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So yes, you can eat anything you like without overly thinking about it. Once I was over my tough time, I have to say I felt fab and was at my ideal weight. Have put around 28lbs on since and now feel overweight and uncomfortable. This diet is a faster way to weight loss for anyone like me who gets bored of constantly calorie counting with slow results. Yes you get hungry at the start, but just have to stay busy until meal time and until you get used to it.

I remember going on this diet several years ago, and if I was not mistaken, I remember losing one kilogram a day. Now that my weight limit went over the edge aggressively, I tried many diets, but none of them seems to work, so I remembered this diet, and I googled how much wight can you lose, and I found that you only can lose 6 kgs a month.

My target is to drop 18 kgs, even though iit takes 3 moths to drop that much wight,? I love this diet. I actually look forward to eating in the evening. I see it as my reward. I am 60 years old and would often get spikes in my sugar level.

When I started the one meal per day I started to feel much better. Throughout the day I drink water and green tea. If I start to feel really hungry I drink a very cold can of diet coke—works for me! In the late evening for dinner I have fruit, veggies, some rice, chicken, fish or beef. I lose about 3 lbs per week. I am happy to hear from someone in my age group. I turned 61 in Oct. I have been on this plan for about 3 weeks and I love it even though my results are not as good as most other people that are posting.

I am losing about 1. Hey iam pounds. I want to lose 40 pounds in 2 months. I eat only 1 meal a day if I eat pizza I only 1 and a half slices at the end of the day the other days I eat less than calories and drink lots of water. Especially with how little you weigh now. I did his way of eating around 10 years ago and in exactly 14 days lost exactly 12 kg — going from 65kg to 53kg. Same routine would go on for all 14 days, until I flew back to UK.

When back in UK, I went on a scale I saw 53kg. Did I manage to keep the weight off? Yes yet I put on kg. As soon as I started eating more often, I put on kg and that was it, no more than that. Then years passed, at some point I got depressed and was given an antidepressant which caused 18kg weight gain in 1 month.!!! Then I had the knee issue and gained even more, all in all going from my usual 54kg to 72kg then to 82k and then to Until now I managed to shed 26kg and now I weight 69kg which keep going to and then returns to 69 again!

Then next 5 kg from 75 to I dropped by eating very little and very rarely and also it took a long time as k would go down, then back up, then down again then back up. Right now my weight is anything between Very tired with this so decided to try eating once a day like that time on holidays and will see how it goes and if will be able to shed it again and how quickly.

However at that time I walked a lot — hours every day. What I also noticed is that sleep pattern is crucial for weight loss. The earlier you go to bed and the more hours you sleep — the lighter you will be the next day. I checked it many times and every single time I noticed a huge difference.

So, sleep is our best friend when it comes to weight loss. All weight that I lost till now from those I have lost weight by this diet. You just need to occupy yourself with something throughout the day and eat a big meal at night. I usually eat 2 meals at night. Drink water the whole day and also if possible exercise 30 minutes at least 3 days per day.

I started eating one meal a day a few weeks ago. Socially it makes most sense for me. I decided to get online to see if this eating style was detrimental and found this page. Cheap, easy and works for me! I need to cut back on costs and this might do the trick. As a nomad I spent way too much time in fastfood places or looking for a place to eat. This method might save me money AND time! My wife and I have been doing this for close to 2 weeks now and the weight is dropping off rapidly.

I am no stranger to modifying my lifestyle to incorporate healthier practices. This is my 2nd marriage and my wife is Hispanic, 18 years younger and beautiful. These two starches wreak havoc on the waistline and over the past year I obtained an intrinsic knowledge of this phenomenon. I needed to do something quick, hence the one meal per day. I have not eaten red meat for over 40 years and pork since I was This is due to years of doing good things Used to run 54 miles per week — martial arts training — and lots of yoga.

I was vegetarian for 4 years but added poultry and seafood when I began in kung fu I needed the added protein. Okay, the one meal per day… I eat whatever I want in the evening for dinner and still losing weight Yes, I pig out!! Think about it though, with 3 meals a day you are beating your digestive system up, constantly shoveling in more food than it can breakdown during those relatively short spurts between the meals.

With my 1 meal per day, my body has about 23 hours to break it down and get rid of it. During the day I have a smoothie to keep me going banana, strawberries, fresh pineapple chunks, spinach and a tbsp of peanut butter, blended with almond milk. My wife just discovered that adding chia seeds to spring water works for her as a meal substitute. It has wonderful medicinal qualities too. The corporate food conglomerates want to keep you fat, clueless and profitable to them.

I just have a question, What happens if a 15 year old does this kind of thing? Am i still going to lose weight? And will it be bad for me? If you get enough calories in during the day and eat calories below your recommended intake for maintenance, there should be no problem. That being said, please consult a doctor before going on a diet. This is a perfect way to loose weight….

