Let’s face it: at some time in your life you have been unsatisfied with your body and you decided to go on a diet and shed some pounds. However, a month later, you’re standing on the scale and you still weigh the same.
You tried to count those calories and you tried find time in your busy schedule to exercise, but those chocolate chip muffins and that urge to sit in front of the TV and relax after a day of work were just too strong.
Despite what many people think, weight loss does not have to be a war with your body. You don’t have to cut all the calories and carbs in your meals in order to lose those extra pounds.
In fact, study has shown that if you restrict yourself too much in terms of what you eat, you’ll be much more likely to binge eat later and gain back all those pounds you lost and more. To all those who have tried to lose weight unsuccessfully, don’t despair.
You can lose weight and keep it off, and the best part is that you don’t have to feel hungry all the time. Below are several sample nutrition plans that will keep you satisfied and give you that flat tummy.
Meal Plan #1
- One cup of skim milk
- One cup of Special K cereal
- A fresh orange
- A 100 calorie granola bar or a handful of nuts
- Two slices of whole-wheat bread
- Two slices of thin-cut hard salami
- A slice of reduced fat cheese
- Some lettuce
- An apple
- 3 ounces of cooked chicken (chopped into pieces)
- 2 cups of lettuce
- One tomato (sliced)
- One red onion (sliced)
- 2 tablespoons of fat-free dressing
- Toss to make a delicious sald for yourself
Meal Plan #2
- One English muffin
- One apple
- One cup of skim milk
- Half a cup of mixed fruit
- Two slices of whole wheat bread
- 1/2 cup of tuna salad
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 rice krispie treat
- 4 ounces lean beef
- 2 ounces grilled chicken
- 1/2 cup rice
- 1/2 cup green beans
Both of the above meal plans are high in nutrients and low in calories and fats. It is much easier to stick to a diet plan if you plan it out ahead of time. Give in to your cravings once a while to reward yourself for your good work instead of restricting yourself too much.
This will reduce the chances of binging later. It’s best to combine dieting with exercise. However, this does not mean that you have to run to the gym everyday and work out for two hours.
Little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and getting up earlier in the morning to take a breath of fresh air outside will up your metabolic rate. Good luck!