#2: Public service announcement for 21 Day Fixers: Don’t skimp on the veggies.

For clients who are new to Beachbody and whose goals include weight loss, I suggest they start with a few rounds of either 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme. Between the short and challenging (yet doable!) workouts, the easy-to-follow meal plan, and the daily coach and community support, it’s highly effective. Moreover, the emphasis on portion control and habit change means that the results last. That’s where I started my wellness journey in the summer of 2015; since then, I’ve kept off the 20 pounds of extra weight (most of which was in my abdomen – a very bad place to store extra fat).

The eating plan is centered around colorful plastic containers that represent veggies (green), fruits (purple), carbohydrates (yellow), protein (red), healthy fats (blue), and dressings/toppings (orange). Depending on your current weight, you get a certain number of containers from each category each day. For instance, you might be assigned four greens, four reds, two yellows, two purples, one blue, and one orange. No calorie counting involved.

It works, and it works well, but if there’s one piece of advice I’d give to anyone on this plan, it’s this: eat MORE THAN the recommended number of green containers on your plan. (I know. Heresy!) If you’re slated to eat four, eat five. If you’re supposed to have five, have six. In fact, you can go ahead and stuff yourself with veggies throughout the day. The additional calories you’ll consume are negligible (don’t even think about the calories), and you’ll benefit from all of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients packed into the vegetables.

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I’d even go so far as to recommend that you eat an extra purple container as well. People freak out about the sugar in fruit, but they don’t need to. That sugar is accompanied by, again, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. The more natural plant-based foods you eat, the more satisfied you’re going to feel. Your body will thank you for it.

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Fruits and veggies are nutritional powerhouses. If you want that extra apple, eat the apple. Don’t question that carrot; just chow down. I’d be willing to bet that it will have no deleterious effects on your weight-loss efforts and that it’ll help you achieve and maintain your long-term health and wellness goals.

Have a great day!

Susanne

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