I started the Extreme version of the 21 Day Fix (21 DFX) in hopes to gain a 6 pack. It is a vain goal, I realize this. But I've always wanted one, and I feel like my body is finally at a point where a 6 pack seems like the next step. My weight is low and my body fat is pretty low, I work out 5-6 times every week and I do tough workouts. I eat clean 80% of the time and relax 20% of the time. And STILL, I have no 6 pack. So I thought that the Extreme program would get me there. Before I started the program, I had some friends tell me, "You are tiny. You don't need to lose any weight." They recommended that I just follow clean eating and the containers, but don't figure my containers bracket based on a calorie deficit. \I thought about that advice, talked to my husband (who agreed) and did that. On the days when I teach or do a gym workout, I don't do a 21 DFE workout. I'm not operating on a calorie deficit, and I've definitely had some wine and chocolate (not part of the Extreme program).
So you might say I failed at the 21 DFE. But I'm not going to call it a #fail. Just doing the clean eating and containers, plus staying focused with my workouts, I am down 4 pounds and several inches, mostly from my midsection. My weight is at 105, which is low but very healthy for my short self.
And I've come to terms with the fact that I'm just not ready to give up occasional drinks and treats for my beloved 6 pack, which is a big #win for me. It feels REALLY GOOD to understand myself a little better. Not to mention that I would need to give up those things for more than just the 21 days to sustain my abs. I don't want to drop any more weight, and that's what I'd need to do to uncover those abs.
And I realized: I am happy with my body the way it is. It feels pretty damn amazing to say that.
So my final review of the 21 Day Fix Extreme is that if you are ready to take your fitness to the next level and you are okay with giving up wine and chocolate and some other naughty foods for 21 days--do it! It's a phenomenal program! And I LOVE the workouts that come with it. BUT, if you are looking for a program that has a little more give (including pizza, wine, and chocolate), then the regular Fix will suit you better. It still requires willpower and dedication, but it's not so, well, EXTREME.
I might try the Extreme again at another time in my life when I'm ready to take my fitness up a few notches. But I'm just not quite there yet :)