One of the most frequent questions I have been getting since I have started the 21-Day Fix Program is if we can follow the Paleo diet while on this program. Well, this blog post is in reference to that question. So, guys, as you know, I had been following this program for a week last year and I lost about 8 pounds and a LOT of inches while following the 21-Day Fix program Paleo! After my first round I was down a total of 15lbs and have never seen them again. My “happy place” was 150lbs and now a year later I walk around at anywhere between 135-140lbs and I’m 5’9″ and don’t feel deprived at all.
When I started this program, I didn’t really expect a lot of results, simply because I was already working out every day and on a mostly Paleo diet. It came as a great surprise for me, when I discovered — through the 21 Day Fix container system — that the portion sizes I considered normal were actually MULTIPLE times of what I should be eating. DUH MOMENT!!!!
As you know and I have mentioned a few times in the past, the 21-Day Fix Program comes with color coded containers that are used to measure your portion sizes so that you can be sure that you are eating the right amount of meats, veggies, fruits, carbs (paleo friendly), and fats throughout the day. It’s so easy a kindergartner can follow it and for me, I needed something EASY and VISUAL that I could plug and play. A year later, we still use the containers and they keep my eyes from getting too big.
Eating Paleo while on the 21-Day Fix Plan
Each 21 Day Fix container (included when you purchase the full program) comes with a long list of foods that can be eaten using them. For example, if we look at the yellow container (carbs) that came in this program, it says it should be used for peas, beans, lentils, yams and potatoes. However, it’s easy to eat Paleo while you are following 21-day fix program, just by substituting that long list for only yams, plantains or sweet potatoes.
Now, many of you might be thinking that you already know what a portion size looks like, and I did too.
But I was SO WRONG!
This part of the program is where I was truly amazed. Previously, I was eating a whole yam in one serving and I had no idea that this yam was actually equal to about 4 portions!!!
I was eating FOUR portions of yams in one go, which is equivalent to two days of the macronutrient serving. So, now I divide it into four servings using the yellow container to measure every serving size and I get to eat one of these with each of my meals.
This is just one example of how I was eating all wrong. One of the biggest ‘AHA’ moments for me was when I discovered that even if you are eating healthy, if your portion sizes are wrong, you will gain weight. Calories in, calories out. I know, makes total sense right? Except counting calories drives me crazy and I think is totally mentally unhealthy. This is way less obsessive in my opinion and just teaches you the proper way to eat. The way we should all be eating any way: whole foods, healthy fats and smaller sizes that fuel us. At the end of the day, it is all about that ‘deficit’ which you need to create in order to lose pounds.
So, following Paleo on the 21-day fix program is not only possible folks but it is rather enlightening. I discovered a lot of mistakes that I was making and I realized that by simply correcting these mistakes I can start losing weight fast and a lot of it, in the healthiest way possible.
If you have an occasion or an event coming or even if you just want to rock your bikini this summer and want to lose weight and look your best, I would STRONGLY suggest that you get started on this program immediately for some of the most amazing results you can achieve. I will also become your coach for free if you order it HERE.