I've been counting calories for most of the summer and been really frustrated (I tried Weight Watchers, sparkpeople, and myfitnessplan). 2 weeks ago I started following the Precision Nutrition plan (it's not really a plan, I just don't know what to call it). A couple of super fit people (separately) recommended this plan so I thought I'd give it a try. The premise is, eat more protein, replace most carbs with vegetables, eat less bad fat/more good fat. Common sense stuff.
The author has a cookbook called "Gourmet Nutrition" that I've been using for meal ideas. Everything I've made has been delicious. I haven't been hungry, and I've felt great for the past 2 weeks--strong, healthy, leaner.
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I followed his advice on using protein powder in smoothies to up protein, taking a multivitamin, and omega3 oil. I absolutely have felt an improvement in my mood and energy levels, so I have no fears about recommending this plan to anyone! I haven't been counting calories on this plan, but I'm slowly losing weight. I only want to lose about 5 pounds, so I'm focusing on making sure I'm not hungry, and am feeling good and enjoying my food (all of which was troublesome when counting calories).
So, I hope all that is "food" for thought!