Sure meal planning is an excellent way to execute both your weight loss and food intake goals, however, does it help you naturally adjust to healthy lifestyle changes? Individuals that meal plan simply FOLLOW the plan, but what happens when they are in situations where they do not have their meal planned options? Often I hear my clients complain that they fall off the bandwagon when they are faced with making healthy food choices and that seems to reverberate as I work with varied clientele. The one question I ask them is did you need a meal plan to manage 250 pounds. Generally, the answer is no. The next question I pose is, "Then why do you need a meal plan at 150 pounds." The generally consensus is it helps me manage what I eat. That is certainly a great explanation and a great strategy, but long term you will need a more realistic strategy. Yes, I said that. When you have weight to lose meal planning is a wonderful tool, I would also encourage that while your in the weight loss process you actually learn how to select your more favored food options. What does that mean? When you have lost all the weight you desire and you go into the maintenance phase the probability of you meal planning dwindles significantly. This means while you use meal planning as a weight management tool you also need to be keeping a mental note of what works for you because once the MEAL plans are over you need to be able to make good choices WITHOUT the meal plans. This is probably the hardest part in the weight loss journey, but the most important one.
My suggestion would be to:
Experiment with different types of foods (You have to eat what you like, it helps make it a lifestyle).
Include your family! If you can get them to buy in, it will be an easier process. YES, the kids and husband too.
Don't shy away from any food groups, you need carbs, proteins, and fats in your diet for sustained weight loss. If you need help with that we can get you a customized program to match your goals. (weight loss, muscle gain, weight management we can help)
Get your mental game up! Losing weight is a mind thing only YOU can make it happen!
So meal planning is something I definitely would recommend for significant weight loss, I go by the saying those who fail to plan, plan to fail. It is equally as important to make lifestyle choices for sustained results.
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Dr. Tontaleya Moore
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