The 12WBT Meal Plans are set to daily caloric allowances, so if you are not able to prepare your own meals, then it just takes a little more pre-planning than if you were cooking for yourself, to ensure that you stay within your allowance.
We recommend you pick up a copy of Michelle’s Australian Calorie Counter book (available from all good bookstores) so you can start to track how many calories the foods and drinks you do have access to, contain. Then grab a little notebook and a pen, and start to track how many calories you are taking in a day. Starting this in the Pre-Season period is perfect, because you have time to get a decent block of your eating/drinking to analyse. Write down everything you eat and drink in a day, and at the end of the day, using your calorie counter book, you can work out how many calories you took in each day. Compare that to your 12WBT recommended daily allowance and you will be able to see how many calories you need to reduce in your daily food and drink consumption, and then you’ll be in a position to work out exactly how you are going to do that.
While this might seem a little full on at first, keeping a food diary is something that is really helpful, no matter if you are following the 12WBT Meal Plans exactly as they stand or not. In fact we encourage all our members to keep a food diary for the first month, and then to do regular weekly re-checks each month – as it really does help keep you accountable. That managerial business theory holds true here – if you don’t measure, you can’t manage!
You will find that very soon you will start to remember what the calorie count of certain foods are – a cup of coffee with milk, a steak, a sandwich etc and it will take less and less time to work out your daily amount, and also to work out how to reduce calories to stay within your daily calorie allowance.
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