A few months ago, I realized my friend was in quite a lot of pain. She was going through a difficult time, and struggling to lose weight, which in turn was actually sky rocketing.
I decided I wanted to help her. I offered her a free training session once a week. The benefits of having a friend as a personal trainer....
She has since transitioned into the Beachfit and Wellbeing program where she is thriving.
But before she did, she lost 7kg in just over 10 weeks.
She upped her daily exercise, but there was one massive change.
She learnt how to eat the right foods and meal plan effectively.
I believe that solely by learning to meal plan, and plan your meals in advance will supercharge your results. Which is why the first module in the 8 week Beachfit program is nutrition.
So how do you meal plans effectively?
1 – Do it twice a week.
I meal plan and food shop twice a week. Once on a Sunday for Monday – Thursday Lunch, and another Thursday dinner – Monday lunch.
This allows for me to get fresh produce, and make allowances if my plans change. Because they often do!
2 – Pick one blog/cookbook to use for that period.
I used to use 5 cookbooks for a week, and then desperately trying to find the recipe I picked 4 days ago, no idea where it was. So instead I picked one cookbook for the period to meal plan from. Then changed this over for the second part of the week. Easy.
3 – Double up your meals.
One of the biggest benefits of meal planning is cooking once, and eating twice. I always plan double for dinner, then use the leftovers either for lunch, or freeze for another meal.
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4 – Make big batches.
I make a granola once a fortnight, and make enough for the fortnight. Again easy. Sometimes I'll even triple meals, if I know i'm going into a exceptionally busy period.
5 – Plan for portable snacks.
A lot of the time we only plan for our main meals, as we think we shouldn’t snack. Inevitably you will then often find us raiding the fridge for whatever we can get our hands on.
Plan for snacks – veggie sticks, bliss balls, whatever if your flavor. It will stop you reaching for the bad stuff in times of need!
Finally plan your meals appropriately. When plating a meal, aim for 50% of your plate to be vegetable/salad based, 20% protein, 20% slow release carbohydrates, and 10% fats.
If you would like more nutrition guidance, download your free Beachfit Principles book, and get the Beachfit Method for eating for life today.