I did it and it worked very well for me…even during the one meal…I try to aviod big food…. I am going to start this one meal a day diet from tommorow 22 June present weight 15 stone 5 pounds and I intend to eat 5 boiled potatoes with ketchup each evening and nothing else. I will let you know the results in 2 months. Yet when you read body building magazines, when they lose weight they cut down the carb and in the off season when they gain weight they eat high carb diets, the same diets doctors recommend for losing weight.

In the off season body builders collect muscle and a lot of fat from the high carb diet, and before a show they lower the carb altogether, the reason is you simply cannot lose weight while on a high carb diet.

As a person who is over weight and has lost weight at different points in my life, the worst diet was the high carb diet, it leaves you tired and feeling hungry, and even left me light headed. My cardiologist has just recommended the one meal a day way of eating, so not all Doctors are the same.

I agree and you know the amazing thing about this eating 1 meal a day is that it cuts down on your grocery bill. I love this diet! The number one thing that helped me was drinking kifer, after a week my sugar cravings were gone and sticking to one meal a day was no problem! A cup of kifer b4 bed and one meal during the day! I eat whatever i desire too. Been doing this for 25 days now. With this system you can lose around 8kgs per month.

When you start getting closer to your ideal weight this will start to slow a little. Just keep yourself busy until dinner time. Drink water and one or two cups of coffee or tea. I have been on Slimming World for three months religiously following the plan and have lost a painful 6lbs. I have documented everything eaten and drunk. I have been doing this three days and will still go to my weekly weigh-in as a recording exercise.

Going to be interesting!! Will try this right away. But not sure which is the best time to eat my one meal. BZee , The best wat for most people is evening meal but i can assure this works.

This is the only thing that works , eat to you fill your one meal and drink plenty of water , Excercise is not needed but if you walk for 30 mins a day the weight flys off FAST! You dont have to ro do this as it will work but speeds up , rememebr no running or jogging just a plain simple walk.

Hi I am wanting to do One meal a day eating plan to lose weight. But I am addicted to my morning coffee 2cups with milk and 1 sugar. Do you think I will still lose weight by having my coffee. In just 2 days by eating 1 meal a day I have lost 4 pounds and 6 ounces and have lost a half inch on waist and hips and guess what I am not even hungry until it it time for me to eat my 1 meal again the next day. I have more energy and I am less sluggish. Recently I have cut the breakfast.

My tummy seams calmer. And the weirdest thing of all,.. Of course I want to lose some extra pounds, but not too many. This is, for now at least, relief to my body! I have tried sooooo many so called DIETS…lost only a few pounds then watched my weight loss stall as I kept right on dieting!!! Felt miserable during the whole process too!!! My current weight is lbs and no matter what type of diet I try nothing has worked for me except the 1 meal a day eating plan!!!

I did a little experment, several months ago, I started eating 1 meal a day and during the 2 weeks of eating that way, I lost 10 lbs and felt the best I ever felt, Believe me it works…. Nothing was hard about it, it was me who decided to starting eating 3 meals a day plus 2 healthy snacks, which by the way I have felt horrible body wise and have not lost 1lb Starting again today with the 1 meal a day process plus 30 minute of treadmill walking per day and will come back every so often to post my results!

Blessings to each of you who are embarking on this great way of eating!!! Day nine on eating 1 meal a day have lost 5 pounds and 4 ounces so far. I am doing low impact aerobics and strength training with weights so that I wont lose any muscle weight.

I am not having any cravings because by eating 1 meal I can still enjoy my favorite foods and I also take multi and fiber supplements as well. I want to start eating once a day.

My question is can I eat breakfast I read of dinner? Please let me know. Thank you so much. Hey Carol, it really does not matter what time of day you eat your one meal. As long as you are only eating once and not snacking the rest of the day, pick whatever time works best for you! This way of eating makes so much sense to me. Only day 5 but not as hard as I thought it would be. I really look forward to my evening meal.

I tend to eat healthily but had a terrible time with snacking. I think this could really help me get back to where I should be, improve my health and still enjoy life! This has been my go-to web page every time I feel my determination evaporating — Thank you! I love food but dinner is the one meal of the day that I actually enjoy so I really hope this will work….

I need to start this. Save you a tons of money as well. Specially if you live here in NY. Been eating only one meal every day with one to two days of complete fasting a week since may. I have gone from to I am now working on 48 hours in a row of fasting every five days. So one meal a day for 5 day and then a full 48 hours food free. When I do eat I still only eat half of what is on my plate.

At this point I am eating way less than calories a day. The bummer deal is that eating is no longer a social event. It pains me to even have to spend a dime on food. I am so over eating in general. My goal is to get into the s. I think you should be careful with only eating one meal a day and also fasting so frequently.

Observing a monthly fast 24 hours is part of our religion. We believe it helps us spiritually, and is also an opportunity to give to the poor the money we would have spent on food with encouragement to be as generous as possible!

I need to lose weight and be smart with all these testimonies. Hi im on day 3 and apart from a few pangs its going well. Have to say im kinda used to the one meal a day diet because we do that 1 month every year during ramadan where we cam go 19odd hours without food and water so to be able to drink fluids is a bonus!

I have read just about every comment posted here. I am glad to see, I am not the only one who is tired of trying to figure out what to eat day in and out. Being concerned with how many carbs per meal blah, blah, blah… Congratulations to all of you who are enjoying the success and making it a lifestyle. It makes total sense eating one good meal a day. Thinking about it, none of them carried the weight I keep allowing to make contact with my body either.

So that says a lot to me. I have been considering this for a few weeks now and I am ready to get started. I have cut out sugar and gave up wine for 30 days on day 10 now. I am today and is my goal that will be accomplished. I will keep you posted on the progress. I am so excited to have found this site.

Started this diet without researching it first 6 days ago. In the first 4 days I lost 11 pounds and over the past couple days I have had more energy than I know what to do with and my jeans are feeling looser. No noticeable physical change as far as appearance goes just yet but I feel like I may need to shop for new clothes soon. I am drinking water almost nonstop throughout the day, light snacking a few walnuts every few hours and after I eat dinner I get full so fast.

I started at pounds, yesterday I weighed in at pounds and my goal weight is pounds. This is pretty exciting! This is just an answer to my problem,, I started it 6 days already and without having weighing scale.. I admit it I lost very much of weight.. For those who did not try in this easy and effective method of losing weight, I recommend u to try this asap.. Can you really eat anything on your one meal? Can you really eat anything on your single meal?

This works perfectly for me. I have lost 40lbs in five months using this one meal per day method. I prefer eating it during lunch instead of dinner. Please make sure to drink water through out the day and remember to take multiple vitamins. I have Fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos. I cant tolerate gluten and I am prone to bloating as my stomach is too stretchy and its hard to digest food.

Its vital that I maintain low weight as being even a couple of pounds over, puts pressure on my already knackered joints. I have tried, like many of you, many different healthy eating regimes and I remember doing the one meal a day thing back in before I was diagnosed and feeling amazing.

Yes, it was hard to start with as you are still craving foods. But I feel drawn to trying this again. I feel confident that as well as helping with weight management, it will also give my tummy the break it so desperately needs!

I am interested to see what impact if any , it has on the general inflammation in my body. I read an interesting post on here, by someone with rheumatism and they experienced some relief from the pain. I shall keep you posted. Good luck to you all and do you find that the majority of the people who knock this method of eating are usually over weight??

I was wondering if you could choose your daily meal at different times of the day. For example, could I eat a giant brunch on Sunday, or choose to have a big late afternoon meal pm like in Europe? Research on this would be fascinating. Since trying to eat meals a day always an exerciser , I gained 20 pounds in two and a half years.

I have always hated it, end up over-eating, and have been very unhappy. So happy to find this information today. Let me first of all tell you that I agree with your philosophy and myself, have eaten one meal a day at night for coming up on a decade straight.

In addition, I do NOT eat any junk foods, and my nightly meal averages around calories. Despite repeated efforts to lose weight including eliminating soda pop I am lucky if I can drop pounds a month, and if so, I plateau out at lbs. I was wondering how many calories can you eat if your doing the one meal a day only diet and how long dose it take to see results?

I like the idea and the comments really shows that this is a working plan so I am up for it.. I know is gonna work…. I am wondering how a person can do this when they are exposed to food in their face?

He has a high metabolism and does not gain weight. Just want to lose around 20to 25 lbs. Be around food and not be tempted. In the mean time, you could ask him to help you by not waving food in your face.

And know that, although your husband is not overweight because of a fast metabolism, that does not mean he is healthy. A lot of people confuse being thin with being healthy but that is not the case. I agree with the mindset theory…i recently started the one meal a day plan on Saturday 5th November.

Anyway, when i pulled through the first day, i lost a whooping 1. My birthday is on the 19th and i plan to look amazing. Then I eat my dinner at 7: I have not been able to add exercise to my routine yet but I am more energetic than usual. I have lost 11 pounds in 8 days. I weigh pounds right now. This diet is awesome. First 2 days were painful but now iam ok.

I eat somewhere between 1PM and 3PM, and try to have a liesurely meal over two hours—not gargantuan, but I hate rushing through 1-hour meals. This way, I get to prepare a nutritious meal and still have a healthy dessert fresh fruit. So I just drink something flavorful in the morning as a no-calorie treat—coffee, tea… And I really like that I have to prep food, cook, and wash up dishes only once a day. Within a half hour of finishing eating, my kitchen is clean again. I discovered that starches are very difficult for me, even eating just one meal a day.

Today I experimented, cut out starch, and ate high-fat, moderate protein sprouted beans , and high fiber vegetables, fruit , but no bread or pasta or rice all which I used to love. This plan is so simple that I never want to stop. I want to see how it affects my appetite. Been doing this diet for 2 weeks and lost 14 lbs. Got another 11 pounds to go to reach my target weight by 20 december. I think i can just about do it!! My 1 meal consists of meat , abd vegetables followed by fruit and yoghurt and at least 30 minutes exercise every day, walking, football or cycling.

