Three Tips For Following Diet Menu Plans
Tips For Following A Diet Menu Plan Successfully
Ok, I lied, there are actually five tips, because once I started, I couldn't stop.
We all know how tricky it is to stick with a diet plan for the long term. We've all tried so many different plans over the years, and no matter which one you choose, they all have one basic common thread. They can be difficult because real life isn't based around such a rigid structure!
However, if you know what to look for, a weight loss menu plan can help you successfully stay on track, and help you reach your weight loss goals. The trick is to know what will work for your lifestyle. The goal of this post is to help you choose the right menu plan for you!
How to Successfully Choose a Weight Loss Menu Plan!
When you're choosing your menu plan there's a few things you need to look for before you get started. The following tips are included because they're the most common obstacles I've seen with my clients when we discuss simple meal plans to lose weight.
When choosing a plan, it's important to think about the big picture, which is your daily lifestyle!
I'd suggest you steer clear of meal plans for extreme weight loss, because in my experience many of those quick weight loss diet plans are based around a very low calorie diet.
Diets which promote fast weight loss are usually too extreme to stick with for long because they cause side effects like fatigue and constipation. When losing weight, it's important to be patient with your body as you change your metabolism and adjust to your new eating plan.
Tips For Healthy Meal Plans
1. How effective will the plan be for your body, current weight and weight loss goals?
When looking for an effective weight loss program, you need to consider if it's going to work for your body. For example if you have a lot of weight to lose, you'll need more calories than someone who only needs to lose a few pounds. If you exercise, or have a very physical job, you'll need more calories and more protein.
You need to look at how structured the plan is, and if you can adjust the plan to meet your personal needs.
2. What type of foods are in the menu plan? Do you currently eat those foods? Will you enjoy the meals?
You must be sure that you'll actually enjoy the meals you're eating, because as we all know, if you start to feel deprived it won't last long!
I'd suggest you aim for a meal plan with foods which you already eat and enjoy. If you try to change everything at once, it's too difficult to stick with for the long term.
See how I hack recipes for weight loss so I can eat the meals I love and mange my weight for the long term.
3. How much organization will the meal plan require? Can you meal prep for a week to save time?
Make sure that the meal plan doesn't take too much time to organize! Organization is one of the top reasons people fall off the healthy eating wagon.
Be sure you have an organizational plan in place for when you'll do meal prep!
4. How expensive is the meal plan?
You may not need a meal plan for the entire duration of your weight loss journey. If you're spending money on a professionally designed meal plan each month, and it's inexpensive, it's working for your lifestyle, and you're enjoying the meals...great.
But if the diet menu plan becomes too expensive, you can always take a couple of months off, and then go back on the plan when you need to swap things up to avoid diet boredom.
Keep all of the menu plans stored so you can re-use them if need be.
5. Can you mix & match the meals around to accomodate real life?
To reduce food waste and save money, make sure you can mix and match the meals around during the week. This will also help you meal prep by batch cooking!
If the meal plan has nutritional information (which can really help) then you can even out your macronutrients and calorie intake over the week to make sure you'll still be losing weight while getting balanced nutrition.
Mix & match you're meals to reduce waste and save time on meal prep.
The Best Meal Plans For Weight Loss
I don't know about you, but when I first got serious about losing weight, I wanted it all! I knew if I had to cut out all "junk Foods", or comfort foods, I wouldn't be able to stick to the plan. From the day I started, I promised myself I'd still be able to eat what I craved because I never wanted to feel like I was on a diet.
You need to feel like your changing your life, you're not starving the fat off! Its really important that you can eat meals and snacks that you'll truly enjoy, while also nourishing your body.
No matter which type of menu plan you choose, there must be desserts, if thats your thing. Or maybe you're into savoury snacks?
Whatever it is you crave, make sure there is some variation of those foods included.
For effective weight loss which is easy to follow I'd suggest you follow a low carb meal plan. I have a couple of blog post (listed below) about why I believe a low carb or keto diet is a good option for weight loss. If you're just starting out perhaps you could read those so you know what to look for?
Choose menu plans which have all the macronutrients included so you know exactly what you're eating.
If you're not sure about nutrition or how much you should be eating, choosing menu plans which list all the macronutrients in each meal can help you learn about how much you should be eating. This will really help you for long term weight loss. The more you understand your own body the better!
When it comes to long term weight loss and general health, knowledge is power!
How To Keep Lasting Weight Loss Motivation
When it comes to long term weight loss, you must include your mind! There is no point just focusing on diet and exercise, because lets face it, we've all tried that a million times, and it doesn't work.
This time, start out with a new approach. Focus on your Mind More than the diet! Losing weight is hard. It takes time, our body has to make many adjustments in metabolism, and our lifestyle has to go through a major over haul. How do you stick with a weight loss plan for the long term when the odds are stacked against you?
You focus on your mind. Specifically you need to train your brain to create new life long habits so the weight doesn't come back on. Motivation is short lived, will power doesn't work for long.
Instead use mind power!
If you'd like to learn how to retrain your mind for lasting weight loss, maybe my free weight loss video guide will help? Ill explain how to change your mind so losing the weight and keeping it off becomes a new habit. This would be a perfect addition to your weekly menu plans!
This combination is a true strategy for life long weight loss. I know, because retraining my mind is exactly how I lost my weight and continue to control it fourteen years later.
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These low carb weekly menu plans are one of the best I've seen. They're practical, easy to stick with for the long term, flexible and they include all the information you need to learn about nutrition.
Try the weekly menu plans and combine it with my free weight loss video guide. That way you'll have you're nutrition sorted and you'll be retraining your mind for lasting motivation!
With a combination like this you can't fail!
Low Carb Recipes for Weight Loss
If you decide a menu plan isn't right for you, maybe some simple recipe books is all you need to get started.
No matter which way you decide to go, all the same common sense rules apply which we've discussed in this article for designing your weight loss plan. If you follow these simple points, you can't go wrong.