Babe, love the meal plan but what are all these numbers??
I want a hot bod not take an algebra class. What do they even mean?
Meal plans are a great tool to use if you are new to nutrition but they can look a bit daunting depending on the information that is provided to you! In this post I'm going to give you a little intro into what you're actually looking at and what it means for you.
Firstly! What are all these numbers and what do they mean? All the numbers you see on your meal plan are the macronutrient breakdowns of each of the foods you are eating.
Macronutrients are the nutrients your body needs in larger quantities and which fuel you every day. They are your Cabs, Fats and Proteins. "Macros" as we call them is what makes up the total amount of calories in each food item (1g carbs = 4 calories, 1g protein = 4 calories, 1g fat = 9 calories). So! If you are nailing your macro (carb, fat, protein) goals for the day you are automatically nailing your calories!
We use meal plans initially to help gain understanding of how different foods can fit into your daily nutrition goals. So! Next time you're having a look at your meal plan see if you can identify the macros of each food item. Have a go at entering your meal plan into MyFitness Pal. Then on Monday when you feel like avocado on your chicken wrap you'll be able to quickly see you can swap out your 15g of nuts for 60g of avocado.
Remember your macro target should be specific to you and your goals, meal plans should not be a one size fits all. Hit me up if you want to learn more about how you can use your meal plan to progress your knowledge of nutrition :)