21 Day Fix vs. Weight Watchers?
How do you know what program will work for you? Why do I have any expertise on this topic? Why on earth listen to me? You don’t have to listen to me but you will have a better understanding of the differences and similarities of the programs.
I’ve been a Weight Watcher member for years. Off and on for years. The last time I signed up again was in April 2009 right before my 20 year high school reunion. I’ve been through many programs they offer and they all work if you follow them.
I’ve been a Team Beachbody coach since November 2010. I became a customer in August 2010 when I ordered Insanity and it rocked my world. I was hooked on the programs and products because they worked. If you follow the program it works.
21 Day Fix:
•Use color coded containers to determine portions and servings. (Red = protein, Purple = Fruit, Yellow = carbs, Green = Veggies, Blue = fats like avocado, cheese, and Orange = oils and nuts
•You figure out portions and number of containers based on calories needed for the day.
•There are 30 minute workouts included in the program
•No weekly in person meetings. You do all of your interaction online. You do all of your workouts in the privacy of your home.
•Use point values of food to determine portions and servings. Each food has a point value and you track your points. Most veggies and fruits = 0. You look in a book or online to determine the points value and log it.
•You either follow portions on a package or weigh and measure your food to determine the points.
•No workouts included with a WW sign up but you can order them or do your own thing.
•There seems to be more of an emphasis on food and counting the food than moving. Moving is covered and encouraged but not as much as it is in the 21 Day Fix.
•Option to weigh in weekly with others in a meeting located in your area.
1.Both programs encourage clean eating and promote non-processed foods as the way to go.
2.Both programs encourage accountability and checking in with others to succeed.
3.Both programs encourage tracking for success. You are either tracking your containers or tracking your points.
4.Both programs encourage exercise. The 21 Day Fix encourages it more and offers modifications.
5.Both programs want you to begin a healthier lifestyle that lasts.
6.Both programs want you to take measurements and weight to have a benchmark to your progress.
7.Both programs make you aware of your portion sizes and food choices.
8.Both programs encourage you to meal plan and prepare.
What does each program cost?
21 Day Fix: The base kit is $60
and includes the containers, workout program, recipes and the plan. The kit can be enhanced by getting more DVDs (challenge pack) challenge pack and an awesome supplement called Shakeology and can go up to $160 for the kit depending on what you get. The superfood meal replacement = 1 red container so it makes meal planning easier. Plus you know you are putting something great into your body every day for about $4 a meal.
Weight Watchers: It depends on if you pick online only or weekly meetings where you weigh in. There is a one-time signup fee and then a monthly fee. You can choose to pay weekly when you weigh in or monthly auto draft. It costs around $40 a month until you reach your goal weight and then you don’t have to pay. You receive basic information about how to count your points, recipes and tips. You also receive a weekly reader with tips and info. No workouts or supplements included. Weight Watchers
YOU must decide. How dedicated are you to your health? If you follow the program it will work. If you are trying to cheat or find a way to not be on the program then it will not work. We all know that eating clean and non-processed foods is best for us. Yet we try to see how many chips we can have and still lose weight.
Is there an obvious winner here? Not to me. I integrate both programs. Here is how I do it.
I love the 21 Day Fix because of the timeline. I can focus for 21 Days. I know there are proven results and I’ve achieved them. I don’t have to look up points. If it fits in the container then it works. When I run out of containers then I’m finished for the day. I love how it pushes me to eat cleaner. I also love it because it was the first workout program that said you can have wine and chocolate.
I love Weight Watchers because I can count the points of anything. Restaurants, beer, chips and salsa, pizza. The Fix does offer options to count foods like that but it is not as easy to determine. I don’t feel like I’m trapped at home preparing meals. I can plan a meal out of the house and not feel like I’m doing something wrong.
To test the success of the programs I’ve been doing both at the same time. Counting points and tracking containers. So far they seem to be matching up. The number of proteins required and limit on fats and oils. The number of points used seem to be the same as the containers used.
I lean heavier toward the 21 Day Fix because of the higher emphasis on working out and the more obvious emphasis on portion control vs eyeballing it.
If you are like me then you get bored easily. You hit a certain goal and then cross the finish line and ask “what is next?” I love to keep myself guessing and challenged so I don’t give up. It is so boring counting points. It is so boring measuring lettuce for a salad. Maybe not boring but tedious and monotonous. Over and over again. Meal plan, look up points and containers, repeat every meal, every day, every week. Picking a program and making it fun works for me. Change it up.
What do I recommend?
Pick a program.
Pick both if you want.
Put your health at the top of your list.
Don’t say you can’t afford it. You either afford to be healthy now or you HAVE to afford to be sick later. Choose wisely.
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What do you think? Are you a Weight Watcher fan? Have you tried the Fix?
Tell me what you think.