Understanding the FIX Containers
One of the more difficult parts of starting any new diet or nutrition program is figuring out portion control and nutritional balance. The color-coded “Fix” containers were created to help solve this problem and make portion control easy and intuitive and get you away from the hassle of calorie counting. If it fits and it’s on the approved food list, you can eat it! The container system comes with several workout options. Refer to my program for a list of these options HERE.
How the “Fix” Containers Work
There are six colors corresponding to six different types of foods:
The green container is for vegetables. These can be cooked or raw, sliced or chopped. Some examples include lettuces, kale, squash, peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Go ahead and really squish the lettuce into there to create a voluminous salad!
The purple container is for fruits. Berries can easily fit into this container as can grapes and cherries, but you’ll want to cut larger fruits like watermelon, or fruits with pits, like peaches.
The red container is for protein. Fill it with chicken breast, yogurt, eggs, tofu, or shellfish. For some of the other protein, consult the food list in your guide.
The yellow container is for more caloric carbs, as well as starches. This is where you’ll fit in foods like rice, beans, sweet potatoes, and whole-grain pasta into your diet. For foods that don’t easily fit into your container such as waffles and tortillas, the portion amounts are in your 21 Day Fix guide.
The blue container is for healthy fats. Mashed avocado, nuts, cheese, and hummus are just a few of the things you can put in this container.
The orange container is for seeds and dressings. It is the smallest and is used for calorie-dense foods like seeds, olives, coconut, and Fix-approved dressings.
There is also a teaspoon measurement included in the Fix program, and this is for oils and butters, such as olive oil and peanut butter. A teaspoon is not provided with the containers, so you’ll need to use your own. (And who doesn’t have a teaspoon in their kitchen?)
How To Use Them
In my educational course you will learn what to use in your containers….Now that you know what goes in the containers, it’s time to use them. Although you don’t have to count your calories each day, you will want to follow the instructions in the guide to figure out approximately how many calories you need in a day. This is a bracket which is a range of estimated daily calorie expenditures. No actual counting involved! Once you do the calculation, you will refer to the chart that will let you how many containers of each color you should eat each day for your calorie range. If you’re paying attention to macronutrient percentages, you’ll notice that the plan is roughly 40% carbohydrates, 30%protein, and 30% fat. (BALANCED!)
Although the guide contains recommendations for how much of one type of food can fit into a container, you can mix and match foods of the same category to fill a single container. For example, if you don’t want to use a whole green container for spinach, then you can fill one half full of spinach and the other half full of carrots, and it will still equal one green container.
As convenient and transportable as the containers are, you don’t have to eat out of them. You can measure out the portions in the containers and then empty the container out onto a plate or into a bowl.
Why the “Fix” Container System Works
You don’t have to count calories. You only count containers. And it’s a lot easier to keep track of three green containers than x number of calories.
It’s definitely enough food. Often when people begin this program, they find that they’re full even before they’ve finished all their container portions for the day. That’s because healthy food has more volume than junk food. If you find you find this is the case for you, only eat what you can, but make sure to eat a little from all the containers instead of just filling up on your favorite kind and avoiding what you like the least.
It’s practical. Portion control is about moderation and being aware of what you’re eating. The containers help you do this. After you’ve completed your first 21 days, you’ll have a good idea of how many fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats you should be eating every day.
Need some ideas on how to use yours containers? The creator of the 21 Day Fix and fix containers, Autumn Calabrese, created the FIXATE cookbook for you.
How to Count Almond Milk?
IF you use the 30 calorie unsweetened variety (I recommend silk brand – better texture for Shakeology I noticed AND no cargeenan) then if you use no more than 8 oz per day it’s a freebie 🙂 Best things in life are free right LOL >>>>>SIDE NOTE – I’m not sure I would use it every single day fyi, maybe coc milk once in a while instead…bc remember almonds can cause sensitivities and are on the limit section for thyroid. So just keep that in mind as you use it. It is made from almonds so just use caution is all 🙂
The Phone App:
21 Day fix also has an app you can use. For those on the go or who don’t like pen and paper method. Just and fyi on that at well 🙂
Can I order extra containers?
