Beachbody 21-Day Fix Review


Ready to learn the secrets behind the 21-Day Fix? Read on!

First things first – I an not a Beachbody coach. So don’t worry about me trying to sell you on the 21-Day Fix.

Instead, I thought you’d enjoy a breakdown of the 21-Day Fix program and see how it works behind the scenes.

Overview of the 21-Day Fix

The program is based on a calorie-restrictive diet coupled with an exercise program that focuses on core movement and cardio. Pretty basic stuff, you might say, but most successful fitness programs are based on this concept. 21-Day Fix takes it a bit further and introduces a clever portion control mechanism into the mix.

Although I can’t reveal the exact mechanisms to you, I can show you the basic structure on which the program is based – and how you can adapt it to your daily wellness routine.

I won’t go into the specifics of how the program works; a simple Google search will give you a number of breathless reviews of the program — mostly from paid Beachbody coaches. But I digress.

The program starts off with a calculation of your caloric baseline — that is, the number of calories you’ll need to keep yourself going, but still drop some weight.

Beachbody uses the following calculation for your caloric baseline:

weight in lbs * 11 = caloric baseline

11 calories per lb of bodyweight is at the lower end of the caloric baseline factors; a lot of programs that aim for slow, steady weight loss use 12 or even 13 as a multplying factor. Once you have your caloric baseline, they knock off another 350 calories from that to create a calorie deficit for weight loss.

As an aside: the WHO recommends 1200 calories as the minimum number of sustaining calories for the average adult. Adults who weigh less than 140 lbs, by this formula, would be consuming fewer calories than the WHO recommends. The program, to its credit, recommends that you don’t go below the 1200 calorie limit, but depending on your metabolism, you might have to kick it up a notch if you’re under 140 lbs and trying to lose weight on the program.

With a daily 350-calorie deficit, you’ll be on target to lose about 0.7 lbs of body fat per week — or about 3 lbs of body fat by the time you’re done the 21-Day Fix program. You won’t lose body fat at a crazy rate with this program, but it’s slow and steady, like all good weight-loss programs.

So what do you get to eat on this program? Glad you asked!


There are charts and food lists galore in the program booklet, but the basic food categories in this program are as follows:

  • veggies
  • fruits
  • lean protein
  • legumes, starches, dairy and protein liquids
  • various fat sources

Beachbody includes a portion-control mechanism in the form of food storage containers. It sounds good on the surface, but I have a few issues with the way the portion control is handled.

First, I don’t see any reason to portion control vegetables in the green container. Vegetables are full of nutrients, minerals, fiber, and they don’t come loaded with a lot of calories. I always consider vegetables as “freebie” food on my eating plans.

Second, there is a lot of “lumping” of food groups with the container system. Case in point — legumes, dairy, starches and protein liquids are grouped as a “yellow container” food. The problem is that these foods are so different in their macronutrient content that it’s folly to group them together. I’m particularly puzzled with the inclusion of starches in this group, as they are typically higher in carbs than other protein-laden food sources in this group.

Third, I don’t understand why protein liquids like milk and almond milk, are a “sometimes” food. I can understand why fruit juices, which are loaded with fructose, are on the “sometimes” list. I use unsweetened almond milk as the base for my protein shakes as it’s low in calories and tastes great.

Finally, there’s still a lot of counting involved. Was it 11 almonds or 17? Do olives go in the orange container or the blue container? Without toting the book around — or keeping a cheatsheet in your pocket — it’s difficult to track your food this way. This reminds me a lot of how Weight Watchers had entire pocket-sized books to know how many points were in certain foods.

The breakdown of nutrients in the 21-Day Fix is as follows:

21-Day Fix
Breakdown of the food components of the 21-Day Fix program.

It’s a good breakdown, and high on the protein as I like to see in any diet plan that combines muscle toning with weight loss.

So the nutrition side of things has a solid foundation, but it’s not without issues. What about the exercise portion of this program?


The 21-Day Fix comes with a two-DVD set of exercises and an accompanying workout schedule.

The exercises break down as follows:

Workout What it Works Out
Total Body Cardio Fix High-intensity cardio
Upper Body Fix Resistance training for upper body: chest, back, arms, shoulders
Lower Body Fix Resistance training for lower body: glutes, quads, hamstrings
Pilates Fix Core training
Dirty 30 Overall upper, lower, and core training
Yoga Fix Balance and flexibility
10 Minute Fix for Abs Core

I’ve done most of the above workouts. They’re tough – but to be honest, they’re kind of boring. I think this is a result of the way sets are structured, and the fact that Autumn Calabrese is trying a little too hard to be the next Jillian Michaels makes me grit my teeth praying for the torture to be over soon.

