We asked a nutritionist to explain the trendy 80 Day Obsession program.

By Health
Advertisement
Photo: south_juls/Shutterstock.com

If you follow weight loss and fitness accounts on social media, you might have noticed an uptick in posts about a buzzy program called 80 Day Obsession. Created in 2018 by Beachbody trainer Autumn Calabrese, it's an 80-day program that relies on customized meals and workouts to help you burn fat and achieve a leaner, more toned shape.

What are the guidelines, and why is 80 Day Obsession suddenly so popular? (And why 80 days, exactly?) We took a closer look at this plan and asked a nutritionist to help us break down what it's about, whether it can lead to lasting weight loss, and if it's healthy. (Related: 7 Dangers of Going Keto)

How Do You Follow 80 Day Obsession?

As the name suggests, 80 Day Obsession is designed to last 80 days, or a little less than three months. (Eighty is the number of days it takes your body to create a healthy "foundation for fitness," Calabrese recently told Today.com.) Sign up for the program, and you receive 80 different workouts that last from 30 to 60 minutes each. The idea is to do a different routine every day, with each routine building on the previous one so you continue to challenge yourself.

80 Day Obsession also relies on something called "timed nutrition," as the plan's website calls it, or "eating the right foods…at the right times" to fuel your daily workouts and speed your metabolism. Instead of counting calories, you consume small meals that include protein, carbs, and fat every two to three hours. Also on the diet's menu are the brand's meal replacement shakes. To make sure you're eating the right amount of food, followers use 80 Day Obsession's color-coded portion control containers. (Related: What Is the OMAD Diet? Everything You Need to Know About This Extreme Intermittent Fasting Weight-Loss Plan)

One thing that makes this diet different from keto and other trendy plans is that membership is required; it runs $99/year. You could also buy a package that includes workout streaming, a month supply of Shakeology (the meal replacement shake), plus pre- and post-workout supplements, the portion control containers, and a few small pieces of equipment (like sliders and bands) for $240. (Related: Is the Microbiome Diet the Best Way to Promote Gut Health?)

What Are the Benefits-and Drawbacks?

If you're shelling out that kind of dough at the outset, you need to know what you're getting yourself into. True to the plan's name, it's supposed to become an obsession with fitness and nutrition that lasts 13 weeks. Already, that's not a great start.

"When it comes to overall health and weight loss, having an obsession with anything can be too much," says Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, M.S., R.D. An extreme focus on working out, pushing yourself, and what you eat can drive disordered eating behaviors or overexercising, no matter how honest your intentions were at the start, she points out.

In terms of the diet's nutrition component, Beckerman sees a few potential snags. While "there is a benefit" to eating smaller meals more frequently because it can help metabolism and keeps your system fueled, Beckerman is not on board with the meal replacement shake and portion control containers. "This plan doesn't seem to be individualized for people. Everyone's body needs a different amount of nutrition, making it hard to say if the portion-control containers are appropriate for everyone," she explains. The shakes may not give your body the nutrition it needs.

Also, "the food portion of this wasn't created by a registered dietitian, which makes me wary of the idea. RDs have extensive scientific research-based backgrounds in nutrition and go through many years of schooling," says Beckerman. "It's important to find out where you're getting your nutrition knowledge from." (Related: The Best Diets of 2019-and Why the Keto Diet Ranked So Low)

The emphasis on physical transformation is troubling to Beckerman, because the overall message is about making your body smaller, not to become healthier or more fit. "When someone just focuses on their body, they lose sight of other important things in life-if this is the case, workouts can start taking priority over loved ones, work, and one's own personal values," she says.

Finally, consider what happens after the 80 days are up. Maybe you lost weight and your abs are more defined. But Beckerman has her doubts about the chance at long-term success, especially considering the obsessive focus the plan endorses. "When individuals see a time limit on something, they are more likely to do it for that length of time and go back to their old habits because when it comes to weight loss, most people want a quick fix," she says.

The Bottom Line

While 80 Day obsession may result in weight loss and help you achieve a stronger body, the results can be hard to maintain because it's more of a short-term diet, not a healthy lifestyle change, says Beckerman. If you hate counting calories and love working out, and you like the idea of following rigid guidelines, it could be worth a try. Yet the obsessive focus required to stick to the workouts and eating plan can be tricky for many people to sustain.

This story was originally published on Health.com by Jessica Migala.

Comments (13)

Anonymous
August 7, 2019
This Super Simple Morning Habit "Accidentally" Melted 84 LBS Of Fat How One Woman Discovered the Female Fat-Loss Code Missed by Modern Medicine And Lost 84lbs Using a Simple 2-Step Ritual That 100% Guarantees Shocking Daily Weight Loss https://worldbestweightloss.blogspot.com
Anonymous
April 13, 2019
The Secret to Losing Unwanted Weight Fast and Keeping It Off: https://bit.ly/2pRzPPy
Anonymous
March 16, 2019
Losing weight is not so difficult with the right guidance and methods. What worked for me was this amazing guide: https://bit.ly/2QvsWDd Explains the science of losing weight, right foods to eat, foods to avoid, tips and tricks to lose weight quickly and stay healthy.
Anonymous
March 5, 2019
Lost 41 pounds and 4 dress sizes. I am in the best shape of my life. Wish I had seen this amazing video earlier: https://bit.ly/2xZoIIy
Anonymous
February 14, 2019
Hi, my name is Kate and I would like to share my story. A few years ago, my body was full of cellulite. I used to be disgusted at how much cellulite I had. But, with patience and determination (and a lot of research!), I managed to almost eliminate it. All it took, was the right exercise program and a way to manipulate estrogen metabolism. Read my story here ...==> http://bit.ly/cellulitecured
Anonymous
February 7, 2019
My life is totally transformed after I followed this diet. https://bit.ly/2safCoC Have Lost 27 pounds in last 1 month and feeling great about myself.
Anonymous
February 3, 2019
Did you know there’s a “deep detox” you can do first thing in the morning to burn more fat? And the good news is It only takes 13-seconds! Here it is: https://bit.ly/2x45lQy
Anonymous
February 2, 2019
Did you know that a study from Stanford University revealed that habitual runners got fatter with every passing year? Very few people realize that exercising too much can be counter-productive. Short workouts of around 21 minutes can give you all the weight loss benefits of longer workouts without the negative side effects. Long workouts increase the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which actually force your body to go into “protection mode” and makes it store fat. These unique bodyweight exercises will give you all the weight loss you desire https://bit.ly/bodyweightburnnow
Anonymous
February 1, 2019
sageofhealth.com
Anonymous
February 1, 2019
This controversial method can make you lean fast: https://bit.ly/2DmMBxk
Anonymous
February 1, 2019
I agree the title "Obsessed" can be construed in a negative way but if you listen to Autumn speak, it just means being Obsessed about yourself and taking time to care for your self! She speaks a lot about self-care and taking care of oneself. I don't think you saw the actual "Nutrition" portion and evaluated because you'll see the amount of each container is based on your size. It can work for any person. And Beachbody has a team of nutritionists employed within their company. I'm a believer of this program and have done it twice already - 160 days!
Anonymous
January 31, 2019
The Secret to Losing Unwanted Weight Fast and Keeping It Off: https://bit.ly/2pRzPPy
Anonymous
January 31, 2019
Most often the main issue with weight isn't what people eat, but rather how much they eat. You can exercise until your leg falls off and eat only healthy food, but if you eat too much, you still won't lose weight. If you have trouble with eating, it's worth trying garcinia cambogia http://amzn.to/2xjdETJ. It's the best and most natural way to manage over-eating and cravings.