I am finding it tough i cant lie but am determined to make the weight. I will be back here on December 20 look out for my post! Just to update I just realised I didnt give you my starting weight which was 14 Stone 4lb on 19 Nov. I initially lost 1 stone in 2 weeks which is a crazy amount but i since plateaued and i now weigh 13 stone. My target is 12 stone 7 by 20 Dec which i dont think i will make.

I am now struggling to rid myself of my belly fat which is the hardest bit to get rid off!! The last 7 days i have lost nothing even thoe I have intruduced some HIT exercise to my exercise routine.

I am not sure why i am sticking at this weight because last time i got down to 12 stone 4 albeit around 2. Maybe its because im older 55 now!! Never mind my body is looking trim, got a boyish body now and just bought some 32 inch slim jeans which i look good in so cant complain.

Its still a great diet!! Hi guys I said I would report back on December However I had to revise my strategy as the weight stopped coming off. So I decided to go on to the hospital diet which is a 3 small meals low calorie diet which equates to about calories a day.

The change in eating plan tricked my body into metabolising the belly fat although some of it will be water!! So over all I am pretty pleased with myself so far. As regards Christmas I will be back on to eating 1 meal a day for 2 days then back on to the 3 day low calorie diet. My target final weight is 12 stone 7 by 31 December. Update you Jan 1. I was just thinking about the amount of pounds I have lost in the time period.

Not bad going eh!!! I will advise next year what I will do. Hi folks said I would update on January 1. My weigh fluctuated over the days as one would expect. My next target is to hit 12 stone 5 by 1 February.

However I might be too thin at that weight! I now have the middle aged dilemma of do I stay a few pounds over weight as my face might be too thin! At the end of the day if I get too low I can always put a couple of pounds back on. It is easier to put weight on than take it off. Hi guys its me again. The good news is that I have put no weight on since I last posted. So 12 stone 9 is still a good weight for a 55 years old guy. I treated myself to some lovely clothes in the January sales, tight fitting designer shirt and a couple of pairs of slim fitting trousers together with some lovely shoes.

Its great having a flat belly and I have no intention of going back to the old me. Still want to lose 2 pound minimum and see were I go from here. Back beginning of March. One meal a day is the best diet both physically and mentally. Hi guys reporting back as I said I would. Today I weigh 12 stone 7pounds, a very respectable weight for a 55 year old man medium frame.

A total weight loss of 25 pounds so far. I still got a small amount of belly fat but to be honest I am just about there. Now its a case of permanent life style changes and not letting things slide but I can whole heartily say that this diet works. I need to lose 30 pounds! I need to report! You can have pizza and salad but make sure you have lots of salad. Maybe have some fruit and yoghurt after too!! It all depends how sensible you are. If your a person who is mentally strong I would go for it.

Once it is all mixed together, it would make the portions off, would it not? I ask because I will not have time to be making separate meals for everyone with 2 under age 2! Hi Nat, most of the recipes will have serving sizes, so a recipe would use say three containers per serving. You would eat your serving size and mark down the containers.

In your example, if a recipe used only 1 red and two greens, I would double, triple, etc the recipe so it makes enough to serve your family. Hope that makes sense. You would count the mustard greens as green and turnip as yellow. I have tried Shakeology and live it and have noticed a difference in my energy and overall health. However , it can get costly so I have been trying Fitmiss Deliight … What are your thoughts?

Shakeology also keeps your digestive system regular, which also helps heighten energy levels. I currently do PiYo and I have a shake every morning. I do 8oz of unsweetened vanilla coconut almond milk and slightly less than one scoop of shakeology. I have the Arbonne shakes and do not want them to go to waste, how does it compare to the Shakeology? I am really interested in the 21 day fix plan. I am in the calorie range.

But, I read a comment from you previously that said if you want to lose, eat less….. I am trying to lose weight so should I down to the next level of calorie range? I do workout daily if that makes a difference. Hi Christina, I rephrased my previous comment, that was not my intent for it to be taken that way. You are good at the calorie range for weight loss. The diet plan goes into more depth about the cxlore ranges for different goals. While looking at the different information available online about calorie intake, I noticed that my target caloric intake is over calories higher than calories a day.

Am I going to feel starved out on this program? Is there anyway to adjust the calories a day? HI Aj, If you calorie target to maintain your current body weight is calories, calories would be a good starting place for weight loss. And, yes you can adjust the number of calories once you get a feel for the program. But, first it would best to use the program as it is designed before tweaking it to meet your needs.

I understand that shakeo counts as a protein but should one use the protein grams on the back of the bag? Or is shakeo already counted as a red?

Hi Dee, a scoop counts as a red container. You are right a scoop would not fit in a red, but that is what it is counted as. Just one of those things. So much great info! Hi Jennifer, that is tough. But you can make it work. Here are a few ideas. Try not to eat large meals on the nights you work, keep healthy snacks handy if possible, prepare what you are going to eat before your shifts start, go light on carbs and higher in protein and healthy fats.

And, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water through out the night. Hi Sky, it is going to be hard to follow without the containers or workouts. But, do your best, stick to a whole food diet and you will be headed in the right direction. I have purchased the 21 day fix with shakeology. I work 12 hour shifts,making a fully balanced meal plan a bit difficult. Are there any suggestions to bes divide up the 5 meals throughout my day? Hi Cyndi, You use the containers tp portion your meals or snacks.

Protein is red, berries are purple. Hi Joann, It will work, you just need to stick with it and if you have to make adjustments until it does work. Hi Sarah, your results will be different. But, I mean if you eat a piece of cake everyday durring the program your results would be different too. I have a question about family meals. I stay home with my 2 young boys and want them eating healthier, but I have no idea where to start as far as caloric intake, portions with them, etc.

Is there a resource you know of that has reliable information for how to calculate their daily needs? Do you think I need to be as strict with them as far as portion sizes? Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated! Hi Meghan, You should not have to restrict the portions.

Hi I just ordered 21 day fix. Unfortunately Shakeology is very expensive but I do have a nutribullet and make my own kale shakes will that work for the moment? If not what can I use? You will have to break down the ingredients in the kale shake down to what they would count as in the containers. Going to try the 21 Day Fx Challenge Pack glad to here the pack contains Shakeology too, looking forward to posting back here on my results.

Particularly referring to ingredients and the expense. Just a suggestion I have really. Why not point out that when u order the challenge pack it includes the Shakeology?

I mean a bag of Shakeology costs almost the same. I only say this because I balked at the price too, til my coach made the above suggestion. Even my joints feel better!! Hi Danielle, Glad to hear Shakeology is working so well for you, I got my botfriend to start drinking it too and he said the same thing as you, that his joints felt better and were not cracking as much.

With the different colour containers and foods for each container, do you decide on what to eat for each meal? Basically you create you own recipe? Hi Danielle, Yes the 21 Say Fix is flexible in that it wants you to be able to eat what you enjoy. So you get to be creative, and it does come with a fex basic recipes to get you going. Hi Kathy, black coffee is best. Splenda is artificial sweetener and is not recommended. A tsp of organic coconut oil is what I recommend to people. I would just need some clarification on the serving for this program….

Great website— thank you. Hi Rose, yes it is a cooked cup, so half a yellow dry, will come out to a full yellow when cooked. I start the program on Monday October 13 and I purchased shakeology but the individual bags does that count as one scoop like if I would have the container?? Hi Gaby, yes the individual bag servings are a red container. To get a little more bang for your buck you could order a day bag and seperate out servings into your own plastic bags.

Hello- looking at your shopping list. Hi Kimberly, whole grain cereals only. You can usually find these in the health food section at your grocery store. Hi Tania, after doing some research on Optifast, I would strongly advise against drinking it.

It not only has two different sugars listed in the top three ingredients, it also has a lot of chemicals you should not be putting into your body…especially every day for breakfast. If you do want want to purchase Shakeology, just buy a pure whey protein powder and add in some fruit to your daily shake. Im thinking of trying the 21 day fix. I have been doing some research. Also, im thinking about doing different cardio classes throughout the week instead of doing her workouts.

What do you think Bethany. Hi Pam, Shakeology and idealShape are different in ingredients. You do not have to followe her workouts to follow the portion control eating plan.

One being I hate Greek yogurt, so what do you do about the foods suggested that I hate? How about exercise, does the exercise I do on my own power walking three miles a day count as exercise? Or does it have to be her exercises only.

Does my calorie intake go up if I exercise more or less? Can I eat what I make for my family or do I have to eat differently? Also, I hate artificially sweetners refuse to put into my body, what to do about that. Thanks for your time in advance. Hi Victoria, you do not have to eat greek yogurt, that is just a sample of what I would normally eat. I would suggest not eating the foods you hate and opt for a foods in that category that you enjoy.

Power walking is exercise. You might not have the same results if you only did the walking as the 21 Day Fix is cardio and strength training. Calorie intake depends on your goals, if you want to lose weight you eat what the 21 Day Fix program recommends for containers, maintain or gain eat more, the guide book that comes with the program contains all of this information.

The whole family should be able to eat foods from the 21 Day Fix eating plan. What exactly is shakeology? Is their protein in it? I want to try the 21 day fix, however I would complete my workout first thing in the am, so should I have a protein right after? Hi Michelle, if you search Shakeology on my sidebar, you will get a few blog posts all about it. But, yes it contains protein. I use it as a meal replacement for breakfast during the week. And, I do think everyone should get in some protein post workout, especially after workouts that are strength based.

I have type 1 diabetes and this is the only balanced program out there that helps me to be very aware of the portions as I try to lose weight. I gained a lot of weight after major surgeries on my feet and because I couldnt move, I gained. I use an insulin pump and this program is very carb couner friendly because of the portion sizes you can easily figure out the carbs to take a dose of insulin.

I did a lot of research on this diet before I purchased it— definitely a great diet for people with BOTh types of diabetes. Do you know how greek yogurt with fruit counts? Hi Amy, Greek yogurt with added fruit is not allowed. I just wanted to say Thank You for all the good info on the 21 Day Fix. I am awaiting shipment of my 21 day fix. Hello, A friend and I are going to start the 21 day fix and could not be more excited. However neither of us can afford to order the shakeology.

