We are all about promoting fitness and healthy eating habits at Skinny to Strong, but what we aren't into are fads. Fads set people up for failure. As of late, a new fad, the 21-Day Fix is taking the internet by storm.
The 21-Day Fix** is a product by Beach Body. Every blogger and their blog-mothers are delivering diets that fit the 21-Day Fix. What is the 21-Day Fix? Well, it's a portion-controlled eating system that claims NOT to be a diet. But it is. Anything that restricts eating is a diet (again, we are not talking about the word DIET in terms of nutrition, which simply what you eat). Autumn, the poster girl of The 21-Day Fix says, "This is not a diet..." She is lying to you.
The 21-Day Fix has rainbow-colored boxes to shove your food into and you can mark off how many you eat each day. It also comes with a workout plan. Okay. We've had enough of that.
Why are we soooo against the 21-Day Fix? For one, it is a diet, and while we agree that some people do need to start eating less and working out more to lose weight, we also think that eating the right foods when you feel hungry and maintaining an active lifestyle is even more important than rainbow-colored boxes. If you really like rainbow-colored boxes, Amazon offers a range of them for much cheaper.
We also disagree that learning about portions (Link to Mayo Clinic slideshow) should be something we need to forget and/or rely on a box to do for us. If you don't know about portions, then a few weeks of practice should get you into shape and then you don't have to think about it...you'll know about portions and won't be lost in the event that you've forgotten your rainbow-colored Tupperware at home.
And the final reason we are against the 21-Day Fix is that they blew up the internet to get everybody on board. Why do you think all of these bloggers and pinterest boards are lighting up with info on the 21-Day Fix? It wasn't a coincidence. All of these people were selected to review and/or write about the product...they either received compensation or the product for free in exchange for a review. And just like that, every first world country knew a thing or two about the portion-control diet.
So, what should you do if you need to lose weight and don't know where to start. Well, you've landed on a great site. Skinny to Strong is still new, but we are in the process of developing a nutrition guide and fitness plan that you can easily integrate into your life. No diet, just eating when you are hungry, and not eating when you're full. It's all about eating healthy, wholesome food and moving the body. Sometimes that means that you workout and sometimes that means you aim to walk five miles per day. We'd love for you to comment, bookmark our site, or subscribe to our newsletter, so you can stay in the loop. We offer a ton of free downloads too. Nutrition and fitness is a community effort--it's not all money hungry....thanks for listening.
**Note: We've only linked over to the diet so you can see for yourself that is indeed a diet, not a lifestyle as they would like to have you think.
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