3 Steps for Successful 21 Day Fix Meal Planning

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“When it comes to being healthy and fit, it’s not just about what you do in the gym. It’s really about what you do in the kitchen.” – Autumn Calabrese.

Planning your

21 Day Fix

and

21 Day Fix EXTREME

meals may seem a bit daunting at first, especially if you’re new to healthy ingredients or portion control, but with a little practice, you will see just how easy it can be to get your

clean eating

on track.

With 21 Day Fix Eating Plan, you’ll use the

Portion Fix

color-coded portion control containers: green for veggies, purple for fruit, red for lean proteins, yellow for carbs, blue for healthy fats, orange for seeds and healthy dressings, and teaspoons for oil and nut butter. The easy-to-use containers eliminate the need for counting calories and take the guess-work out of weight loss. Depending on your starting weight, activity level, and goals, you’ll get a certain number of each color every day. Find out more about the

21 Day Fix containers

here.

Portion Fix Containers

Photo by @inspiredsimplyfitnessproject


1. Calculate Your Calorie Level and Daily Portion Fix 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.

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)

Using your 21 Day Fix Eating Plan guide, turn to the calorie chart on page 19, and find the column for your Caloric Target. Your calorie bracket will determine how many containers of each color you should eat each day.

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.


2. Create A Meal Plan for One Day

Now it’s time to start planning. Go to the food lists on pages 24-39 of your 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Guide. Read through the choices and highlight some of your favorites for every container. Then, using

this meal planner

, plan the meals for one day and mark down which containers they’ll use.

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 start simple, with basic ingredients that don’t require much cooking, like

yogurt bowls

,

sandwiches

, and

simple salads

. Once you have the hang of it, you can introduce

recipes

and start

planning meals

for multiple days, or even a whole week.


Pro Tip:

Choose most of your foods from selections near the top of the food lists as they are more nutritionally beneficial. Here is a sample day prepared by our Social Media Specialist, Amanda Meixner, who follows the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan.

Now that you’ve seen how to plan one day of meals for 21 Day Fix, start to think about what you would like to eat for the next three to five days. Do you want to eat the same thing for

breakfast

each day, or do you prefer to switch it up? What about your

snacks

,

lunches

, and

dinners

? Do you have time to cook, or would you prefer to eat simply? Will you follow one of our

step-by-step meal prep menus

, or will you keep a

seletion of healthy foods

in the fridge that you can combine to make meals? Which “free foods” (listed on page 37 of your guide) will you add to your menu? Think about which herbs and spices you like and other

calorie-free ways to add flavor your meals

. Are there any

21 Day Fix-approved treats

you’d like to substitute for a yellow or orange container this week (pages 38-39)?

When you’ve figured out the meals you’d like to eat for the next few days, write them using the meal planner above so you can begin creating your grocery list. Prefer to use technology to help you count your daily 21 Day Fix containers? Check out the

21 Day Fix Tracker app

for iOS and Android.

Need 21 Day Fix-approved recipe ideas? Watch Autumn Calabrese’s

FIXATE cooking show

, get a copy of the

FIXATE cookbook

. You can also browse hundreds of recipes on the Beachbody Blog that all list Portion Fix container amounts. Want more inspiration? Follow 21 Day Fix on

Facebook

,

Twitter

,

Instagram

, and

Pinterest

.


3. Make a Grocery List

Set yourself up for success by creating a

grocery list

and sticking to it. Base your list on the meals you chose for the next three to five 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 and the number of containers you’ll be using to measure them. Remember that one green container holds about one cup of vegetables, but if you can squeeze in more, you get to eat more! One red container-sized serving of protein is about four ounces (before cooking). If you plan to eat four red containers of boneless, skinless chicken breast over the next few days, you would buy one pound of chicken. Keep in mind that some yellow container foods that you might find in the bulk bins, like oats and brown rice, are measured after they’re cooked.

We created the color-coded 21 Day Fix grocery list tool below to help you get just what you need. It’s organized in the same way you’ll find those items in the store to help you save time. Notice there’s no box for junk food? If you do buy packaged or prepared foods, be sure to

read the nutrition labels

to make sure they don’t contain added sugar or other additives. Click the image below to download or print your Fix-friendly list.


10 Tips for Faster 21 Day Fix Meal Prep


Now that your shopping list is ready and you are set to go shopping for your healthy 21 Day Fix meals! Don’t have 21 Day Fix?

Get it here

!

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