Meal planning is one of the best strategies for taking emotions out of your weight loss journey. It enables you to make eating decisions from a rational point of view as opposed to having to do it in a heightened emotional state.
Once you’re in the moment and feeling strong cravings or hunger and you have nothing prepared, you rarely make good choices. You tend to reach for convenience foods that take you further from your goals.
The solution? Plan your meals for the week, but do it the right way.
The Daily Structure
The way I coach clients is to have them eat 3 core meals and use snacks as tools to get them to their next meal, if necessary.
So let’s take a look at what I might eat in an average day:
- Meal 1 (breakfast) – 2 eggs w/ cheese, guacamole, and 2 slices of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread
- Meal 2 (lunch) – salad with spinach, chicken breast, cucumber, tomato, cheese, croutons, and greek yogurt ranch dressing
- Snack 1 (only