Most Beachbody workouts are rather intriguing – I really like Body Beast and Chalean Extreme, because they’re engaging and funny. 21-Day Fix is neither of the above, so if you’re not a fan of exercise videos then the 21-Day Fix isn’t going to turn you on to working out.

Doing it on Your Own

You can do the 21-Day Fix on your own without any of the videos, books, or containers. Here’s how.

Cultivate your portions and plan accordingly.

You don’t need specific-sized containers. You can get by with the following guidelines for an average 150-lb woman:

  • 3 cups per day of salad-type veggies
  • 2 cups per day of fruit
  • 2 cups per day of lean protein
  • 0.67 cups per day of legumes, starchy root vegetables or bread products
  • 0.5 cups per day of fat-containing food like cheese, nuts and seeds
  • 2 tsp of dense fats like oils and unsweetened nut butters

For every 25 lbs you are above 150, increase the veggies and fruits by one cup each, the protein by 0.5 cups, the legumes or starches by 0.33 cups, and the oils and nut butters by one teaspoon. I’d also suggest that you can throw in 1 or 2 cups of protein-based liquids like skim milk or almond milk without a huge hit to the calorie budget.

I didn’t provide ounces of protein here. The 21-Day Fix is based on portion control, not weighing food. Stick to the above sizes and you’ll be OK. If you plateau, try reducing the high-GI foods first like the starchy carbs to see if that makes a difference before you decrease the portions of fats and proteins.

Stick to a varying workout with a rotating schedule.

I think that if you want to stick to a program, it has to mix things up a little. Find a great online source of free exercise videos; I like FitnessBlender on YouTube or the free plans offered on

Create a schedule of workouts that contain the following:

  • one day of core
  • one day of plyometrics
  • one day of steady-state cardio
  • one day of upper body resistance training
  • one day of lower body resistance training
  • …and tack a 5 to 10 minute ab workout on to the end of each of your workouts except for the core workout.

Rotate through those five basic workouts through the week and throw in some “easy” days here and there, such as going for a walk or doing gentle yoga to avoid workout burnout. That’s it.

The Bottom Line

Meh. I didn’t find that the program really knocked my socks off. However, if you did want to try it yourself and don’t want to go through a Beachbody coach, then you can always grab the The 21-Day Fix Complete workout from Amazon.

P.S. – Autumn Calabrese drives me insane – there’s only one Jillian Michaels in the world and that’s enough.


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82 thoughts on “Beachbody 21-Day Fix Review”

  1. Thank you for your frank and honest review! I can’t wait for you to review Piyo – that’s one of the ones I’m debating trying right now. Off to explore your blog to see which others you’ve written about! 🙂 I found you by searching “not a beachbody coach” LOL I’m so sick of reading sales pitches!

    1. Hey Shannan – thanks for stopping by!

      I’m a huge skeptic, and I’m fully aware that Beachbody is a huge MLM scheme, just like Avon or Tupperware. I’m even more incensed that they are getting people hooked on Shakeology. BUT, I do think they have solid workouts. P90X is awesome, along with Body Beast, T25, and anything by Chalene Johnson.

      I’m in my second week of PiYo right now and loving it – it’s the first thing I do when I roll out of bed in the morning and it gets me revved up for the day. Expect a review soon!

      1. Just because I’m curious and you seem to know what you are talking about..

        How exactly is Beachbody a huge MLM scheme?
        I would love to know the details and understand.
        Thanks! 🙂

        1. Hey Candyce!

          Any MLM program (“scheme” sounds so dirty, LOL) like Avon, Tupperware, or Beachbody Coaches involves a head organization that encourages people to join as freelance salespeople who work on commission. There’s usually promises of making a lot of money or plans for big conferences that only top-level coaches can attend. However, in most MLM companies, those dreams are seldom realized – and the pool of salespeople is continually growing, meaning that the pool of potential customers is constantly being cannibalized by new coaches. MLM companies rely on their salespeople to do a lot of word-of-mouth selling – that’s why you can see hundreds of online webpages with OMG THIS PROGRAM IS THE BOMB CLICK TO BUY HERE reviews of Beachbody programs. They’re all Beachbody coaches desperate to sell a bag of Shakeology or two and to sign people up for monthly challenges and promote the programs even further. It’s not terrible – I just feel bad for coaches who get sucked in with lots of promises to find out that making money with MLM products takes a LOT of work.

          1. Hi Chris, thanks so much for this article. I just bought 21-day fix “like” containers off of Amazon for a much reduced cost (Meal Prep Haven). The package contained only the color coded containers, and a quick reference document that explains how to calculate your calorie/container level and a list of foods by color. In researching on line, the described program appears to be the same as the 21 fix. I have a program I follow at a local gym, so did not need the videos.
            I appreciated the explanation on the Shakology connection. I was seeing this all over the internet and pinterest when looking up the 21 fix. First I heard about the “coaches”…all makes sense now!!
            I’m in my first week and am enjoying the portion control associated w/ this program…it’s exactly what I needed to get back on track.
            I look forward to future posts from you.

