Your pre-workout meal should be consumed about 1 hour before starting your weight workout and your post workout meal should be consumed within 30 minutes of completing your weight workout. All other meals should be spaced approximately 3 hours apart with your pre-bedtime meal being consumed within 2 hours of going to sleep.
On days that you do not work out with weights, you will simply eat the 5 meals in order as shown in the fat loss diet plan above. If this schedule is not clear to you yet, don't worry, I will give a couple of examples to help make things more clear.
If you like to perform your weight workouts first thing in the morning, you will want to eat your pre-workout meal as your first meal of the day - about 1 hour before starting your weight workout.
3 hours after you have eaten your post-workout meal, you will eat one of your "other meals" and will consume the second "other meal" 3 hours after that. 3 hours after eating your second "other meal" you will likely be ready to eat your pre-bedtime meal. This will allow you to consume the same amount and ratios of carbs and proteins throughout the day while adding another meal or two to ensure that you are able to eat every 3 hours and adhere to the fat loss diet plan guidelines given above. If you prefer weight training in the afternoon, you will start your day by consuming one of your "other meals".
If you consume your second "other meal", you will then consume your pre-workout meal 3 hours after that and workout an hour or so later with your post-workout meal to follow within 30 minutes of completing your weight workout.
If you consume your pre-workout meal as your second meal, you would workout an hour after eating the pre-workout meal and then consume the post-workout meal within 30 minutes of completing your weight workout.
Please feel free to split one or both of your "other meals" in half if you need to add another meal or two to your fat loss diet plan in order to be able to eat every 3 hours while you are awake. On days that you take a break from weight training, or if you do not work out with weights, you will follow the fat loss diet plan provided for non-weight training days.
This plan is more simple to follow than the weight training days because you will simply consume the five meals in the order they are shown.
You should do your best to space all meals 3 hours apart to help increase your metabolism to burn fat more quickly. Although the non-weight workout fat loss diet plan is fairly simple to follow, I have displayed an example daily schedule just to ensure that there is no confusion on how this meal schedule should be followed.
For the non-weight workout days fat loss diet plan, you can split any meals except for the pre-bedtime meal in half in order to give you an extra meal (or more) for the day if you need to fill more time before you plan on going to bed. You may be wondering how you are to determine that you are eating the indicated amounts of carbohydrates and proteins for a given meal. In order to accurately account for the carbohydrates and proteins in a given meal, you will need to have a digital food scale (available at most department stores) and a calculator.
Before I go any further, I want to make sure that you know what types of carbohydrates and proteins should be consumed for each meal as part of your fat loss diet plan. Using the protein and carbohydrate amounts in the fat loss diet plan above, you will determine the number of each nutrient that should be consumed for a given meal based on which meal you are preparing.
Before you can determine how much chicken you need to consume, you have to know the serving size of the chicken and the amount of protein contained in a serving size. If you are eating a food that does not contain a nutrition label, you should refer to the USDA food database to determine the amounts of carbs or protein in a given serving size of food.
Let's say that the nutrition label for the chicken breasts indicates that a serving size is 28 grams and that each serving size contains 7 grams of protein.
You will then use your digital food scale to weigh out 140 grams of thawed chicken breasts before seasoning and cooking and you will have your 35 grams of protein for that meal.
Determining the carbohydrates works the same way except you will subtract the dietary fiber from the amount of total carbohydrates indicated on the nutrition label. It was definitely a change for me to start measuring the food that I was eating, but this is the only way to effectively make sure you are accurately following your fat loss diet plan and eating the right amount of nutrients necessary to build and maintain muscle mass, control your blood sugar levels to prevent additional fat accumulations and quickly melt away unwanted body fat.
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