How to Meal Plan so that You Can Maintain Your Fitness Goals

by on January 17th, 2015
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When it comes to maintaining your fitness goals it can be a real challenge. Many start out on the right track, only to be side tracked by that unexpected snack during the day or at night. In some cases you may find yourself going toward the junk food simply because that is the only thing you can find in the house. There are several things that you can do however, in order to avoid these pitfalls.

Create a menu planner

Start by taking the time to plan out your meals for the entire week. Create a basic menu for yourself. Include healthy dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s important to try and avoid becoming bored with the meals that are chosen. Focus on having something different at least every two days.

Pre packed snacks

Parents often pack snacks for their kids, when they are going on pick nicks or trips, so why not do the same if you are trying to stick to a diet. Pre packing snacks is a great way to ensure that only healthy options are chosen. Fruit can be purchased in bulk, chopped, placed into Ziploc bags and then frozen. Be sure to check which fruits are OK to freeze and how to do so. A simple Google search should turn up the results you need on how to freeze fruit. A few hours prior to eating the fruit snack you can remove it from the freezer and allow it to defrost naturally. The same can be done with vegetables, or a bag of peanuts which make great healthy snack ideas.

What to drink?

The drink that is chosen to go along with your meal, can also make the difference between losing weight, or packing on more weight. When planing out the meals that are going to be eaten during the week, take the time to plan out drink options as well. Water should be on the top of the list for drink options during the day. Of course there is nothing wrong with having a cup of tea or coffee in the morning with your breakfast. Just limit how many cups are had during the day.

Occasional treats are OK

The worst thing that you can do is deprive yourself of what they like most. There is nothing wrong with having the occasional slice of cake, or even a scoop of ice cream. The key is to make sure that you stick with just one portion size. The pounds can easily be packed on if several servings are eaten at once.

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