          2. I am a Beachbody coach but I am not doing it to make money, like most of my fellow coaches. I started as a customer and just live the program! The 21 day fix has helped my lazy but to enjoy working out and the Shakeology and meal plans have helped me become healthier. My doctor loves the program. And there are a lot of coaches that are making a lot of money selling the Beachbody products. I know a lot of them. But the main goal of coaches is to help people meet their goals because we are passionate about the programs.

          3. Answer me this, Renee – You state you’ve signed up to be a BB coach, but you’re “not doing it to make money”.

            But you don’t need to sign up as a BB coach to help others.

            You could share your story with others – without being a Beachbody coach.
            You could send people links to buy the BB DVDs – without being a Beachbody coach.
            You could convince people to buy Shakeo and chug it like it’s the second coming of Christ – without being a Beachbody coach.

            So why are you a registered Beachbody coach then? Is it the discount for Shakeo, because it’s too expensive at retail? (I can help you with that.) Is it for the Success Club points? What is it?

          4. I am a coach because it gives me more access and more ways to help people. That is all. And it sounds like you are promoting something also. I won’t waste any more of your time. Have a fantastic life.

  2. Thanks for the review! I was on the fence about this or PiYo I think I’ll go with PiYo. I have shoulder trouble & think it will be better for me. How could you adapt the eating plan if you weigh 125? I need help figuring out how much to eat & of what each day. Thanks for the great review.

    1. Hey Lori!

      If you weigh 125 then you’re looking at 1,175 calories/day which you should round up to 1,200 as per the program booklet. You’d be eating at the low end of the range. If you find that just doesn’t seem like enough food then either bulk it up with vegetables, low-calorie broths or a little more fruit.

  3. I wish I had read this before trying the 21 day fix. My friend became a Beachbody coach and convinced me to buy it. This review is spot-on. I still occasionally use the videos (I like several of them), but Autumn is becoming more and more annoying. The 21 day fix isn’t a program designed for long-term use.

    (Also, the 21-day fix diet allows for 1/4 cup of healthy fat per day, not 1/2 cup.)

    1. Hi Joan!

      That was my impression, too – this might kick your butt for 21 days but it reeks of a “quick fix” which just doesn’t exist in the realm of weightloss and fitness.

  4. I love the honesty! So hard to find reviews of Beachbody programs that aren’t from BB coaches. I’m a fan!

    1. Most BB coaches were customers first and became coaches because they loved the products they used.

  5. Different strokes. I just finished 21 day fix and really enjoyed it. I lost 9lbs. I did follow the eating plan exactly, using the containers and even did the 3 day fix at the end of the program. I enjoyed the workouts and didn’t find Autumn annoying at all. It is funny that you are the second non Beachbody affiliated reviewer to say they didn’t enjoy the program. The other called Autumn flat out boring. Anyway, I stumbled upon this while researching PiYO. I still want to loose about 10lbs. I’m thinking of combining PiYO with Chalean Extreme. Do you think this, along with clean eating, will get 10lbs off?

    1. Hey Erica!

      Different strokes for sure. If you’re shooting for 10 lbs, then Chalean Extreme along with a clean diet will take the weight off for sure. If you want to throw in PiYo as well, you’ll get there a little faster and have more flexibility than with Extreme alone. Thanks!

  6. Like other commenters, thank you for posting reviews that are unbiased (aka not from a Beachbody coach!). I very much enjoyed your review of Piyo, it was helpful in deciding whether or not to purchase.

    However, I must say that I disagree with your review of the 21-Day Fix workouts. I agree with your points on the eating plan completely. But I love the workouts. I am on my 4th round of 21 Day Fix and I’m still not tired of the workouts. I love how everyday is something a little different, the workouts vary. I love the structure of one minute per exercise, I find that helps me stay motivated and keep going during tough moves (i.e. burpees!). I also really like Autumn and think she is nothing like Jillian Michaels – she is much more positive and encouraging! I have tried several Jillian Michaels workouts and I can’t stand her – she talks at you like you’re a wuss and tries to sound so mean! Autumn is not like that at all. I understand it’s not for everyone, but just wanted to add another person’s perspective!

    Thanks again for the reviews! 🙂

    1. Hey Jen!

      If you can stand Autumn for four rounds of 21 then you are a much more tolerant and patient person than I am! 🙂
      You know, I will say that the 21-Day Fix workouts are KILLER – they are really well-designed and pack a great punch into a limited amount of time.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. I’m glad to see some positive reviews because I just purchased 21 day fix and got worried with the not so great reviews! I only bought the basic package because I think Shakeology is sort of a scam. Most whey proteins can give you what you need at a fraction of the price. I do appreciate an honest review! Thank you!

