Why do meal plans suck, you ask?
Well for a quite a few reasons, but mainly because they aren’t designed for the “real” person in mind and they certainly aren’t designed to be a sustainable way of eating and living.
WE DON’T STICK TO THEM
We may stick to them for a couple of days and things are going well, or so we think. Then life happens, we get busy, something unexpected happens and we miss a meal or two from our plan, or we forget to take our meals with us for the day, then what?
The more experienced person may think “okay, I’ll just catch up later or find something similar to my macros in the shop” but for most people?
The fuck it mentality sets in. You’ve missed a few meals which then leads to an extra day of eating off plan and before you know it that meal plan you were supposed to be following is now a thing of the past.
When all you have is a plan instead of a guide or a set of behaviours, once you break from this it becomes easy to go off track and never go back.
WE STICK TO THEM TOO LONG
We follow it perfectly, for weeks, months, and it then becomes an obsession you cant break out of, AKA a border line eating disorder.
Can you relate?
Are you that “guy” carrying cold chicken and broccoli around in boxes 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year just “because”. As I’ll explain below, this type of eating does have it’s place, but for the most part it isn’t really sustainable for most people.
Maybe you can’t relate, but I’m sure you probably know someone who could.
The person who beats themselves up for going out and eating a Five Guys even though they’ve spent the last 4 weeks carrying around lunch boxes of cold chicken and broccoli? That’s your guy.
Or the person who binge eats for 6 hours straight, to then be back on social media the next day posting videos of themselves doing cardio…..”back on the grind”, pictures of chicken and broccoli in boring looking tupperware – “diet on point today”.
Maybe so, but is your mental health “on point” ?
Meal plans work, but they are only usually designed for reaching a short term goal as such as getting in shape for a holiday, a competition, to be in shape for a wedding, but aren’t designed with the long term behaviours of that person in mind.
Another reason why they fail?
PEOPLE EAT FOOD, NOT ‘NUTRIENTS’
Plans are usually focused on nutrients, hitting a certain amount of protein and carbohydrates but most people don’t eat nutrients, they eat food, real food.
We eat foods that match our cultural and social background so why would every man and his dog want to be weighing out 200g of chicken, 55grams of basmati rice, and 11 almonds?
This certainly has it’s place though and it does work. For sport performance, or when preparing for something like a bodybuilding competition where every single variable is monitored and scrutinised. For every day life though, this really isn’t essential.
New to nutrition and not sure where to start?
It really doesn’t have to be complicated so let me get you started.
Every meal you prepare just take a step back from it before you eat and think to yourself “How can I make this a little better?”
Less dressing perhaps, a smaller portion, maybe that portion of chips could become a jacket potato instead?
Let’s give another example for all the people that are “too busy” to eat well.
Is your morning routine grab a breakfast sandwich and a coffee from Costa?
How could this be improved?
Maybe we swap the sandwich for some porridge, maybe a cereal bar.
It’s a start.
That pumpkin spiced latte? Make it a regular coffee, no cream, keep the sugar.
Already, that’s a start with very little impact on your every day routine.
Then when you get a bit more used to doing it the next stage begins.
Maybe this can become even better again?
Lets add some fruit, maybe some protein, maybe we will set aside some time to eat at home and save ourselves some money in the process?
I could go in with a million different examples but the point I’m trying to make is that making changes and improvements really isn’t difficult.
Make small changes, make them a habit, then make the next small change.
Change your behaviours, and the results will follow.
Got anymore questions relating to nutrition and getting started?
Then send me an email and I will get back in touch with an answer as soon as possible.