Why Generic Meal Plans Don’t Work

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Why Generic Meal Plans Don’t Work

Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all approach – neither is it the be all and end all when it comes to rigid meal plans.

We all live different lives, eat different foods, and have different preferences, so a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to your nutrition is not sustainable and is destined to fail.

There may be some short-term results (or not). But living and eating this way, will have you not want to see another 150g of broccoli or ingest 120g of chicken anymore. Eventually, you get so turned off by the process that you quit altogether and conclude that “eating healthy” sucks. And most importantly, you miss out on your big chance to learn how to make healthier, more enjoyable, and lasting real change.

Even if you reach the end of your meal plan, what happens after that? How will you maintain those results and eating habits? This is why I don’t see the value of generic meal plans. A meal plan will only work if it is truly tailored to you and your lifestyle/preferences.

If you want to eat better, you don’t need to weigh and measure everything or bring your Tupperware with you wherever you go. You just need to think about what you’re ALREADY eating, and how you could make one thing better – making small changes and improvements to what you already normally eat and enjoy, one small step at a time.

For example, instead of having straight green veg and a protein source, opt for a range of colourful veggies and add a complex carb source (e.g. potatoes) that you enjoy eating to your meal. Instead of ordering a burger with fries on your work break, go for a zero-cook option by buying ready-made dry salad packs and an oil blended tuna can for lunch.

It’s all about ticking the right boxes every day:

  • Lean protein

  • Carbs / Nutrient Dense Foods (NDFs)

  • Healthy Fats.

If you’ve recently done this, or want some extra guidance, DM me to have a chat about how a personalised meal plan could be what you need to get yourself started/less confused in the nutrition space 💪

UHP PT Sharyne

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