    3. Nice review Chris, thank you. I too agree with Jen about the workouts. Love Amber and the workout program, she is nothing like Jillian. I don’t like the container program though and plan to follow a clean/calorie program instead.

    4. Agreed! Jillian is mean! I love Autumn! Other than 12 weeks of beast I’ve been doing 21 day fox and extreme and she’s my favorite. Sagi and the silly stuff he says gets on my nerves like a grade school boy but the program rocks!

      1. Hey Kelly! Glad you’re having success on Fix. Do you follow Sagi on Facebook? Some of the stuff he posts, due to his limited English skills, makes me say “Huh?” It’s hilarioius!:)

    5. I completely agree. I absolutely cannot stand Jillian, but Autumn is great. She doesn’t rub me the wrong way and I like how sweet and positive she is. The few times she gets “aggressive” is still in a positive way. I just started the 21 day Extreme and it’s kicking my butt.

  7. Hey Chris-

    For the 21 Day Fix you said weight loss would be a steady .7 lbs per week or so. Could one reduce calories/containers to speed up weight loss? The Beach Body Coach I signed up under said that was not a good idea… Just wanting another opinion. Thank you!

    1. Hey Courtney!
      Your coach is right. My math is based on pure caloric requirements and the average human body (which doesn’t really exist). The 21-Day Fix eating plan is pretty skinny as-is. You’ll probably find that you drop a pound or two (or maybe more) the first week, but after the weight loss will slow down. You need to eat to lose – so don’t cut back on the servings until you drop the weight. It’s an odd strategy, but it works. Case in point: I was part of a weight loss challenge at work this spring, and I was eating about 3500 calories a day. And I still lost a lot of weight. Why? Because I was doing a half hour run at 7mph and 4% incline followed by 45 minutes of lifting heavy weights for my daily workout. Eat to the plan first. Once you have a few week’s worth of data on how your body responds to the calorie intake vs. exercise, THEN tweak the plan accordingly. Good luck!

  8. I have been on this plan since Febuary and I love it! It really taught me portion control and healthy eating which us what I have struggled with my whole life. I didn’t think that Autumn is at all trying to be like Jillian. I do think after awhile the workouts may get a tad boring but other than that I have lost 100 pounds in 5 months so it works

    1. 100 in 5 months is impressive. I will be starting this in a couple of days and am concerned that the amount if calories I came up with is just too much!! What did you start out at weight wise and how many calories??

      1. I started off at 366 and was in the highest bracket when it came to the calories I should have been eating. Try not to be so concerned with all the calories instead just focus on the containers. You don’t have to eat all of them in a day( I never once did) but try to get in as much as you can. Good Luck!!

  9. Chris, do you not think the Shakeology shakes are worth the price? I signed up as a BB Discount coach because I purchase 2 bags per month. Not sure if there is anything out there that is comparable. Can you offer any insight?

    1. Hi Tami!
      The long and short of it is, I don’t think Shakeology is worth the price – even as a coach. Have a read through my Shakeology Alternative article and then see if you still have the same opinion afterward. If you’re paying up to $5 per shake and you’re okay with that, then go ahead. But if you want the same benefits at a much reduced cost, you might consider what I suggest in my Shakeology shakedown. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comments!

  10. Hello Chris & thank you for writing & sharing this because I was thinking the exact same thing. I find this to be very extremely helpful & this is something what others who are thinking about getting involved with needs to read & get informed before choosing to get involved or not. I am happy to have found someone who thinks & have been saying the same thing as I have all along. I’ve always said for people to do their own version of the 21 Day Fix. I have a friend who was selling it to me. She is a Beach Body Coach & is doing the 21 Day Fix. The cost of the program plus the Shakeology Shakes are almost close to $200 and also after receiving the first shipment you get charged I believe $120 for the second shipment of Shakeology Shakes but I think that’s if you choose to stay with the program. Honestly I am happy I didn’t go through with that because it was going to cost me a fortune every month for 1 bag of shakes alone. I think it’s ridiculous for them to charge so much money for something that you can just do at home for less money. Why waste hundreds & even thousands of dollars for something that is so simple to do at home & still get the same results or better yet you can save tons of money. I do my own thing. I make my green juices & smoothies & eat lean meats & vegetables. I also take & use Garcinia Cambogia combined with Green Coffee Weight Loss Supplements & exercise 5-6 days a week for 4 hours each day & I am already seeing/getting great results with it already. I am happy with what I am doing. I wish some people would stop getting sucked into these MLM Pyramid Scheme Scams. I’m very happy & will keep continuing on what I’m already currently doing now. 🙂

    1. Christina – thanks for your comments! It’s clear you’ve found an independent path that works for you – sounds like you’ll see some great results! Good luck!

