There are many different ways to lose weight as most of us know. One way doesn’t necessarily work the same or as well for one person as it does for another. But at the end of the day, the formula for weight loss is simple and the 21 day fix containers can help you follow it. If you eat less food and move your body more, you will lose weight. It sounds easy, right? Well, in theory it is. But putting the formula into practice takes patience, hard work and discipline. In addition to using my fiber pills, I like to use the portion control containers or plates to help keep my diet and nutrition on track and make sure I am not over eating one type of food.
If you eat smaller quantities of high-calorie foods such as burgers, french fries, chocolate or candy, you won’t see the same results if you’re too eat smaller quantities of whole grain spaghetti, fruit or chicken. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that taking a supplement and a lot of water will make anything you eat be obsolete. You need to do your part. The pills are intended to help you lose weight if you still are careful most of the time with your diet. By using the containers with the 21 day fix exercise program (or any type of portion containers), you are not only making sure you are eating enough calories per day and not too much, but you make sure to hit all your major food groups.
21 Day Fix Color Coded Containers Guide:
Your container kit or set will contain 7 containers color coded according to the food group it stands for. They all vary in sizes to help you with the proper portion control for each food group:
1 Green Container: Vegetables
Fill-it-Up Ideas: Carrots, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Spinach, Lettuce, Broccoli, Tomatoes, etc.
1 Purple Container: Fruits
Examples: Strawberries, Bananas, Watermelon, Apple slices, Oranges, Plums, Pears, etc.
1 Red Container: Proteins
Examples: Chicken, Lean beef, Fish, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, etc.
1 Yellow Container: Carbohydrates
Examples: Brown rice, 1 slice of whole wheat bread, brown pasta, oatmeal, chickpeas, legumes, potatoes, etc.
1 Blue Container: Fats and Cheeses
Examples: Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese, avocado, almonds, peanuts, etc.
2 Orange Containers: Seeds and Dressings
Examples: Various vinaigrette based salad dressings, seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower
Where to Get the Portion Containers:
If you order the 21 day fix essential program, you’ll get the official 7 piece set from Beachbody. But if you aren’t interested in doing the workouts alongside using the containers, or have your own exercise program in place, you can get more affordable versions which are the exact same size from Amazon. Here is a list of my favorites:
This kit comes with all seven color coded containers that you can use alongside the 21 day fix program or any exercise program of your choice.
The containers are leak proof and great to take with you on the go. You might consider getting one or two sets so you don’t need to wash them constantly throughout the day. That is what I do!
This option also offers all seven containers to use alongside your program and is very comparable to the Meal Prep set. They are BPA Free and you can use them in the dishwasher and even in the microwave.
DIY Container Sizes and Cheat Sheet:
For those who are hesitant to invest in their own set of containers, you can try to replicate the containers by using your own supplies in the kitchen. However, the measurements are not exact, so I do recommend investing in one of the options above, it just makes things much more simple. But the following guide will help you to be able to start right away until your containers arrive!
Fruits (purple) and Vegetables (green) – around 1 cup or 1 1/4 cup
Carbohydrates (yellow) – approximately 1/2 cup
Protein (red) – about 3/4th cup
Fats and Cheeses – 1/3 cup
Orange – About two tablespoons (level and not heaping)
Following the Steps to Weight Loss:
For me, weight loss has been achieved by taking the following 5 steps:
1 – Invest in a high quality appetite suppressant such as SF or SBM to help prevent me from giving in to my cravings or even having cravings – and making me feel satisfied after each meal.
2 – Follow a precise and simple nutrition guide using the 21 day fix containers and the appropriate logging sheets to make sure you’re hitting all your food groups and the correct amount each day. This system isn’t a hassle like calorie or points counting – but still provides accuracy.
3 – Start an exercise program like the 21 day fix and try to get in 30 minutes of cardio or strength training 5 days a week.
You might be wondering what is the point in exercising if you’re already dieting and eating healthy. Can’t you lose weight by just taking the supplement and eating smaller portions? Well, the answer is yes, of course! Losing weight is 80% about the diet and nutrition. But that 20% is important too. If you lose weight without exercising, sure, you’ll be slimmer! But do you think those women you see on the health magazines are toned and athletic from only eating healthily? No! You need to exercise or do strength training if you want “toned” looking arms, legs, stomach and butt! Otherwise you might just be slim and “soft” or skinny fat. Exercising and lifting weights also helps your skin stay tight after you’ve lost the excess fat. By following both the exercise portion of the program and using the 21 day fix containers to help you monitor your caloric intake and make sure you’re getting enough of the right kinds of food each day, success is as good as yours!