When I started this blog I was determined not to harp on nutrition but it is so key to any health regimen that, no matter what workout program you’ve decided on, if you aren’t choosing to eat healthy you won’t get far. There are so many nutrition blogs out there and every single workout plan I’ve tried through BeachBody has it’s own meal plan. I would just like to list a couple of my favorites and hit on some of the key aspects of each.
We all know that this workout regimen is geared towards those of us that are constantly complaining about not having enough time to get healthy. Their workout requires minimal time and even their meal plan is quick and easy. It really focuses on getting in 3 main meals with 2 snacks each day and they’ve simplified this process by suggesting good nutritious meals that only require 5 ingredients and minimal prep time. They give you some simple equations to figure out what calorie range you land in and then suggest foods that’ll help you stay in that range. This plan is my favorite, I’m a big fan of fast simplicity.
This program comes with 7 containers and each container corresponds with a different food group (fruits, veggies, protein…etc.). The main point with this plan is portion control. To start you figure out what calorie range you’re in (same as T25) and then you have a tally sheet to use daily so you can keep track of how many of each container you consumed for that day. This plan suggests two different ways of spreading out your containers. The energy balancer suggests the familiar 3 meals with 2 snacks option and the fat burner option opts for 6 meals a day, every 2 hours. This plan is great for those of us that want to eat what we like but need some help in controlling how much of each food group we are consuming each day. This plan isn’t the best for me simply because I’m not huge on meal prep and planning all of the meals for my entire day.
There are so many more nutrition plans out there but the jist of it comes down to spreading out your meals to include 5-6 smaller meals throughout your day and choose healthy options that are high in nutrition value (also called high density) and low in calories. Also, make sure you are including the recommended servings from each food group. http://choosemyplate.gov/ is such an amazing resource with so many different tips and they’ll even help you create a meal plan (if these others aren’t working for you), I would definitely recommend checking them out!