Eating every 3 hours (6 meals a day) DOES require some thought and preplanning, however. The added benefit of preplanning and having ALL your meals ready to eat and with you at all times gets rid of any attempts at making excuses for eating poorly or skipping meals. It doesn’t matter if the office ordered pizza delivery, if there’s a pot luck, or if everyone else is eating at the local Italian restaurant… you have your healthy meals ready to eat, so what’s your excuse now? How bad do you want to achieve your goal? So ready to begin?
First of all, you need to determine how many calories your body needs to lose, maintain, or gain weight – whatever your goal may be. A fantastic tool to determine this number is a metabolic test, which can be performed with a BodPod®️ or Metabolic Test (military members can have this performed free at a base/post wellness center).
You will also need to know where you are at currently, ESPECIALLY if you don’t have access to a metabolic test. This is CRUCIAL to the next steps!! There isn’t a cookie cutter meal plan for any one person.
We are all created unique and different. We have different likes/dislikes, activity levels, goals, allergies….you get the idea. I highly recommend “My Fitness Pal” to help you learn what you are putting into your body and KEEP using this tool to monitor as you go. I still use them on a regular basis for my own accountability, even 5 years after my weight loss.