For many of you that have been following my Facebook posts and progress here, you know that I have been following along with the PIYO calendar and Eat Clean Nutrition Guide. I’m currently on Week 5 so I’m just starting into my second month. It has been quite an awakening program for me!
My soul mate program has always been the 21 Day Fix. It was what initially got me the best results and what I stuck with for over a year. However, having recently started PIYO, I’m starting to realize the real differences between the programs and what results they produce.
The 21 Day Fix is the best end all – be all for wanting to lose a significant amount of weight quickly. However PIYO on the other hand, has been AWESOME for really tightening and toning problematic areas on my body like my core, lower back, midsection, inner thighs. It’s interested how mixing it up a bit can get you different results, both of which I love. 🙂 I think moving forward I will do a little combination of both programs.
Also, there are a few minor differences to the nutrition plan for PIYO too. I will share with you my PIYO meal plan example below, but first I will explain a little bit more in detail. Depending on your current weight and your goal weight, they give you a calculation to find out what food bucket you will be in. Then within your food bucket, it will tell you how many servings of each food category you should eat each day.
The five food group buckets are:
- Primary Vegetables
- Secondary Vegetables & Grains
- Healthy Fats
Here is a picture of the food bucket that I fall into and how many portions I am allowed to have each day within each food category.
Lastly, here a meal plan example from this past week. Every day, I felt full and satisfied. I typically do have a cheat meal Thursday or Friday night, which keeps my cravings low during the week. As long as I have that to look forward to during the week, I can keep it fairly healthy.
As for how I plan my meals, I like to keep it very simple. As you can see, I will eat the same thing for two days. This allows me to account for leftovers and keep my grocery bill and time spent cooking the meals low. By the third day, I would probably get kind of bored so that is when I will switch it up to something different and then again eat that for two days. That’s just what works for me! 🙂
PIYO Meal Plan Example
I hope this helps! If you are interested in trying the PIYO program and joining an accountability group, please apply below. I host these accountability groups each month to help encourage, support, guide, and provide accountability for those who want help!