I looked into alternatives and one of them was Garden of Life Raw organic protein. Will this have the same affect of shakeology? Hi Ashley, the ingredients are not the same. Also, nutritionally Shakeology looks to be way ahead of the Garden of Life, probably why you see the differance in price. This seems to be more of a protein shake then a total meal replacement.

Whole foods are always going to be best. I like to describe Shakeology as the missing link that fills in nutrtional gaps, but it is never going to make up for a poor diet.

In the end, Shakeology like the Garden of Life are supplements to your diet, not necessities. Hi Bethany — is it ok to move down a calorie level while on the plan? Hi Beverly, no absolutely do not move down levels.

If you drop calories to low your body may go into starvation mode and instead of dropping weight your body will actually store body fat as a survival mechanism. Plus, in the long term the best way to lose and keep weight off is slow and steady. I just started the day fix and I really like it so far. I ordered the chocolate Shakeology but it seems to be really not agreeing with my stomach.

Can I exchange it for the vegan? HI Patricia, the return policy is days. All information is on the receopt that canme with your order. My caloric intake is off the chart so I round down to Along with portions, my real problem is what and when I eat. What is the problem with not eating all the food? According to the calculations my calorie intake should only be Do I need to limit the amount of containers that I eat being that the grid starts on a calorie intake? Hi Julie, no you need to round up to calories.

Consuming less calories for an extended amount of time can cause damage to internal organs. I understand that other protein powder does not have the same nutritional value and does not come close.

However can it be used as a red? I am just wondering because I can not afford shakeology right now but need a quick and easy meal for breakfast. Hi Kathryn, yes a protein shake is red. Having a shake for breakfast to replace a meal, you want to look for a shake that contains protein sources from a couple different sources and be sure to mix or have something else to eat too, as a single protein shake will not keep you full for very long.

It sounds gross but its really good.. Precut your fruit and you can grab ad go. Its a fast one. GNC makes a pre-bottled protein shake called Lean Shake You need to be careful with these ready made drinks as they are often high in sugars and use lower quality protein sources. When I get a scoop of shakeology the scoop itself counts as one red, correct? Then anything I add in such as milk, berries, etc would just correspond to the colors they fit with right? I also want to know can shakeology just be made with water as a snack, and if so is it still a whole scoop or half?

Hi Andi, Shakeology by itself is a red container. I would consider it a snack if you made it with just plain water, it would be a whole scoop of Shakeology that you would use.

If you did mix in other foods you would count the corresponding food containers. Hope that helps, Bethany. Straight out of the 21 day fix book is a recipe that states the recipe of the Almond Paradise Shakeology drink as 4 fluid oz of unsweetened almond milk, 4 fluid oz of water, 1 tsp all natural almond butter, 1 scoop of strawberry or tropical strawberry vegan shakeology, and ice 8 oz glass of ice. Blended together is one red, one yellow and one teaspoon.

So you can be creative but you just have to account for what you intake. If she is doing 8 oz she does count it as a yellow. I love Shakeology but today a friend is taking me to a new Herbalife Shake shop. Would I count the shake as a red container? Hi Tonya, looking at the harbalife shake nutrtion profile, it looks like you would need to drink two shakes and even then you are not getting the same amount of nutrtition. It looks like these shake also contain fructose and dextrose, two fast acting carb sources.

It would be best drink something like this immediatley aftrer your workout. Most people get their recommended iodine from iodized table salt. How would a person compensate for that? The diet is pretty restrictive on iodine rich foods such as dairy products. Seafood, dairy foods that are not processed can get you the daily amount of iodine the body needs.

If you are overly concerned, you might want to take a look at a mulitivitamin that contains iodine. I did look into the multivitamin option. Unfortunately, only a little less than half of the multivitamins out there actually contain the recommended dose of iodine. This is important to me because I suffer from hypothyroidism. Just one half of a teaspoon of iodized table salt meets the recommended daily amount.

Is that out of the question for the 21 day fix? Hi Tiawana, no not at all. Like I said the 21 df wants you to cut out the processed foods that have salt added to them. You should always listen to your doctor. I know this post was a while ago but I feel I need to respond to this. Most foods we eat contain iodine in them.

I have no thyroid due to thyroid cancer and had to go on a low iodine diet before having a radioactive iodine treatment. This was an extremely restricted diet. Same thing with tofu products. Breads were off limits unless i made my own because most of them contain ingredients that have iodine in them.

Obviously any seafood and also some fruits and vegetables. And this is just a small sampling of the entire list. If hypothyroidism is a concern then you should probably be taking a thyroid replacement such as synthroid. I thought you could only have milk 3x a week? Hi Heather, This is just a companion post to the meal plan to give people ideas.

My wife is allergic to ALL fresh fruit and gluten. My question is, what should we substitute for her fruit portions, and can she eat gluten free pasta, bread, crackers, tortillas, etc in liu of regular whole grain products? Also, are we not allowed any sugar or salt?

