What's your eating personality?
Meal preparation for you is relaxing rather than a chore. You have an impressive cookbook collection and dream up ways of combining flavors. Fast food is a no-no; your favorite go-to restaurants tend to feature organic or locally grown ingredients. But while you rarely eat the wrong foods, you often eat too much and too often. Your biggest challenges are preventing yourself from noshing on nuts all day long and stopping at one serving of whole-grain pasta at dinner. For your weight-loss plan to stick, you need portion-controlled meals that emphasize fresh, whole foods.
THE TAKEOUT QUEEN
Instant gratification is your MO: You've been known to call a cup of coffee breakfast and a granola bar lunch, and your favorite takeout spots are programmed into your cell phone.You know you often fall short of the recommended servings of nutrient-dense foods, like fruits, veggies, and whole grains, but you feel powerless to do anything about it—at least until your schedule clears. To eat right and trim down, you need flexible options in your daily menus, like quick, "assembly line" meals that require six ingredients or less, along with healthy supermarket and restaurant staples.
THE DIET REBEL
While you do enjoy good-for-you foods, they also have to taste good. A sandwich or omelet without cheese isn't acceptable, and you need to satisfy your sweet tooth on a daily (if not hourly!) basis. Unfortunately, your defiant nature means you sometimes fill up on high-calorie fast food and snacks, which can crowd out important vitamins and minerals and pack on the pounds. Your most effective slim-down strategy: to focus on flavorful, portion controlled meals that allow you to feel like you're indulging. A mix of fresh and healthy convenience foods works best for you, provided each meal or snack contains a little something special to tempt your taste buds.
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