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My Daily Strategy

So it is 6 days in to my 70 day, 1,000 calorie deficit journey. Going in to this, I developed a goal of consuming 1,200 calories a day. That's it. No points, no macros, no high fat/low fat, no sugar count, just 1,200 calories. My point with doing it is to see whether it really is calories in vs calories out. Do we over-complicate weight loss? With everything on the market right now from weight loss plans, coaches, supplements and everything else- what if it is just that simple? Only one way to find out.


So having said that, what does my day look like? Well, I decided to take my 1,200 calories a day and make the most of it. I try to keep it pretty simple. I do three meals a day, with my caloric goal being about 300 cal per meal. Now I know you just did the math in your head. And you're going to tell me that 300x3=900. I know, I know.


What do I do with that other 300 calories? I snack. Whether it's fruit or a brownie (heaven forbid), I factor snacking into my day. For meals I fill up on protein and produce and for snacks, it varies according to the day. This allows me flexibility and I don't feel deprived.


Here are two examples:

Day 1:

Breakfast

2 eggs

1/2 Tbs Mayo

1/2 tsp of dijon mustard

(I mix this up as a kind of "egg salad")

Banana

Approx 300 cal


Snack:

2 halo oranges

Approx 100 cal


Lunch:

4 oz Pork Tenderloin

1 1/2 c mixed vegetables

Approx 160 cal


Snack

1 scoop protein powder

8 oz almond milk

Approx 170 cal


Dinner

6 oz salmon

1 1/2 c mixed asparagus

2 Tbs Tzatziki sauce

Approx 215 Cal


Desert:

1 Brownie

Approx 250 Cal


Total Calories: 1,195 Cal


Day 2:

Breakfast:

7 oz salmon

Approx 175 Cal


Snack

Krispy Kreme donut (donuts in the breakroom ahhhhh!!)

300


Lunch

5 oz pork tenderloin

1 1/2 c mixed vegetables

1/2 c basmati rice

Approx 335 Cal


Snack

2 Halo tangarines

Approx 100 Cal


Dinner

4 oz grilled chicken

1/5 c Coconut milk

1/2 med zucchini

3 Asparagus spears

(This was a Thai Chicken Dish)

Approx 275 Cal


Total Calories: 1,185 Calories


Now not every day includes brownies and donuts, but these are real life examples of how allotting calories for snacks has saved me from going over on my calorie target. As you can see, my main meals are a bigger volume of food.


Well I hope this was a helpful post for you all. I know I've been getting a lot of questions about my meal planning. I plan to post a full week of what I've been eating at the very end of week 1!

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