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I need to find a routine eating plan to reach my goals, 3 meals/ 2snacks, IF?

Answered on March 06, 2014
Created March 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I have been struggling lately to find a routine that works with my daily/ weekly schedule. I am a graduate student, I work part time, and I do crossfit approx 5 days a week and try to keep up with 3day a week running/ cardio sessions. I follow the paleo diet however do allow myself little "cheats" here and there. I try and stay away from fruit but do use protein powder after intense work outs. With all of my activities, I find myself constantly hungry. I pack my meals and snacks everyday, yet feel as if I am eating too much and constantly throughout the day. I am looking to find a routine that will allow me to feel energized and full, as well as provide me with enough protein to maintain my work outs. For example, is it best to plan to eat 3 large meals a day and allow myself 2 snacks? If so, what should these meals/ snacks look like? I feel as if I am in a bit of a plateau in the gym as well as in my weight. I am 5"3, 135 ". I am not necessarily looking to lose any weight, however I do want to tone up. I believe I am putting the right amount of effort in at the gym, yet need to follow a more structured eating plan to reach my goals and feel organized throughout my busy days. Any input would be appreciated, thanks!

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Crossfit 5 days a week + running 3 days a week is pretty high. Hope you're getting plenty of carbs.

Depending on what you mean by "tone up", you probably want to ease off all the cardio and hit a weight room instead as well as make sure you get 1g of protein per lbs of target lean body mass per day.

On the other hand, if by tone up you mean you want your muscles to show up more, you probably want to lean out a bit.

Structuring the meals isn't going to necessarily do that. Eat when you're hungry and to your energy levels. It doesn't have to be scheduled by the clock.

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