Updated: Oct 26, 2020
When it comes to weight loss, keeping it simple is a smart strategy.
Ask yourself what is standing in the way of your losing weight? Are you just too busy to add another item on your “to do” list? Do you have so much going on in your life that shifting effort towards making changes is unthinkable? Maybe the answer lies not in adding more complexity to your life, but in taking some of it away.
Start by thinking about how you could simplify not just the food you eat but your entire approach to planning, shopping, cooking and eating.
Menu plan for one week at a time. 10-15 minutes. Take 10-15 minutes out of your day and plan out your entire week’s menus. Base your plan on recipes that take no more than 30 minutes to make. Include your easy-to-make family favourites. Factor in breakfast, lunch and snacks as well.
Base your grocery list on your menu plan. As you write out your meal plan check off the ingredients you already have and include the ingredients you don’t have on your grocery list. Then when you are at the grocery store you know exactly what to buy for the week, saving you time, money and brain space.
Make your meal plan every day. After all your organizing, the rest of the week’s meal prep is a no-brainer. You won’t miss that sinking feeling at 4:00 every day when you realize that you don’t know what to make for dinner. You’ll appreciate how organized you are in the kitchen and most of all--the extra time you have.
As you get in the habit of weekly meal planning and grocery shopping you will start to eliminate self-sabotaging patterns, such as ordering unhealthy food and eating nutritionally unbalanced or ready-to eat processed foods. You will gain perspective and will be able to change the unhelpful habits that keep you from reaching your weight loss goals.