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    Portion sizes the same for everyone?

    The meal plans all have the portions set but what size person are they meant for?
    My wife (140lbs) and I (210lbs) both like the same meal plan but there’s no way we should be eating the same portions.

    #2
    Hi J-Dizzle
    The MHM is weight loss and maintenance plan so portions are the same, yes. Your energy needs are a lot higher than your wife's right now but that only means you'll lose weight faster (I am guessing that's the goal). Her energy needs are a lot lower, she'll still be losing weight but at a lower rate than you.

    That said, our mealplans are guides, you don't need to follow them to the letter. You can just integrate the principal and keep to the portion ratios (it's a popular thing to do). Unfortunately there is no cookie cutter solution that works for everyone when it comes to diet and exercise but we are trying to come as close as we can, implementing everything we know works in our guides. There are just too many factors that play a role here - your history with diets, your current metabolism, your microbiome, your hormone levels, your insulin sensitivity, age, fitness levels, how active you are throughout the day and so on and so on.

    What I suggest is to give it a shot for a week or so and see how well it works for you. If you feel hungry all the time - you shouldn't, increase your portion sizes or, even better, up your fruit and vegetable intake (it's unlimited).

    I hope this helps!

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      #3
      Aren‘t the optional drinks (milk, juice, smoothie) a way to adjust the plan to your needs?

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        #4
        Originally posted by neilarey View Post
        Hi J-Dizzle
        The MHM is weight loss and maintenance plan so portions are the same, yes. Your energy needs are a lot higher than your wife's right now but that only means you'll lose weight faster (I am guessing that's the goal). Her energy needs are a lot lower, she'll still be losing weight but at a lower rate than you.

        That said, our mealplans are guides, you don't need to follow them to the letter. You can just integrate the principal and keep to the portion ratios (it's a popular thing to do). Unfortunately there is no cookie cutter solution that works for everyone when it comes to diet and exercise but we are trying to come as close as we can, implementing everything we know works in our guides. There are just too many factors that play a role here - your history with diets, your current metabolism, your microbiome, your hormone levels, your insulin sensitivity, age, fitness levels, how active you are throughout the day and so on and so on.

        What I suggest is to give it a shot for a week or so and see how well it works for you. If you feel hungry all the time - you shouldn't, increase your portion sizes or, even better, up your fruit and vegetable intake (it's unlimited).

        I hope this helps!
        We’re trying the Power Fast Plan. The second formula requires us to eat basically a litre of food and she can’t stuff all that in where as I’m starving after the fast.
        also, according to everything else I’ve read in books and on the internet is would require more calories and protein than her by around 50%. It’s supposed to be an “indefinite” plan but if we had the same meals exactly indefinitely, either she would gain weight or I would be out of energy and unable to repair my muscles due to lack of protein and calories.
        Are these dietician making these plans and they are the ones thinking it’s one size fits all? It goes against everything else I’ve seen so thought I’d question it

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          #5
          Just an idea: If you add one glass of juice, a glass of milk, a smoothie, some starchy vegetables and more fruit, that would be 400-600 kcal more than your wife.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Kaleo View Post
            Just an idea: If you add one glass of juice, a glass of milk, a smoothie, some starchy vegetables and more fruit, that would be 400-600 kcal more than your wife.
            Yes perhaps! Thank you for the reply

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              #7
              J-Dizzle right, that's very different. Every mealplan is field-tested using a variety of age groups and fitness levels to make sure it works across the board. Although your weights are different your lean muscle mass will also be different. That means that despite the differences in weight you should both experience similar benefits with you probably losing weight a little faster than your wife and her putting on lean muscle a little faster than you.

              Having said that there are a lot of variables you need to take into account here. These crop up in our testing but are impossible to address in the mealplan itself. Things like your fitness level, for example, and your capacity to work at high enough intensity. Your base metabolic rate and your body’s genetics when it comes to putting on lean muscle. Nutrition is no different to fitness. You have to find what you can work best instead of picking something and making it fit you. If your gut instinct is that this won’t work for you, you will need to look at a different mealplan perhaps.

              Of course, the fact that your wife finds the second formula's quantities too much suggests that this may be indeed not the right fit for her. If you both like the mealplan and you still want to give it a go, with her weight I would suggest she reduces her carbohydrates (B column) to 1 cup in total.

              What other experts say is absolutely correct. Ideally you want to calculate your macros based on your height, weight, activity level, tailor your diet to your exact specifications but we can't do that for you. Instead we give you a guide you can then adjust, so you have some kind of base to work with. Using volume for meals is not ideal here but if counting Calories and macros is not your thing, it's a good start.

              I hope this makes sense and helps.

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                #8
                Maybe a handy manual for using and adjusting meal plans would be a good idea, neilarey, something like the workout instruction manual. Seeing as those questions pop up all the time (I'm asking those myself all the time when I read about the meal plans, to be honest)

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                  #9
                  Nihopaloa that is a good idea, we were just discussing this. The entire section is going to be updated soon so we'll look into making things more detailed and adjustable

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by neilarey View Post
                    Nihopaloa that is a good idea, we were just discussing this. The entire section is going to be updated soon so we'll look into making things more detailed and adjustable
                    Awesome! Maybe when you're done with revamping everything I'll finally have a go at using a mealplan myself. Thanks!

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