Today I wanted to share with you some thoughts around meal plans and why they are all not created equal.
I am not a huge fan of the meal plan to be honest, especially if it is nothing like how you are currently eating.
Stay with me here.
When some first starts in our program we need to see what they are currently doing. (Food Journal) Then build habits around their lifestyle, goals and work outs.
Now a meal plan can be very helpful to give you ideas on what to eat and how to structure your day. But if it has you buying things you have never heard of before and cooking with a million different items that you don’t have in your kitchen, you are less likely to follow this for very long.
I have seen people eat verbatim what their meal plan says, they see great results, then fall off as soon as the meal plan is done.
It is good they saw results and followed a plan, it doesn’t do any good to then fall off because you have not learned what to do.
Or how does it fit into your personal life?
So, an approach we like to follow is, keeping a food journal.
Let us see what you are currently doing, then we will make small modifications slowly so that you can incorporate the changes in to your lifestyle that will stick.
If you are only eating 60 grams of protein per day and you really need to be eating 150 grams per day, we need to stair step, shoot for 75 grams each day consistently for a week, then 100 grams and so on.
Or starting with water. Seems so simple, but most people do not drink enough water each day. (1/2 your body weight in ounces and if you work out or have been outside in the sun you will need more.)
Try increasing your water for just one week. See how you feel, see how your digestion has been.
We try to keep it simple because we want results to stick for life.
Nothing we do is a quick fix and we want you to be successful for life.
So, there is nothing wrong with meal plans, but be careful doing the all or nothing.
Also, we put together a Free Restaurant Guide so you can see how to eat when you are stuck on the run and need to make a better choice!
As always, if you need more help or want me to look at your food journal shoot me a message!