Whether your aim is weight loss, muscle growth, fitness or just healthy living, meal planning can be key in setting yourself up for success. If you want to read more about the benefits of meal planning and using a meal planner then check out this page.
In this article we will be providing you with meal planning tips to help give you the best chance of success when you begin your diet meal plan. So let's get started...
After picking the diet plan most suited for you and your body then you will need to start finding what recipes will be suitable for your meal plan. For many people this isn't always a simple task, especially as it is not always too obvious how to construct a meal that matches your calorie, protein, carbohydrate, fat and other nutritional requirements. My Diet Meal Plan can help you with this and provide you with a list of recipes to choose from that will meet your nutritional requirements without the guesswork.
Plan your grocery shop and most meals in advance rather than simply going day by day. It is much less stressful this way! Take a small amount of time each week to plan your meals and do your grocery shop so you can spend the rest of the time concentrating on other part of your life, not worrying about your diet plan.
For best results, we strongly advise that you choose the number and type of meals most suitable for you personally. You don't have to eat 5 meals a day for results and even less so if you are enable to stick to it. If you struggle to eat and you are very busy in the morning it is also ok to just have a meal replacement drink if that is all you can manage. Choose what is most suitable and practical for you and stick with it.
Having a list of meals and ingredients that you want to eat more than once a week can also bring down the cost of your grocery bill and potentially reduce food wastage. If you find any recipes you like in your meal planner then make sure you save them so you can use them again in the future. It is worth noting that whilst it is great to have a reoccurring list of recipes it is also good to experiment with other foods and recipes from time to time. This can prevent your diet from becoming boring.
Using frozen vegetables can massively reduce food waste and save you money on your grocery bills. Concerned about any potential nutritional difference between fresh and frozen veg? If so, we suggest that you check out this news article.
Most people underestimate the amount of calories in their food and how much of it they are eating. It goes without saying that if you are on a weight loss diet then this could be a bit of a problem... Measuring the amount of each ingredient you are using with the help of kitchen scales can of course prevent this situation from happening. Some people may find this a bit frustrating to do so on our recipe pages we also make sure we display “alternate measurements” so if you don't have kitchen scales you can also see how much the ingredient might be in cups or tablespoons, for example. Eventually this may not even necessary once you become more familiar with the various weights and sizes of different ingredients.