I’ve had many people ask me what I eat. What do I eat for dinner? What’s a good breakfast? What do you snack on? I do plan out what I’m going to eat the day before and make sure that I have my snacks lined up (very important) and make sure I’m sticking to my appropriate calorie intake per day. We know that input = output. What you put into your body is what you will get out of it. You can’t take in more calories than you expend, otherwise you will gain weight. I follow a really easy way to figure out if I’m taking in too much. Chef Candice Kumai says it best – take your ideal weight, add a 0 to the end of that number and that is the net caloric intake you should have per day. Visit her site for good for you recipes – http://www.candicekumai.com/ Now this does mean that you have to count calories but after a few days it gets easier to calculate.
Here is an example from my own nutrition plan. This is what I had to eat one day this week:
2 coffees with cream & sugar = 102 Calories
oatmeal with 4 strawberries and 1 tbs flaxseed = 170 Calories
Morning snack greek yogurt = 100 Calories
Lunch lean cuisine 250 Calories
Afternoon snack banana = 72 Calories
broiled chicken breast with garlic & olive oil = 175 Calories
red skinned baked potato with salt & pepper = 130 Calories
broccoli = 80.00
Evening snack handful of dried apricots = 75 calories
Total Calories = 1154 Calories
Try counting calories for a week. You can use a tool to assit you. The one I like is http://www.calorieking.com/foods/
Good Luck! Let me know how you do!