Planning Your Meals

Planning and preparation are key to staying on track. Once you’ve decided what your Nutrition course of actions is going to be (cutting calories, carbs, etc), the next step is to make your meal plan. Plan out all of your meals for the week, and then put each day into the My Fitness Pal app/ website (or a similar tracking application).

Example of Meals for a Day in My Fitness Pal

This will allow you to accurately calculate your calories, carbs, and fats. Once your meals are in, you can edit them slightly to reach your calorie/carb/fat goals. This is much easier to do on the computer, but will still work on your phone. I suggest doing this for at least the first few weeks, until you get the hang of it. Next, write a shopping list of everything you’ll need, and go get it.

Finally it’s time to prep. Get as much food ready before the week starts as you can. Cook all of your pasta, rice, or meat. Chop up all of your veggies, what ever you can do in advance, do it. This will help you later in the week when you get home late from work, and couldn’t be bothered making dinner, or tomorrow’s lunch, but it’s already made, so you don’t have to worry about it. Also, because it’s already made, and has to be eaten that week, you’ll be less likely to eat something else because you won’t want to waste the food that you spend money on and time prepping.

Meal Prepping will help keep you on track through the week

Have fun planning your meals, and getting them just right for you! Make sure you include foods that will keep your taste buds happy, this will help keep you on track as you’ll be less likely to fall off the wagon due to taste bud boredom!

x Laura

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