Now that you have an outline of available time we are going to go through and input a few things:
-When you will actually eat.
-When you will plan for your meals.
-When you will go to the grocery store to buy food for your meals.
Planning and preparing for your meals are, in my opinion, THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of losing weight and keeping it off. And it takes time! Plan for it!
Let’s get serious…can you afford to have a meal delivery service bring you meals so that you don’t have to plan? This is an expensive option, but if it means raising your chances for success it’s worth the investment. If this is an option for you, you should do some research to make sure that the meals you’re receiving are healthy and in good balance of proteins, carbs and fat. The Internet is full of advice, but I would look for something very well known and that has been around for a while. Hey, if it doesn’t work…cancel it.
Here are a few recommendations
If this is your option, you need to go into your schedule and plan for when you will be researching your meal delivery service and which days you will order or pick up your meals.
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
Most people I know cook their own meals. Man, this takes a lot of time and planning, but I promise you that you will see the rewards.
Are you going to cook daily, bi-weekly or weekly?
Daily cooking will most likely require daily trips to the grocery store. If you are really good about planning out your shopping list and meal itinerary, you might be able to reduce the amount of hours you spend at the grocery store.
If you cook bi-weekly, you’ll probably also need to make a few trips to the store each week.
And if you’re brave enough to cook all of your meals on a weekly basis, you should allow for a lot of time spent at the grocery store.
Once you know how often you plan on cooking, you can schedule when you will plan your meals.
When will you plan your meals?
Are you going to sit down on Saturday and figure out what you’ll have for Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and Late Night Snack for 7 days of the week? Are you going to figure it out for three days and then recycle the same meals? What do you plan? It doesn’t matter what you want to do, but you need to allot time for all of this. Once you know what you’ll eat, you need to figure out what you’ll need to buy. Which leads to my next question…
When will you go to the grocery store?
This is important because we all know the grocery store can be a little daunting. Again, the more you plan the easier it will be. For each recipe you should have a breakdown of all ingredients so that you have everything ready to go. One of the easiest ways to slip up is to go to make yourself lunch and realize that you don’t have enough chicken breast left so you say, “Screw it” and go to the pizza parlor for a large pizza and a side of wings. That might be an exaggeration, but you know what I’m talking about. These are things that you don’t think about when you try to figure what will make you successful. Believe me, I’ve seen a lot of clients come and go and come back again. Everybody starts off well because they plan the you-know-what out of everything. As time goes by and they get a little less anal about their schedules, calories start to add up and pounds start to add on. Don’t do this to yourself!!!