  11. Ha! The first time I did 21 day fix I was like she is entirely too much like Jillian michaels and what did she do; google workout motivation before she started the video? None of the motivating things she says are hers…I will say the workouts are great workouts, and autumn is a workout machine!

    1. Ha! So I’m not crazy thinking she’s trying to be like Jillian! I will admit, the workouts are tough – it’s really Autumn that drives me batty.

  12. I love this program and am not a beach body coach. I bought it from some random lady in my same town.
    The work outs are fun, the food plan is simple to follow. I have never done anything like this in my life but am pretty lazy when it comes to food but this program has 100% motivated me and changed me after 21 Days. No more pop cravings, no more sugar cravings. I did it without weights and without shakeology and lost 9 pounds (148 to 137) This second round I’m going to use weights and I’m going to attempt Shakeology (so far can’t make one that tastes good so we will see)
    My best friend is also doing it but without purchasing the program (pretty much everything you need is on Pinterest) and she is having trouble and not staying motivated. Unsure if it’s not owning it or just her
    The work outs are hard, after 21 days there are still some things I have to still modify so I probably won’t be using the weights for every work out when I start again Thursday
    I 100% agree this can be done without purchasing the program but for me it was the motivation I needed

    1. Hey Kristen – thanks for your comments! You did really well on 21 Day Fix – 9 pounds is a fantastic result! Getting rid of empty calorie foods like pop is a huge step and the best thing you can do for your eating. As to your friend – it’s hard to say why some people don’t “buy-in” to a particular program. My wife liked 21-Day Fix and was really keen on the container-based portion control, but I just couldn’t dig it. Conversely, I really liked PiYo, but my wife didn’t. I think the amount of money people are willing to spend on a program reflects their commitment and willingness to “dig in” and stick to their workouts. I think a lot of people try to do things for free because in their heart they don’t expect to succeed – and don’t want to beat themselves up if they’ve shelled out hundreds of dollars on equipment or workout programs. As you mentioned, trading money for motivation is a powerful force for some people – it’s the core strategy of Weight Watchers. Good luck with your next round!

  13. I just actually finished the Total Body Cardio Fix and I would say it definitley works even though when you first start you will be in alooooot of pain because its alot to do and its very hard but after maybe like 2-3 weeks you will get used to it like me because today i was able to do every excerscise at the same pace as the trainor or the people who are doing it with the Trainor. The best part is you get a 20 second break and she lets you get water which i love that and i love how you have to repeat the same excersice twice. This has helped me lose 10 pounds even without the containors but im only on week 2. So anyone who is debating BUY THIS TAPE! It is well worth it and you burn ALOT of calories with just one workout! :]

  14. I really enjoyed this article but mainly the comment section. I’m actually a fan of MLM in general. The Slight edge is a very good read. I think it definitely gets a bad rap from its representatives. I think its dangerous to call people coaches. They begin to believe they are qualified to give advice on things best left to real professions like dietitians. Anyway. Also loved the shakeology alternatives article. Great sources of info.

    1. Rachel – thanks for the comments! I’ll have to read through The Slight Edge to see what I think. Are you taking part in the 12-week challenge? Hats off to you, my friend. Good luck – I’d love it if you came back to share your story with us!

  15. Hey Chris I also am confused why they say you can only have almond milk 2x a week do you have any clue as to why what’s wrong with it

    1. Hey Regina. I don’t know why they limit almond milk on this diet – unsweetened almond milk has fewer calories per serving than regular cow’s milk and is a source of Vitamin A and calcium. Lots of people use it in their workout or meal replacement shakes, so as long as you account for it calorie-wise in your daily nutrition, I see no reason not to have it everyday.

  16. So some of the alterations aside, is this a program you would recommend for someone who hasn’t worked out in a while and wanted to focus on weight loss over muscle building and toning to start off? I found your side through some Shakeology skeptism I was having while researching the 21 Day Fix and really like what I read there. I haven’t flipped through the site really deeply yet, but if there are other programs you’e reviewed that you think work better for beginner’s weight loss and someone new to dieting advice/changes, I would love further insight.

    1. Robert – I think the 21-Day fix program is a good place to start for weight loss. It’s quite calorie restricted, requires a minimum of equipment and incorporates a lot of cardio and core workouts that will help you shed a bit of weight in as little as three weeks. That being said, I think there are better programs out there. If you want to go the distance and want to join a gym, or have a lot of equipment at home already then Lee Labrada’s 12 Week Lean Body Trainer is a great place to start. If you don’t want to join a gym, and want to invest in a little bit of equipment for the home, try ChaLean Extreme, also from BeachBody. I really enjoyed that program and Chalene Johnson, the host, is really engaging and positive. If you don’t have any equipment, or want to be able to work out anytime, anywhere, then you might enjoy You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren. Although it doesn’t impose a particular diet plan, you can follow some weight loss programs such as Hunter Labrada’s Weight Loss Guides for guidelines and methods to properly manage your caloric deficit. And if you have questions feel free to come back here, or email me at chris (at) Best of luck with your goals!

