If you are new to the 21 Day Fix program it can certainly be a little overwhelming when your program first comes in.
You get color-coded containers for the diet, the workout DVDs, the workout schedule, a quick-start guide, a 3 Day Quick Fix guide, and an 84 page eating plan…oh my!
In this post, I’m going to provide you with the 21 Day Fix tools I personally used when I followed the program, and those tools I feel would help people just starting out on their journey with this program.
Tracking Sheets, Free Printables
Workout – The 21 Day Fix workout schedule is 21 days with one workout per day for weeks 1 and 2, with the third week being an optional doubles week, meaning two workouts in one day.
Measurements – Page 7 of the 21 Day Fix Quick Start Guide contains the transformation tracker. I also have a weekly measurement tracker(download link) if you’d like to keep track of your weekly changes.
Calorie & Container Level – Here is a quick cheat sheet for calculating your container levels. This is good to have on hand if you need to move down levels.
Extra Containers for Storing Food
When following the 21 Day Fix diet, having at least some of your meals prepared ahead of time can be huge time saver. It’s not really feasible to use the containers that come with the program to store your daily food, since many containers you will be using multiples of each day. I believe it is much easier to measure your foods with the portion control containers, and then use another container to store the food in.
Salad Kit or Mason Jars – Lunch for me during the week is often a large salad with cut veggies, a lean protein, and a healthy fat. To keep your salad from getting soggy, you ‘ll want to try your best to keep some of the ingredients separated. A salad kit to keep your salad ingredients works wonders to keep salad fresh. Or, you could try using mason jars for storing salads.
Glass Tupperware – Chemicals in plastics can leach into your foods, but how much? That’s a scientific debate. If you are going to be storing food for extended periods of time and/or reheating, I would strongly suggest using glass Tupperware or at least bpa-free plastic. Non-porous glass will not leech chemicals, can be cleaned at high high heat to kill germs and bacteria, plus your food will just plain taste better. The downside of glass containers is they can make your lunch bag pretty heavy!
Weights And/Or Resistance Bands
There is strength training in the 21 Day Fix workouts, and you will need resistance to get the most out of these workouts and get the best results. The two best options are a couple set of light dumbbells or a resistance band.
Both work, but here is the difference between the two:
- Resistance bands provide tension that increases as the bands are stretched.
- Dumbbells resistance is caused by gravity which provides the same resistance at all points.
A true beginner could probably get away with a resistance band only, but as your strength increases, a couple sets of light dumbbells are going to likely be needed.
A dumbbell set that includes sets of 3 lb, 5lb, and 8 lbs dumbbells a storage rack is a good starting weight point for beginners. To increase weights you can always hold two weights of varying weight in each hand.
Resistance bands can also be used, as the bands expand they provide greater tension.
FIXATE and Pinterest for More Recipes
The 21 Day Fix Eating Guide originally came with very basic recipes for using the containers. Think mostly mixed veggies or scrambled eggs as recipes. It was actually one of my main complaints when I first reviewed the program.
Since the initial program release, Autumn and Beachbody has produced a cookbook dedicated to the 21 Day Fix called FIXATE.
My favorite recipe from the book is the Mac n Cheese – so yummy! What I have found is if you let it sit for a while, the flavors really blend together nicely, so it’s even better tasting the next day,
I believe you can only order a physical copy of the book at his point, but perhaps an online version of FIXATE will become available in the future.
Another great resource for 21 Day Fix recipes is Pinterest. Many food bloggers have fallen in the love with The Fix and will share recipes there. Just be careful when using a third-party sources as you want to make sure the recipe is only using 21 Day Fix-approved foods, which I notice many do not. Sure that looks and sounds delicious, but it’s not really sticking to the diet plan.
What is your favorite 21 Day Fix resource? Did I miss something you feel should be added? Please comment below.