* MEAL PLANS *
I've been a personal trainer for 6 years and what I've found during those 6 years is specific meal plans are about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike.
Out of all the clients ive had over the years I'd say about maybe 10% have stuck to them and the rest always go off it or break it.
if your a competitor who is going for a bodybuilding show or physique show they usually would have no problem following a specific meal plan , they would probably eat cardboard if they thought it would get them 1st place. I'm the same I would eat whatever required to get myself in the shape I wanted to be in, not that I'm saying that's a good thing.
What happens is life gets in the way , if you have a specific meal plan and you go out with friends for lunch and x,y,z food isn't on the menu. Obviously you can't stick to it then comes in the all or nothing mindset. When they break their diet the floodgates open and they eat Everything in site because their mindset is they cheated on their diet.
While I still truly believe to get In the best shape possible you have to count calories and make small adjustments at a time depending on your goal. I've had to learn that not everybody wants to look like a cover model , they would just rather look better and be healthier and still enjoy life at the same time.
There is perfectly fine but if this sounds like you just remember you are going to take longer to get to your goal or realise you might never get there.
If you train and eat good all week and then go out drinking and eat a few meals that aren't great don't expect to keep making progress week after week.
Be realistic with your goals knowing what your current lifestyle is like and don't expect results overnight.