Let’s pretend that this was posted on January 3, 2016 so that you may catch up to where I am currently in my quest for lifetime dietary fitness. Some previous weight-loss failures have included The South Beach Diet, Fit For Life, a raw diet, a green smoothie diet, and more than once I have been enslaved to My Fitness Pal . This past Christmas season I decided on a potato chip cookie diet, successfully striking a balance between the sweetness of the sugar, the saltiness of the Lay’s potato chips, the just-right crunchiness of the chopped walnuts, and the utterly sublime, melt-in-your-mouth delectability of the pound of butter to marry all of the ingredients together. Needless to say it did not aid me in staying out of my fat pants.
Douglas had decided right after Thanksgiving that he was going to try out this new weight-loss meal plan service in town called Project Lean Nation. PLN creates meal plans based on the Paleo Diet. Once a week on Sunday, participants can travel to the PLN storefront in Brighton to pick up their box of clean-eating sustenance for the week (PLN will also deliver for an additional fee). The plans are broken down into three distinct categories: Women’s Lifestyle, Men’s Lifestyle, Modern Paleo (previously called Organic), and Athlete. For Doug’s needs he chose the Men’s Lifestyle. I tried a couple of his meals and I liked them, not to mention the convenience of simply popping one in the microwave for two minutes and voila! Dinner is served.
After a more than hearty season of holiday overindulgence, knowing that I would be stepping on a cruise ship at the end of January, I decided to give PLN a one month trial. I signed up for the
Athlete Women’s Lifestyle plan for $115 a week and picked up my super-duper box on Sunday January 3rd. I couldn’t wait to get home to see what I got.
There was a good variety of food choices including chicken, beef, turkey, and fish dishes. Every container represents a complete meal, which totaled 18 meals.
Also included were six envelopes of protein shakes, three packets of raw almonds, and three protein bars. Why only six shakes and six snacks you ask? PLN wants to nourish you for six days and wants you to figure it out for yourself on the seventh day to encourage you to fend for yourself when you don’t have meals handy.
The people at Project Lean Nation suggest that you have a protein shake at 7 am, your first meal at 10:30 am, second meal at 2 pm, a snack (almonds or protein bar) at 5 pm, and your last meal at 8 pm. I decided to change that plan a bit for a few reasons. First of all it is difficult for me to find the time to fit all of that food in when I am working with client after client, hour after hour. Second, I really didn’t think that taking in that amount of calories (approximately 1400 calories on PLNs plan) would get me the results I was looking for, especially considering when I was using My Fitness Pal my recommended intake was 1200 calories a day. And third, I wasn’t comfortable eating at 8 pm in the evening. Instead, I drank my shake at 7 am, had a snack between 10:30-11:30 am, ate my first meal between 2-3 pm, and ate my final meal between 6-7 pm. This left me with six extra meals at the end of the week. Translation: no cooking on the seventh day! See how genius my scheme was on multiple levels?
The results of my month-long experiment were great. My favorite aspect was that I never had to cook and clean (except for the kids) for any of my meals. I have to say that I have been pretty spoiled by this and I dread going back to the evening grind of meal prep after a long day. In that four weeks I lost four pounds and I never felt hungry or had cravings. I had completely detoxed the sugar out of my body, which resulted in clearer skin (a completely unexpected bonus). And overall the food was pretty tasty and gave me a good blueprint to model my own homemade meals after.
If you are looking for something new to motivate you to get healthy or just searching for something to make your life easier, I would recommend Project Lean Nation. It’s a great service with a great group of people to help support you through whatever goals you are trying to achieve.