By: Fitness competitor, Jennifer Norden (Facebook)

Don’t waist your time, energy and money on crazy diets that deprive your body of what it needs to reach your goals. Yes you may lose weight initially but it doesn’t last!!! Examples of these diets are low carb, low fat, high protein, banana diet blah blah blah!!  Your body requires a balance of all food groups.

I suggest following a 5 meal diet that has all essential nutrients and yes this includes fats and carbs! When doing this your body gets everything it needs which means you loss weight, feel great, your cravings are controllable and your not going crazy thinking what you should eat! Get in the habit and make it a lifestyle change not a 1-2 week crash diet.

Here is what your meals should look like:

Meal 1, 3, and 5 : Protein, Complex Carb, Veggie, Fat
Meal 2 and 4: Protein and Complex Carb

Here is a sample diet: (note portions below are just an example and will be different depending on weight and weight loss goals)

Meal 1: 3 Egg whites, 1 Whole egg, spinach, 1/2 cup oats
Meal 2: Quest bar, Asparagus
Meal 3: 3-5 oz Chicken, 3 oz sweet potato, green beans, 1/4 cup almonds
Meal 4: Cup of greek yogurt or scoop of protein and 10 blueberries
Meal 5: 3-5 oz Fish, 1/3 cup brown rice, broccoli, 1 tbls olive oil

**Make sure to drink at least 3 liters of water. Hydration is the easiest and one of the most important aspects of your diet!!

You should be hungry for your next meal. If you are not hungry lower your portions. Your metabolism will increase with this diet. One way you can tell your metabolism is revving up is your hunger increases between each meal. When this happens increase portions slightly or add another meal.