  17. Hey Chris,
    I really like your honest opinion of the program and for giving people on the fence a real review not just marketing. I have just finished my first round and I bout a challenge pack aka paid 160$ for shakeology and 21dfx. I am low on cash flow so my coach had me sign up to be a coach….mind you I had no idea what I was embarking on…. I did like 21dfx I have a hard time eating enough throughout the day and am very active so this has brought my metabolism back on track. I do agree that dark leafy greens and comparable veggies should be freebies. I wish I would have found your post sooner so I wouldn’t have teamed up with the dark side… the workouts are ok but the plyo fix jumping with weights…I feel is completely unsafe….you cannot see what people at home are doing and bad form mixed with weights and jumping is just not a good idea…. so I really didn’t do the videos just focused on the food… all in all I think it is good for people who are new to the clean eating concept but if your are more experienced Chris is right this is a waste of your money get on pintrest and get all the food list and portion sizes of the containers ….. save your money! In short I won’t be pushing beachbody sales on anyone…! Thanks Chris!

    1. Lindsey – thanks so much for your kind words! I know the container approach is all the rage at Beachbody HQ now, but I just am not impressed with how complicated it is – I don’t think this teaches people how to mentally measure up their foods and ensure their macros are within range. I agree – having beginners jump with weights is a dangerous idea; there’s too much risk of hyperextension or other injury to the joints. Good luck with your fitness journey – I hope to see you around again!

  18. Thanks so much for this review. I was on as the free 30day trial. I liked the quick results from the 21day fix workout as I am a beginner, but didnt like the CONSTANT hounding from coaches and other members to buy Shakeology and to become a coach! When my husband said I needed to cancel because of other financial obligations I was actually a bit relieved! I have done fitness blender in the past until I was coaxed into beachbody and I now have gone back. I love that its created by a fun encouraging couple and I love that its FREE for the most part! Thank you for the tips and review, I was feeling a bit guilty for ditching beachbody and you have helped me to see ITS OK. Thanks 🙂

    1. Hey Christina!

      Never, EVER feel guilty about changing products or companies – especially when they hound you! I’m glad you stopped by and shared that with us. Best of luck with your new-found fitness freedom!

  19. Thanks so much for confirming my beliefs about Shakeology! I bought the 21 Day fix on Amazon and have LOVED it, but many of my friends and family swear by shakeology. I just can stomach spending FIVE dollars a day on a protein shake. I actually really like Autumn (my 4 year old who “works out” with me loves her too) and am no where near as annoyed by her as I am by a lot of exercise video trainers. I have lost about 20 pounds so far using her workouts and the diet over three rounds. I struggle with how restrictive the diet is (mainly because I am addicted to carbs!) but reading through your posts has confirmed some of my beliefs about not making almond milk a sometimes food.
    Thanks for your reviews and insight!

    1. Brandy! Congratulations on the great loss!

      It’s a really restrictive diet, isn’t it? At 40-50 calories per cup of unsweetened almond milk, I don’t know why it’s a restricted food. Like other diets, I suspect that they don’t want you filling up with liquid and getting hungrier, sooner. But it’s half the calories of regular milk, and it’s great in smoothies (and it also won’t curdle like regular milk when it gets warm).

      You’ll beat the carb addiction – but it takes a LONG time. Stick with it! Good luck!

  20. Hi Chris.
    I am using 21 day fix right now. I’m not getting the results I wanted. I also own turbo jam and Piyo. I’m focusing more on losing body fat. Should I skip 21 day fix and use turbo jam? Would it be better if I use turbo jam and piyo together? Thank you. Chalene is my favorite.

    1. Hey Cindy!

      Switching to Turbo Jam is definitely an option – but are you sure you have your diet where it needs to be – that is, are you eating to the plan? If you don’t have that straightened out, then changing up the plan won’t make a difference. How close are you sticking to the 21-Day Fix container system?

  21. Hi Chris!

    So glad I found this site, there is some really helpful info and it’s nice to hear other people’s experiences. I just started the 21 day fix and as a person who hates working out, the 30 min videos a day hasn’t been that bad lol. That being said, I’m not crazy about the containersame either and find it very time consuming to keep track of. With a demanding toddler, I just don’t have the time! But, it has given me a foundation to healthier, clean eating and I am seeing results. Also am trying to kick the bad bad habit of soda!! I didn’t buy the Shakeology, just had an uneasy feeling about it and your article just reaffirmed what I was thinking. Is there a particular protein powder that’d you’d recommend? I do want to make smoothies on my own. Thank you so much!!

