Cutting down on bread and dairy and focusing on lean protein will help to reduce your carb and fat intake, which can help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings. However, this is not necessary for weight loss. You can still lose weight and eat ANYTHING in moderation. Try the meal plans as a starting place, but practice adapting your favorite foods and recipes to your calorie and nutrition guidelines. Check out SparkRecipes for inspiration and enjoy your food and your life. This is no short term quick fix, so you might as well enjoy it.
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Who told you to avoid those things?
Spark's method is basically "everything in moderation". There is absolutely nothing wrong with bread, dairy, or coffee, assuming you're eating/drinking them in reasonable amounts. I personally don't eat tons of bread just because it's not really my thing (I have nothing against it), but I do eat other grains and starches... rice, pasta, potatoes etc. For your coffee, it's fine as long as you're not adding tons of sweeteners, creamer, etc.
The meal plans do work, but they are really more of a guideline. You can always substitute items if you would prefer not to eat a certain something. If it says white rice, for example, you can always sub for brown, or if it says lettuce you can sub for kale.
Just be sure to update the item on the plan to reflect appropriate nutrition information.
I don't really eat eggs or red meat, so when I use the meal planner (I don't always) I will sub for something else- pork or chicken in place of red meat, and egg beaters or tofu instead of eggs.
I'm new to the site, coming from a strict veggie/fish/chicken eating style. I have not had things like bread, dairy or coffee in months so this is all kinda shocking to me. I was always told to avoid these things. So my question is? Do these meal plans really work? Or should I stick to what I have been doing? Although I am quite bored, hence my change to sparkpeople.
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