What is the CSE challenge?

Each season we host a free, 7-week, community-based health & fitness challenge. Participants follow our meal plans (and, preferably, our social media channels) as we work together and motivate each other to reach our goals. You will need access to our seasonal meal plan, either with a printed book or a subscription to the CSE+ app.

What’s in it for me?

"CSE has helped me completely shift my mindset, so that I am focusing on eating to fuel my body and to slowly, consistently work towards my goals, rather than impatiently trying to reach a certain goal weight and then giving up because it gets too hard."

At the end of seven weeks, we announce our winners! There will be 4 total winners: two 7-week and two "Beyond The Challenge" (for those who have completed at least two or more challenges), without regard to gender. Winners must demonstrate how following the CSE meal plan and lifestyle led to their overall health transformation. We’d also love to hear if you used and enjoyed any of our products! The four winners with the biggest transformation (as selected by the CSE Team) will each receive $1500 cash and a one year CSE+ app subscription.

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How do I sign up?

Download the CSE App Now

Download the CSE+ App for iPhone or Android, or make sure your app is up to date (a paid app subscription is not required to participate in the CSE Challenge, unless you need access to the recipes). The free signup will open about a week before the challenge starts. To enter, fill out the simple form inside the app and take “before” pictures using the camera inside the app. You’ll also need to upload your starting pictures for “Beyond the Challenge” if you plan to enter that.

1 Sign Up for Free in the CSE+ App

2 Take Your Before Pictures

3 Get Ready to Rock the Challenge!

When does the next challenge start?

The CSE Challenge is happening right now!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CSE Challenge?

Each season, we host a free 7-week community-based health & fitness challenge. The CSE Challenge is free to join (you will need access to our meal plan, either with a printed book or subscription to our app), and participants follow our meal plans as we work together and motivate each other to reach our goals. At the end of the 7-week challenge, we choose winners based on “biggest overall transformation” during the seven weeks, with separate winners for “Beyond the Challenge” (BTC). We also run fun mini challenges on social media each week with awesome prizes!

What is the cost to join the Challenge?

The CSE Challenge is absolutely free. All you need to do is download the FREE CSE+ app, where you will register and take “before” and “after” photos. You will need to have at least one CSE meal plan (we recommend the current season!) or CSE+ premium app subscription to follow along with the recipes. Signing up for the challenge does NOT grant you access to the recipes or workouts.

What is the "Beyond the Challenge" and how do you choose a winner?

This extra challenge is for those members of the CSE Squad who’ve been around for a while and have participated in two or more challenges. Your transformation photos and testimonials submitted must span at least 2 full challenges (at the end of the current challenge) and could encompass several years. We’ll pick winners to also take home the grand prize. Participants who sign up for BTC will also be considered for the 7 week challenge.

What are the prizes?

The four winners (2 for the 7-week challenge, and 2 for BTC) will each receive $1500 cash and a one year CSE+ app subscription. Some prizes we’ve awarded for our weekly mini challenges on social media and JJ’s fitness challenges include CSE gift cards, product bundles, fitness gear, cash for groceries, app subscriptions, and more! Everyone is welcome to participate in the mini challenges, regardless of whether you have entered the CSE Challenge.

Do I have to have a public Instagram account to participate?

A public account is not required, but if you want to enter some of the weekly mini challenges, you will sometimes need a public account so that we can see your entries. Many challengers choose to set up a separate account just for their CSE posts.

How do I sign up?

Download the CSE+ App for iPhone or Android, or make sure your app is up to date (a paid app subscription is not required to participate in the Challenge, but you WILL need access to the recipes with a subscription or printed book). The free signup will open about a week before the challenge starts. To enter, fill out the simple form inside the app and take “before” pictures using the camera inside the app. You’ll also need to upload your starting pictures for “Beyond the Challenge” if you plan to enter that.

When does the next challenge start?

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and sign up for text or email messages to be kept in-the-know on upcoming CSE Challenge dates! The Challenge section inside the CSE+ app will also have a countdown!

How do you choose winners?

Winners are selected at the sole discretion of Clean Simple Eats® authorized representatives. Due to the virtual nature of the competition and the inherent “honor system” required, we utilize a holistic approach to assess the biggest overall health transformations of our challengers. 

Be sure to take the opportunity to tell us how your life and health were changed by participating in the challenge! There is no requirement to submit a food or exercise diary, but we do ask that you utilize our recipes and/or products during the challenge, and recommend you keep records for your own benefit.

Where do I submit my before and after pictures?

You will take all pictures for the challenge (with the possible exception of starting BTC pics) inside the app. Be sure to take front, side, and back, following the instructions inside the app. We strongly encourage you to download the photos to your phone after you take them.

What do I need to wear in my photos?

Photos should be taken in clothing that could potentially be worn to the gym or outside the house, such as a sports bra, tank top, shorts or leggings. No underwear, bathing suit bottoms, or normal bras, please. You should try to wear the same thing in both the Before and After photos.

Is my information shared publicly?

No information or photos submitted will be shared publicly without your consent. Typically, our challengers are so excited about their progress at the end of the challenge that they are proud to share their before/after images and transformation stories. You will have the opportunity to grant/deny consent to share your images and story publicly at the end of the challenge.

Do I have to do the workouts in the CSE Meal Plans?

This is optional! We include two different types of workouts inside each meal plan: bodyweight and advanced. (All of these are also included with a subscription to our app.) We also have a great library of full "Workout Wednesday" videos you can utilize. You are welcome to use our CSE workouts, or do whatever exercise works best for you! We have even had challengers focus solely on food and not work out at all. You will be asked to describe the workouts you did at the end of the challenge.

Can I enter the challenge if I don't have the CSE+ app?

All challengers will need to have the CSE+ app installed on their own device. If you're having issues signing up for the CSE Challenge via our CSE+ app, please make sure you have downloaded the most recent version. Email appsupport@cleansimpleeats.com for assistance, answers to your questions, or to provide suggestions or feedback on the app. If you have more general questions about the challenge, email hello@cleansimpleeats.com.