Updated: Aug 11
If you have a weight loss goal, I am sure that the biggest hurdle to jump over has been to figure out what changes to make to your diet. If you started cutting out the sugary drinks and began a workout routine, that's a great start! Kudos to you for taking the first step to greatness! As time passes, have there been times when you tried to avoid temptation from eating sweets or fatty foods? Have your attempts to prevent temptation become overpowered by the years of old habits you self identify with? Have you ever tried to rationalize eating greasy tacos or a cheeseburger by the hard work you put into a workout that day? Have you ever grabbed a cookie and said to yourself, "It's just one, I'll work it off extra hard today at the gym."
As innocent as that may be, beware, you could be developing a bad habit that will lead you to be disappointed when you step on the scale at the end of the week. It is a problematic reality if you are guilty of trying to earn a fatty or sugary meal with exercise. Still, you can't outwork the fork. There's a little more to it than just exercising and avoiding temptation some of the time. Please don't beat yourself up over it either; you're only human. There is a scripture I am reminded of in the Bible, "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." (Corinthians 10:13) (NIV) So even though you may be tempted, you are provided with a way to avoid that temptation. One of the best ways that you can help yourself avoid the temptation of making unhealthy food choices is to follow a meal plan that contains the following five elements:
A meal plan schedule to keep you eating at equal intervals to feel full of healthy foods.
A shopping list to save time at the grocery store and to have the best foods in your kitchen.
Meal plan recipes to walk you through preparing your meals with no additional ingredients that lead you to weight gain.
A nutrition facts sheet to inform you of how many calories, macros, and micronutrients to eat daily.
A food log to help you track what you are eating.
There may be facets of life that you do not have direct control over, but what you choose to eat is not one. You control what you eat. If you chose wisely, your body and waistline would thank you for it. Best of all, following a meal plan with a schedule will help you develop a good habit. As the great James Allen wrote in the book, As A Man Thinketh, " The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny." Is your destiny to achieve the body that you want and so deserve? Is your fate to lose 20 pounds or more? If so, consider my meal plan that has helped hundreds of my clients lose 10 to 20 pounds in 8 weeks or less.
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