This is probably the number one question I get asked, "What do you eat?" When it comes to weight loss, people want to know exactly what you did and exactly what you ate. First, let me say I am by no means an expert nor even know what I'm doing half the time. Living a healthy lifestyle is a constant learning experience with what works best for my body. What works for one might not another. What I do know for certain is that Spark People has all the information and tools right at your fingertips to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
When it comes to food, I personally don't follow a meal plan. I do however, follow a couple guidelines you could say.
- I eat 1,200-1,550 calories a day. (According to Spark and my height/weight)
-Never eat more calories than you burn. (This one is super important!)
- Choose healthier options.
- Never deprive yourself or cut foods from your diet. In my experience, I would give in to bad foods because I felt starved or bored with what I was eating and that led to weight gain.
- Eat what you want within limits and within your calorie range.
-Don't eat when your not hungry and stop eating when your full. (Another important one)
- Drink 8 cups of water a day.
I'm not perfect and I struggle daily, but with all that in mind that's how I decide what I eat. So now that you know a little of what I do let's jump right into what I eat in a day.
* I already had 2 cups of lemon water
Breakfast (Meal One)
Strawberry/Banana Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal, 225 calories
Instant Oatmeal: Maple & Brown Sugar, 160 cal
3 med Strawberries, 11 cal
Half a med Banana, 53 cal
Sprinkle of Cinnamon, 1 cal
Oatmeal is super simple and you can add in all kinds of healthy foods. Plus, it really filling.
Mid-morning Snack (Meal Two) 155 calories
1 slice of Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread, 60 cal
1 tbsp of Jiffy Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter, 95 cal
* 1 cup of water
Lunch (Meal Three)
Chicken Quesadilla & Mandrains, 279 Calories
1 Old El Paso Tortilla, 75 cal
2 oz of Chicken Breast, 55 cal
1 med slice of onion, 5 cal
3 strips of Bell Pepper, 6 cal
0.25 serving of Shreddred Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese, 28 cal
1 tbsp of Sour Cream, 30 cal
2 Cuties Mandrain Oranges, 80 cal
* 2 cups of water
Afternoon Snack (Meal Four) 70 cal
Hard Boiled Egg, 70
Sprinkle of Salt & Pepper
* 1 cup of water
Dinner (Meal Five)
Homemade Beef Stew w/Crackers, 511 calories
1.5 serving of Homemade Beef Stew 431 calories (I used a recipe calorie counter)
5 Town House Crackers, 80 cal
* 3 more cups of water for a total of 9 cups throughout the day.
Grand total of 1,238 calories.
With all the water and eating super filling foods like oatmeal and stew it was easy to stay within calories and I was stuffed. Workouts also have an impact on what I eat or how often. I'll get into that later.
Again, I want to say I'm not an expert nor should you follow what I do. This is what works for me. My goal is to provide you with ideas and what can realistically be ate and enjoyed while eating healthier to lose weight. Hope you enjoyed my first real blog post and please feel free to share with me what you eat or any questions you may have.
Until next time,