I get it. You’ve tried calorie counting before. It was too restrictive. So restrictive in fact that it made you gain weight (or didn’t exactly help you lose any). Here’s the thing, you have to find staple meals that you can change up enough that it seems like you’re eating different things Every. Single. Day. I count calories but I also live my life with flexible dieting, weight lifting, and enough sleep!
Here are some of the staple meals that I eat to lose weight. Please note: I am not on any special diet like Keto or Paleo or Whole 30. The only dairy I usually eat is Greek yogurt or a small amount of cheese just because my body really, really hates dairy! I don’t personally believe in restriction. I believe in eating a balanced diet. This means I can have all macros at normal levels. I eat around 120 grams of protein, 200 grams of carbs, and 45 grams of fats per day. I try to hit those macros and I am usually pretty close every day.
1. Celery and Carrot Sticks with Low-Fat Tuna Salad
- Cut up celery sticks and pack with carrot sticks.
- 1 can of tuna in water, drained. 1 serving of low-fat mayo. 1 tbsp of sriracha. (You can also add diced pickles, diced red onion, or other add ins).
2. Flatbread Pizza
- 1 Extreme Wellness Wrap (50 calories)
- 2 servings of pizza sauce
- Turkey pepperoni (1 serving – 17 slices)
- 2 servings of fat-free mozzarella cheese
- Bake for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees. Enough to toast the wrap and melt the cheese.
3. Chinese Chicken & Rice
- 6 oz of chicken thighs.
- Pan fry until cooked thoroughly (165 degrees internally). Make sure to make them crispy.
- Add 2 servings of Panda Express Orange Sauce. Make sure to cover chicken thoroughly in sauce.
- Serve with 200 grams of either white or brown rice.
4. Egg White Omelette with Peppers & Onions
- 3 egg whites
- Frozen pepper and onion blend. Defrost in pan before adding egg whites.
- Cook egg without flipping.
- Add one slice of 2% american cheese.
- Fold egg over to make “cheese sandwich.”
- 2 Light n Fit Greek Yogurts (put in bowl)
- 1 serving of Kashi Berry Granola Cereal
- Berries or ½ of banana on top
These meals make me so happy. I also eat fish and veggies as a staple meal and I make my own low-calorie shrimp scampi. I will be adding that to my recipe page soon!
Basically, find meals you love and find a way to make them lower calorie. Get used to the changes in texture or ingredients. Try, try, and try again! It takes time to change up a recipe to a low-calorie option and love it all over again!