were as expected; mostly positive. Portion control and exercise is hard to argue with.

Blogger “Keeping Mommy Sane” did the diet and, after a thoughtful and seemingly uncompensated review, she gave the diet 8 out of 10. Albeit she only lost 3 pounds, but she admitted she’d been about 80 percent faithful. [5]

On Amazon, the 21-Day Fix kit sells for $73 and was rated 4.1 out of 5 stars by around 100 reviewers, but nearly 70 percent of users loved it. Loved it.

“A&S” proclaimed: “This works! I lost 8 pounds and 3 inches off of my waist. I am very satisfied with this program. I am planning to do another 21 days next month. Its great because you can keep going through the program until you get to your target. FYI, I followed the program EXACTLY.” [6]

But mostly what reviewers seemed to love most were the workouts. Hmmm.

“Mish” said simply: “Love …great workout.” [7]

“Denise Vultaggio” says the 21-Day Fix is a “great set …love the workouts.” [8]

“Twin Dad” called it “awesome” and gave the 21-Day Fix 5 stars: “I love when my abs hurt and they have hurt every day!” [9]

The reviews weren’t all glowing. But the majority of customers who rated it a 1- or 2-star diet had more to do with packaging, a missing DVD, shipping issues, and the like.

One negative review stood out for its candor, though.

“Samantha Fischer” said she felt “stupid for purchasing this.”

“I’m sorry people but what a complete rip off. Two stars given because maybe the workout DVD is worth $15-20, purchase that, it had me sweating and was simple to follow. Other than that you are paying for a bunch of plastic containers and a vague meal plan. I feel stupid for purchasing this, sucked in by another over-hyped, over-marketed nutrition program that is ideal for a single individual with loads of time on their hands. Oh, and make sure you purchase their bag of $150 supplement shake and additional recipe book because you will be reminded to with every aspect of what you got in this measly box of useless plastic crap. Beach Body is an expert evil money-making marketing machine who knows how to prey upon the desperate individual seeking weight loss and body transformation. This is evident by the number of variations of this product already available 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Country Heat. Please save your money, I’m sure we all have enough tupperware in our cabinets.” [10]

Ouch.

Is the 21-Day Fix Diet Worth a Try?

Depends.

If you need a trendy but solid system to help you get started, go for it. Though I have to say, with some discipline you can do this by yourself. Seriously. This is a diet where you eat good-for-you foods in the proper amounts within a daily calorie limit, and exercise. You can pay $60-80 for the 21-Day Fix plan package and that’s great. But it can be a totally do-it-yourself diet if you want to save the money. Then again, if the workouts are as butt-kicking and awesome as reviewers claim, and the color-coded containers help you stay organized and on track, I say go for it.


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  • cyndi

    This totally worked for me. I didn’t find it expensive at all- I just followed the ratios and measured my food, I ate what I wanted, just did it in the proper portions. The exercise was tough but got easier. I didn’t feel like it was a diet- felt more of a lifestyle change. The results were great as promised!

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