Meal Planning for Weight Loss
When it comes to successful weight loss, planning ahead can be the key to success. However, it is not only your weight loss goals and diet of choice that require some planning, but also your individual meals.
Meal planning is a really great way to ensure that you stay on track with your diet and exercise program. By planning a week's menu in advance you can be sure to stock up on the groceries you need, whilst avoiding spontaneous and unhealthy grocery store buys.
First off you'll need to make a list of the meals you plan on making for the week. If you are on a diet that has very specific regulations than this should be fairly straight forward. If, on the other hand, you are one a more open concept diet, then you will need to do a little more work.
Begin by totalling the number of daily calories allowed for you to lose the weight you want to per week. Then make a list of meals and snacks for each day that add up to your desired caloric intake.
Once you've done this you should have a list of ingredients that you need. When you head to the grocery store with this list, make sure to buy only what is on here and nothing else.
Now that you've got your groceries and your meal plan you can do a little prep ahead of time. Because we tend to lose motivation as the week wears on, especially when we get busy and stressed by the daily demands of work and household tasks, preparing what you can in advance can be a real diet saver.
Snacks in particular can be made in advance as a means of keeping you from overindulging. Because portion size tends to get lost in the shuffle, you can avoid this problem by preparing individual snack portions in advance.
For instance, if you set aside a certain amount of almonds and raisins and pack them up in a ziplock bag of container ahead of time, you can easily grab one when you're hungry or on your way out the door.
By doing this you will ensure that you don't just start mindfully munching away which can lead to going way over your allotted portion.
Planning ahead can really help you stick to your diet and weight loss plan and achieve better results. Even better, it can also help you save time and money.
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