    1. Hey Cindy!

      Great job with the clean eating – kids suck all the concentration and focus out of you and make you want to mow your face right into a cheesecake, don’t they? 😀

      If you want to make smoothies on your own, I’ll totally recommend the powders I’ve been using for years: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey and Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein. I take these post-workout as follows:

      Basic Shake
      1 scoop Optimum Nutrition Chocolate 100% Whey
      1/2 scoop Optimum Nutrition Vanilla 100% Casein
      1 cup water
      195 calories total.

      There’s lots of great flavors out there – right now I’m hooked on the Cookies and Cream flavor. When I want something more filling, I throw in a banana or 1/2 avocado, or I make it with almond milk. My wife’s breakfast shake is as follows:

      Breakfast Shake
      1 scoop Optimum Nutrition Vanilla 100% Casein
      1 small banana
      1.5 cups almond milk
      1/2 small avocado

      Blend and serve. Depending on how thick your almond milk is you might need to add a little more liquid; the shake is pretty thick. Want to add some fiber? I like a tsp of crushed chia seeds from time to time.

      Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how you make out!

  22. I’m thinking about trying 21 day fix, but I don’t want to get shakeology. If I use one of the shakeology alternatives that you recommend, would it still be counted as one red container on the 21 day fix program?

  23. I have been doing the 21 day fix for a few days a stumbled across your blog. I thought I might add that there is a pretty useful app now for iPhone at last that keeps a list for you and allows you to track what you have eaten when. I thought it was a much needed improvement from carrying that little book around!

  24. HI – If you work out more than the 30 minute video, what should you do in terms of eating? I currently do endurance sports, so I’m very active already and have a strong weight regimen…but can’t lose any weight.

    1. Blainy – the easiest thing is to get a good estimate of what you burn for your endurance activities, then add that calorie amount to your daily regimen. Keep track of your weight on a weekly basis, and if you’re heading down (or up) then just adjust the calories until you find you hit stasis.

  25. I am a fence-sitter here. I have a good friend who is a BB coach and has gotten me really interested in getting on the program. I already was skeptical about the whole Shakeology thing (read your post on that–that was great!), but I’m also bothered about the whole milk as a sometimes food thing. I am addicted to milk–real milk (1%, currently). I recognize it isn’t the lowest caloric drink out there, but it does have a fair amount of protein to offset the carbs. I don’t have the food/nutrition background to dissect all the research and “research” out there–will me drinking milk everyday stand in the way of my fitness goals? What say you? (It seems crazy to me that the people pushing Greek yogurt and cheese daily will only allow milk a couple times a week…)

    1. Anna – no one ever got fat from drinking milk. Drink up.

      I struggle with the “milk as a sometimes food” idea as well. If you’re onto 1% or skim (like me), then one cup a day (as long as you count the carbs and protein and fat and make adjustments to your plan accordingly) won’t throw you off. It’s when milk becomes a regular habit (several cups and isolated cases of up to 2L a day (yikes!)) that it becomes an issue. There’s been a lot of marketing push over the last few decades to promote milk as “the healthiest beverage” but more than a cup a day isn’t really necessary. Good luck!

  26. I know this is an old post but also see that you were still responding over a year later so I’ll give it a try. A friend loaned me the DVDs and she’s lost like 9lbs in 2 weeks doing the containers and shakes with the workouts. I’ve done a week of workouts and I like them (though I also don’t care for Autumn) because they are so short and focused.

    I haven’t done the meal plan yet because I’m just under 140lbs, which puts me at the low end of the smallest food range. The smallest level ranges from 1200-1499 calories. That’s a huge difference. It seems people under 140 could potentially be eating far too many calories to actually lose weight. I can’t seem to find any information for adapting the plan for smaller people except to round up if you calculate you need less than 1200 calories. How do you make sure you don’t regularly hit 1500 calories with the containers? Am I over thinking it? I don’t want to end up gaining weight!

    1. Hey Jane!

      At any weight category, you’ll have to play around with the numbers to find what works best for you. There are people who are 120lbs and eat 1500 cal/day, and 150lb people who eat 1200 cal/day to lose. (The 9 lbs in two weeks is mostly water weight, by the way. Don’t put too much stock in that number.)

      I’d say experimentation is the way to go. Start with the 1200 calorie level and work through a few days of 21DF. Are you tired and lethargic after a week at 1200 calories? Bump it by 100-150 calories and try it again. But realistically, we don’t gain weight because we’re eating 300 excess calories a day. We gain weight because we eat 1000, 2000, even 3000 excess calories a day.