Hi Tiffany — eating gluten-free versions of foods should be fine — or you can opt for naturally GF grains like quinoa, oats, amaranth, millet, rice, etc. Just try to opt for things without refined sugars in them or unhealthy chemicals.

As for fruits, if she has OAS, she could eat cooked fruits or canned versions if she is able to tolerate it — it all depends on the severity of her allergy. There are ways to incorporate the health benefits of fruits, you just will have to do some research and be a little creative. And no, sugar and salt are not allowed — remember this diet plan is to get you eating healthier for life, not just for three weeks.

I hope this helps. On the 21 day fix infomercial it claims you can have dessert and wine as long as you eat in moderation of your colored containers…is that not correct?

Hi Marie, There is 21 Day Fix approved desserts, they are treats not everyday finds though. I notice in your schedule that you only have one yellow on the days you drink Shakeology.

Is hat because you make it with milk. I was thinking of making it with unsweetened almond milk which would be a red and a yellow—is that right? Hi Tori, I doubled the yellow container at dinner on Monday through Friday. And, yes you are right, you can count Shakeology with almond milk as a red and yellow. I am not sure why you would only be allowed one yellow a day. Even in the lowest caloric intake level of calories, you get 2 a day.

Stick with Autumn original plan and check out pinterest for 21 day fix and you will get some really good info! Shakeology is a red not a yellow. Like the article says, I did two yellow containers at dinner.

If you blend it with almond milk yellow you do need to account for it. I drink it like that everyday. I use 1 red, 1 yellow and 3 purpels. This works great for me.

I will be starting this program on Monday the 1st and just doing as much research as I can before hand. I was wondering why you would use 3 purples for the shake? I would recommend only to mix in one purple fruit container at a time with the shakes. Thank you for your blog! I have recently purchased the 21 day fix and I am having a hard time getting started with the meal plan and containers.

I love your demo up top with options of how to lay out the plan. My question is can you tell me your time line for when you start breakfast and what time your last meal is? Also do you have a suggestion for me because I work nights on Friday Saturday and Sunday. Just curious if you have any suggestions on how to approach the meal plan for that schedule. Hi Carolyn, great questions. I have breakfast aorund 7 in the morning, I try to sneak in a snack around 11, lunch at 2, another snack on the ride home and then dinner around 7 as my last meal.

I just ordered the program but did not get the shakeology. What are some breakfasts that would work instead of the shakeology? I usually just make my own fruit smoothie in the morning, will that work just as well? Hi Martina, the portions are pretty generous honestly. But, the real take away from the program is, it teaches how to eat a well balanced diet. I had the same question. You advertise its about the portions but I need to know what each color container equals. Hi Theresa, I guess you could add water to each container and measure them out that way, probably would not be exact, but give you a good estimate.

I am lactose intollerant…I am guessing the shakes have milk products in them. Do you get the same results without the shakes? Also will using lactose free products yogurt sadly there is not a lactose free greek yogurt.

I know there is a coconut greek style and it is NOT good at all and milk make a difference? Hi Stephanie, Chocolate Vegan, or Tropical Strawberry Vegan Shakeology are made with plant protein instead of dairy, so those two might be okay for you. If you can get the same results, is a hard question to answer. And, it is really not something to worry about, just do your best and your results will be great!

With the lactose free products, you really just want to watch out for added sugar and you should be okay. Have you actually tried Greek yogurt? Yes, it has lactose any real yogurt will but it has less than other styles. Hi what is the white box? Hi Marion, I am not to familiar with the herbalife shakes, I took a quick look at the nutritional values of the vanilla flavor and it looks like you would need to drink at least two to four herbalife shakes to equal the nutrtional values of shakeology.

Thanks for all the great info! Can I have any of the shakeology shakes? I love the Maple Pecan one. Hi Lori, yes Shakelogy is a staple of the 21 df program. Maple Pecan Shakeology sounds so good right now! Can you substitute Shakeology with just normal protein powder? I dont have enough money for both the fix and Shakeology…. Hi Kelly, protein powder is not a replacement for Shakeology.

With that said, you can do the 21 day fix without Shakeolgy. Shakeology is recomemended because it has the ability to fill in any nutritional gaps and is very convenient when you are short on time. Eating this mangy fruits and veggies and whole foods it seems very unlikely one would be missing anything. Telling people that Shakology is the very best option seems very irresponsible to me.

Hi Brandy, I am assuming you are reffering to a comment that I replied to. I never say anywhere that the shake is the best option, I said whole foods are the best investment.

I was talking personally about my nutrition in relation to a gap. I would not spend money on a shake that contained these ingredients no matter the price or would I recommend others to. Can we do a fruit smoothie in the mornings with frozen berries? Thank you so much for this reply!! I have struggled for a year doing Atkins and only loosing 20 pounds. Yes I do workout! I am going to do this eating whole foods! I am making my list right now! Hi Alison, Usually water, sometimes unsweetened almond milk depending upon what else I am mixing in.

