Planning Your Meals Ahead of Time
One of the most effective strategies for losing weight and sticking to your diet is to plan ahead. While it may seem difficult at first to be prepared, the results will astound you.
Here are some ideas to help you plan your meals without spending too much of your valuable time:
Establish a routine. Most people have success when they reduce the number of food choices they have instead of having too many choices. For example, you may want to have two or three choices that you consistently eat for breakfast and lunch.
When you eat pretty much the same things for these two meals, you make it easier to plan and prepare for those meals. If you’re worried about variety, you can use your dinner meal as the place to experiment with more food choices.
Call ahead. If you’re planning to meet friends at a restaurant, call ahead and ask them to fax a menu to you. You can also find many restaurant menus online. Then go through the menu and decide what you’re going to eat before you even get to the restaurant.
Satisfying Snacks. Make sure that you have access to healthy snacks at all times. One of the worst things that can happen when you’re dieting is that you get extremely hungry and then eat a lot at one time.
If you keep some healthy nuts, dried fruit, or even a granola bar in your purse or briefcase, you’ll always have something to keep you from getting excessively hungry.
Use the freezer. If you don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking, try cooking large portions of your favorite foods and freezing them to eat later. Then you can just pop a serving out of the freezer and heat it up when you’re too tired or busy to start from scratch.
A little preplanning can save you time and energy. More importantly it can help you to reach your weight loss goals quickly!