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How To Get A Buzz And Still Booze On A Diet

How To Get A Buzz And Still Booze On A Diet
I’m going to let you in on a secret - you can drink alcohol and not ruin your training or diet. Happy hour can have its place in your meal plan, as long as you make smart choices.

What If I Already Have A Custom Meal Plan?

What If I Already Have A Custom Meal Plan?
  No problem! It's easy to enter your existing custom meal plans into MealPlanMagic to bring them to life. In fact, this was the entire ...

Health Benefits Of Cooking At Home

Health Benefits Of Cooking At Home
When life is busy (and when isn't it?) the allure of meals away from home can be strong. You may not even have time to sit down at the table to eat, let alone prepare the food and come up with a fresh meal plan from day to day. More and more studies are coming out, however, that point to the benefits of eating at home. If you are trying to get your body into better shape or lose weight, it's almost imperative that you cook your meals at home, and here's why.

Meal Planning Basics: 5 Tools To Get Started Right

Meal Planning Basics: 5 Tools To Get Started Right
It's no secret: eating at home is much healthier and more beneficial, especially if you are not only eating, but eating with a goal in mind. Whether your goal is to build muscle or to lose fat, either is a great reason to start cooking at home whenever possible.

Holiday Travel: How To Eat Healthy On The Road

Holiday Travel: How To Eat Healthy On The Road
You've been making a conscious effort to eat healthier foods and create healthy diet plans for you and your family. But now that you're preparing to hit the road this holiday season, you're worried that the only people who will be jumping for joy at the restaurant choices you face are the little people in the back seat—the ones who gravitate toward golden arches, chubby panda bears and cowboys with onion rings tethered to their belts.

Science Behind Carb Cycling To Shed Fat

Science Behind Carb Cycling To Shed Fat

Nobody wants to refer to them as “diets” anymore.

The word carries an unpleasant connotation which many people equate with “complexity,” “frustration,” “struggle” and, because they're so difficult to sustain, often “failure.”

If you're determined to create meal plans for weight loss, a new term might play as music to your ears—and provide delight to your palate: “carb cycling.”

Carb cycling is the practice of alternating high-carb and low-carb days—with just one simple proviso: you consume more carbs on high intensity (or training) days and fewer carbs on lower intensity days.

It might help to think of carb cycling as a way to keep your body in optimal balance: You fire up your metabolism on high-carb days and burn fat and retain muscle on low-carb days.

Yes, you might need a calculator to compute your ideal carb intake (unless you're using MealPlanMagic). And you might even want to keep a journal to track and adjust your carb cycling program. But you're likely to find carb cycling so enjoyable and rewarding—and so unlike any “diet” you've ever tried to follow—that they will merely become the tools of your means to achieve meaningful and lasting weight loss.

With a fresh meal planning and prepping tool at your side, assisting you in creating the best meal plans for weight loss, you'll eat heartily, too—and bring about the weight loss success you crave most.

Men's Health: Reliable Food Choices To Support Hormonal Balance

Men's Health: Reliable Food Choices To Support Hormonal Balance

For every brother, son or husband who has watched helplessly as a sister, mother or wife deals with monthly “hormone issues,” there probably is a female who might be thinking, “Not so fast there. Men's health involves hormone issues, too, you know.”

And it's true. In some ways, hormones are non-gender specific. But there also is a group of hormones affecting men's health known as “the male hormones” (with testosterone arguably being the most well known of all).

Kickass High Protein Foods For A Lean Body

Kickass High Protein Foods For A Lean Body
If you've done any reading on the subject of healthy eating, you know how important eating foods high in protein content can be. Meat, fish, cheese, beans, tofu, yogurt and nuts are all high-protein foods. Just blindly eating foods high in protein isn't always the best strategy, however. It's important to know why protein is vital, as well as which high protein foods are best for your bodybuilding meal plan. 

Naturally Boosting Your Testosterone With These Easy Hacks

Naturally Boosting Your Testosterone With These Easy Hacks_mealplanmagic meal prep meal plan software template
A sufficient level of testosterone is important not only for building muscle and fueling your sex drive, but is crucial to maintaining bone mass and creating red blood cells. It’s understandable why you would want to increase levels of this important hormone, but how do you raise testosterone naturally?

5 Fundamental Rules For Successful Meal Prep

5 Fundamental Rules For Successful Meal Prep
If you’d like to learn how to meal prep like a pro, you’ve got to start with the basics. Meal prep can save you quite a bit of time when done properly, but there is a bit of a learning curve. Start with these fundamental rules, and you’ll learn how to meal prep at an expert level in no time!

Clean Eating Grocery List For Beginners

Clean Eating Grocery List For Beginners
It's a sorry looking assortment if there ever was one. As you unload your groceries on the kitchen counter, you take a closer look at the purchases you had hoped would get you through the week and fill those meal prep containers at the same time.