Planning Ahead for Stress-Free Weight Loss
If you were to take a step back from your busy life and really evaluate the way that you manage the hours in your day, you may not be as surprised with why losing weight seems so difficult. For the majority of American adults, the day to day grind includes waking up to the alarm, taking care of kids before they run off to school, a full day at the office followed by any necessary errands for the family, after-school activities, household tasks, dinner, and then finally—hopefully—bed.
At what point in that busy schedule are you supposed to find the time to exercise? What about preparing healthy meals? When you take a step back and look at this busy lifestyle, it is no wonder that more than two-thirds of US adults are overweight or obese.
You can get ahead of the day to day grind by taking a new approach to healthy meal planning. Planning your meals ahead of time can help you to:
- Save money at the food store by cutting down on waste
- Reduce the stress of determining what to make for dinner every night
- Allow your family to have input without daily arguments about what to eat
- Cut calories and eat healthier by planning healthy meals with appropriate portions
All you need to get started with planning your meals is a weekly planner and a bit of time. First, consider what meals you enjoy the most. Think about the types of ingredients that you want to use as you are losing weight, and what food options will align best with your diet post-weight loss surgery. Then, think about what foods you have in your house, and what foods you need to get to set yourself up for success.
Write out what you plan to cook for dinner every night of the week, and then note down any ingredients that you need from the store to make that meal happen. Do this for an entire week—or two weeks, if you want to push your grocery trips even farther apart.
If you want to make your week-night meal prep even easier, consider doing some of the prep ahead of time and freezing it in ready-to-go bags. For example, if you know that you are going to cook lemon garlic chicken for your family one night, then you can freeze the chicken breasts with the garlic, lemon juice and seasonings that you will use. When it comes to cooking dinner, all you need to do is defrost and bake! Doing a bit of prep like this ahead of time can allow you to set yourself up for a healthy and successful week.