Nutritious Weight Loss Meal Plans

Guest Article by Felix Ankerson
There is no “universal” weight loss meal plans that, when followed, will surely help you lose weight. Some meal plans may be suitable for you, others may horribly fail.

Often times, you may not like the food that’s presented in the meal, thus convincing you to not follow through with it.

The best meal plan for weight is always the meal plans that you made yourself, customized for your own tastes and satisfaction.

Of course, some people may find creating their own meal plans for weight loss to be quite difficult, because with so many food choices, it can be quite daunting.

So here are a few guidelines to help you in customizing your own weight loss meal plans that suits you.

Fill Your Plan With Color

meal plansIt’s always the general idea that the richest sources of different vitamins, minerals, and even other nutrients, come from vegetables and fruits.

Therefore, when selecting a weight loss meal plan, make sure that you include at least five portions of different kinds of fruits and vegetables every time.

There are cases in which some people chose to get their vitamins and mineral requirement by taking on food supplements like pills, instead of including fruits and vegetables on their diet.

Research shows that this process isn’t entirely beneficial to the body, as the true nutritional benefit of fruits and vegetables comes from the fact that each doesn’t just contain one nutrient, they contain a multitude of them, each working synergistically with one another.

Plus, a food supplement doesn’t contain the one ingredient very necessary to your meal plan: Antioxidants.

Therefore, the importance of fruits and vegetables on any kind of diet can’t be simply stressed enough. The different colors of each provide variety, so you can be sure that you get all the nutrients that you need.

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While most people will automatically attempt for a carb-free diet, this is not beneficial and should be avoided.

Carbohydrates aren’t the main causes of fat build-up in our body.

The idea is to only choose the types of carbohydrates that we should partake in order for us to still lose weight without giving up on our energy reserves.

Basically, carbohydrates are divided into two types:
  • Simple Carbohydrates – These carbohydrates come from processed foods like white rice, white flour, and refined sugar.

    They are considered as bad carbohydrates because they’ve been stripped of all the bran, nutrients, and fiber that our body needs, which in turn, allows the body to digest it more easily, resulting in unnecessary blood sugar elevation and increasing fat levels.

  • Complex Carbohydrates – These the kind of carbs which are unprocessed, and retains all the nutrients fiber that the body needs.

    Furthermore, these kinds of carbohydrates can take awhile before the body breaks it down, allowing you to feel full for longer periods of time.

    Eating whole grain bread, brown rice, as well as certain fruits and vegetable, allow you to get all the healthy carbohydrates that your body needs, while still keeping your fat levels low.

Stock up on Healthy Fats

Not all fats are harmful to the body. In fact, there are kinds of fats which can actually help you in losing and maintaining your weight.

These are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in most vegetable oils like canola oil and olive oil, as well as some nuts like almonds and hazelnuts, as well as seeds like sesame seeds.

A sub-category of unsaturated fats are polysaturated fats, or more commonly known as Omega-3 or Omega-6. These kinds of fats healthy for the heart, and can be found in certain fresh fish, mostly from the tuna family like salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines.

Build Up On Protein

Finally, meal plans for weight loss would not be complete without a stock of protein in the diet. Just keep in mind that, since most sources of protein are also good sources of fat, like lean meats, beef, and poultry, it’s best that you limit your intake of these kinds of meats.

This can easily be done since there are other alternative sources of protein that you can include in your diet, like black beans, certain kinds of nuts, and even some vegetables.

Once you’ve taken all these points into mind, creating your own weight loss meal plans which doesn’t involve sacrificing your favourite foods should be very easy.

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