I just tried out the 21-Day Weight Loss Challenge from Avocadu, and guess what?
While I’m not here to reveal their specific program or anything, I do want to share my three-week journey with you in case you’re considering trying out the program. (Note: I did not receive any freebies in exchange for this review, and all opinions are my own!)
My Experience with the 21-Day Weight Loss Challenge from Avocadu
First, let me give you a little backstory with my weight struggles and how I stumbled across Avocadu.
I was at a very healthy weight before having children. Between my two pregnancies, I gained 95 pounds, and both of my children were delivered via c-sections.
Then, two months after delivering my second child, I was back in the operating room for an emergency gallbladder surgery removal. I struggled a lot in that time, trying to recover from two close-together surgeries while also caring for a newborn and toddler.
But as soon as I was healed enough from my surgeries, I began exercising again and tried five different diets. Nothing worked, and it was so hard to see my efforts wasted.
One night on Pinterest, I saw an ad for Avocadu. The 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge seemed like an interesting program, but I didn’t see any reviews or anything about it, and it kind of had that “too good to be true” vibe. So I put the idea on the back burner as a last resort.
6 months later, I revisited Avocadu. At that point, it seemed like they had a bigger following, and it seemed like people were getting results. So I decided to try it out.
Avocadu ‘s 21- Day Fat Loss Challenge is a three-week program designed to help people lose weight quickly and safely. The challenge is designed to be repeatable if you have more weight to lose after you complete the first 21 days. (Three weeks = 1 ’round’). Upon purchase, you’ll get a list of approved foods, along with instructions on when to eat certain things.
Basic overview and FAQ can be found here: Avocadu 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge Overview
What initially peaked my interest:
- 10 pounds in 3 weeks (with sincere effort) or money back? Deal.
- Also, this program is a one-time purchase with lifetime access. No stupid automatic renewal subscriptions.
- Fairly inexpensive. At the time I bought it, it was only $47
- Only 21 days per round
- Diet-focused with real food, no sketchy supplements or shakes required
- Don’t have to spend time tracking food
After my purchase:
I was very impressed with the amount of content Avocadu had available to help understand not only what you will do, but why it’s helpful for you to do it. Everything you need is in one easy download, or available in an online pdf series in your account. Simple to follow, and looked great.
Avocadu does have information on other products they sell, but you do not have to buy anything but the plan.
I discovered there was a Facebook support group available only to those that purchase the program. You’ll receive instructions on how to join the group after you purchase the 21- Day Challenge. This group is FANTASTIC. Recipes, motivation, and helpful advice at your fingertips.
Tip: Make sure you purchase the program with the same email that you wish to be tethered to your account. Ex: I bought through my joint PayPal account, which uses a different email address than the one I wanted to use. Lauren from Avocadu kindly helped me sort all that out, but I thought I’d save you some trouble.
I’ll be honest, when I first looked at the meal plan, I kind of freaked out. But now that I’ve completed three weeks (one round), I can attest that it’s possible to do. Just takes a lot of mental power.
Avocadu Round 1 Experience
So how did the challenge go for me? I documented how I felt each day throughout the challenge and made note of when I lost weight.
Day 1: We met some of our neighbors today, and I made…chocolate chip cookies. This diet idea nearly flew out the window. Also, I’m using the bathroom as often as a pregnant lady. So far this really sucks. But the program said it would for a few days.
Day 2: I feel like complete garbage. My legs are aching even though I did nothing strenuous today, and I actually feel sick sick. Horribly nauseous, hungry, and irritable. But hey, 2 pounds down.
Day 3 & 4: I have had MASSIVE headaches. I never get headaches. My energy is at an all-time low, but I’m not feeling nearly as hungry.
Day 5: Feeling much better today. Still a little weak, though. I didn’t even want lunch because I was still full from breakfast. 5 pounds down. Take that, weight plateau! I feel real hope for the first time in years, because I see a number I haven’t seen in 2 years!!
Day 6: First day that the numbers haven’t gone down. I’ve got a bit of that “digestive distress” they warn you about. Otherwise, I feel pretty good! Headache free today :). My husband does have pizza downstairs for a man party, and it smells ridiculously amazing.
Day 7: I’m not dropping quite as much as I did in the very beginning, but still dropping! I was extremely tired today and took my first nap in like 8 months!
Avocadu Week 1 Takeaways:
- One week down! This has been a very interesting, eye-opening seven days.
- I don’t really look different yet, but I’m still really happy with my progress. 5.4 pounds down! This was mostly done from diet, because I only went on walks for exercise this week.
- I am already so much more mindful of what I am eating. I can’t tell you how often I used to grab the first convenient thing in sight when I was hungry.
- Seasonings are EVERYTHING
- Unless I see or smell it, I don’t have insane cravings for the stuff I’m taking a break from.
