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How We Decide The 21 Day Fix Portions For Our Recipes (repost from tb3)

Original post by: Denis Faye

Believe it or not, converting recipes to 21 Day Fix container equivalents isn’t an exact science. In some ways, you might even consider it an art. Here’s an explanation of how it’s done.

The premise of creating the container system was simple. Divide a wide variety of healthy foods into a series of colored containers to help people learn how to eat right.

How We Picked What Foods Go Into Which 21 Day Fix Containers
The execution of the system, however, wasn’t so simple. Foods needed to be divided not only into various types of food (fruit, veggie, etc.), but they needed to be divided by macronutrients levels so people get a balance of protein, carbs, and fat. We also needed to consider calories by volume because sometimes the same amount of seemingly similar foods can have very different calorie amounts. This is why there are two fat containers: orange and blue. The foods in the orange containers have more calories by volume, so a serving would contain too many calories if measured in a blue container.

This is also why tomatoes are on the green list, but tomato sauce and salsa are purple. They may, basically, be the same food, but sauces tend to have more calories by volume, so a green container of loosely packed, chopped tomatoes and a purple container of marinara sauce have roughly the same calories. (Tomatoes straddle the line between veggie and fruit, which is another reason they make sense in either container.)

There were scores of choices like this that needed to be made—and oftentimes hotly debated. There were also the educational considerations. For example, treats replace a yellow container in the 21 Day Fix plans. The reason for this is that the foods in the yellow list are among the least important foods in the average diet (considering the green and purple both contain arguably healthier carbohydrate sources) so it made the most sense to sacrifice those if you want to be a little naughty.

Bringing Recipes Into the Picture
When recipes are built specifically for the 21 Day Fix, matching containers is easy. Ingredients are selected from the lists in container-friendly amount and there you go! But matching containers to recipes not necessarily built with the 21 Day Fix in mind is another story. Many of the ingredients aren’t included in the Fix and if they are, they’re at amounts different than the containers. The levels of protein, carbs, and fat need to be considered. Calories need to be considered. These considerations are multiplied by the already-mentioned considerations of the containers and, well, that’s a lot of considerations!

But wait, there’s yet one more consideration: what makes sense to you, the reader? Often, container choices can make complete sense scientifically, but maybe you see ingredients that you feel should have been better considered.

There’s also the consideration of which consideration to consider first! (Are we having fun yet?) Deciding this lends a high degree of subjectivity to the process.

So, we welcome you to be part of the conversation. If you have a question about the portion choices we’ve made in a particular recipe, come on over the Expert Advice section of the Team Beachbody Message Boards.

Or at least consider it.

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3 Steps for Successful 21 Day Fix Meal Planning

3 Steps for Successful 21 Day Fix Meal Planning (a reblog from TB3)

author: Amanda Meixner

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

Planning your 21 Day Fix meals may seem a bit daunting at first, especially if you’re new to healthy ingredients or portion control, but with a little practice, you will see just how easy it can be to get your clean eating on track. Below are step-by-step instructions for planning your meals and some pro tips on healthy eating.

 

1. Calculate Your Calorie Level and Daily Container Count
Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight, calculating your proper daily calorie goal is essential to reaching your goals. Here’s how:

1. Multiply your current weight in pounds x 11. This number is your Caloric Baseline.
2. Add 400 (The Fix Calorie Burn) to your Caloric Baseline. The resulting number represents your Caloric Needs to maintain your weight.
3. Subtract 750 (the caloric deficit) from your Caloric Needs. This number is the Caloric Target you should eat to lose weight.

Using your 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Guide, look up the corresponding container count on page 15. Your calorie bracket will determine how many containers of each color you should eat each day.

Here’s an example using a 150-pound person who would like to lose weight.
1. 150 x 11 = 1650 (Caloric Baseline)
2. 1650 + 400 = 2050 (Caloric Needs to maintain weight)
3. 2050 – 750 =  1300 (Caloric Target to lose weight)

Note: If your Caloric Target is less than 1,200, round up to 1,200. If it’s more than 2,300, round down to 2,300. If you are trying to gain weight, add 750 instead of subtracting 750.

 

2. Write Down A Sample Day of Meals
Now it’s time to start planning. Go to the food lists on pages 24-39. Read through the choices and mark down some of your favorites under every container. Then, using
this meal planner, plan a sample day. Think about what types of food you would like to have at each meal and include some of your favorite healthy snacks. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple.

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

21 Day Fix Sample Day of Meals

Before you move on to the next step, think about what you would like to eat for the next 3-5 days. Do you want to eat the same thing for breakfast each day, or do you want to switch it up? What about your snacks, lunches, and dinners? Do you have time to cook meals, or would you prefer to eat simply? Write down the variations you’d like, which “free foods” you’d like to add (page 37) and any treats you’d like to substitute for a yellow or orange container this week (page 38 & 39).

 

3. Make a Grocery List
Set yourself up for success by writing out your grocery list and sticking to it. Base your list on the foods you chose for the next 3-5 days. It’s okay to buy a surplus of these foods so that you have a little extra on hand, but try to stick to the amounts that match your calorie level. Remember that one green container holds about 1 cup or more of vegetables, and that a serving of protein is about 4 ounces (before cooking). If you plan to eat 4 red containers of boneless, skinless chicken breast over the next few days, you would buy 1 pound of chicken. Click the image below to download your Fix-friendly grocery list.

21 Day Fix sample grocery list

 

10 Time-Saving Tips

  1. Buy pre-cooked chicken breast or fish from the deli section.
  2. Choose canned tuna for quick meals.
  3. Buy pre-cut vegetables. (Just make sure nothing is added to it!)
  4. Hard-boil several eggs at once for quick, high-protein snacks or to add to salads. Here are our tips on how to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs.
  5. Bake all of your sweet potatoes at once.
  6. Pre-cook enough quinoa or brown rice for the week.
  7. Chop all carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, etc. at once for healthy snacks and ready toppings for salads.
  8. Mornings can be hectic. Have your breakfast ready to go by prepping a large batch of oatmeal or these simple egg cups.
  9. Stock up on berries or fruits that don’t need to be cut like apples, oranges, and bananas.
  10. Raw, unsalted nuts make a great, portable snack.