The 80 Day Obsession eating plan will fuel you up like a rocket – but it’s not rocket science.
If you’re just beginning 80 Day Obsession, I bet you might be feeling a tad overwhelmed, especially if you’ve already heard some people talking about the eating plan. But know that we all feel like that at the beginning. After all, 80 Day Obsession is the most comprehensive fitness program Beachbody has come up with yet! When I first decided I’d apply for the test group, I had a few doubts that I could even follow it myself, but by the second day or so, and definitely by the end of the first week, I was feeling pretty confident and I knew I was all in!
The 80 Day Obsession program includes some pretty intense workouts, so it stands to reason you should utilize a healthy eating plan to fuel you through them. Autumn Calabrese has created a plan specifically for just that. It’s called Timed Nutrition, and it’s designed to fuel your body, increase your energy, and help you burn fat as you complete your journey through the 80 Day Obsession, so you finish with the best results possible.
As a part of a test group of coaches who got to do this program live with the creator, Autumn Calabrese, I would personally not recommend “winging it” when it comes to the eating plan. There was a lot of research and testing that Autumn and her team went through to develop this entire program, and I am seeing the results all over the place with coaches and clients everywhere, so I’d say it’s working!
First of all, I want to reassure you that the tools inside the app – the videos, the templates, the food lists, the sample workout schedules – are SO helpful! In fact, that’s why I’m writing this post – to help you feel like you too CAN DO THIS. Trust me, it’s a lot simpler than it might seem when you first dive in.
Should I Supplement?
Just a note before I share Autumn’s tips: You’ll see that the Recharge and Recover supplements from the Beachbody Performance Line are both built in to the eating plan, but this is not required. Many people especially like Recover to help combat exercise-induced muscle soreness and speed muscle recovery, but there are sample meal plans with or without it, so you can decide what’s right for you. I started without using it, but by week 2 I ordered myself some.
Shakeology is also included in the eating plan, and while this is optional, this one I DO highly recommend. It tastes amazing, it’s so easy to take with you anywhere, and it’s a superfood filled with vitamins, amino acids, probiotics, and antioxidents, so for me, it’s kind of a no-brainer. Plus, it counts as one red container! If you want to try some, go here and pick a flavor. The return policy is so good that if you hate it after a month you can still return it for a full refund!
Ok, back to the tips!
Getting Started Right – Autumn’s 8 tips:
One of the first videos in the program is a “tip” video. Autumn explains what she recommends to help you reach success. Here are her most important tips, to help you get started right:
1. Do your calculations.
Use the starter guide provided to enter and calculate your numbers to see which meal plan (A,B,C, or D) you’ll fall into. You’ll determine your appropriate calorie range after you decide if you are trying to lose or maintain weight. You will calculate again after each phase of the program in case you need to adjust as your metabolism changes. There is a also separate vegan plan.
Like I’ve said before, don’t try to wing it! The eating plan is pretty simple and easy to follow, so read it. The concept of the colored portion control containers isn’t new, but what is new is that, for this program, there are fixed combinations of containers you will be using at different intervals. You do still get to select from a huge list of foods that you want inside of your containers, but the color combinations are pre-set for you. You can print out the pages from the plan you need and take them with you (or screenshot it on your phone) so you always know throughout the day what upcoming meal is next. At first I was skeptical, because I thought it would feel too restrictive, but honestly, I love the structure this brings, and it’s been pretty freeing!
3. Use the portion control containers.
Because the nutrition is such a huge part of the program, you’ll definitely need your containers. The plan outlines combinations of which containers to eat together at certain times of the day. For example, on my plan, my post-workout meal is always a green, yellow, and a red. I’m able to interchange which foods go inside those, but I stick to the combo that’s laid out for me. The container combos will not only help you eat proper portion sizes, but they’ll also help you balance out your macronutrients throughout the day so you’re not unknowingly undermining all the hard work you’re doing with your exercise.
4. Schedule your workout time.
It doesn’t have to be the same time every day, but you need to know when it will be. Preferably, set this up at least from the night before. This is because the nutrition plan revolves around your “workout block”. Certain combinations of containers come before it and others after it, based on the time of day you decide to place it into your schedule. Whether you decide you’re working out in the morning, midday, or at night, there are several examples of timed eating schedules created for you to use. Again, you get a lot of flexibility inside of some carefully laid out parameters, for a nice blend of structure and personal “tweaking” ability.
5. Meal prep!
Preparing your food in advance, whether you do this the night before, 3 days at a time, or for an entire week, is extremely important to ensure your greatest results. This is my #1 area that if I get lazy, all my progress goes out the window. It’s just too easy to fall off the plan when you aren’t prepared. If you fail to plan, you’ll might as well plan to fail, they say (and they’re right)! Trust me – busyness, stress, and excuses find ways to creep in…and we DON’T want that! Meal prep allows you to focus on just following your schedule, not stressing out about what food comes next in your day.
6. Use the recipes on Fixate.
Fixate is the Cooking Show on Beachbody on Demand hosted by Autumn Calabrese and her brother, Bobby. There are tons of yummy recipes for you in there and they are all labeled to correspond with your containers. Some are even specifically designed for the colored combinations inside 80 Day Obsession. Look in your nutrition guide to see which combos work for your particular container counts.
7. Enjoy refeed day!
During Phase 2 (week 6), this day of supplemental yellow containers gets introduced (YAY for yellows!). Be careful though, refeed day is not a cheat day. You’ll continue to make healthy choices with the rest of your containers.
8. Be aware of the changes in your timed nutrition.
The regular workout days, rest days, and refeed days have slight variations, so be sure to follow the guide under your particular plan.
So there you have it!
1. Do your calculations
2. Read your eating plan
3. Use the containers
4. Schedule your workout time
5. Meal prep
6. Use Fixate recipes
7. Enjoy the refeed day
8. Follow the timed nutrition changes as you go
The eating plan in 80 Day Obsession has been created to help guide you through making wise nutritional choices and stay in check with your portions, with just the right amount of structure to keep you on track.
A word on being “obsessed”
Remember, this 80 Day Obsession eating plan is NOT a diet, and the word obsession in this in this context is NOT meant to have you meticulously obsessing over every little calorie you put into your mouth. You’ll still have the ownership of personal choice, so that you are designing your meals around what works for YOUR life and your body. After all, YOU know YOU best! Be obsessed with staying on the program, your self-care, and listening to your body along the way, and it’s Ok to be obsessed with really finishing. You’ll be happy you did.
I hope following these tips helps you in your journey to a stronger, leaner you. If you already have Beachbody on Demand, the 80 Day Obsession program is in there waiting for you right now. What are you waiting for?
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