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You probably clicked on this video to find out if the nutrition program 2B Mindset is right for you.
Strap in, Queen Bee. Cause I’m going to tell you what this program is, how it works, and why it totally flopped for me.
I know it’s been a hot minute since my last video, but after a much needed break to collect my thoughts and get my shit together, I am back at you with another video review.
So the 2B Mindset….where do I start?
Well, why don’t we start at the very beginning…what is the 2B Mindset program?
2B Mindset is the newest nutritional program released by the fitness company, Beachbody and created by Lana Muhlstein, a former-obese-turned-hot-model-with-great-eyelashes nutritionist; this program focuses on making a lifestyle change to your eating habits, using plate proportions and a designated food list to help you lose weight and make smarter choices for life.
And you have heard me say this over and over again on this channel that what you eat contributes to 80% of your weight loss success…
….which means, if you run 4 miles on the treadmill but eat a sleeve of Oreos everyday, You WILL NOT LOSE WEIGHT. PERIOD.
Anyways, Lana is all about getting you to pick and eat the right kinds of food, wholesome, delicious food, with her program. It’s not about counting calories or exercising every day, but rather making educated choices about the foods you eat.
So, I decided to buy the program and waited 5 days for the big ol box of goodies to arrive.
Inside this box, I was given a food tracker, getting started guide, recipes book, as well as a motivational water bottle.
Yup, you heard that right.
A waterbottle that supposedly inspires you to not be a ravenous garbage monster with it’s insightful printed literature.
And as weird as it sounds, it kind of worked.
Whenever I wanted something sweet, I remembered the text on the bottle. And doing that slowed me down enough to reconsider my choices.
So, point goes to 2B Mindset on this one.
Getting Started with the 2B Mindset Program
The first thing 2B Mindset required me to do was to take before pictures, measure my chest, hips, waist, thighs, and arms and weigh myself.
Once I finished that, it was time to sit down and learn more about the program. And realized that I had a pretty big homework assignment right from the get-go.
And to my horror, I realized that I had to watch 41 videos to understand the program…..
And each video breaks down the different principles of the 2B Mindset program.
Obviously these are all bite-sized digital videos ranging on average between 4-15 minutes in length each. So you can watch them in manageable chunks without feeling extremely overwhelmed.
So I hunkered down and began my video homework -- when I discovered one vital element of this program that I was not expecting nor very fond of.
Get your plates ready, Cause here’s the beef!
2B Mindset centers around 2 principals, which Lana calls, the 2 Bunnies: “water first, veggies most” and “Track Your Food, Weigh Yourself Every Day”
WHOA WHAT? I need to weigh myself every single day?
Yeah, I didn’t take it so well.
Growing up, I used to weigh myself every single day. And my entire mood and day was ruled over by the numbers I saw on the scale. One of my saddest memories is seeing I gained an ounce and mentally bullying and kicking myself for slipping up, that I didn’t eat very much that day, despite how hungry I was.
Looking back at this, I was not as prepared or knowledgable as I am now about how the human body works.
So, despite my fears and gut reaction to throw this program in the trash, I decided to give the scale another chance.
But I pressed onward
So after a few days of watching videos and taking notes, the 2B Mindset program would work like this….
Every time you eat, you need to first drink 16oz of water and load your plate with lots of veggies and specified plated portions of fiber-filled carbs, and protein, which varied depending on the type of meal. Then, you need to track EVERYTHING you have eaten and weigh yourself at the same time every single day.
And that’s exactly what I did.
And for the first few days, the program was working really well for me.
I was losing weight, eating great food, feeling like I could totally get behind this kind of lifestyle of eating. And I was drinking so much water. TO the point where I needed to pee once every hour, and twice at night. I never had to pee as much as I did with this program EVER.
So all that was well and good. But the real test came when the weekend arrived.
Now, before this program, I practiced an 80-20 clean eating regimen. Which means, I during the week I eat a very clean, scheduled diet, but when the weekend arrives, I would make Saturday my cheat day. Sometimes I could keep my cheats down to one meal; other times it leaks in Friday night and Sunday morning. But, all in all, I would always end up gaining 1-2 pounds over the weekend, and subsequently lose that and then some during the week.
