We are all different. We all have different nutrition backgrounds and lifestyles, which means you shouldn’t be looking for a meal plan, or anything cookie cutter. Your nutrition protocol should be individualized for your needs and this is why you need a coach.
A meal plan is going to lay out what you should eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, maybe a snack, and potentially a pre or post workout meal. Now I am not saying this won’t work for you. In fact, a lot of people just want a piece of paper to tell them what to eat. They need that structure. If it gets you results and you can sustain, then I have no problem with that. Now let’s talk about why a meal plan might not be best for you.
You might have a desk job! Are you plastered into your seat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday? First off, I am so sorry, because that sounds horrible. I would literally go insane! But, having a plan where you are supposed to eat every 2 to 3 hours just won’t work. You don’t have the luxury of getting up to microwave your chicken, rice and green beans. Maybe you need to eat a really big breakfast to hold you over, plus a meal replacement bar or drink that’s quick during the day, and then a big dinner to get your calories in.
Maybe you are a shift worker like a firefighter? In this case your days are never the same. You don’t get structure. You might have to have bigger calorie days when you are off shift and then try your best to get by when you are running around from call to call.
There are so many circumstances to why you need a custom program for your needs, I could go on and on, but I will leave you with one more. Say you are a MMA fighter who is on a weight cut? You would need to make adjustments every day, as you get closer to your fight, so that you can make weight. Then after you make weight your nutrition protocol will need to adjust to fuel up for your fight.
These are just a couple examples of why you need an individual nutrition design for your goals and lifestyle. Hire a coach and lose the piece of paper that gives you a generic program that is being sent out to the masses.