Yes. I’ve seen it and have done it for years. Losing weight comes down to eating the right foods, keeping a calorie balance and timing. Any person eating their scheduled healthy meals and not cheating WILL lose weight.

Some people have doubts that it actually works. It’s my believe that they’re used to skipping meals or cheating more than once a week that makes it more difficult for them to lose the weight. I recently read an article that I thought was interested. Here’s an excerpt:

…”The Arguments FOR Meal Plans

You know exactly what and how much to eat – this eliminates guesswork and inaccuracies with a mindless approach to losing weight such as “eating more salad” or “cutting back on sugar.” Instead, you have a plan that’s structured to ensure you’re consuming the right amount of calories to lose weight.

They take over-thinking out of the equation – when you know exactly what and how much to eat, you don’t have to stress about where your next meal is coming from or if you’ve accidently gone over/under you calories and macronutrient goals for the day.

If planned correctly, meal plans are easy to follow – one of the arguments against meal planning is that they’re too rigid and inflexible (which is valid, and we’ll talk more about here in a sec). However, if you follow a meal plan designed using foods you actually enjoy, then you’ll have an easier time following it.

The Arguments AGAINST Meal Plans

They’re unsustainable in the long run – for most people, following an exact meal plan every single day just isn’t practical. Our lives have variables: company dinners, family gatherings, last minute social events, etc. Trying to adhere to a meal plan 100% of the time just isn’t going to happen for most folks.

The “on” or “off” mindset – some people put all of their efforts into following a meal plan and actually have some success. The problem is that they don’t know what to do once they go “off” their meal plan. This usually results in weight relapse – it’s as if they’re “on” their meal plan and losing fat, or “off” it and gaining weight.

The unknown creates chaos – when people inevitably go “off” their meal plan because of unforeseen changes, it can cause uncertainty with what and how much food they need to eat to support their fat loss goals. So instead of making rational food choices, they say “eff it!” and end up binging on booze and pizza.”…

In my opinion and the opinion of many people in bodybuilding, meal planning is the best and ‘ONLY’ way to ensure you get results. It prevents you from cheating and missing your meals.

So if you’re serious about losing weight, then you need to be prepared to start meal planning and get into the routine to get into the best shape ever.

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