Its funny, how as time goes by and results are attained through sticking with a food plan, that certain things start to get a little “loose”.
Before you know it, the results have slowed down significantly, and you’re left wondering “what happened??”.
The first place I suggest starting or re-starting, if you will, is always going back to your protein intake.
Remember these key tips:
1. Protein is the mainstay of your eating plan.
2. Protein means MEAT, not dairy or nuts, or protein bars.
3. You need to eat protein 3x per day, along with each meal.
A lot of times I find people getting into the habit of eating a nutritional bar for breakfast or a protein shake, but do fine at lunch and dinner.
However, for whatever reason, this will STOP your weight loss efforts, and mess up your energy levels throughout the day.
For all of your meals, make sure you are eating a minimum of 2-6 ounces of meat per meal. An egg, by the way, counts as 1 ounce. (Being in Santa Monica, its always easy to drop by Whole Foods or the Co-op to get these items ready made!)
Some scrambled eggs or even pre-prepared hardboiled eggs will get the job done if you hate eating chicken or sausage for breakfast. For lunch, most find it easiest to stick with the meat + salad combo that works o’ so well.
For dinner, use as much flexibility as you need to make your food tasty. If you find yourself exhausted by the end of the day and get lazy about making protein for dinner, this is where a WONDERFUL piece of machinery comes in handy….the CROCKPOT!
Set it up either the night before, or in the morning. It really is NICE coming home to a great warm meal that is already cooked! Your meats will be soft and tender, and loaded with enzymes because you didn’t cook it at high temperature, which takes some stress off your digestive tract as well.
Now, get to it!