Eat This to Lose Weight: Build Your Meal Plan for Weight Loss

by Ken Carrier on Jul 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Failing to plan is planning to fail, so prepare properly with a meal plan for weight loss that can easily fit into your lifestyle. You may find yourself at the gym unable to lose those last few pounds, and it is most likely because your diet could still be cleaned up. Even when we think we are making healthy choices, without carefully planning and a clear goal, you may be consuming unnecessary fats and calories without realizing it.

Shed Pounds with this Meal Plan for Weight Loss

Exactly how should you build your meal plan for weight loss? Begin by preparing mentally, since half the battle is not giving into cravings. Often it helps just by recognizing you are not going to be following a restrictive diet, instead, understand that you are implementing a healthier diet through a meal plan. Don’t hold yourself back constantly thinking of all the foods you ‘won’t be able to have,’ or how hard it will be not to have your favorite food. Once you adapt to a more healthful diet, your body won’t crave high sugar or fried foods as much. 

Protien

Your new meal plan will require you to eat at least one gram of protein for every pound of body weight each day. While you do need to cut calories to lose weight, it is important not to cut back on protein, otherwise you will lose muscle. Keeping protein high will allow you to keep muscle mass even while you are shedding fat. Because of this, you will find that you are eating more than you normally would, which is the common misconception about how your diet should be structured to lose weight. You can eat foods you love while trying to lose weight, but it is important to cut out what counts, like fat and carbohydrates.

Avoid Bad Carbs

As soon as you hear cutting carbs, don’t start to detail how much you love pasta and bread and you can’t imagine cutting it out. If you want to lose weight, you will need to begin cutting back on a few of your favorite things, but for a healthy lifestyle you do not need to completely cut these foods out. (After all, we love carbs too!) Instead adjust your carb choices to sources rich in fiber like oats, rice, potatoes and whole grain bread.

Stay Hydrated

Don’t overlook a key to any meal plan, water intake. Staying fully hydrated is important to losing weight because dehydration not only causes bloating, but often comes first as a feeling of hunger. If you ever feel inclined to snack, yet not feel full, it could be because you were really thirsty. As a rule of thumb, always drink water when you first feel hungry, you may combat the feeling altogether and not need a snack. When trying to lose weight, water is the best choice as your daily beverage, with a goal consumption of at least a gallon a day. 

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Topics: Weight Loss, Eating Well