I’ve really fought counting calories for a long time. I’m a bit of, ahem, a Type-A personality, and I worry that I’ll go overboard with obsessing over every calorie.
On the other hand, some of my fitness faves, including Jillian Michaels and Chalene Johnson, talk a lot about how important it is to stay within a specified calorie range. It makes sense – be aware of what you’re taking in, and burn more than that to lose weight. I also like the idea of working a little harder the day after a splurge to keep yourself in balance – it’s OK to have extra calories from time to time, but just take note of it and burn those suckers off!
So, as I do my TurboFire workouts, I’ve decided that I’ll also count calories. Not super strictly or obsessively, but just so that I am realistic about how much I’m actually consuming. I use My Fitness Pal both on my computer and iPhone, and I love it!! I also created a basic meal plan for my breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the week to make it easy. I made sure to pick foods that I won’t get sick of and won’t mind eating every weekday.
Here is an example of a typical day on my current plan (totals courtesy of My Fitness Pal):
Breakfast is my green smoothie plus some coffee with Truvia:
Lunch is my favorite Greek Salad recipe and a square of chocolate because I always crave something sweet after lunch:
(In case you’re curious, the Greek Salad has: 2 cups of arugula or spring mix salad, 1/2 cup of chickpeas, 5 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup reduced-fat feta, 8 olives (which is the reason for the high sodium content, but I don’t care, I’m addicted), a handful of pepperoncinis, 1/2 cup of chopped cucumbers, a squeeze of lemon and a tiny drizzle of olive oil. LOVE it.)
I usually have two snacks per day; one in the mid-morning and one in the late afternoon. I have the apple and cheese as my first snack, and the grapes and goldfish crackers as my second snack:
Finally, dinner varies depending on the day. Below is an example of a typical dinner for us, but we may have chicken or pasta or leftovers. We also usually eat out at least once per week for dinner.
My totals for the day:
172 grams of carbs
44 grams of fat
80 grams of protein
I hope that gives you a little inspiration if you are looking for a meal plan in the range of 1300 calories!
Do you track your calories or do you rebel against it like I have? Do you use an app or an online program? What works best for you?