2B or not 2B, that is the question you may be grappling with. I want to provide you with some information so you can decide if this program is a good fit for you, or at least something worth talking to me about.
The 2B mindset is a totally different kind of “program” than any other put out by Team Beachbody. It is 100% nutrition based with a focus on losing weight. This type of program was missing from the extensive Beachbody library and it's creation was LONG overdue. There is a significant part of the population that needs something exactly like this because they simply can’t workout (for various reasons), or just really don’t like to.
I was as skeptical as the next person trying to figure out what this new “program” was going to look like and how it was going to be “new” and “different” from anything any of us have ever done in the way of nutrition. The more and more I read, however, and heard from those in the original test group, the more excited I was to see what this was all about.
I am going to call this program a nutrition course. That’s really what it is. It was created by Ilana Muhlstein, MS, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist after losing over a 100 lbs herself! She basically packages the equivalent to 10 private sessions with her in a video based course that puts everything in simple terms so it is easy to understand. The videos are brief, to the point and packed with some totally new information as well as a mix of what we already know, but re-explained in a way that makes more sense!
I learned a new way to view nutrition. I now look at Protein, Fiber Filled Carbs, Veggies and “accessories” in a new way. I now look at how I structure my plate at each meal to strategize what will be yummy, satisfying and keep me filled until my next meal.
I have reestablished a healthy relationship with the scale and have allowed my body some much needed love and grace.
I have learned to eat out, order in, attend functions and even vacation without setting myself back while still enjoying them all!
I have not deprived myself or felt “guilty” over my choices in food since beginning the program.
I have counted calories in the past, counted weight watcher points, counted macros and even counted our color coded container system and mentally (and physically) I needed something different. I wasn’t sustaining those methods well, AND, my body was not responding to them the same way anymore.
Those systems are based on a formula that is one size fits all, and I have truly discovered that doesn't work for everyone. Sure, it’s great to know that 2 eggs are considered a protein, but what if my body needs 3 to stay full and satisfied. Eating an extra egg when counting calories, macros, points or containers would have derailed me mentally (it did derail me more than once), even if it’s what my body needed. This plan, however has me tracking this kind of information in a way that I learn what works best for me (based on simple and clearly laid out principles), so I can achieve the goals I have set out to reach! I have learned what foods my body responds best to and what it doesn’t and don’t feel guilty about leaving certain foods off my plate!
I am not being deprived of carbs or cutting out any foods or food groups that I love. This has allowed me to not to go off the deep end and feel the need to binge (like I have in the past).
Is this program for everyone? I believe it can be, at least for long term goal attainment. If you are looking to drop weight fast, this isn’t necessarily the plan you want to jump into. This is a program that typically sees more weight coming off the longer you do it…you lose more in months 2 and 3 than month one (because in the beginning you are figuring out the plan and what works best for you).
This plan isn’t for someone that wants to be told exactly what to eat and how much. The container plan is amazing for that, and was amazing for me for a LONG time. I am someone who needed that first before transitioning into something like this because I am a rule follower and do well when I am told exactly what to do!
I don't want you to take it all from me, so, I asked my current ladies doing this plan to share their thoughts with others who are considering jumping in. I specifically asked them to share "has this program helped, was it worth the coast and anything else you think will be helpful."
Here is what they had to say!
I think so! I have learned a lot! The tracker itself is worth the money, IMO (in my opinion).
The group support and accountability has been key for me! Such an awesome bunch of ladies!
I am learning what foods work best for me and at what times. Dinner and DONE is a great tip, and I am learning it’s ok to have carbs (in moderation) but only early in the day, not with dinner and definitely not after dinner.
I also learned a lot too, and I honestly haven’t even finished all of the videos. Completely agree with xxxx that the tracker itself was worth the money. Not eating carbs for dinner was the huge change for me, but I feel so much better and have a lot more energy. Personally, I had been following the containers for about a year and this works better for me/fits into my life better. Getting in all my water and drinking 16 oz before every meal has made a big difference for me too!
I am so much more conscious of what I'm eating, but in a good way. I'm putting veggies first when I meal plan instead of meat first. I've lost six pounds so far officially (because I'm truthfully struggling with weekends still). But the real triumph is my numbers at the doctor's office. That's been my favorite thing!
2B reset my whole way of thinking about my nutrition. To me, 2B is:
I really like that the program is flexible and gives guidelines and not strict eat this much of this or that. It gives you choices to make it work for you depending on what you like which is exactly what I needed. And simple tips and tools to stay on track. plus it’s ok to get off track for a little bit, it’s easy to get back on. I’ve lost 10 pounds in the past 2.5 months and have still enjoyed treats for family birthdays (four of them!) and summer bbqs. I definitely recommend!
For more detailed and specific program information, check out my previous post Enough is Enough - Why I'm Making a Shift and You Should Too!
To see my initial results and lessons learned, check out The Results are In! What I Learned This Week
I would love to connect with you if you have further questions, or to talk to you about getting started with this plan and joining my group!
I am a former dual sport collegiate athlete sharing my story, how you can gain strength, confidence and discipline too, and how I apply lessons learned from competative sports and how to turn them into real life success.