So whether you are just starting your journey on 21 day fix or any other Beachbody program that uses the colored containers you are bound to have questions or maybe you have been on it for a while and still have some unanswered questions, well I have been writing down your questions and here is bunch of the questions answered!!
Cubed pumpkin is in the book counting as a green, can I used canned pumpkin puree and how would I count it? Canned pumpkin puree is allowed, but we’re supposed to count it as a purple because more will fit in that way, so higher calories (as fruits are higher in calories than vegetables). Autumn’s full answer.
Chicken Broth, Can I use it and how is it counted? If it’s the soup—with the chicken and the noodles—then one cup is 1/2 yellow and 1/2 red. If it’s just the broth—no solids—2 cups is 1/2 a red container.
Can I have Butter? Yes if its organic. its counted as 1 tsp. Autumns full answer
Quest bars, how do I count those? Yes you can have them but they need to be counted as a treat and only use if you are in a bind. Autumns full answer
PB2 can I use it instead of peanut butter? Yes but its always best to use the real source plus it tastes better and you still have to count it as a tsp.Autumns full answer
Can I do the 21 day fix while pregnant? yes, but its always best to ask your doctor first. Autumns full answer
What about Breast Feeding can I do the fix while doing it? Yes what you need to do check with doctor same as before, but what you need to do is figure out what calorie range you fall into then add 500 calories to it and thats what you need to be at on the plan. Autumn’s full answer
How much popcorn can I have if im not making the treat mix? 3 cups of organic air popped popcorn!! That counts as 1 yellow container!! Whoohooo
What can I eat? I’m bored with whats on the list? This is probably the #1 thing that makes people quit the program. They get bored with their food and run out of ideas. BUT WAIT!!! There are so many ideas out there, you just have to look for them. A great place to start is pinterest. Just use the search function and type in “21 Day Fix Meal Plans.” You’ll get a ton of great plans you can use!
Can I have dried fruit? Dried fruit is a yellow treat swap measured in an orange container.
Can I use sweeteners?Yes, natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, molasses, agave, and stevia are okay…in moderation. This means no more than 1 – 2 tsp per day. See page 15 of your nutrition guide. Make sure to stay away from artificial sweeteners and plain white sugar. Check the labels in foods, you may be surprised what’s in there!!
Can I have flavored yogurt? No. Flavored yogurts contain artificial sugars, flavors, and additives. You can have plain Greek yogurt, which is much healthier because it’s high in protein! Try thawing some frozen fruit in the microwave and adding that to your yogurt. Trust me, you won’t notice the difference. Blueberries and cherries are my favorite.
I’m over 50. Will I still see results? Yes! I get so many women message me saying that they have so much trouble losing weight because of their age. But guess what? It’s not because we age that we gain weight, it’s because we lose muscle! Of course, as we age and go through menopause, we do start to lose estrogen which can cause a slow down in our metabolism, but our metabolism doesn’t slow significantly enough to hinder our weight loss efforts. Building muscle will help boost your metabolism and turn you into a fat-burning machine! Seeing results with weight training will take longer, however, it is so worth it because your results will be even better over the long term.
Why am I not losing weight on the program? Many of my challengers will tell me they didn’t lose as much weight as they had hoped for. Some even gain a pound or two. First off, my suggestion is not to weigh yourself very often. The scale doesn’t tell you the true measure of what’s really going on. I tell my challengers to pull out the tape measure to track their progress. I’ve had clients lose over 10 inches and only 1 pound. So obviously the plan is working!! Just TRUST the process! Another reason you may not be losing weight right away is that your muscles are getting used to the workouts. If it’s your first time doing weight training, your muscles will hold onto water, which causes you to gain weight. But after a while, the water weight will start to drop and you’ll see better results. Just stick to the program, I promise you will see results.
I’m starving! Can I eat more? When you first start the program, you may feel hungry, especially if you’re used to eating bigger portions. But if after a few days you are still really hungry, and that’s accompanied by lethargy and/or light headed, then you may need to reevaluate your activity level. Are you doing more than the 30 minute workouts? Does your job require you to be on your feet all day? The meal plan is made for a certain activity level, so you may need to change your calorie bracket. See page 76 of your guidebook to do this.
What if I’m not hungry? Do I have to eat all of the containers? No. If you aren’t hungry, then you shouldn’t force yourself to eat. It’s important to listen to your body’s cues. One day you may not be hungry, the next day you may be very hungry. I find on the days I do weight training, I’m much more hungry! If you find you’re consistently not getting in your allowed containers, then try going down to the next calorie bracket.
Can I do the 21 Day Fix even though I have a family to feed as well? Yes! The last thing I would want is for you to cook a separate meal for yourself and for your family. Plus, why would you want to feed your family unhealthy foods while you eat healthy foods?! Of course, you may need to make some substitutions for them along the way. I recommend printing off the food lists and having your kids circle the foods they like the most and trying to incorporate them as much as you can.