Having a diet meal plan is essential for losing weight. You can map out what you plan to eat for the week, taking into consideration the rest of your schedule.
Successful dieters go one step beyond keeping a Food diary by planning ahead for what the pages should and will read. If you are wondering, “What should I eat today in order to lose weight?” grab a notebook and pen. You don’t need to order meals from a diet meal delivery service, although sometimes it’s fun to look at their diet menu plans to borrow ideas!
Create your own creative diet meal plan for a week to lose weight fast.
Heidi Alexlrod, who was featured in Shape magazine after losing 50 pounds, said she maps out her meals every Sunday. Heidi write down what she intends to eat in her Food journal. After mapping out her meals, she knows what to buy at the grocery store. She also pencils in “cheats” such as cake if she is attending a party.
Here are some tips for creative diet meal planning to lose weight fast:
No 1: Keep your weekly diet meal plan flexible to accommodate for changing moods or healthy cravings, but stick to a general diet plan. Keep it flexible by writing down healthy lunch, dinners, breakfasts and snacks on different color-coded index cards.
No. 2: Most dieters find carb-timing to be extremely beneficial. Plan breakfasts and mid-morning snacks or lunches that contain healthy carbs, but remove carbs from the dinner menu.
No. 3: Find healthy recipes on-line or diet recipes in magazines. I recently came across a lemon cream Brussels sprouts recipe in Redbook magazine with grated lemon zest, sage leaves, cream, shallots, bacon and Brussels sprouts. Choose dishes where vegetables are the main ingredient and fattening, yet satisfying ingredients such as bacon and cream are used in small amounts for flavoring.
No. 4: A lot of people like to use protein shakes such as Almased to lose weight. Including a protein shake as a meal or snack replacement may help you stick to your diet. Make sure you keep the ingredients in the house for making a protein shake such as the protein mix, green supplement powder, bananas, peanut butter, yogurt and fruit.
No. 5: Remember to include plans for exercise in your day. Just as you want to mix up your diet with different vegetables and protein sources, it’s good to mix up your exercise plan. Plan on two or three days of weight training and at least three days of more aggressive exercise such as Insanity. Add some flexibility such as yoga or Pilates.
No. 6: If you are not sure what to eat to lose weight, borrow diet books from the library or get out your old diet cookbooks such as the Cook Yourself Thin cookbook. Refer to diet books that include menu plans. Once you get the general idea of a particular diet plan, you can be creative and somewhat less restrictive.
No. 7: Should I count calories or fat? Should I count calories or carbs? Calorie counting or Weight Watchers points? If you aren’t sure which is best for you, realize it all comes down to nutrition. It’s not a good idea to accumulate 20 Weight Watcher points in the form of diet carrot cakes. It’s also not a good idea to eat only meat. Be sensible.
A sample weekly diet meal plan to lose weight fast might look like this:
Breakfast: 2 cage free eggs, vegetables in omelet with salsa on top and slice of Ezekiel toast or an egg wrap.
Lunch: Large salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing and chicken with cup of vegetable soup or a tuna sandwich using a sprouted grain tortilla.
Snack: Protein shake with fruit and yogurt.
Dinner:Stir-fry with vegetables and shrimp.
Diet menu or meal planning for fast weight loss can be fun and easy. Preparation is half the battle in the battle of the bulge!
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