What is a Meal Plan?
A meal plan is a set of instructions that are followed to achieve your desired results. You may have heard the term “meal” or “diet”. The word “plan” refers to the whole system that includes all these components. A meal plan consists of a number of different parts: meals, snacks, drinks, and other foods. Some people use the term “macro-nutrient” instead of “macronutrients”, but they are basically the same thing.
The purpose of a meal plan is to provide you with a consistent way to eat so that you will not overeat and gain weight while losing body fat. If you follow a well-planned meal plan, it will help you reach your goals faster.
For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, then your goal should include eating fewer calories than before each day (which means less food). The best part is that you don’t need any special equipment to follow a meal plan. All you need is time and motivation!
How to Create a Meal Plan?
There are many ways to create a meal plan. You could choose one of the following methods:
1) Use online tools such as MyFitnessPal, LoseIt!
or FitDay to analyze your caloric consumption for the past week or month. The advantage is that you can use their built-in macro / calorie goals and daily nutrition summary to track your nutrient intake.
If you have no idea how many calories you consume per day, then use these tools to estimate the average.
2) Count the number of calories and grams of protein, carbs and fat in one serving of each food item you eat on a regular basis, and maintain a list over time.
3) Check nutrition labels.
The advantage is that you have an official guideline to follow. However, this could be time-consuming and difficult if you do not have much experience in doing so.
Although it may seem complicated at first, it’s actually fairly simple to create a meal plan once you get the hang of it. It will become a powerful tool for your fat loss goals, especially if you combine it with regular resistance training and cardio exercises.
How to Follow a Meal Plan?
Once you have created a meal plan, you need to figure out how to follow it.
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