First, make sure that your diet plan is realistic and something you can actually follow for the long term. Don’t let yourself be misled here.
Too often I see people looking at diets thinking they can easily eat them, but in reality, the chances of them sticking with the diet are just not that good.
For instance, let’s say your diet is going to have you eating a bowl of oatmeal with protein for breakfast, a salad with chicken for lunch, a wrap with shrimp for lunch, some beef and veggies for dinner, and some eggs with whole grain bread before bed.
Sounds delicious right?
But when are you going to make all that? Chances are, you aren’t. Not only would this take a lot of time to cook and prepare each and every day, but your fridge would have to be constantly stocked with groceries as well.
Unless you don’t have a job and can dedicate your day to cooking and grocery shopping, this just isn’t going to fly.
Instead, find a plan that calls for similar meals for a few days in a row. This will make your life easy as you can prepare the food ahead of time and eat it for multiple meals.
Then, every few days, change those meals up. Switch out the protein source or try a different source of fat.
This will build in variety so you won’t get bored, without causing you to become a slave to the kitchen.
It’s simply more realistic for the long-term.