Okay so if you know me, like at all, you know that I can not stand all of the crazy weight loss, meal program, fad diets, etc. that American's continue to eat up, literally. I PROMISE you people that there is no magic ingredient, there is no special diet that is going to give you the perfect body, it just doesn't work that way. if you don't believe me, that is great, honestly, I encourage you to go on the "liquid diet" and drop 10 pounds in one week, get diabetes and then gain it all back the day you start eating food again. Or you could try "low carb" and eat nothing but proteins and fat, drop weight quickly, probably pass out a few times, and then jump back on carbs like they are god's gift to earth (which they might be), but anyway you're gonna gain the weight back in about half the time it took to lose it. Trust me, I have tried many of these diets which is why I allow myself to talk so negatively. They just don't work, they aren't realistic and they wont give you the results you are looking for. Unless you really do want to lose 15 pounds for a few days then gladly gain it back, then by all means, go on lettuce and water only diet, run a few miles and boom you have achieved the depressing, momentary slim. With these diets you aren't losing weight, you are just simply misplacing it for a few days; it will find you, and it will kill you.. Have I scared you yet? The exciting part, if you are still reading, is that there is an extremely simple way to lose fat and lean out and honestly, based on my own experiences, you will notice changes in the first week. At least I did. So here's the deal, I had always been a strong believer that weight is purely based on calories, but I found myself in a rut. I was only eating about 1200 calories AND working out when I could (usually 2-3 times a week), don't judge, I'm a dietetic student so we read and learn so much about physical activity that sometimes I forget I didn't actually do it. Anyway, that is less calories than I should have been eating to lose weight, but I wasn't losing anything except for my dignity. Jk but I was getting very frustrated. So I decided to switch up my diet, not in the amount of calories, but purely in WHAT I was eating. I honestly am eating more than I was before and I have been waking up feeling wayy leaner than before. I've noticed I'm losing the stubborn fat that I just could never seem to lose. Soo are you wondering what I did? What is the magical secret? what potion have I come up with? What drug am I taking? Am I starving? The answer: None, I didn't, I'm not, and I'm fuller than Santa on Christmas Eve, respectively.
So here's what to do......Drumroll Pleaseee........
Step 1. Buy about 12 small, square tupperware containers, I got mine at the dollar store 2 for $1, can't beat that bargain!
Step 2. Buy:
-chicken, ground turkey
-sweet potatoes or regular or both,
-broccoli, asparagus, or really any kind of veggies. I recommend sticking to heavier ones that are more filling and satisfying such as broccoli, asparagus, squash, zuchinni, stuff like that.
If you haven't picked up on the pattern, we're focusing on your main macronutrient groups (protein, carbs, fats).
These are some of the ones I prepared, just to give you a little idea! I'm not picky with the amounts of each, I just put the amount of protein (chicken, turkey) I want first, then veggies, then carb (potato, rice) with whatever room is left.
Step 3... BE CREATIVE!!
This is the fun part! You can literally do whatever you want with the ingredients (please for the love of god don't fry them) But as far as seasonings and how you cook them, that's entirely up to you. In the end, you are eating very lean and healthy so a little extra sodium or fat from olive or coconut (my favorite) oil won't hurt. So steam, sautee, bake, roast away!
In each container put around an equal amount of a meat, a carb (rice, potato) and a vegetable, seal the lid, throw in the refrigerator and you get slim, it's as easy as that....
Okay jk, you have to actually have some discipline in the sense that you have to eat the meals you prepared. My recommendations would be to eat either eggs or oatmeal for breakfast and then eat the prepared meals for lunch and for dinner. I usually have a snack between lunch or dinner which is most likely a protein bar or a yogurt or something simple. If you follow this and you are human I promise you will feel a difference in a week, I did!
So there you have it, how to successfully lean yourself up in 4 simple and effective steps. No side effects, dizziness, depression have ever been reported from this meal planning lifestyle so if nothing else, it still beats most weight loss plans out there!
Good luck friends!