Yes! The Fix Containers are now sold separately. Log into your account at teambeachody.com and you will find “shop” in the upper right area of the tool bar.
What happens if I can’t finish all my containers?
Don’t stuff yourself. Just eat what you can. However, don’t use that as an excuse to skip your green containers. If you’re not finishing meals, eat those first. They have the highest nutrient-to-calorie ratio of all. Try to eat from all of them but maybe not fill them all the way as well. This will insure your macros are still balanced. If need be yellow and purples are best to skip as those are carbs.
Are there any store-bought protein bars that are approved for this program?
Not really, but the Beachbody nutrition experts can help you make calls on a case-by-case basis at the Team Beachbody Message Boards if need be. In the meantime, count 100 calories worth of a bar as a yellow container. (Not all protein bars have that much protein.)
How do you measure soup?
That’s all explained on pages 70–71 of your eating plan guide.
Do I measure the items cooked or uncooked?
Unless specified as cooked in the plan, go with uncooked.
Is this a good program for beginners?
Yes. It’s designed for beginners.
Will I see results if I only follow the modifier?
Of course, as long as you work without the modifier as your fitness improves. You only get out of it what you put in.
Should I do more than one round? How many rounds should I do?
As many as you like, though keep in mind that as you get fitter you need to push yourself harder. Basically, as long as you’re liking your results, you can keep going.
What is maintenance work?
It’s much harder to get into shape than it is to maintain that shape once you get there. You can generally maintain a level pretty close to peak fitness with about half the volume of your program. To maintain, you can utilize many different forms of training but the easiest is often 3–4 days per week of the program you just finished. It will decline slowly over time, but you’ll probably start another program or activity to pick up the slack after awhile.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
It’s impossible to answer to this question. Your weight loss really depends on many factors – your starting point, how much you exercised before, how tall you are, your activity level, your body fat percentage, how well you stick to the plan, etc. Focus on how they feel and sticking to the program. Eventually the weight will come off. How quickly is different for everyone.
Why am I not losing weight on the Fix program?
You may find that in the first week or so, sometimes even the entire first round, that the scale doesn’t move. First, Step Away from the scale. You need to be in the mindset that your ‘weight doesn’t’ matter. Short-term fluctuations are so demoralizing. Weight loss shouldn’t always be the main goal. It’s secondary to getting fit, toned, and feeling great. The 21 Day Fix will help you accomplish all of these. A note about weight gain: When you’re new to strength training or changing your fitness routine, your muscles often store water to protect themselves and to aid in recovery. Once you get used to the workouts, some of the water will shed and you’ll drop weight. Stick with the plan and you WILL see results.
What if I’m still hungry? Can I eat more?
Yes. If you are feeling actual hunger you should definitely listen to your body and feed it. It is really hard to overeat the green containers, so if you need extra food add another green to your daily plan. In addition, if you are using Shakeology? It is formulated to help minimize cravings. My challengers on Shakeology rarely feel hungry.
Can I do the Fix When Breastfeeding or Pregnant?
Yes, but check with your doctor first. Go up a calorie bracket to compensate for the additional calories needed fro breastmilk production.
How do I count things like butter, sour cream, mayo?
Sour cream, butter, mayo are technically not allowed in the Fix meal plan. They contain too much fat and/or the wrong type of fat. However, you can swap them out for other ingredients without affecting the taste of your recipes too much. Here is a list of clean eating substitutions. Mayo however, if you are using a clean mayo like Avocado Mayo you can count a an orange or a blue.
Can I do this Eating Plan with more intense programs?
Yes. Please see page 76 of your Fix Eating Plan for tips on how to adapt the Eating Plan to a more intense fitness program.
Can I eat out at restaurants when I the Fix?
Absolutely! These containers are based on a flexible eating plan, and we understand that special occasions do come up. When eating out, try to order foods that are on the Fix food lists. When your food arrives, estimate what a proper portion looks like, and save the rest for later.
What about dried fruit?
Dried fruit is a yellow treat swap measured in an orange container.
Can I have flavored yogurt?
No. Again, most have artificial sugars, flavors and additives. Greek yogurt is allowed. It’s high in protein and counts as a red. Add fruit or honey to it for sweetness.