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Which Beachbody Nutrition Plan is right for you? Well, they’re designed to work with whatever workout program you’re doing, so if you’re doing a program, use the accompanying diet plan outlined in the guide. For instance, doing 21 Day Fix? Follow the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan. Done!
What’s that? You’re a “special case”? Maybe you’re doing the Challenge de Jour or another hybrid on Beachbody on Demand (BOD). Or you sprinkle Beachbody workouts into your fitness regime along with other activities like running, cycling, or triathlon training. Or you’re doing a program like Shaun Week that doesn’t include its own, unique diet plan. Or maybe you’re just a stone-cold rebel and you want to pick your own darn plan!
If any of these are the case, that opens things up a bit, so if you’re in the market for a nutrition plan, here are some of our greatest hits—and you can find them all on BOD!
Beachbody Diet Plans That Use the Portion Control Containers
These plans are all built around Beachbody’s Portion Control Container System, an easy, effortless way to eat the right amount of food—and to get results. If you want to do one of these plans and you don’t already have the containers, check them out here.
If you’re looking for a one-size-fits all Beachbody nutrition program, this is your first stop. Portion Fix teaches you how to use our Portion Control Containers for any workout program, then keeps the party going with recipes for dressings, desserts (yep, you read that right), kitchen basics, Shakeology, and seasonings.
Also keep in mind that you can use the choose-your-own-workout calorie calculator with many of the guides listed below.
21 Day Fix Eating Plan
A perfect container-based plan for anyone just getting started. 21 Day Fix is a relatively “relaxed” plan that even allows for treats and alcohol. But if you do what to dial up the intensity, it includes the “3 Day Quick Fix,” a more challenging 72-hour plan designed for temporary weight loss for a special occasion.
Is this diet plan for me? If you’re looking for a simple way to ease yourself into healthy eating, the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan is the plan for you.
21 Day Fix EXTREME Eating Plan
21 Day Fix EXTREME follows the same basic structure as 21 Day Fix, but it tightens the reins considerably. There are two eating plans included in this guide: Extreme and Countdown to Competition. In the EXTREME Eating Plan, gone are the treats and alcohol and the food lists are more restrictive. The Countdown to Competition Plan becomes even more Spartan, mimicking the plan Autumn Calabrese uses leading up to major fitness competitions.
Is this diet plan for me? If you prefer a super clean diet, the 21 Day Fix Extreme Eating Plan is a good long term solution. However, Countdown to Competition should only be used temporarily.
Vegan Fix Eating Plan
It’s the 21 Day Fix—only 100% plant-based! For this eating plan, we’ve shuffled the container system around to give non-meat eaters access to more protein, specifically by dividing grains and legumes, to help you get more complete protein without eating soy 24/7. Also, obviously, all animal products have been removed.
Is this diet plan for me? Whether you’re a committed vegan looking to lose weight or you’re curious about going meat-free but aren’t sure how, this is a plan worth investigating.
Beachbody Diet Plans That Can Be Adapted for the Portion Control Containers
You don’t need the containers to do these plans—but if you want to use them, the plans can easily be converted.
The Body Beast Diet is an old school bodybuilder’s high-calorie diet—but with an upgrade. It shows you how to eat those massive amounts (all the way up to 5,000 calories!) with healthy, nourishing foods including recipes and the legendary “Beast-o-Matic” shakes. There are three phases to Body Beast: Build, Bulk, and Beast. The Build and Bulk phases help you put on mass and the Beast phase reduces calories so that you “shred” body fat and accentuate all the muscle gains you’ve made. The plan also includes “Mass,” and “Ripped” calorie options, depending on how huge you want to get. (There is a third calorie option for those looking to focus more on losing weight)
Is this diet plan for me? The Body Beast Eating Plan is ideal if you’re doing a serious mass-building program and you’re looking to “get swole.”
