A lot of people ask me why they need a meal plan. Then they laugh when I ask them, “Why do you need a planner to plan your day?”
We use planners to make sure our lives, personal and work, are running efficiently. Why shouldn’t we plan what and how we eat to make sure our bodies are running efficiently. If our bodies don’t run efficiently, how are the rest of our lives going to run efficiently? It seems like, as a culture, we have attacked “planning” a bit backwards.
Now, it may seem like some healthy people don’t follow meal plans to a “T”. The truth of the matter is, once healthy habits are developed, the need for a strict meal plan is less important. It’s funny – you will still plan your meals without even knowing it. It will become part of your life.
So if you are on a 1,300 calorie diet (before including calories burned exercising), here is the breakdown of calories per meal.
Breakfast: 200 calories
Snack #1: 100 calories
Lunch: 300 calories
Snack #2: 100 calories
Dinner: 600 calories
These are all approximations. So for example, if you have a 500 calories meal planned for dinner, you can move 50 calories to each of the snacks you have for the day. But if you didn’t know that you would be saving 100 calories at dinner then you may have been depriving yourself of calories during the day. The opposite is true also. If you end up having a meal 100 or 200 calories over what it should be, but ended up going over on other meals during the day too, then you may end up with en excess amount of calories for the day. Unless you workout, those calories end up turning into weight you are gaining instead of losing!
Tip for you: Plan on the weekends (or day off depending on your job). Find and choose make-ahead recipes you can make on your day off to bring with you. The more you control what goes into your food, chances are the lower in calories it will be compared to anything you will buy at a restaurant or fast food place.
Just because I love him so much! :) Have a great Sunday!!!
And don’t forget to plan your meals ;)