Hey all. Thanks for the replies again. Lots of interesting info for me to absorb! Anyway, about my diet now...
The diet I've lost all my weight with so far has been roughly:
Half a low-fat yogurt
2 slices of bread with margarine
The other half of the low-fat yogurt
Some tuna and ham
Some meat (chicken breast often) with vegetables
Although there are 5 meals there, it was really 3 meals and 2 snacks. Looking back at it now, after doing some reading, it looks really sucky.
This is what I've planned after reading through some of the stuff you guys have commented. I'd like to know your views on it. Please bear in mind that I'm trying to LOSE FAT! The guidelines I'm sticking to are to eat protein with every meal, get my carbs from vegetables and/or fruits for each meal (not bread, potatoes etc. as I was before), get some good fats from fish and nuts, and drink a bunch of water. Here goes:
6 meals a day, 2.5 hours apart, at: 7:30, 10:00, 12:30, 15:00, 17:30, 20:00
I'm going workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Here is my diet for a workout day:
7:30 -- Meal 1:
10:00 -- Meal 2:
Almonds and walnuts
12:30 -- Meal 3: (PRE-WORKOUT)
13:30 Go to gym
15:00 -- Meal 4: (POST-WORKOUT)
Porridge oats (add water and milk)
17:30 -- Meal 5:
20:00 -- Meal 6:
My rationale for the post-workout meal 4 is that it has quite a lot of carbs in it (oats, banana) and a little protein (in the oats & milk), which I've heard is a good idea after a workout, although I've heard these carbs should be high-GI, and I'm not sure if my choices here are. I know this is the meal that's supposed to break the "carbs from vegetables/fruit" rule, although I seem to be getting them from that anyway, so hmm not too sure about this one.
For the pre-workout meal 3 I've tried to include some fibrous vegetable/fruit carbs for energy. Is this right?
On an off-day, when I don't have a resistance workout, I will change meal 4 so it isn't carb-heavy and has more protein, like so:
15:00 -- Meal 4:
Almonds and walnuts
and then have some grapes later instead.
Obviously the order of these 6 meals will change a bit -- I won't always have salmon, might have cod, or might have chicken instead. I'll probably have more chicken than anything actually since it's easy for me.
What do you guys think of my diet plan? I'm a bit worried because it feels like I'm eating quite a lot and I'm trying to lose fat, but it definitely seems more full of quality vegetables/fruit and less bread/potato/cereal carbs. Anyway, your views?