“It’s not about eliminating your favorite things, just doing it in the right way.”
– Autumn Calabrese
So, recently I’ve been asked these types of questions more and more:
“What is the difference between the Portion Fix program and the 21 Day Fix meal plan?”
“I already use the Portion Fix containers, so, how is this nutrition program difference?”
Many of you (millions, in fact) have heard of, and/or have completed, the 21 Day Fix. Actually, it was the very first program I had ever done, and it was my first introduction to the cute little portion containers. But that program was released 5 years ago, and a lot can change in 5 years!
Portion Fix is here to TEACH (NOT TELL) you how to eat.
Over the last 5 years, there has been a tremendous evolution of the science behind the Portion Fix containers, and how to use them to improve your nutrition, performance, and overall health.
- Yes, you will still use the exact same color-coded containers.
- Yes, you will still utilize portion control.
- Yes, you still get carbs and fats.
- Yes, you’re still allowed and encouraged to indulge in occasional treats (and wine!)
But, you’ll also be equipped with BRAND NEW tools to help you learn to fuel your body based on your needs — and even get the whole family involved!
The biggest difference from the 21 Day Fix meal plan?
Unlike the 21 Day Fix, the Portion Fix program is built ENTIRELY around nutrition and exercise is OPTIONAL. Yep, you read that right!
The Portion Fix is a nutrition-based program. It teaches you what and how much to eat to achieve a healthy, balanced diet in order to effectively lose and/or maintain weight. The goal is to get us to rethink how we eat, what we eat, and take control of our nutrition.
There are various "rails" you can take, all incorporating the containers:
- Fast Track to Fix: This is where you'll discover the basics of the Portion Fix Meal Plan.
- Custom Fix: Where the fun begins... here you'll be able to choose from various custom plans including things like timed nutrition, intermittent fasting, carb cycling, pre- and post-natal, vegan/vegetarian, and even a plan to help kids!
- A Fix For Everything: In this section, you'll find answers to all of your more specific questions!
Portion Fix is designed for the long-term, not just 21 days.
The beautiful thing about this program (and the first two options above) is that it’s meant to be a lifestyle.
This is not a quick fix.
You won’t be starving yourself.
And it’s not a diet.
It’s designed to kick sugar cravings and reliance on processed foods.
One of the most common nutrition battles my challengers/customers face is: SUGAR!
“I crave sweets!”
“I just can’t kick my sugar cravings.”
We crave sugar when our bodies aren’t fueled properly. We crave sugar because ingredients in processed foods train our brains to crave more sugar. And this program helps us understand why we crave sugar and helps us learn how to fuel our bodies so we don’t crave processed sugars.
One of the other focuses of the program is on reducing processed foods — specifically processed sugars.
I’m not sure if you caught my blog on sugar, but it’s easy to forget how much sugar (and other not-so-good ingredients) are snuck into many processed foods.
Don’t get me wrong. I've got boxes of mac n’ cheese in the cabinet, too — it’s certainly Jameson’s favorite meal... really, he could eat in nightly! But the more I educate myself and learn, the more I am able to make smarter, healthier choices for myself and for my family.
Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends children ages 2-18 consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day (25 grams). Unfortunately, the average American Child is consuming FAR more than that.
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It also addresses emotional aspects of eating.
Many of us have emotional battles with nutrition and eating. Maybe you eat when you are stressed? Maybe you eat when you are sad? Maybe you feel guilty after eating certain foods either because you think it’s “bad” for you, or because you’ve eaten too much? Maybe you’ve never had a positive self-image? Portion Fix aims to help change this and create a positive, healthy relationship with food!
Want even more of a focus on emotional eating? Take a peek at our 2nd nutrition-based program 2B Mindset.
You may add in exercise & adjust your meal plan based on your activity.
Although exercise isn’t required with Portion Fix, there is the option to add in exercise if you'd like.
My main goal for my customers — for YOU — is that you get results and KEEP them. This is sustainable, and, all about creating life-long habits. Not a diet. Not a quick fix.
Want to learn a little more?
Check out my blog with more info about the program!
Interested in a little extra support!?
Each month I host nutrition-focused support groups for those trying Portion Fix for the 1st time! Here you will gain extra help and support and have the opportunity to meet other incredible people on the same journey with you! Simply fill out the application below to join. See you there!