The Trouble with Weight Loss Meal Plans
I don’t know about you, but, as a busy mom, I have found so many weight loss meal plans to be somewhat impractical to follow, especially in the beginning.
Most weight loss meal plans emphasize variety - I’m sorry but, if I have to look at a new recipe 3-6 times per day for 7 days a week – FORGET IT! I’ve already lost the battle. I do not have the time or the energy to learn to create 1 new meal a day, let alone 21 or more new meals a week
I have a family to feed - (yep I do most of the cooking in my house!) and, although I want
|the meals to be healthy, I cannot completely eliminate different food groups, even for a time, when I have three growing sons and a hungry spouse at the dinner table.
6 meals a day? – You’ve got to be kidding me. I do understand the logic in this – keep that metabolism burning baby! Adding fuel to that metabolic fire keeps it burning and that’s what you want. I’m all for it. But, again, if I have to eat six different meals a day, or even have to keep looking at my list of acceptable foods/meals, I will never stick with it unless I’m prepared with a modification that suits my busy lifestyle.
In the beginning, when it is most important to follow a program, it is vital to be prepared not only with your weight loss meal plan but also with your modifications.
Learning to Modify is the Solution
Don’t get me wrong, if you are struggling with being overweight then you probably have some habits in your life that you need to be intentional about changing; not excluding learning how to eat healthfully. But practicality and preparation are key to transitioning from bad eating to good eating. Learning anything new is a process and learning to eat is no exception.
Enough said. Allow me to share with you some examples of how I proceed to modify different meal plans for weight loss success.
Practical + Prepared = Weight Loss Success
I have found that, overall, the more prepared I am and the more realistic I am about what I can accomplish in a day, the better my daily progress is. The times I have tried to stick to an elaborate, varied meal plan have been frustrating and overwhelming and I have failed. However, I have prioritized eating healthfully and have found that being prepared with weight loss meal plan modifications has helped me to make healthy choices that fit my lifestyle and ultimately paved the way for weight loss success.