- Right now I can’t claim I have boundless energy or anything, but I feel clean. I feel good. I feel in control!
- Even if you don’t need to lose weight, I recommend doing this program just to boost your health and give your body a break from processed foods and to properly hydrate yourself!
- 7 days down, 14 to go. Let’s do this.
Day 8: I made a Pinterest board full of recipes that incorporate approved foods. I’m so excited to make some new things! And I got groceries for the week today- WOW! Never have I purchased so many vegetables in one go.
Day 9: Today marks 30 pounds lost since having my second child! I am so happy. I took measurements too! 1.5 inches total off my waist, hips, and legs. 7.2 pounds down in 9 days. I still can’t believe it. Drinking all this water is becoming a little easier for me and not something I have to think about every second. Today I can see a difference in my face, and I literally feel lighter on my feet. I am kicking myself for not trying this program in September when I first stumbled across it.
Day 10: Halfway mark! I’m starting to feel hungry throughout the day again. And I swear, if I see another delicious-looking Easter recipe, I’m gonna lose it. 🙂
Day 11: This has been an insane test of self-control. But I’m passing! And my energy is starting to come back, so that’s another plus! On another note, there needs to be a drive-thru for totally healthy, PRE-CUT food.
Day 12: 8 pounds gone in less than two weeks. Unbelievable! I’m definitely going to lose the 10 they promised by the end if I just keep it up!!
Day 13: Nothing really new to report today. I can’t believe this is starting to feel…normal.
Day 14: Day 14 of the program is not my favorite, but I’m still chuggin’ along.
Avocadu Week 2 Takeaways
Another 3.4 pounds down! 8.8 total in two weeks. I feel like my willpower is stronger. Still waiting for that crazy energy people talk about from eating clean, but maybe I’ll just never have that as a mom with young kids. 🙂 But overall, I feel good. This week definitely went faster than last week.
Also, not sure if my lady cycle is going to affect my last number, but I’m still so proud of what I’ve accomplished, and I can’t wait to see my final results.
Day 15: On the last leg! I did some Zumba with my little daughter, and I swear I noticed those 9 pound missing. That felt awesome.
Day 16: SO CLOSE to that 10 pound mark. Come on, body. You’ve got five more days.
Day 17 & 18: Just coasting now. I don’t really think about how different I’m eating now, because it feels routine.
Day 18: I really do think I’d already be down 10 if my body wasn’t doing its monthly thing. My weight always fluctuates at this time.
Day 19: I went to Walmart today, and seeing all the Easter candy didn’t bother me. I did, however, have to flee at the sight of the cheesecake in the bakery.
Day 20: I felt so euphoric after my morning weigh-in, because 10.8 pounds GONE. I still can’t believe it. I AM SO HAPPY.
Day 21: Final Weigh in: -11.4 pounds. I DID IT!
Day 22 (Day after end of challenge): I ate a couple of small pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, and while they tasted AMAZING, I can feel my body rejecting the sugar. I feel like…crap. Today is Easter, and I have a Resse’s Easter bunny that I’ve been wanting for weeks, and now I’m not sure I want it. This is weird.
*later at night* I feel like I’ve been poisoned. I did not eat well today, and my body is letting me know about it.
Avocadu Week 3 Takeaways
- Fastest and easiest week of the three by far
- 2.6 pounds lost
- Had decent energy this week
- It was harder to stay on top of my water intake since everything else started to feel so routine. But I still did well with that.
- It was a bit discouraging to not lose as quickly as I did in the beginning, but I still kept at it.
Avocadu Round 1 Results & Takeaways
My Personal Results:
- Lost 11.4 pounds and 3 inches
- I feel good, and already so much more confident! This was a totally doable program, and I’m definitely going to do it again.
- My family wasn’t eating poorly before, but now we are motivated to eat even better.
- It’s amazing how powerful the mind and the body are. This round taught me that my mind is stronger than my body.
- Hardest Days? 1-4, and 10
Pros of the Avocadu Challenge:
- Incredible Facebook support group! People are honest, real, and helpful.
- Great information and resources are provided before and after purchase
- You eat real food–you don’t have to worry about dangerous additives or scary side effects.
- Inexpensive compared to other programs
- Challenging (obviously, because it’s a challenge), but doable
- I now have proof that their guarantee is true!
Cons of the Avocadu Challenge:
- Meal prep takes forever. It was worth it, but it was tough to be in the kitchen so much when I have little kids to keep up with.
- I got really bored eating the same things over and over. I needed to spend more time researching approved recipes.
- It’s hard to block out a 3 week span where there is not a birthday, trip, or special occasion that could interfere with the diet.
- My family’s grocery bill did not go down, as some claim will happen. In fact, I spent around $20 more per trip, and I wasn’t even eating much organic food. Small price to pay for health, though.
- A “con” is that there is absolutely no cheating allowed without restarting the round.
