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Have you ever tried to go your meal plan alone? There's a reason you can't stay on track and it's

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I have women ask me everyday what I eat to get the results Iíve gotten and am continuing to get. Itís frustrating because I canít answer this question. Well, I could but it wouldnít be right.

See, if someone saw my progress pictures or heard that I was carb cycling and they asked, ďwell what did you eat to have lost those 5 pounds or to have gotten those abs?Ē and I laid out exactly what I ate, day by day and meal by meal, and they were to follow it, thereís a pretty good chance they wouldnít get the same results.

So as much as I want to be able to answer that question, I have to give them an answer they donít want to hear, which is basically saying, I canít tell you, itís a secret. But the thing is that itís not a secret, itís just what works for me. And hereís the dealÖ Iíve tried plenty of things that donít work for me because itís really a matter of trial and error.

I remember one time I followed an exact meal plan that I got from Oxygen maybe, and I definitely did NOT get the results or look like the model in the photo next to the meal plan. So I donít want to lead someone in the wrong direction by saying, ďeven though I donít know you, anything about your body, your goals, your workout program or what you even look like, if you eat this, this and this you will look like that.Ē

So I know when you ask models and athletes what they eat to look like they do, they probably tell you the same pain in the ass answer I do, that their meal plan works for them, and then donít give an answer. Itís not that we want to keep these things a secret, but as professionals, we know our meal plan is meant to fit us. That saidÖ

Here are my top ten reasons you should hire a coach for your meal planÖ

10. It will keep you honest. You spent the money. You are far less likely to waste it by not following the plan you paid good money for. Free ones come and go and nothing is lost if you fall off track in 3 days.

9. Accountability. Your coach should be checking in with you a couple days, weeks and months after your set up. They should be emailing you to find out how you feel, how you are doing with the plan and for progress photos to hold you accountable.

8. The meal plan will be in line with your goals. My clients solely focused on fat loss have a significantly different meal plan than my clients who want to build muscle. My goal is to build muscle. If you wanted to lose fat and you followed my meal plan it may be way too much food for you!

7. The meal plan is based around your daily schedule. When I create a meal plan for my clients I ask them what they do for work, if they have access to a fridge, can bring food with them, etc. I need to know how many meals will be eaten out of the home, when they workout, and how much time they have to cook. My clients who are in sales eat out a lot and I have to factor that in, whereas my stay at home moms can cook more of their meals and may be able to eat more frequently.

6. The meal plan will fit YOUR caloric needs. When a meal plan is created for an individual their BMR should be taken into consideration. So letís say if, including activity, you burn 2500 calories a day, but you want to lose major body fat, then we know the meal plan should be somewhere around 2000 calories a day. But what if your friend burned 2100 calories a day and you started following her meal plan of only 1600 calories a day? Youíd be starving!

5. The meal plan should be based on your dietary restrictions. I always ask my clients if they are Paleo, vegetarian, are lactose intolerant, hate fish etc. If you found some modelís meal plan I know you know that you would need to omit the cottage cheese if you were lactose intolerant, but do you know what you would replace it with? Are you just going to switch to Paleo because a model you think is pretty follows Paleo? What if thatís a pain for you? Then what? (See reason #10.)

4. A meal plan should meet you where YOU are. In the beginning of major fat loss stages, a lot of fruit isnít necessarily the best choice. But if you workout a ton and are pretty satisfied with your body fat% then maybe fruit is a great option for snacking. But if you follow a generic plan which has a lot of fruit, you are probably going to be frustrated with your results, or lack thereof.

3. A coach will have compassion and give you the kick you need. I have clients email in on a pretty regular basis about how they got totally derailed on the weekends. Us coaches have tips and tricks up our sleeves to help give you the kick in the butt you need to push yourself to do better and stay on track. But itís also our job to have the compassion to remind you that you also need to be a real person, enjoy treats in moderation and be happy.

2. Itís easy to get bored and get off track. If you find a meal plan online or in a magazine and itís for one or two weeks, and you follow it, what do you think is going to happen after a month or so? Personally I cannot fathom eating chicken with salsa and broccoli at every single lunch for four weeks straight, much less longer than that. I know exactly what would happen.. Iíd give up. You need someone that can help you mix it up but stay within your macros and calories.

1. It is so easy to binge when you are not getting enough of the right things or feeling restricted on a meal plan. One of my favorite authors in the fitness industry has a book out with a meal plan. I see women on message boards talking non-stop about following this meal plan, but it is SOOOOO restrictive. How can one rely on so few calories and never have any treats or cheats? What happens when one is so restricted like this? They cave and binge and eat a bunch of bad stuff and itís so sad because they feel like failures. I wish this would stop happening once and for all. YOU NEED TO BE ON A MEAL PLAN THAT IS BUILT FOR YOUR BODY. One that includes treats and cheats and sometimes foods, or whatever you want to call it!

I need to be able to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch once a week or two. I need to be able to enjoy margaritas or Bud Lights or wine with my friends on the weekends. This is LIFE people.. you only get one! You cannot possibly go through it never enjoying food or drinks and constantly restricting yourself. If your treats are built into your plan you will not derail your weight loss/ fat loss/ muscle building/ strength building goals. They will keep you on track, and if built in at the right times, can even help you!

I honestly donít think thereís anything more I can say other than get yourself a coach who will develop a meal plan that is right for YOU.

And I just so happen to be an amazing meal plan writing NASM Certified Weight Loss specialist and coach with 3+ years of experience, some amazing transformations under my belt who can write a meal plan for anyone, anywhere! You can hire me HERE.

Have you ever tried to follow a generic meal plan?

If so, how did that work out for you?

Do you have questions about if this will work for you?

Leave me a comment below.. Iíd love to hear from you!


The Get In Shape Girl


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITGIRL15 9/5/2013 8:45AM

    I saw a nutritionist who is also a fitness instructor and friend of mine! She was a godsend!!!! She taught me the beauty of the cheat day! I actually had such AMAZING results using her plan/formula! (But it wasn't rocket science... I know a lot more about dieting now then I ever cared to know! LOL But at least now I know how to do it right for ME!!!)

Generic meal plans are ok, but require tweaks based on a person's activity level and intolerances... it's true that a good Trainer/Coach would do those sort of calculations/modifications etc. for you.

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SUZIPAM1 9/3/2013 4:20PM

    Hello what fab tips.

My plan is weight watchers
it works well and fits in with my life
i would like tips and if there is something better i would try it
i like the way you have structured your plan and i fully agree that everyone is different and they all respond differently to each plan
thanks so much for blogging it was a great help


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