What Do Your Calories Actually Look Like?
So, you've found a fitness program that works for you. You love your program because it challenges you to move in ways you never thought you could. You're getting stronger by the workout. One thing you may not have addressed is your eating. Sure, you're eating, but are you eating foods that FUEL your body?
Your eating lifestyle is so important to a well-balanced fit and well life. You could technically change your eating habits only, and begin to lose weight, but if you want to keep it right AND tight for the long term, a combination of healthy eating AND a fitness program is going to be the way to go. But what if you're confused as to what foods you're supposed to eat? Do you eat just to make sure you're getting some amount of calories in your system? Well, let me help you just a little, with what your calories SHOULD look like when you're aiming for weight loss. A well-balanced eating lifestyle of protein, carbs, fiber, and healthy fats (as described in my last post) is essential for successful weight loss. In this post, I'm going to give you an example of what a 1,500 calorie a day diet looks like. For men and women, this is a very satisfying meal plan of calories. It IS possible to eat well on 1,500 calories a day, so don't feel like you have to live on boiled chicken, rice, and broccoli alone.
At around 350-400 calories, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You're literally breaking your fast from your (hopefully) good night's sleep. Eating breakfast revs up your metabolism, gives you energy to crush a good effective workout, and gets you going for a great start to your day. Try the meal above for a simple and filling breakfast of protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats.
Women's Health magazine thought this tasty sandwich was a great satisfying option for lunch. I think it looks pretty good, too. And at 350 calories, I think it's filling enough to give you a good boost of midday energy. Find the recipe here.
For dinner, you want to try to keep it light, and still filling. This quinoa enchilada casserole fits the bill for that requirement. at 285 calories, you will definitely go to bed light and still satisfied. You even get to have cheese! Try this meal out from damndelicious.net for a nice spin on an oldie but goodie.
I am ALWAYS eating. It's not a lot of food, but it's what keeps my weight where I like it to be and gives me the energy I need throughout my days. Snacks always give me that boost of energy, right when I feel that crash coming on. Simply put, SNACKS.ARE.CLUTCH. Here are two 100-200 calorie snacks that are go-to's for me, when I'm at home or on the road.
Greek yogurt is a great snack between breakfast and lunch. Top it with fruit puree or fresh fruit and granola for a snack less than 200 calories.
When you just need to grab and go, these Kind bars do the trick. Helping you get over that 2:30pm slump, Kind Bar Plus comes in six flavors ranging between 170-190 calories. This is also a great snack to have before your evening gym time session.
With this meal list, you've got about 1,500 calories to work with and you have a whole range of options to choose from. The sugar and sodium is in moderation, you won't feel hungry, and you'll remain on track if you are on a weight loss journey. This may seem like a lot, but if you're eating enough, this is what your everyday eating habits will begin to look like.