Create A "Wiggle-Room Meal" When Tracking Calories!
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I eat a big or small breakfast based on how hungry I am in the morning, and I track it. Then, still in the morning, I enter what I'm planning to have for dinner, and then I enter an evening snack. Lunch is my "wiggle room." I can go big or small, depending on how many calories I have left.
If I want a bigger lunch, I'll start cutting away at my evening snack. This way, I have a full dinner to look forward to, rather than eating too much at lunch and feeling like I'll have to starve during dinner, which is my favorite meal. But really, any meal can be the wiggle-room meal!
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I log in in the morning while I eat breakfast and use the Nutrition segment to plan my meals for the rest of the day. It allows me to pack healthy meal and snack options to take with me all day, and I know from the beginning of the day exactly how much wiggle room I may have with my calorie intake.
I Plan meals, track them here, and prep them before bed at night for the next day and I end up having a ton more success in meeting my cal/fat/carb/protein markers without having to run around like an idiot during the day! Works wonders for me, and I always have a little wiggle room if I want to add a little extra treat in my day somewhere!
Use reusable, 3 compartment lunch containers to pre-make a weeks worth of lunches. First develop your lunch menus and shop for ingredients. Then, weigh, measure and calculate for the entire meal, filling compartments as you go. When finished, put the name and calorie count on a blank address label on the top. Write down the contents so you can repeat these meals and save in a binder. I try to keep my calorie count between 350 and 400 for this meal, focusing on high protein and lots of fiber.
I like to create a food grouping to make tracking easier, then print the grouping for reference. Creating fresh, healthy meals that resemble expensive store bought ones saves money and calories! And tracking couldn't be easier. Simply select the grouping and Bam! Tracking entered for entire lunch!
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