Meal Plans Need Not Be Difficult

Meal variety sucks and how that can be the single factor that leads you away from yourmeal planning goals.

Pull up a chair and hear me out please.

“Variety Sucks!” - he said.

My eyes were wide open like a kid who just heard his first swear word when I heard that. In fact, stunned because many people who I’ve run across told me that variety in my meals is the KEY to success.

You know what I mean don’t you?

“No not that kind of variety,” he said. “Meal variety. When you change your meals all the time. Everything has to be new for each meal. You get bored right? So you always have to have something different. That sucks.”

 

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Again, I couldn’t believe my ears and yet, he was right.

You probably already know this…

What if you continually change your meals all the time, so it’s always a new meal every day. Of course you won’t be bored but what you will find impossible to do is stick with your plan and maintain a steady goal.

Obviously you can understand that makes perfect sense!

You’re probably wondering if most professional bodybuilders and those who you admire have pretty boring diets.

Let’s take an example of Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers or any number of other commercial diets on the market today.

Okay, you’re probably wondering…

What do they all have in common?

Face it… they are all using pre-planned meals!

Don’t miss a word of this…

You are never guessing at what to eat or making hasty choices without full well knowing exactly how many calories are in that meal, the protein, carb and fat contents too.

Knowing this is critical to keeping your meals targeted towards your goals. The more variety you have, the harder it will be to stick with a set meal plan to ensure you are getting the proper nutrients as well as enough calories.

And now you begin to realize that variety does suck.

Do you ever try and create a meal on the fly?

No planning just go to a restaurant and pick something off the menu only to track your meal later and find out you were way over your goal or you aren’t close to your calories for the day and have to literally stuff yourself later?

Here’s my confession…

My greatest success in terms of nutrition have come from a variety of pre-planned meals. 7 day meal plans where I know what I’m going to eat, what to shop for and all of them laser targeted towards my goal.

You see, variety in the food choices isn’t a bad thing at all. Variety ensures we are getting the proper nutrients and ratios. It helps to have several pre-planned meals so that you aren’t too bored but you know what’s ahead.

Pre-planning your meals for the week lets you go shopping for the foods you need as well.

Think of how impossible it will be to just “eat” if you don’t give some thought into the meals you are having to reach your goals.

Grocery shopping would be a nightmare if I didn’t already know my meals well in advance.

I know your boring alarm is going off right now but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Plan out your meals. The more pre-planned meals you have, the easier it will be to shop. The faster you can put together something that meets your needs.

The people who simply must have a new breakfast, lunch and dinner so they don’t get bored with foods, are the ones always counting calories. They are always guessing at what meal they are about to eat if it fits their goals. They find out AFTER they have eaten it.

The successful people know before the food hits their mouth what the meal is doing for them. They already know how many calories. They know the portions. Calorie counting only had to happen once.

Think about this for a minute.

If you want variety in everything you eat and you don’t want to have pre-planned meals because that just sounds too boring, then realize that might be why you aren’t reaching your goals.

I’m not saying meals have to be boring and bland but you should know before hand what you are going to eat.

That’s a pre-planned meal.

That’s why variety in one sense of the meaning sucks!

Meal planning does not have to be complicated. If you want pre-designed, bodybuilding meal plans in a variety of calories ranges and the ability to create future unlimited combinations, take a look at the meal plans in the NoBull Bodybuilding Program.

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    I loved this article! I ALWAYS eat pretty much the same thing. I make out a 7 day menu and then follow it. The only time I change it up is if my results are lagging. This way I can plan and pack for the day--if I know what I'm eating everyday, I don't have any trouble sticking to my plan!
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    Depressing. How do you not get bored? I know people who go off meal plans mostly because they're sick of eating the same thing every day or two days.

    And what happens when on Friday, you don't feel like eating what you had planned out for Friday's meal on Monday? Is your answer going to be one of those "suck it up, tough it out" types?
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    Egg,

    If you plan out meals in advance, you can make them as wild and interesting as you want. The problem is... planning is hard work. When we start to just wing it, that's when inconsistency becomes the norm and missing workouts and meals becomes routine.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with a cheat day or scheduling in a cheat day. Give yourself small rewards and often.

    As I type, I'm drinking a glass (lost count) of red wine. I don't frankly care right now if I'm a wee bit over or under or whatever on my calories.

    I know that I don't do it too often so I'm okay.

    Suck it up? Never. I believe in being consistent but I also firmly believe that life is more that bodybuilding and calorie counting. When my mistakes become the norm, we have a problem.

    But they don't, so I'm fine.

    I have many meal plans so when I get bored, I make up some new ones and it's exciting all over again. As long as you plan in advance and know what's coming, you are golden. It's when you ditch the meal plans and just wing it for days that problems occur. You don't know what's going on until after it's already happened.
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    hello David
    Your idea about the variety meal is good.
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    I loved your article. And you're damned right. I've come to this stuff after years and years of chaotic eating habits.

    Now I'm actually "planning" my meals ahead. Sometimes I'm planning them for a week sometime for less, but even if I get bored I change one or two meals on the way just for "variety".

    So what you're saying it's not for body-builders, it's for all people who actually care for the health of their bodies. I'd rather say that a combination between pre-planned meals and some variety inserted in-between is the best combination for me.

    Keep up the good work
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    Wow, really good article. I think I'll be taking a shopping trip with my mother this weekend!
 

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