So you’ve decided to shed a few pounds! You realize that to achieve this goal, a natural course of action is to get more physically active. While this is necessary, creating a weight loss meal plan is more important to achieving your fitness goals.
Fortunately, creating a meal plan for weight loss doesn’t need to be a difficult or overwhelming task. Using a common-sense approach is the best way to choose the right foods.
So how do you get started?
* The first thing you will have to do is create a written plan of the types of foods you will eat. If you need help with this myfitnesspal is an excellent option.
* In this plan, be sure to include when you will eat those foods. This is especially important if you struggle with self-discipline. I personally have a few varying meals I rotate through the week. For instance one of my go to lunches will be about 6-8 oz of ground turkey, 1/2 sweet potato, and a vegetable. I take about an hour on Sunday to prep the meals for the week. I also practice some intermittent fasting, I publish an article about this in the future.
Once you’ve incorporated healthy meals into your lifestyle it will feel less of a burden to maintain this habit. The real reward will be how great you’ll feel each morning.
The foods you actually choose to include in your weight loss meal plan, will depend on your likes and dislikes. After all, there is no point to make tuna a part of your meal plan if you cannot stomach the taste of canned fish.
Here are some suggestions that will put you on the road to healthy eating:
* Pasta has gotten a less than favorable reputation as a healthy food choice, but choosing whole grain pasta over the standard type is still a healthy choice. The key is moderation.
* An even better choice would be to substitute spaghetti squash over pasta. The texture is similar to pasta, but you get the added benefit of one or two servings of vegetables.
* Whenever possible, create meals that are ready when you need to eat. For example, cook a lean beef roast complete with vegetables in a slow cooker. That way, you will have a complete nutritious meal ready and waiting for you when you get home from work.
* Cook healthy recipes in larger quantities and then freeze individual sized portions that you can consume later. By doing this you will be less likely to resort to pre-packaged dinners that are often higher in fat, calories, and sodium.
* Consume several, smaller meals and snacks throughout the day, as opposed to three larger meals.
* Moreover, when it comes to snacking, choose healthy foods that will keep you fuller longer.
Here are some healthy snacks to consider:
* Snap peas, carrots, and other vegetables
* Nuts and berries
* Legumes, which you can incorporate in bean salads
Note that nuts and legumes are high in protein and will keep you feeling fuller longer.
* If you are going out to a restaurant (fast food or not), make smart choices.
An example of smart choices includes:
* Leave the sauces or mayo off the sandwich.
* Many restaurants now have the nutritional information for their menu items, so just ask to see them.
As you can see, producing a weight-loss meal plan that you can adhere to does not require a huge undertaking. However, it does require you to be vigilant so that you can follow your meal plan as much as possible.