Actually I believe Shakeology is the best out there and nothing else can compare to it. Its always an option to do your workout with it, but in my opinion it makes a huge difference in your reulsts. Hi Bethany, I started the 21 day fix about a week ago. What is your sujestion so can get support?

I get n this depress mood I want to just give up. Hi Joann, The scale is not the best for actually measuring results. I prefer pictures and measurements. If you think it is working, it is! Just take it one day at a time, and you will get there. Hi Lena, unfortunately, there is currently no GF diet plan version of the Fix, but you could easily create your own GF diet plan by using items on the very generous food category lists that conform with your dietary restrictions.

I hope that helps! Hope this helps, and good luck whether you decide on the Fix or on another plan. I am finding it really easy doing this gluten free. Partially because going gluten free did mean cutting out a lot of carbs. That being said I am exploring even more foods since starting this. Quinoa, amaranth making homemade polenta makes great pizza crust lots of optuons for sure. I am 71 years and soon to be 72, i am quite heavy and have a lot of medical problems with heart,kidneys,and lungs , i cannot do the exceriseing like other people, what can i do to get in that portion of the 21 day fix, i have just started this 2 days ago and so far i am impressed with the fullness that i feel but would like to have some recipes to help guide me in the proper way to prepare them , would like very much if y9ou could help me, also i dont drive so there is a problem with me getting to the store, coouldi use the canned fruit that is in its own juice or no sugar added , that type of thing.

Hi Carol, Unfortunately, you really need fresh or frozen fruit. Canned fruit has nearly no nurtitional value as the canning process destroys most of the nutrients.

Here is the link to my profile if you like to follow me https: Carol, I just wanted to add that anything you do is better than doing nothing. If all you can get is canned fruit than it is better than snacking on chocolate chip cookies or potato chips! I understand where Bethany is coming from but you have to do the best you can do with what you have. While fresh fruits and vegetables will always be best for you, as long as you watch what you eat and keep moving, you should be able to take off some of that weight.

Try calling your local city or community help center. They might also have organic farmers that do the same. Hi Bethany I want to try tbe 21 day fix but im not sure its right for me. Hi, Results will vary by individual. The people I see that get the best results are those who follow the diet as is and push themselves in the workouts. Im soon to be starting 21 day fix.

Also, ordered the shakeology box with the individual packets. I am a little confused, so if I make a full packet am I supposed to fill a red cup? Or am I suppose drink the whole smoothie?

If I drink the whole smoothie does it have to be substituted for any other cups besides the red? Hi Rena, Yes, one packet counts a red container, no need to measure it out. You would also count any other foods that you add with their corresponding colored containers. If you have not started yet contact a Beachbody coach and ask about the deal! Thanks for pointing that out Alexis. Here is the order link to the deal, seems to happen every months.

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I just finished workout 3 and the one thing I would recommend is doing a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down before and after the workout. You dive into the heavy jumping and other intensive exercises pretty quickly, and so the risk of injury especially for someone middle aged like me — 52 is fairly high. And definitely pace yourself. I also would say that you have to be prepared for some aches and pains the first couple weeks.

I ached all over for two days after the 1st workout and am still dealing with muscle spasms here and there. So, I occasionally grab the Ibuprofen to manage the inflammation.

So far, the aches are temporary and I just chalk it up to your muscles processing the extra work they are doing. Overall, I would say I feel really great after the workout even when I am tired going into it. A very low calorie diet can produce quick weight loss, but what happens once the diet ends?

Most people go back to the same old way of eating that caused them to be overweight in the first place and end up gaining back any lost weight. A very low calorie diet usually is not the best option for producing substantial, long-term results for the exact reason you pointed out. However, it is not nearly as important as the quality of the food you are putting into your body.

Soldiers love programs like this one. I guarantee that if you finish every workout in this program, you will lose weight. You also need to focus on eating right and you will be fit in not time. Have saved for the DVDs, has taken me the best part of a year.

Could anyone let me know if it caters for small budgets? On day 3 tommorow i just want to fast forward time to the new exercise, i am fairly slim, i just have a bit of a belly but really skinny arms not a good luck for a man i just want to get ripped and lean, the diet is harder than the exercise i find. But like i say its only day 3!

Today is day 3 for me. My goal is to be in a two piece swimsuit or even a fitted dress without the bulge that I have by April It appears as if some of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? Mail will not be published required. Copyright CalorieLab, Inc. The first diet guru Yikes! Oklahoma's official state meal Our Contributor Profile Page.

Is the Pain Worth It? Commit to doing the workout as scheduled, without fail. Earlier this summer, I was forced to take about a week off with just one week to go; the difficulties I encountered upon restarting the workouts showed my conditioning losses and challenged my spirit.

Do your workouts with a buddy together or apart. My Insanity cycle inspired a friend who already owned the DVDs to start up a new cycle. We bonded over the challenging DVD of the day and kept each other accountable. Catalog your journey with the public. Share your workouts with your blog readers, Twitter followers or Facebook friends. Having this column as an accountability tool made sure I kept on task, as I knew I had to report on how my week went. Follow the diet that comes with the plan.

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