EatingWell 28 Day Meal Plan Help

How to choose the right calorie level for your daily meal plans.

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I'd like to see meal plans that aren't so time consuming. The average working person isn't going to have time to make a stew and a salad for lunch! It would be nice to have a plan that uses leftovers from the day before - or that uses similar ingredients over the course of one week. I'd like to try these plans, but it's just not practical for me.


11/28/2009 - 12:57pm

I agree and it would be nice to be able to add the meal plan to the menu planner calendar without having to look up each item.


12/08/2009 - 3:51pm

I agree totally with the previous comment. I am super busy, and while I do pack my lunch every day to bring to work, it saves so much time if I can take leftovers so I end up doing that. Also, it would be helpful to download a week by week shopping list for these plans too.


12/31/2009 - 5:12pm

I agree. I'm in high school and as tempting and delicious so many of these sound - i barely have time to fit in lunch and breakfast between school, after-school stuff and homework and fitting in cooking dinner seems impractical if not impossible.


01/03/2010 - 2:58am

I agree simple menu plan using leftovers for next day lunch is a great idea. Actually, I don't mind eating leftovers for a few dinners. I don't need lots of variety - just want to eat simple healthy foods I like...(diabetic) and lose weight.


01/14/2010 - 11:18pm

I also agree with the other reviewers, time and expense is a factor. The designers of the diet did not make this at all practical. I ran into the same issues trying to follow South Beach Diet Book meal plan for each week. The Time and Expense of the diet were just not practical for the long term. The only thing they can really help you with is to come away with a few healthy recipes.


01/19/2010 - 6:38pm

You know the food is good when the complaints are that there are too many options and that you don't have time to make them all.

If time and money are an issue, run menus two days in a row or make freezer-friendly items, like the stew, and load up the freezer for quick options. As for cost, buy in-season, let the protiens and produce that are on sale at your market guide your menu choice or choose meals based on what you already have in the pantry/fridge.

My wife and I are on this plan with another couple. We each host a dinner one night a week and swap left-overs from the night before. This makes the plan more fun and gives us at least two nights off a week from cooking. I have been at the 500 calorie dinner plan for 3 weeks and lost 9 pounds, so far.

The plans are designed to get you thinking about options, portion size and alternatives to processed food. If the plan is too rigid, apply the concepts to foods that you can afford and have the time to make.


01/26/2010 - 11:38am

I love these meals and enjoy preparing them. And yes, I work full-time. I just feel like my health is definately worth the effort needed to prepare the meals which that are going to help me reach my goals. I told my coworker about this site and he loves it too and has already used one of the breakfast recipes that he said was really good.

Thanks for a great website.


01/27/2010 - 9:44pm

Hello! Thanks for a great magazine, I always enjoy reading it.

I DO think there may be an error in calculations for adjusting your calorie level if you want to lose weight, I did the math for my weight, which is 114 pounds. The article said to multiply your weight by 12, and then subtract 1,000. If I do that, I get 1368 calories per day BEFORE subtracting 1,000. There is a caveat that you shouldn't go lower than 1200 calories, but I can't help but feel that the calcuation is in error. Has anyone else noticed this?


02/25/2010 - 7:59pm

I followed the calculation and before subtracting 1000 I am at 1560, I too think the calculation must be off.


03/11/2010 - 6:15pm

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