One of the questions I get most frequently asked is “what do you eat?” And people are frequently surprised by my answers, wrongfully believing that weight loss & maintenance success means deprivation or a low calorie diet consisting of bland food. Not true! In fact, you can sabotage your efforts to lose or maintain by eating too little or restricting your foods to ones you don’t particularly enjoy eating.
One of the things I love the most about Beachbody programs is the fact that they come with easy-to-follow nutrition guides, as well as delicious meal ideas. Since starting Insanity last year, I began eating 5 or 6 mini-meals a day. This has worked very well for me, keeping me satisfied throughout the day.
I’m currently doing Insanity: The Asylum. Since I’m aiming to lean out a bit, I’m following the program’s recommendation for me to eat about 1500 calories a day based on my weight. I’m typically eating between 1500 and 1600 calories. Here’s what a day of eating using the Club Membership meal planner as a starting point & guide looks like for me (I tweak based on personal preferences and tastes):
Dark Chocolate Protein Shake
Toasted Light whole-grain english muffin topped with one tbsp natural peanut butter & one tsp of apricot preserves
1/2 medium banana- sliced
359 Calories to start the day right!
Meal # 2:
Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Shakeology. Made with 1 packet of Chocolate Shakeology, 12 frozen cherries, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup water and 2 tbsps of Jello sugarfree fat free cheesecake pudding mix. 240 calories of post-workout Chocolatey bliss.
Chicken salad wrap (made with 2 ounces of chicken, spinach, low-fat mayo and some Kraft reduced fat parmesan asiago dressing wrapped in a Flatout Wholegrain flax wrap) and one cup of seedless red grapes.
Slice of toasted Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread topped with 1/2 tablespoon of Smart Balance light buttery spread, 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of raspberries.
Baked lemon salmon, 1/4 cup couscous with parmesan & parsley and spinach/blueberry salad.
366 calories to cap off the day.
Total Daily Calories: 1521
I’m getting hungry just looking at these pictures. Notice there are no 100 calorie snack packs or Lean Cuisine frozen meals. The less processed foods you’re eating, the better.
Healthy fats are good, whole grains are awesome and whole food is the BEST. I don’t feel deprived and a week’s worth of these kind of meals actually led to a five pound weight loss for me when starting Insanity: The Asylum. Just goes to show you don’t have to starve yourself or live on rice cakes to reach your goals. No diet pills, no shrink wraps, no gimmicks- just plain old-fashioned dietary diligence.
If you’d love this kind of guidance in meal planning and are thinking of starting a new workout program to help you reach your goals, I highly recommend joining my Challenge. You’ll get a complete workout program, calendar, nutrition guide, a month trial Club Membership (including the meal planning tool!) and, my personal favorite meal of the day, Shakeology. Now that’s a smart deal!
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