Meal planning : A simple guide to success

Planning meals in advance can be tough at times but is a real indicator to success.  Whatever your health and fitness goals are sufficient planning will go a long way to determining how well you do.

Going shopping for food, planning meals and going out to eat should be enjoyable but also in line with your goals.  Use this guide to ensure you stay on track, particularly if trying to boost energy levels or lose weight.

Consider the following at every meal time, especially main meals:

1.       Food choice

This is really where the battle is won and lost.  Ingredients should be as natural as possible coming from vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.

Use lean protein as the main part of any meal.  Avoid fast releasing foods like cereals, breads and processed foods as much as possible, as well as all other high fat and high sugar foods. They cause a massive rise in blood sugar levels, inhibiting weight loss and wrecking energy levels.

2.       Portion size

No matter where you are eating, portion size is absolutely essential.  Even a highly processed meal can be damage limited if you reduce portion size.  Ideally use a small plate or bowl to control portion size.

Along the same lines, eat your food slowly chewing it well and stop eating before you feel full.  This tends to increase energy levels and reduce calories very effectively.

3.       Always include lean proteins

This includes lean meats like chicken and turkey, fish, dairy, nuts, peas and beans.  These foods are lower in fat and higher in protein which ensures a slower release of energy.

4.       Stay keep starters and extras to a minimum

A perfectly balanced meal can be ruined by adding bread from the bread basket, alcohol and dessert.  If you have to, have  something more natural as an extra.

5.       Eating out

Eating out can mean starters, side plates, desserts and alcohol.  Foods are often fried or cooked in creamy sauces or high in fat.  Look out for these and choose wisely.  Lean protein and vegetables is the best way as always and remember to keep portion size right down.

You have to be determined in order to achieve true results.  How you eat has a huge impact on life and means the difference between success and failure!

 

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