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    Any meal preppers?

    I'm trying to cut some weight and I know I can't out train a bad diet. I have tried intermittent fasting but anytime between 12-16hrs without food seems to trigger a migraine. Plus working nights and changing my sleep pattern a couple times a week makes it too much hassle for me.
    I'm going back to what worked for me before and that's a macro based meal plan.
    I think meal prepping will be a good way to stay on track. So, anyone a meal prepper? Any suggestions on meal planning without eating too much of the same thing all week?

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    Over the years I have tried a few different methods to this and have found that it is most sustainable if you make the time on a day off to do most of the prep work. For me it usually looks like about 4 hours in the kitchen on a weekend with the wife's help. I like a lot of the chicken and rice options which can be changed with just using a different type of sauce for different flavors so it doesn't get too boring.

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    Seriously, one of the women’s magazines(better homes, good housekeeping,??) used to publish a daily calendar with menus and recipes for each day, all made with fresh food, it was pretty awesome, but I got away from it about 6 years ago, and just haven’t looked for it since. Also, hello fresh, or plated, or one of the delivery services, is something to look at. They’re expensive, but you sign up for a month, do their thing, get next months menu, and make it your own. If you have any cooking skills, this isn’t hard. Now, I cook on the weekends for the whole week, then freeze or refrigerate everything, only having to shop daily for fresh veggies for salad if I want it that night, or bakery for fresh bread, again if I want it. Meals and sides are already prepared and portioned for reheating.

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    I'm curious about this too... I just count calories on the basis that if input is lower than usage, the weight comes off. It works, but it sucks...

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    My brother went on keto and he lost a ton of weight. He’s 6’2 and 190lbs now, was up to 240 before keto. He said the 2 main things is cut sugar and no breads or pastas. I fast daily, I eat dinner and nothing else, which can be worse than eating 3 meals a day. Have you tried eating nuts or fruits throughout the day? That may keep your headaches from happening while also giving you a healthy snack to keep you from getting hungry through the day.
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    I guess the big obstacle is sustainability. I hate "diets" that restrict or forbid certain foods. I'm kind of a picky eater so I gotta be able to eat what I like.
    I think I will need to do better about planning ahead of grocery shopping too so I don't buy too much.

    Vigilant- I like the idea of hello fresh or some of the others but am always worried I will get something and not like it and will end up just wasting money. But I will have to look at some of their options

    So with the macro plan I have to track based on hitting goals of 187g of Protein, 173g Carbs and 93g Fat daily, which equates to 2277 calories. I suppose so long as I stay within the calories there is probably some flexibility to allow pretty much whatever I want. I'm going to start by making a menu plan for the next week and see what I come up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatin Since 87 View Post
    My brother went on keto and he lost a ton of weight. He’s 6’2 and 190lbs now, was up to 240 before keto. He said the 2 main things is cut sugar and no breads or pastas. I fast daily, I eat dinner and nothing else, which can be worse than eating 3 meals a day. Have you tried eating nuts or fruits throughout the day? That may keep your headaches from happening while also giving you a healthy snack to keep you from getting hungry through the day.
    I haven't really jumped into keto. What little I have tried of it seems too restrictive. But yes many people have had great success with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderchicken View Post
    I guess the big obstacle is sustainability. I hate "diets" that restrict or forbid certain foods. I'm kind of a picky eater so I gotta be able to eat what I like.
    I think I will need to do better about planning ahead of grocery shopping too so I don't buy too much.

    Vigilant- I like the idea of hello fresh or some of the others but am always worried I will get something and not like it and will end up just wasting money. But I will have to look at some of their options

    So with the macro plan I have to track based on hitting goals of 187g of Protein, 173g Carbs and 93g Fat daily, which equates to 2277 calories. I suppose so long as I stay within the calories there is probably some flexibility to allow pretty much whatever I want. I'm going to start by making a menu plan for the next week and see what I come up with
    As far as the subscription services, you pick your meals, but I would and do only use them for ideas. Easier and cheaper, go to allrecipes dot com, and type in the foods you like, they will have a ton of recipes. Buy the ****, spend the weekend cooking, buy a food saver or some quality food containers, cook and package your meals for the week.

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    I prep on Sundays....10 slices of bread, 5 cheese slices, 5 slices of baloney, 5 dill pickles (whole), 5 small apples, 5 packs of peanut butter crackers.

    I make a Baloney sandwich with cheese, take a pickle, an apple, and the pack of crackers....put them in a bag. I eat that 5 days a week for lunch.

    It could be worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatin Since 87 View Post
    My brother went on keto and he lost a ton of weight. He’s 6’2 and 190lbs now, was up to 240 before keto. He said the 2 main things is cut sugar and no breads or pastas. I fast daily, I eat dinner and nothing else, which can be worse than eating 3 meals a day. Have you tried eating nuts or fruits throughout the day? That may keep your headaches from happening while also giving you a healthy snack to keep you from getting hungry through the day.
    My oldest boy has lost about 60 lbs doing keto.

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