One big discovery I have made in the last year is that true health starts from the inside out. Meaning you can exercise as much as you want, but you will never see the results you want unless you fuel yourself properly. Whether those results are weight lose, having more energy, or just building muscle, your body needs proper fuel to run.
The same goes for hydration. If we where to compare ourselves to cars, water would be like our motor oil, and coolant, and pretty much every liquid besides the gas (that’s food! 😉 ). Water lubricates everything in the body, muscles, tendons, every function our bodies need to perform every day requires water, and lots of it. Half your body weight in ounces to be precise, and that’s just to start!
I thought I was eating right because I counted calories, and was drinking enough water because I had a glass on a regular basis. But I was mistaken on both fronts. You can count calories all you want (and I did for years) but if those calories don’t come from the right places, and in the right amounts, then it’s just a waste of time.
Not only that but it is incredibly frustrating! To exercise, and not feel stronger, to eat in a calorie deficit (less than you burn) and not lose weight, and to drink water but feel dehydrated! I was getting to the point where I was thinking I had some medical reason that I was not losing weight, or building muscle, because as far as I could see I was doing everything right! But nothing changed.
Enter The 21 Day Fix! Now don’t let the name deceive you, this is not a fade unhealthy extreme diet plan, that you can only eat lemon water and slices of ginger! This is a real lifestyle change in a box. It guides you using colour coded containers to help you learn what real portion sizes look like, and gives you one simple (but not easy) 30 minute workout per day.
This program is effective, simple to follow and motivating! I have not missed a workout since starting 42 days ago. (I just finished round 2)
What I like about this program the most is the effaces is on the nutrition, not eating to a certain calorie bracket, but eating the right amounts of each food group. This is the key that has made all the difference in my journey.
The last great thing I want to add about the program is it doesn’t get boring (and if it does I can move to 21 Day Fix Extreme) I am done round 2 and am raring to go for round 3!
When I initially started doing Beachbody programs this year Piyo became boring within 1 round.