Understanding the 21 Day Fix Containers
If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less – period! Any diet in the world only works because it controls the amount of food you eat. There are lots of different diets, but what I LOVE about this plan is that it teaches you how to eat, very simply, for the rest of your life. I’m not a fan of going on or off of a diet. I believe in changing the way you look at food so that you want to actually eat healthy. I believe in the mind-body connection and that the only way to feel good about ourselves is to treat our bodies well by what we feed it.
There are lots of ways to eat fewer calories including:
Eat less fat
Eat smaller meals more frequently
Eat more protein and less carbs
Eat from smaller plates
Count calories and weigh your food
Cut out sugar
However, the easiest way to make sure you are eating less but not starting yourself is to use portion control containers. The most common mistake I see women making is that they’re not eating enough. Then they’re starving by the end of the day and binge. Happens to all of us.
This plan helps you figure out how much food you should be eating and then you can forget about counting calories. You can ditch the mindset that you have to eat plain lettuce and grilled chicken for the rest of your life. NO! That’s gross and no one would last like that. It’s no wonder we fail.
Many eating plans specify how many calories you need to eat or how many grams of protein, fat, or carbs you are allowed. These numbers might be based on your metabolic rat or how much weight you need to lose. However, if you have targets to hit, you are going to have to know more about the food you are eating. How many calories does it contain? How many grams of fat? How much sugar?
This invariably involves weighing and recording all the food you eat. You might use a calorie tracker app to make this a little but easier but, however you do it, you are going to have to get used to the idea of weighing all your food.
Again, it’s no wonder people stop doing this. It’s too much work. Too much thinking. Aint nobody got time for that!
Thankfully, there’s this system of color coded containers.
Portion control containers are brilliantly simple but super effective. Each container is designed to measure one specific food group. Instead of weighing your food, you just shove as much of that food group into its container and if it fits - you can eat it!
This is what I mean. Each color container is assigned a food group:
Purple = fruit
Green = vegetables
Red = protein
Orange = seeds and oils
Yellow = carbs
Blue = healthy fats and cheese
Using the portion control containers, you can easily control your food intake without having to weigh your food or ever count calories. For example, you might make your main meals from two green containers full of veggies, one red container of protein, one yellow container of carbs, and half a blue container of healthy fats.