Meal Planning Leads to Weight Loss (Video)

Meal Planning Leads to Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight or just eat healthier, meal planning is essential for lasting success! Planning your meals in advance ensures that you are heading to the grocery store with a detailed list. Shopping with a list curbs impulse buys which is good for both your wallet and your waistline!

If you’re meal planning on a regular basis, you’ll be less likely to eat out. Restaurant dishes have an average of 30% more fat and calories than the same dish prepared at home. You’re more likely to eat at home if you know you’ve got everything ready for a meal that will take 30 minutes or less to put on the table.  Even better if dinner is in the crock pot waiting for you! Preparing meals at home also means that the rest of your family is eating healthy along with you.  The bonus is that you’ll have quality family time around the dinner table.

Meal Planning helps you to become mindful of your food, which means you’ll be making healthier choices. Check out my website for upcoming Mindful Meal Planning Webinars.

Slim Down with Meal Planning

 

            Happy New Year!  Now that the holidays are over, many of us are making resolutions to eat healthier and lose weight.  I believe that Meal Planning is a valuable tool in that process.  Let’s look at how Meal Planning will make it easier to keep those weight loss resolutions!

  • Proper Meal Planning assures that you have all of your ingredients on hand to make those healthy recipes you’ve been collecting and vowing to try.  You are less likely to call for pizza delivery if everything for tonight’s dinner is ready to go in your fridge and pantry.
  • If you pack yourself a nutritious meal to take to work or school, you won’t be as tempted to hit the drive through on your lunch break.  It’s a good idea to make extra servings of your healthy dinners to take for lunch the next day.
  • Having some healthy snacks – such as fruit, nuts, or protein bar – in your car, briefcase, or purse will satisfy the “munchies monster” without derailing your healthy eating plan.
  • Planning meals and shopping for food when you are NOT hungry will help you lose weight.  Think about it – if you make decisions about what to eat when you are starving, you are more likely to make poor choices.

            If you need a refresher on meal planning basics, check out my e-book, “The Coupon Sisters Get Cooking: Discovering the Magic of Meal Planning.”  (Use coupon code LEAH to save 10%!)  By being prepared with healthy food on hand for your meals and snacks, you will set yourself up for success!

            I am starting a new blog with tips on eating and exercising in a way that’s totally doable (no crash diets or insane exercise plans).  I am also very excited to announce that I am an Ambassador for Diet Free Life (DFL).  What I like most about the Diet Free Life system is that it really is an anti-diet.  I learned how to eat and exercise in a way that revs up my metabolism and keeps it running on high.  I can eat all of my favorite foods; no food group is labeled as “bad.”  Now I just know how to eat food in the right quantity and in the right way so that my metabolism continues to hum along.  If you’re ready to ditch diets for good and adopt a healthy eating and exercise plan that you can live with, click here for more details.  Here’s to a healthy and happy 2013!