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Low Calorie Diet Meal Plan

Lisa Cutforth - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I am known for not being a fan of meal plans, or low calorie diets.  So why then have I spent the last six weeks painstakingly trying to create the perfect low calorie meal plan?

I'll start with the reason I am not a fan of meal-plans and low calorie diets. 

Low calorie diets focus primarily on "calories".  All calories are not created equally, and low calorie does not mean healthy or balanced necessarily.  I have rarely seen "low calorie diets" done well or nutritiously, partly because people end up eating "fake food" and counting calories rather than nutrients.  It is possible to get low calorie nutritious meal-plans all over the web, great software that you can punch in your stats and it pulls up a nutritious low calorie meal plan for you to follow, but they can be complicated (fancy recipes, specific foods not always to your tastes or your budget, individual so difficult to adjust for a family), and so despite them being a great resource they seem to have poor compliance.  And no matter how good a meal plan is, if you don't stick to it, you won't get results.  Personalised meal plans I have devised for my clients in the past have also had low compliance, people get bored or lose interest, and a meal plan doesn't address triggers, or teach you how to make choices in the real world.

So then why am I creating a low calorie meal plan?

Meal plans can be a great starting point, a guide or blue print for how to combine foods or structure meals, or gauge portions. Low calorie and low glycaemic load diets have been found to be an effective approach to weight management and longevity if they are done well.

So I figured if I created a meal plan that addresses some of the weak points in meal plans and low calorie diets, we might be onto a blueprint for "the perfect modern day diet".  If it is easy to use and practical for the whole family, if it meets nutritional needs, if it is low calorie and low glycaemic load, and doesn't leave you hungry, if it is easy to follow and gets you results and is the blue print for a system of eating... then I am REALLY HAPPY to promote it and encourage you to use it...  

I will let you know when it is available... and I will definitely be asking for some people to help me test and review it!!!

If you have comments to help me in this process... please get in touch and tell me what you would like this plan to include or need it to be to meet your needs!

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