Many people when they first start training with me all ask the same question, “Do you suggest a meal plan for weight loss?” I answer them all the same way, I am more concerned with your eating behavior than prescribing a meal plan.” Many of us are creatures of habits. We do the same thing day in and day out like we are robots are something. A lot of people are emotional eaters. When life gets a bit stressful, they see this as an open opportunity to stuff their faces. Others use the eye ball method to measure their food. This method is not accurate because what people think is one serving really equals out to be enough for three people to eat off. I can go on and on, but I think you can see where this is heading.
All that is needed to correct these problems is a simple change in behavior. For example, when you go out to a restaurant with a close friend or friends, instead of ordering separate entrees, why not order one entree and share. If the over abundance of food is not on your plate, you will not feel responsible to eat it all. Also try measuring your food with a digital scale. Yes this does add another step into your food preparation, but it will show up when you see a weight loss on the scale, or when you are able to fit into some jeans you have been trying to get back into for some time now. Instead of eating when you are upset try going for a brisk walk or doing some relaxing yoga.
Do not get me wrong ,meal plans do work for the short term, but changing eating behaviors will last a life time.