If you have a fat loss goal but can’t stand the idea of a strict diet plan where every single food is measured, calculated, or weighed out beforehand, then keep reading! This tip is definitely for you.
Back in 2014, I finally got to a point where I, personally, felt major anxiety at just the thought of following a strict diet plan. As a former fitness competitor and longtime “dieter” in general, I could no longer bear the idea of being limited and restricted when it came to food. I didn’t want to finish a meal and still feel hungry afterwards, and I didn’t want to have to swear-off or greatly limit carbs anymore.
For most of us, following strict diet plans can eventually lead to food obsession, which can eventually lead to overindulging, which almost always leads to gaining all the weight back. This is no way to live. Eating should be enjoyable and enhance our lives, not make us crazy!
So instead, I decided to take a whole new approach to eating, which mainly came down to this: For all meals, at least half of my plate or bowl needed to consist of vegetables or fruit. The rest of the plate would then be whole grains, beans or some other source of plant based protein. Pretty simple, right?
Here are some examples:
- Breakfast – Half the bowl filled with oatmeal and the other half loaded with berries.
- Lunch – Half a plate of roasted asparagus, carrots and Brussels sprouts; the other half beans and brown rice. Here’s some meal examples:
- Dinner – A giant salad loaded with chopped fruit and raw veggies with some avocado and a veggie patty, or, some quinoa and beans on top. For me, I’ll also typically have a big bowl of some sort of vegetable soup with a piece of whole grain bread, all depending on my hunger level.
Here are a couple of my oil-free salad dressing recipes:
And here are a couple of my all-time favorite soup recipes (all very simple and very filling!)
- Snacks are sliced apples, berries, oranges, bananas, sea salt popcorn, nuts or the occasional smoothie, such as a Purple Snack Shake.
I also love this recipe to help conquer my afternoon cravings:
- I usually have one small-ish treat per day, if wanted, and one big treat or meal once a week or on special occasions.
I have to say, my once a day treat is almost always a Peanut’s Bake Shop Cookie made with one of my cookie kits. Be sure to check those out here: Peanut’s Bake Shop Cookie Kits.
Eating this way allowed me to say “farewell” to strict diet plans and “hello” to a lean (and very happy) body – no restriction or extreme hunger necessary. Ever.
The bottom line is, if your top priority is including half a plates’ worth of vegetables and fruit with every meal, you’ll load your body with high fiber, high water foods, which are naturally very filling yet low in calories. That means consistently eating these foods naturally leads to a lean body! The bonus? These foods also help prevent and reverse diseases due to their extremely high vitamin, fiber and mineral content. Talk about a win-win situation!
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I hope you found this tip helpful and easy to apply to your life!