22 Minute Hard Corps
This is the ultimate “just tell me what to eat” guide. The 22 Minute Hard Corps Nutrition Field Guide doesn’t just tell you what to eat daily, it also details what to eat at every meal. The nutrition plan also offers some super basic culinary education for those new the cooking, walking you through everything from how to boil eggs to how to cook white fish. There’s also a nifty guide for matching spices to food.
Is this diet plan for me? The 22 Minute Hard Corps Nutrition Field Guide is perfect if you’re looking for specific, simple instructions on how to eat.
CORE DE FORCE
The CORE DE FORCE Eating Plan includes a few performance-boosting modifications to aid your transformation. Calories fluctuate as you progress to ward off plateaus. Healthy recipes (based on Joel and Jericho’s favorites) are designed to give you energy for your workouts or to assist in recovery.
Is this diet plan for me? The CORE DE FORCE Eating Plan is great if you want to start experimenting with fluctuating your calories.
What makes the CIZE Eat Up! Plan unique is the Meal Builder, a series mix-and-match charts that show you how to make breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to suit your tastes—including omelets, yogurt parfaits, salad bowls, wraps, and stir-frys.
Is this diet plan for me? If you’re looking for a clean eating plan with a culinary edge and you want some help building customized meals, the CIZE Eat Up! plan is for you.
Enough with counting calories! YOUv2’s Keep It Super Simple (KISS) Meal Guide hardly mentions them. Instead, you’l incrementally improve your diet over four weeks by replacing meals with healthy, easy recipes. In week one, you replace snacks with Shakeology. In week two, you’ll continue to drink Shakeology and replace your old breakfast with healthy breakfast choices like those found in the guide. And so on. By week four, you’ll have easily transitioned into eating a healthy diet—and you’re feeling great.
Is this diet plan for me? Even if you’d like a more structured plan, there are still some great recipes here worth checking out.
You need to be tough to get the most out of the SHIFT SHOP Eating Guide. Over three weeks, you progressively eliminate starchy foods and legumes, eventually getting your carbs almost entirely from veggies and fruit. You also reduce your carbs to about 30% and increase protein to about 40%. It’s not at ketogenic diet levels, but it’s still a great way to test yourself, learn about your body’s relationship with carbohydrates, and focus on getting the job done.
Is this diet plan for me? If you’re into the whole perseverance thing, this is the plan for you.
Beachbody Nutrition Plans That Aren’t Compatible with the Portion Control Containers
The PiYo Get Lean Eating Plan is one of our most stripped-down plans. It doesn’t include recipes or other extras, but has simple directions for how to eat from a series of healthy food lists.
Is this diet plan for me? If you want a super-basic, quick-to-grasp plan, try this one.
P90X and P90X2
The P90X Meal Plan is a classic and still a great way to get results if you’re doing longer, tough workouts. Because bulking isn’t the primary goal, the P90X Meal Plan flips the Body Beast script, focusing initially on weight loss. Then, it transitions into a performance diet. The P90X Meal Plan works either with its own portion system or with a detailed menu plan of recipes for 90 days of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. The P90X2 nutrition plan follows the same basic structure, but includes new recipes, as well as vegan and grain-free modifications.
Is this diet plan for me? Although not one of our simpler eating plans, the P90X Meal Plan is a great way to learn about performance-based eating.
P90X3 reimagines the P90X Meal Plan with a focus on flexibility. This includes lifestyle (vegan, vegetarian, grain-free); calorie level; and food measurement (specific or guesstimate). It’s also heavy on the nutritional education.
Is this diet plan for me? This is an ideal plan for those who already have a general idea of what their body needs and want help honing that.
Like the 21 Day Fix EXTREME Eating Plan, the operative word for the FOCUS T25 Get It Done Nutrition Plan is “Spartan.” The T25 Meal Plan has two brackets: 1,200 calories and 1,600 calories. While meal choices are all balanced, some lean towards protein and other lean towards carbs. Choose the meals that best suit your goals.
Is this diet plan for me? This is a good guide if you’re looking for something low calorie that allows you to experiment with your carb and protein levels.