When it comes to your eating habits, spending just a little bit of time can help you reap huge rewards of weight loss. A little bit of planning will go a long way. Eating deliberately – that is, eating specific foods at specific times all for the purpose of weight loss – is one of the shortest routes to weight loss success.
Here are some ways in which planning your meals, snacks and other food intake will have a huge impact on your overall weight loss efforts:
- Start by looking in your refrigerator. Take note of perishable items including fruits, veggies and lean protiens that are nearing the end of their shelf life. This in itself can help you with weight loss by prompting you to make better food choices. No one likes to throw away food that you originally bought while you were hoping to lose weight. The guilt you’ll have that comes from throwing away rotten veggies that you could have eaten instead of less healthy food will only make your weight loss harder. Avoid that guilt by daily checking the fridge and identifying healthy perishable items you can eat.
- Look around your pantry, as well. There are a number of different types of food you should see in there that are staples for weight loss. Pasta is one common weight loss staple. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you might have cans of tuna fish instead. Put these kinds of items on your weekly grocery shopping list, and don’t ever let yourself run out of them. If you do, you’ll be forced to eat something that’s not as good for you when you get hungry (or worse yet make a trip to the fast food drive thru).
- Plan out your meals. This isn’t always easy. It requires some real forethought. In addition, you need to plan your meals a week out at a time so that you can make sure you have the groceries on hand that you need. Still, designating what foods you are going to eat and when accomplishes several tasks. It keeps you from having to make impulse decisions about what to eat. Impulse decisions regarding food are almost universally bad for weight loss. It also can help in some practical ways. For example, having your lunch packed for the next day means a more stress-free morning.
- Regularly review your eating habits. By keeping a journal of the food you eat, you can look back on a regular basis and see what foods it is that you just can’t seem to stay away from, even if they’re bad for you. This can also show you when you’re at your weakest. For example, if you’re prone to raiding the freezer for ice cream during Prime Time TV, replace that poor eating decision with a good one such as snacking on some crisp veggies.
- Shop from a grocery list. You can’t eat deliberately if you don’t have the foods you need on hand. Likewise, if you buy foods randomly at the grocery store or on impulse, you’re going to wind up eating them. Create your grocery list and stick to it religiously for the highest probability of weight loss success.