Eating healthy can be a challenge. Whatever weight loss plan you are on, it will likely give you tips on how to plan your meals that you can use when you’re first getting started. But in the long run, the goal is for you to be able to plan healthy, nutritious meals on your own. Furthermore, following the same plans day after day can easily lead to boredom, which can, in turn, lead to failure.
To help you avoid both failure and boredom and to help you live a healthy life, it’s good to get into the habit of doing some of your own meal planning right now. Fortunately, a few simple tips can help you out big-time.
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
You’ve probably heard the saying “fail to plan, plan to fail,” and that’s never more true than it is in terms of weight loss. Life is busy, and though you may have the best intentions, if you don’t plan your meals ahead of time, it’s all too easy to give into temptation and just grab fast food or a heavily processed box dinner, neither of which will help you reach your weight loss goals.
For better chances of success, try and pick one night a week where you can sit down and plan your meals for the whole week; this takes less time than you might think. If possible, you could even shop for the ingredients you will need, saving you the time of making multiple trips to the grocery store. And if you’re REALLY committed, you could even make your meals ahead of time and store or freeze them. Just remember, that one night of prep can make your life easier all week long!
Tip #2: Find Recipes Online
When you start to run out of recipe ideas, never fear! The internet has a vast array of different healthy recipes to choose from; there are many sites that are dedicated solely to meals intended to promote weight loss. If you find that your taste buds are getting bored, go online and look for recipes that are healthy and that fit within your allowed calorie range. This will keep things fresh and interesting and make it easier to stay on track!
Tip #3: Plan “Leftover” Nights
If you’re making large portions of food, there’s a good chance that, at least one or two nights out of the week, you’re going to have some leftovers. If you’re really pressed for time and don’t want to plan seven entirely different menus for the week, plan to have leftovers one to three nights a week. Try to space it out so you’re not eating the exact same food two days in a row though. Doing this will require you to do less planning while still ensuring you get in healthy meals every day.
So, there you have it- a few simple tips to make meal planning a whole lot easier; start trying them today.