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How to Plan for Dieting Success

Posted October 26, 2010 by

I would be lying if I said that a healthy lifestyle takes no commitment, self-control or responsibility to maintain. As the saying goes, “If it were easy, everyone would do it!” While it doesn’t need to be overly complicated, a healthy lifestyle requires you to truly WANT to be healthy, and be willing to make the daily choices that will lead towards your success instead of in the other direction. One of the main aspects of healthy living is learning to cook for yourself and taking your meals with you instead of eating out (or not at all) all the time.

One of the main complains I come across is that it there is no time in the morning—with all the rushing around for work/getting the kids ready for school/etc. I agree, it’s hard to get your food for the day prepared and packed in the morning, which is why I don’t recommend you do it that way.

Instead, you need to be able to commit to making your food the night before and packing it for the next day, each day, which means planning meals ahead of time. Yes, it’s all going to be extra work you may not be used to, but after a couple weeks of practice it will become second nature and will not take up much of your time at all. Instead of plopping down every night and vegging out in front of the TV before bed, you should spend 10-20 minutes and make the food you’re going to eat the following day, and put it in tupperwares in your fridge.

One trick I use is to make large portions every Sunday that will last me through the week, so I can quickly scoop out a day’s worth each night.  It takes me a bit longer on Sunday to make all the food (about an hour to an hour and a half) but in return I only have to spend seconds actually preparing my food for the next day on the weekdays (I just pop open the large tupperware, scoop out a serving into a smaller tupperware and I’m finished).

Foods that last well in large, pre-made batches include stir fry, curry, brown rice, roasted chicken, protein pancake batter, black beans, mashed sweet potatoes, ground turkey taco meat, etc. I would probably not cut up fresh vegetables until the night before (unless you freeze them after chopping till ready for use) just because they will lose their freshness if they are prepared too far ahead of time, but otherwise you can pretty much cook up anything before hand.

So, if you’re serious about seeing success with your nutrition plan, start managing your time and planning ahead. Your body will certainly thank you!

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