Do It Yourself (DIY) Meal Replacement Diet Plan

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Here's the good news: I love your article, but I'm not seeing the Free Food List that you've mentioned several times. I suspect other introverts out there feel the same way. When I went to get the kids from school, I'd have a frozen meal. In the section just above the blue book explaining how NutriSystem works. While it can be done, I still recommend using Nutrisystem for the best results.

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Make Your Own Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem Using the Frozen Food Aisle of Your Supermarket

Then you can use your weight to determine how many calories you need to eat each day to lose weight. Find an online basal metabolic rate calculator, such as the one at www. Plug in with a weight loss partner, trustworthy friend or Registered Dietitian to talk with about your eating struggles and weight loss progress.

Schedule at least a thirty minute meeting once every week where you can go over your meal plans, weigh yourself and talk about any nutritional and fitness difficulties you are experiencing.

Purchase also low fat dairy products, beans, lentils, nuts and lean meats like skinless chicken breasts and tuna canned in water. These healthy foods are often used in Jenny Craig meals, only you will be preparing your meals at home instead of buying them all prepackaged. Create a meal plan for the coming week which includes six small meals throughout the day, containing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and protein foods like beans and meats.

Divide the number of calories you should be eating each day by 6 meals so that you are eating approximately the same number of calories at each meal. For example, on a calorie diet, allot calories to each meal.

You should not do this if you have any health problems, if you haven't seen your doctor, or if you are looking at this as a long term solution. This is the plan that I am following to jump start my weight loss. Seriously, I'm just telling you what is working for me -- I made up this "diet" to fit my goals. Over the past 18 months or so, I have resorted to my old slovenly ways of vegging out in front of the TV with my laptop, eating junk food, Facebooking, and just being a general couch potato.

It has been awesome. At least is was, until I realized that my preferred wardrobe of yoga pants and t-shirts were the only things that still fit me. I have turned 'lazy' into an art form. I only exerted enough energy to do the minimum -- move from the bed to the couch, stand to make dinner, go outside to get the mail or to walk to the car, clean a bathroom or do some laundry.

I was practically immobile. A couple of weeks ago, I got on the scale and I was mortified at the number that popped up. I stood in my bathroom, where one whole wall is a mirror, looked at my naked body and I was disgusted with myself. My husband felt the same way about his body and the number that the scale told him. So I began researching.

My husband really wanted to do Nutrisystem. A guy at his plant lost over pounds on Nutrisystem and kept it off for more than a year. I was intrigued, so I started researching. Nutrisystem's plan was fairly simple -- high protein, low carb, low calorie and they sent you all of your meals that you supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables.

It was nutritionally sound. It sounded super easy to follow. But it was expensive. This was a problem. I don't know about everyone else, but for us, since we don't do credit cards, this money would come straight out of our checking account. So Nutrisystem was out of the question, regardless of how awesome their plan was.

I did not know the specific nutritional information on their meals, but an exhaustive Google search revealed some guidelines. The beauty of this was that I had no "brand" limitations. I bought what was on sale. I bought some Special K shakes and bars, some Slim-fast shakes, and some Atkins shakes different sales at different stores.

I also found some protein powder on sale that I could put with these great Yoplait Smoothies that I already had -- that would raise the protein level without raising the calories above the accepted level and these smoothies count as a shake and a fruit. I went to the frozen food section and found that these guidelines are super easy to follow. I also bought what was on sale -- Weight Watcher meals, Healthy Choice meals, and Lean Cuisine meals -- it didn't matter as long as they were things that we would eat and stayed within the guidelines.

I also took note of the sodium content -- salt is necessary for frozen foods, but too much of it can cause you to retain water and derail your weight loss. Then I got some fresh spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, apples, oranges, bananas, etc. I also bought some raw almonds. Almonds are high in protein and are an awesome way to curb cravings with just a few nuts.

But I was still skeptical. What if my info was off?? I've found it really helpful in keeping my protein levels up when I'm working out regularly - while still keeping calories down. I have been searching for a mid-afternoon snack that would not add tons of calories. Thank you for suggesting one. I also appreciate all of the suggestions and directions you have given here. I know the snack was not the primary focus of the article, but it just happened to be what I needed most right now.

Cynthia, controlling snack portions and how often we eat snacks is so key to weight loss and maintenance Glad it was helpful! Your very welcome, I'm glad that it was helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions. I love your article, but I'm not seeing the Free Food List that you've mentioned several times. I must have overlooked it. Can you tell me where it is, please? In the section just above the blue book explaining how NutriSystem works.

You will find links to various resources, including the one you mentioned, read the section and you'll see it. If you continue to have trouble, let me know. I'm glad you enjoyed the article! Any vegetable juice that does not have a lot of added sugar, corn syrup, etc. In fact you may want to learn to juice or liquefy your own vegetables using a juicer or NutriBullet or Ninja.

I have used NutriBullet and am not using the Ninja, I like to have the pulp of the fruit or vegetables with my drink. Thanks for all the great info! I don't see "desserts" on the diabetes list and would rather not use the calorie packs; can you tell me what makes up a mid-afternoon meal? Yes, you can do the same thing as the mid-morning snack.

I just provide a dessert option for those who enjoy their sweets to show that you can still eat them in moderation and lose weight. I don't eat dairy other than yogurt which I'm including in my meal paln; is there a dairy substitute when it calls for 1 dairy? The only option that comes to mind right now is soy yogurt.

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