November 16, 2018
in Meal Prep

One of my favorite sayings when it comes to losing weight is this- a healthy diet and exercise go hand in hand. What most people do not realize about losing weight is that moving from a size 18 to a size 12 is only the first step. In fact, losing weight is not the big challenge. The real challenge is keeping the weight off. For this reason, I always try to inspire my clients to embrace a full lifestyle change whenever they are trying to lose weight. Moreover, I try to get them to embrace a full diet change that will help them to keep the weight off in the long run.

While changing your eating habits can be a bit intimidating at first, this lifestyle shift has uncountable positive benefits. Some of which you may not even be aware of. Although you may have to swap out your love for takeout and midnight snacking for healthier alternatives, you will enjoy perks such as an increase in your energy levels and a generally healthier body. Not to mention, you will finally be able to keep those extra pounds at bay.

There are many weight loss diets that you can choose from to kick start your healthy lifestyle. However, my favorite option is a meal prep diet for the simple reason that it works on so many different levels. If you are unfamiliar with the term, ‘meal prep’ is simply short for ‘meal preparation.’ What this diet entails is careful planning and preparation of meals beforehand. Meaning, you can plan and prepare meals for the next few days or even for a week beforehand.

So, how can meal prep for weight-loss?

Meal prep is great for people who are trying to lose weight and stay fit, just like you. This is because this diet plan gets rid of three major obstacles when it comes to losing weight:

  1. What will I eat?
  2. Is there healthy food to eat?
  3. When should I eat?

As I have already mentioned, the biggest obstacle after losing weight is keeping the weight off. It is too easy to fall back into old, unhealthy eating habits and ruin the progress that you have made. This is where the meal prep diet plan comes in.

Thanks to meal prep, you can easily structure and plan out your eating plans for the whole week.  This means that you can focus on ensuring that you eat healthy all week.  You can even include healthy snacks and fruits into your plan.

How to make a meal plan that works for you

The most important thing for a successful meal plan is planning. Coming up with a solid, well-structured meal plan is not as hard as it may seem. Especially if you take it one step at a time. Check out these simple steps to creating a workable meal plan:

  1. The first step is to outline all the meals that you plan to have over the next few days. Yes, this includes even the healthy snacks that you intend to be snacking on. Base your meal on a low-fat and low-carb intake. Keep the recipes simple too.
  2. Make a list of all the ingredients that you will need to prepare your meals. Since this is the budgeting stage, also include the price of the different ingredients. This will prove very helpful when it comes to the next stage of meal planning.
  3. Time to go grocery shopping! Pick out and buy all the ingredients on your list.
  4. Now that you have your plan and your ingredients, it is time to get down to work. Designate a free day to cooking and preparing your meals. For me, I prefer to do this on Sundays, this way, you can kick off your week with your diet all set.
  5. Give your food at least an hour or so to cool down then pack them into airtight containers and store them in your fridge. Just like that, you will be all set.

Now if this five steps are challenging to implement now and then, I can help you out on a frequent or infrequent basis at a small fee. This is what I was born to do and every time I get a chance I leave a mark wherever I go. From drafting customized meal plans to grocery shopping and cleaning, I do it all. Just to go to our consultation page and let us know your requirements.

How will a meal plan help you lose weight?

The logic behind meal prep is a simple one: if you can monitor what you are eating, then you will be able to control your dietary habits more effectively. A meal plan is the simplest and easiest way to keep an eye on your food intake.

Likewise, with a solid meal plan, you can better enforce a dietary shift. Whether you are avoiding processed foods or going on a low-carb diet, you will be able to monitor your progress better with a solid plan.

In addition, a meal plan is the best way to ensure that you are sticking to healthy food just like you planned out. This way, you can avoid the vicious cycle of skipping meals and then binging out on unhealthy foods to “compensate”. Also, it is much easier to just grab and eat already prepared food rather than having to prepare it when you are hungry.  With prepping, you will also notice that you save on more time.

General rules for losing weight through meal prep

Often, people come up to me and ask me, “How many times a day should I eat to lose weight?” the truth is, there is no correct answer to this question. Therefore, I will just tell you exactly what I tell everybody else – it is never really about how often you eat, rather, it is more about what you eat.

If you are trying to lose weight, focus on eating nutritious food that make you feel fuller for a longer time. Eat a protein and fiber based diet and watch the weight shed off of you. Also, a healthy and regular intake of fruits instead of unhealthy snacks is a great way to keep your metabolism going.

You also need to keep an eye on your calorie intake. As a general rule, women need to eat 1400-1700 calories a day in order to lose weight. With this type of information, you can lay out the perfect meal plan that caters to your unique body and nutritional needs.

And if you get stuck ChefDine would be happy to help you along the way.

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