“Do you make meal plans?”

I get this question at least once a week. My answer is always “No.” I’m not just being lazy. I have a good reason for not making meal plans. I dont’ think they bring long term value to my clients.

Here’s the deal.  First, what is a meal plan?  A meal plan is a meal by meal list of exactly what and how much you are going to eat in a day, week, month, year, etc. But, that sounds so easy! Well it is….until it isn’t. Following a meal plan doesn’t teach you how to eat.

It isn’t sustainable.

It doesn’t allow for life.

Conscious, mindful eating (including tracking macros) is the single most important thing you can do to take charge of your health.

Meal plans don’t teach you how to eat. They don’t allow for special events, lunch with coworkers, etc. Learning how to count macros and having the freedom of food choice (with some guidelines for making the best choices) is much more effective long term. It also allows clients beyond having to weigh and measure everything forever. Once you get good at counting you intuitively understand portions sizes and the macro nutrient profile of the foods you eat.  

Yes, learning to count macros and hit a specific macro goal is hard work at first. It is time consuming and can be overwhelming for the beginner.  Don’t give up. We have resources to help you learn to count macros and take it beyond just following a macro plan.

Interested in learning more? Email erin@begreaternutrition.com