One of the tools in weight management is making a meal plan. The nutritionist defines the daily calorie requirements for the participant and the latter creates a plan for each day of the week. A meal plan makes it easy to keep on track and provides you with a guide for creating your shopping list. Here is how to go about meal planning for reaching your weight management goals.
Lay it All Out
Refer to what is known as the Food Guide Pyramid to see what you should be getting each day. After checking the calories that you need for a day, you will have a fairly good idea as to what you need to eat throughout the week. Now, make a chart with blocks for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for each day of the week.
Then, consult books, magazines, and websites for recipes. Pick the ones that interest you and that keep within you caloric limitations and fill out the chart. Along with your plan, compile an ingredient list so that you can take it with you when you go shopping.
Making it Easy
Your first week making a meal plan will be full of excitement and anticipation on your part. However, it could get cumbersome trying to invent a new plan each week. Thus, you want to use tricks like recycling plans and having certain nights where you just enjoy your favorite foods.
Once you have created a few plans, you also have the ingredient list that goes with them. Eventually, you save time because you have this list handy before you go shopping.
For those who are underweight, just shift the focus from low-calorie to getting the calories that you need. Your nutritionist should advise you on the calories you need to have for each meal. Don’t deviate from your plan but add variations to keep it interesting. Remember that no one reaches any goal without a plan and the same applies with meals and weight management.