So the real test came on Saturday morning.
Ethan surprised me with a cute little picnic at the park, with freshly packed sandwiches and other delicious home-made goodies like almond butter and fresh baked whole wheat bread, cut fruit, egg salad and hummus. So far, I was following the program pretty well!
Then, we decided to treat ourselves to icecream and the movies -- where I always love getting popcorn and a small soda as a little treat for myself. And I enjoyed the crap out it. I felt a tiny tinge of guilt, and crossed my fingers that the scale would be nice to me the next day.
With week 1 over, I was feeling pretty great about the 2B Mindset program.
But then, I began to notice some odd stuff happening with my body
…and continued to see it happen for 2 months.
Instead of losing weight gradually like the first week, I started to see my weight climb back up…until I gained back a whopping 5lbs, doing the very same things I was doing before.
No matter what I ate or how much I worked out, my scale was not budging, and this really sent me into that all-too-familiar feelings of anxiety and self-loathing.
I was not in a good place.
You may even remember my last video where I ranted for a good 10 minutes about how awful I felt.
Now, I got some pretty helpful comments from you all on that video and, firstly, thank you for sharing your thoughts. And secondly, I wanted to address some of them here
-It’s probably muscle
This was my first thought when I started gaining weight. I would like to add that although 1 lb of muscle weighs the same as 1 lb of fat, muscle takes up less volume. So if I did weigh more, I should have less volume aka looser clothes, decreased size, etc. But my clothes were still not fitting me well at all, which to me is a sign that something is up.
Which leads me into my next comment I wanted to address…
-It’s probably salt
This might be a viable case, considering how much I was bloated, but like I was saying before, I was drinking a LOT of water, which would have been flushing out any semblance of water retention I had going on….
And just in general, I have never been this heavy before while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 3 years ago, When I first began eating well and working out, I originally started at 170 and worked my way down to 155…doing the same things I am doing now.
So, what is my overall impression of the 2B Mindset program?
In all fairness, I think this program does promote good eating principles. There is a greater focus on choosing foods and how to portion your meals so you get the most out of them without feeling deprived or hungry all the time.
Plus, it gently reminded me to think about my food choices, to maintain more self-control, and drink a ton more water…even if I didn’t feel super thirsty.
I really liked that.
So what is the problem?
The problem was the dependence on the bathroom scale to track your progress.
I really really really did not like it. At all.
There was a reason I stopped using the scale as a teenager, and that reason still remains true to this day for me. Those feelings of self-loathing, guilt and frustration when I saw the scale numbers, coupled with my increasing weight gain that seemed to come out of nowhere, really messed with my head.
So I had to stop.
At this point, I am working on a few secret strategies, based on what I learned here and with my eating habits in the based. As I make some discoveries, you bet your butt I’ll have a video to update you on it.
So keep a look out for those!
I am sure there are some of you that think I wimped out or was a huge baby regarding the scale. And I understand why you would think that.
What’s the big deal about using a scale, Amanda?
I have learned over time that weight naturally fluctuates daily and only tells one tiny part of your body’s story.
Using a scale to measure your progress is like convicting someone of a crime based on one person’s account only, without regard to other pieces of evidence.
If you feel a scale is the one tell-all of your health, you are going to be playing a lot more mental guessing games, and might miss the mark entirely on what is truly going on with your body.
And in my case, have a rage rant after a hard sweat session.
So, If you are someone who places high expectations on themselves and has had a bad relationship with their scale in the past, I would advise you either skip this program OR do this program but weigh yourself once a week, instead of once a day.
Or if scales are just toxic to you, ditch it and use a tape measurement to track your progress.
Do what works best for you in the long-term.
Trust me, you’ll feel motivated and focus on more “telling” signs of health. A smaller waistline, more energy, even-balanced appetite, etc.
But if you are someone who is looking for a good nutrition program without calorie counting, deprivation, workouts, or heavy restrictions, give 2B Mindset a try.
I think you’ll definitely learn a thing or two.