      I don’t think you’re overthinking it – most people don’t put enough thought into it, to be honest! 🙂 The containers will keep you on track for portion control and will keep you in line with the calorie bracket. I’d go with the containers for a week or two, and if you see results, great! If you don’t see results, re-evaluate at that point. The beauty of any program is that it’s not written in stone, and you can tweak it and hack it any way you want. There aren’t any Beachbody police out there to fine you if you don’t follow the plan 100% as it’s written.

      Good luck!

  27. I have repurchased the 21 day fix program but am doing it without shakeology. I am also looking into a new coach as I feel a little bit annoyed with mine. I purchased my 21 Day Fixthrough Amazon because it was cheaper and I got 1 day shipping for $4 whereas I would have to pay more for the program, and pay more for shipping and get it 7 days later! My coach was upset with me for ordering it through Amazon and not the beach body website and said if I am a part of a beach body group I should be supporting beach body and buying it through them. The main reason I am even doing 21 Day Fix is because I need a set schedule and set diet like the 21 Day Fix offers. But the Shakeology was absolutely disgusting in my opinion and I’m really not interested in shakes anyways.

    1. Hey Desiré!

      Why do Beachbody coaches gotta hate so much on their customers? Consumers vote with their wallets, right? I’m glad you grabbed the program off of Amazon. I’m still waiting for my copy of 22 Minute Hard Corps to show up that I ordered a MONTH ago from, so I don’t blame you one bit. See, if I was a coach, and my customers bought programs off of Amazon, I’d still keep them in the group, because your goal as a coach is to keep people interested in the brand, not piss people off. Good luck with your 21-Day Fix goals. Are you using anything instead of Shakeology for post-workout nutrition?

    2. Desire, have you found a new coach? The way you were treated is terrible. I actually have a person in my challenge group who got her 21 Day Fix off of Amazon. Didn’t bother me because my goal is to help others achieve their goals.


  28. I am about 130-140/5’9″ and would say I eat between 2000-2500 calories a day. My diet is healthy. I want to flatten my stomach It isdriving me nuts. My build is lean but I really want a flat stomach. I don’t follow a program but try to work out daily. Sometimes I do a 21 day workout, insanity max 30 or the days when I am not motivated 30 mins on my elliptical. I was considering the 21 program but the containers seem like just too much considering I already eat healthy. What would you recommend?

    1. Hey Charlie!

      A few questions for you:

      1. What is the rough breakdown of your protein/fat/carb ratios in your clean diet? Just trying to ascertain what you can tweak to flatten out the abdominals.

      2. Getting that beach-ready flat stomach takes a commitment to a program. The hybrid cardio/strength of 21DF and the plyo/cardio mix of Insanity Max are great for overall toning, but you need a dedicated, focused approach to the ab area and a diet that’s consistent with reaching low bodyfat percentages. The container system is really designed for dropping weight; if you’re eating 2000-2500 calories a day at 130/140 lbs and maintaining a lean build then you’re not going to be satisfied on the container eating plan.

      As to programs: if you want to focus on the abdominal and core, take a look at the new Mike Vazquez workout that works your core and abs without crunches (YEAH BABY!)

      Your question is well-timed; the Body Moment team is working up a new Shredded For Summer series that focuses on a lot of problem areas, including abs (no more 10-minute abs workouts once a week, that won’t get you anywhere); one part of it combines a lot of compound moves with really focused nutrition to get a lean, built look, and has lots of trainer support built right in. We’re in the process of building it up right now; head over to to sign up for free updates on our program – as well as a bonus code to use once the program launches.

      Thanks – and hit me up again if you have any more questions in your quest for great abs!

    2. Have you looked into Masters Hammer and Chisel? I know a lot of people who have had great success with it as far as toning and defining. My Upline coach has done it and loves it.

      1. Renee – I have MHC, but haven’t had a chance to try it. I know there’s mixed reviews of it on the FB Beast Mode Super Group. Upside: it mixes the best of 21DF and Beast. Downside: Autumn is in it. LOL

        1. I like Autumn personally. I plan on getting MHC after I lose more weight. I’m still doing 21 DF. 4 rounds, lost 30 lbs. tried 22 Minute Hard Corps and I wasn’t really impressed with it to be honest. I’m not crazy about Tony Horton.


          1. I’d ordered 22MHC, but the package was returned to the warehouse and my account was refunded…without any notice! I was wondering why it didn’t arrive. Funny, I love Horton, even though he’s a bit over the top sometimes. I wish Chalene did more programs these days, she’s my absolute favorite.

          2. Different personalities I guess. Chalene is awesome. Beachbody is working to improve their customer service, they had some issues for a while and are getting things straightened out now.


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