What is the 2B Mindset?
There is a LOT of buzz going around about Beachbody’s new program—the 2B Mindset. So what is the the 2B Mindset??? It’s a brand new program created by Ilana Muhlstein with the goal of educating you so that you learn how to eat AND lose weight.
Let’s start with meeting the program’s creator…
Who is Ilana Muhlstein?
Ilana Muhlstein is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in Beverly Hills, California, and the creator of the 2B Mindset nutrition program recently released by Beachbody. She also leads the Bruin Health Improvement program at UCLA and is part of the prestigious Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association.
So, yeah, she’s highly qualified.
What is the 2B Mindset?
The 2B Mindset is a new program by Beachbody that’s only focus is nutrition. Exercise is “extra credit,” which makes is kind of unique for Beachbody. I actually really love this because I’m an avid surfer, cyclist and lately a big hiker as I prepare for a big trip with my teenage son. I like being outdoors and only occasionally work out in my garage anymore.
Instead of using portion control food containers or counting calories, the 2B Mindset provides you with guidelines to follow. —there is a roadmap for each meal of the day. Not a rigid “you must eat this,” but a template laying out how much protein, veggies and fiber rich carbs you SHOULD have.
These guidelines are all laid out in videos found in a new portion of Beachbody on Demand called “Nutrition” and the materials you get in the mail. (Don’t you just love getting stuff in the mail???)
Here are the highlights and the four main guidelines of the 2B Mindset:
- Water first. You drink a big glass of water before you eat anything…even coffee! If you want to lose weight, it really doesn’t matter what program you are doing, try this. Sometimes your body confuses thirst and hunger and drinking water will help. It also fills you up a little bit so you eat less. Plus, it’s water…your body needs it. The more you drink, the more your body is able to flush out toxins.
- Veggies most. The dominant item in all your meals is vegetables—but, don’t worry, there are a lot of creative recipes for people (like me) who don’t want to eat steamed broccoli every meal.
- Tracking food. Writing down everything you eat on a piece of paper (and eventually the 2B Mindset app) helps you learn what works and what doesn’t.
- Daily weigh ins. You’ll be weighing yourself first thing every the morning. This helps you see if what you did the previous day worked or didn’t. If the scale goes up, you won’t beat yourself up.—you’ll just look back and see what happened. Maybe you ate something that just didn’t agree with you…maybe you had too many glasses of wine…or maybe you crushed the day. There is only one way to find out and that’s to measure it. Many people struggle with this one, which is why Ilana goes to great lengths to help you understand why it’s important to do and how to avoid freaking out if the scale goes up.
There is a lot more involved, but I hope this overview answered your question “What is the 2B Mindset?.”
You can probably tell that it’s not as structured as the 21 Day Fix portion control eating plan, so if the container system didn’t work for you then this may very well be a good option for you.
My Experience with the 2B Mindset
I was a part of the a 2B Mindset Test Group and went from 191.6 to 181.2 lbs in ONE round!
While the container system is very effective and some people absolutely love it, I wasn’t a fan. That system just work FOR ME. The 2B Mindset does. I’m not sure what I’ll have to eat today, but I know what my plate is going to generally look like. I know I’ll have a Shakeology for breakfast (continuing a nine year trend) and supplementing with the Performance Line, because I these are my tools that keep me extra healthy and make my life easier. (Here’s a little more on why I suggest taking nutritional supplements—Why We Need Nutritional Supplements)
I really like that I get to decide. Do I want a salad for lunch OR a bunch of veggies and my beloved Bitchin’ sauce? Do I feel like cauliflower pizza for dinner or maybe a small steak surrounded by spinach and asparagus or something that inspires me at the store? I don’t know yet.
I love that I don’t have to worry about counting calories either. I’ll just be conscious that my goal is to lose weight and know that I’m jumping on that scale tomorrow either way to find out how today went. That keeps me focused. I eat when I am hungry (after I drink water) and I stop when I’m satisfied…not “full.” Just satisfied. If I gobble down all my food, great. If I leave some behind, that’s okay too.
Then, I’ll just do the same thing tomorrow. If I’m feeling bad about what’s happening, I’ll check in with our nutrition mentor, Ilana Muhlstein. When I want to know how to order take out, or what to eat at a restaurant, or why turnips are soooo much better than the sweet potatoes I used to eat, I’ll watch her videos about all this stuff.
Get Coached for FREE
You can probably tell that I’m really connecting with the 2B Mindset and am stoked to answer the “What is the 2B Mindset?” question for anyone who asks. I’ve been introducing it to Monica’s Fix Family accountability group on Facebook over the past couple of weeks and would love to have you join us. Just click below to start the process, which starts with assigning Monica as your FREE Beachbody coach: