21 Day Fix - How do I know how many containers I am allowed each day?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The #1 question I get asked about 21 Day Fix is How do I figure out how many containers I can use each day? Like everything with 21 Day Fix, it's easy. Here's the whole scientific, mathematical formula if you want to get technical. Or you can just skip to the bottom of the paragraph and use the cheat sheet. Here's the thing - when you're starting the program for the first time, don't get stressed out by counting containers. If you make a mistake and eat an extra purple, it's not going to kill you! It won't even wreck diet, just keep going. Don't try and make up for it tomorrow by having one less purple. Just stick to the count the best that you can and KEEP GOING! You will get used to it and eventually not even need to rely on the containers at all. Healthy eating will become automatic. That's your goal. You've got this!

Here's the scientific, mathematical formula:

Calculate Your Calorie Level and Daily Container Count

Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight, calculating your proper daily calorie goal is essential to reaching your goals. Here’s how:

1. Multiply your current weight in pounds x 11. This number is your Caloric Baseline.
2. Add 400 (The Fix Calorie Burn) to your Caloric Baseline. The resulting number represents your Caloric Needs to maintain your weight.
3. Subtract 750 (the caloric deficit) from your Caloric Needs. This number is the Caloric Target you should eat to lose weight.

Using your 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Guide, look up the corresponding container count on page 15. Your calorie bracket will determine how many containers of each color you should eat each day.

Here’s an example using a 150-pound person who would like to lose weight.
1. 150 x 11 = 1650 (Caloric Baseline)
2. 1650 + 400 = 2050 (Caloric Needs to maintain weight)
3. 2050 – 750 =  1300 (Caloric Target to lose weight)

Note: If your Caloric Target is less than 1,200, round up to 1,200. If it’s more than 2,300, round down to 2,300. If you are trying to gain weight, add 750 instead of subtracting 750.

Don't feel like doing the math?
Use this cheat sheet!

Now some helpful tips to get you off to a good start!

Write Down A Sample Day of Meals

Now it’s time to start planning. Go to the food lists on pages 24-39 of the 21 Day Fix meal planning guide that was included with your fitness program. Read through the choices and mark down some of your favorites under every container. Then, using this meal planner, plan a sample day. Think about what types of food you would like to have at each meal and include some of your favorite healthy snacks. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple.

Before you move on to the next step, think about what you would like to eat for the next 3-5 days. Do you want to eat the same thing for breakfast each day, or do you want to switch it up? What about your snacks, lunches, and dinners? Do you have time to cook meals, or would you prefer to eat simply? Write down the variations you’d like, which “free foods” you’d like to add (page 37) and any treats you’d like to substitute for a yellow or orange container this week (page 38 & 39).

Make a Grocery List

Set yourself up for success by writing out your grocery list and sticking to it. Base your list on the foods you chose for the next 3-5 days. It’s okay to buy a surplus of these foods so that you have a little extra on hand, but try to stick to the amounts that match your calorie level. Remember that one green container holds about 1 cup or more of vegetables, and that a serving of protein is about 4 ounces (before cooking). If you plan to eat 4 red containers of boneless, skinless chicken breast over the next few days, you would buy 1 pound of chicken. Click the image below to download your Fix-friendly grocery list.

10 Time-Saving Tips

Buy pre-cooked chicken breast or fish from the deli section.
Choose canned tuna for quick meals.
Buy pre-cut vegetables. (Just make sure nothing is added to it!)
Hard-boil several eggs at once for quick, high-protein snacks or to add to salads. Here are our tips on how to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs.
Bake all of your sweet potatoes at once.
Pre-cook enough quinoa or brown rice for the week.
Chop all carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, etc. at once for healthy snacks and ready toppings for salads.
Mornings can be hectic. Have your breakfast ready to go by prepping a large batch of oatmeal or these simple egg cups.
Stock up on berries or fruits that don’t need to be cut like apples, oranges, and bananas.
Raw, unsalted nuts make a great, portable snack.

The best tip of all:

Join an online challenge group! It's the best way to get kickstart your fitness journey. Simply choose the fitness program you like best - like 21 Day Fix, PiYo, T25 P90X, Cize, Insanity and more! Then workout at home, at your own pace. Check in with us through a closed Facebook group throughout the day to get motivation and encouragement from your coach and fellow team members. You'll also find helpful tips and advice, recipes, games and special offers. It's a fun way to keep one another accountable and celebrate in each other's successes. Ready to join? Fill out this request form. It will tell me a little more about you and your goals so I can help direct you to a fitness program that best suites your own personal needs.

Are you ready to give the 21 Day Fix a try but are feeling overwhelmed? Join us this month for the Ultimate 21 Day Fix Boot Camp for Beginners. We'll take you step-by-step through the workouts, meal planning and preparation and we'll have a lot of fun doing it!Joining is easy, just fill out this form to get started:

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