LA Weight Loss - First planned food meal for the day.

08-28-2007, 12:56 AM
I think my major problem is that I just kinda eat and go and dont keep track of what I am eating. So I made a meal plan for tomorrow! *Hurray!!!* The following is my plan. I want advice and suggestions on improvements. I am not happy with the salt count but I figure as I go along I can keep an eye out for ways to cut it down.

Breakfast Cal Carb Salt
3/4 cup Kashi Wheat cereal 110 25 190
1 cup Skim Milk 90 13 130

1 cup of Mandarin Oranges 154 40.8 15

5 Chicken tenders 240 15 330
1/2 cup of Corn 66 14.7 11.5
1/2 cup of Green Beans 13.5 3.05 177

3 Wheat Crackers 70 9 105
1/2 cup FF Cottage Cheese 80 8 450

2tbsp Peanut Butter Crunchy 188 6.7 150
1tbsp Welchers Grape Jelly 49 12.7 15
2slices of Nature's Own Wheat Bread 120 14 210

TOTAL 1180.5 161.95 1783.5
*Working on salt content!

08-28-2007, 04:19 AM
Overall, that looks like a pretty healthy meal plan. You are off to a great start.

My only thought is that the total calories seem really low for your current weight. I would expect that you could lose weight at a reasonable rate (1-2 lbs per week, possibly even more) at a higher calorie level. While it might be tempting to drop your calories really low in the hopes of losing weight really fast, that isn't always the best approach. You don't want to lose the weight too fast or it will be harder to keep it off (and you don't want to have to eat at this calorie for the rest of your life to maintain your weight). Also, 1200 is the absolute lowest amount of calories you should eat so if you can lose weight at a higher calorie level, that's a better place to start. Then, if you start to plateau, you'll have room to drop your calories. If you start at 1200, there's no room to drop your calories later.

Do you know how many calories you were eating without your meal plan?

Your sodium doesn't look bad to me. Do you have high blood pressure? If not, I think your sodium is fine; I wouldn't worry about it (of course, I'm not a doctor--if your doctor has told you to reduce your sodium you should listen to her/him).

08-28-2007, 09:28 AM
It is always a good idea to keep a food log. When you don't do that you will find that you are eating much more than you realize. Keep it up , make it a habit . it really doesn't take that long to do.