Meal Planning to Win the Week Day*
One of the most difficult tasks to manage during any weight loss program is sticking to your healthy eating plan when you are coping with the stressful tasks of the average week. It is really no wonder that two-thirds of US adults are overweight or obese when you break down what makes up the busy American lifestyle. After waking up at the crack of dawn to a stressful alarm, racing out the door only to be stuck in rush-hour traffic, and dealing with all of the craziness that comes from the office, finding the time and energy to prepare a healthy meal for your family every night may sound like the works of a miracle.
If your plan is to start from scratch every night, only thinking about what’s going to be for dinner when you are already tired and on your way home from work, then it really might take some sort of miracle to help you stay on track with your weight loss program. Drive through windows are tempting, and it is a lot easier to call for a pizza from the couch than it is to get up and cook a healthy meal.
When you plan your meals ahead of time, and do all of the prep work necessary to set yourself up for an easy, healthy, and successful week, then it can actually become easier to eat healthy and stick to your plan than it is to go off script and indulge in something you know you shouldn’t be eating.
Here are a few tips to help you get started with planning out healthy meals:
- Decide how often you want to go to the food store, and plan out your meals for every night in between trips. Using a planner or a calendar for this is best, as it is smart to actually assign a meal to a certain night so that you aren’t left picking what you want to cook.
- Write down what you plan to eat, and then write down all of the ingredients that you need for those meals. Go shopping one time, and then commit to not going shopping again until your next designated trip.
- Talk to your family about their preferred meals, and see if anyone else in your family wants to actually help with preparing the meals that you are going to plan. Getting other members of your household in on preparing food can help alleviate the burden of cooking dinner even further.
When you plan your meals ahead of time like this it becomes easy to eat healthier and actually save money while you do it. For additional support or advice on the types of meals you should be planning ahead of time, consult with your weight loss surgeon and bariatric nutritional team.
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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.