You cannot talk about the 21 Day Fix nutritional program without mentioning the color-coded containers. These containers are part of a brilliant portion control system, in which your meals are structured around food portions rather than calorie amounts.
What this means for you is that you no longer have to calculate how many calories go into each one of your meals. And as someone who has been on a calorie controlled diet, I know that this process is extremely stressful.
Instead, 21 Day Fix allocates a certain number of containers to you on a daily basis. You are then allowed to eat as much food as can fit into these containers, which is the portion control aspect of the program. Let’s look at these containers in greater detail below.
Target Calorie Calculations
As I said earlier, 21 Day Fix allocates containers to you on a daily basis. The number of containers is based on your current weight, with heavier people consuming more containers then their lighter counterparts.
The reason is that bigger people will need more calories each day, hence more containers. So how do you know the exact number of containers that you should consume on a daily basis? Well, all you need to do is follow this simple calculation (you can also check this link to know more):
(Your current weight x 11)- 350= Your target calories
Your target calories refers to the amount of calories that your body requires to function well every day. Once you have done this simple calculation, you need to identify which calorie range you fall into. There are 4 main calorie ranges, including:
1. 1200-1499 calories
2. 1500-1799 calories
3. 1800-2099 calories
4. 2100-2300 calories
If you weigh 160lbs, then by using the calculation your target calories are 1410. This means that you fall into the first calorie range. If you find that your target calories are below 1200, you will still be included in the first calorie range. And if they are above 2300 calories, then you will be included in the last calorie range.
Once you have determined which calorie range you fall into, it is time for you identify how many containers are allocated to you on a daily basis. Thankfully for you, there is no calculation involved. Just take a look at this chart to identify your container allocation:
1200-1499 Calorie Range= 3 Green, 2 Purple, 4 Red, 2 Yellow, 1 Blue, and 1 Orange container daily
1500-1799 Calorie Range = 4 Green, 3 Purple, 4 Red, 3 Yellow, 1 Blue, and 1 Orange container daily
1800-2099 Calorie Range = 5 Green, 3 Purple, 5 Red, 4 Yellow, 1 Blue, and 1 Orange container daily
2100-2300 Calorie Range = 6 Green, 4 Purple, 6 Red, 5 Yellow, 1 Blue, and 1 Orange container daily
The green container is for veggies like sprouts and kale. The purple container is for fruits like oranges and berries. The red container is for proteins like chicken and tofu. The yellow container is for carbs like oats and whole wheat bread. The blue container is for healthy fats and cheeses like avocado and nuts. The orange container is for seeds and dressings like seed butters.
Now you know all there is to know about 21 Day Fix containers, you can start taking part in the nutritional program. Good luck!