I recommend this program! The confidence and health that come after the 3 long weeks is so rewarding. This has been life-changing for me.
Get the program here, and remember- men can do it, too.
Good luck! YOU CAN DO THIS.
Note: In the Facebook support group, many people ask the question about how Round 2 differs from Round 1. Here’s my condensed recap of my experiences and results with Avocadu Round 2 and Avocadu Round 3!
This product definitely sounds interesting. I don’t really need to loose a lot of weight, but I’m sure I could loose maybe 5-10 pounds. Overall, it’s great to get healthy!
I recommend this program for both anyone that wants to lose weight and/or just overall feel better. I had no idea how badly my body was affected by sugar and processed foods until I completely stopped eating them while doing this diet! For the weight loss you are considering, you’d only need to do one round (three weeks). Good luck if you decide to try it out! 🙂
I love that you broke it down for us so we would not feel discouraged at the down stages. I also love that you resisted pizza in your house!
Thanks for your feedback! I didn’t think it would be honest to paint a “struggle-free” illusion, because the challenge wasn’t always easy. There were definitely highs and lows doing this diet!! But the ups greatly outweighed the downs. 🙂
Rosey, that cheap pizza smelled so amazing, it wasn’t even funny. But those small victories added up!
Wow sounds like this has been amazing for you and you would really recommend! I’m not sure when the last time I had an avocado was!
It really was amazing! Hard, but amazing.
Avocados are great, but they really are better as guacamole 😉
I love this detailed review, and that you have shared each week, each day with us. It was a journey! I also love that this program is a dedicated block fo time. I can do anything for a closed period of time, and CONGRATULATIONS are in order – you made your weight and than some. Good job Momma!! I’m thrilled for you!!
Thank you SO much- your comment meant a lot! It certainly was a journey filled with every emotion a person could feel, and so worth it 🙂 Working on Round 2 right now!
The dedicated block of time really did help me mentally, because it felt like there was a real finish line. It was easier to think like, “I can’t have chocolate today, but I can during my cheat meal in 9 more days” vs. “I don’t to eat chocolate until I lose all this extra weight!” Three weeks can seem like an eternity, but really, it’s just a blink.
Love how you received wonderful results with the effort you put in. Though I do not recommend doing things like this regularly, this is great in starting up your giving yourself a boost! Also when you feel stuck in your regime!
Thank you so much! 🙂
This sounds like a great challenge indeed. I’d love to try it out
I had a great experience with it, and many others are having success too! 🙂
Sounds like an interesting weight loss plan for sure. I am curious as to how it works. I just don’t know that I could do something so focused on diet because it would be a change I wouldn’t want to do permanently. Then again, your body started rejecting the sugar later. I suppose that is a good thing.
This challenge is designed for fast but safe weight loss, so it wouldn’t be something you’d want to do forever. Avocadu explains how you “get back to real life” after you’ve lost the weight you wanted. They encourage to keep up healthy eating habits, just not such extreme ones 🙂 Thanks for your comment!
Hi, I know it has been a year since you did this. I’m curious if you were able to keep it off still? Also, I read the FAQs and noticed they don’t have an actual recipe plan to work with. How were you able to put together your meals for the day/weeks? Sorry for so many questions, but I am seriously considering this and need more details before forking out $50.
Hey Amanda! Thanks so much for reading this post! I am currently almost 8 months pregnant with my third child, so I have obviously gained weight since doing this challenge. 🙂 However, I DID keep the weight I lost off before I became pregnant about seven months later. After I have my baby I’m going to give this challenge another go and see how I do.
You’re right- there isn’t a set in stone “what meal to eat” plan. That is a pro and a con, in my opinion. When you purchase the program, you are given an approved foods list and guidelines on what to do each day. This was helpful because then you could just mix n’ match the foods that you enjoy from that list, which I thought was great. But I admit, I craved variety and sometimes had trouble thinking of new approved combinations to try. The Facebook group that you can join after the program was where I found most of my meal ideas. A couple of the members even have a Pinterest board that is full of great approved meals. Avocadu also offers a recipe book over 40 recipes for an additional $17 (I didn’t buy this- just know it’s available!)
I hope this was helpful- feel free to shoot me any other questions! 🙂
Thank you so much! Congratulations on baby #3!! I currently have an almost 9 month old and am trying to get healthy enough to have another! I’m in my late 30’s so one less issue during pregnancy would be great! I think you have convinced me, now I need to convince my hubby! Thanks again!
This eating plan seem really hard. What did you eat the first week?
The challenge is definitely a challenge! The first week is also by far the hardest. I ate a lot of the same things the first week, but changed up how I prepared the items and added different seasonings when I got bored. So mostly salad, eggs, chicken, roasted vegetables (especially broccoli and zucchini), and had approved protein shakes when I needed something quickly.