Eat What You Love: How to Meal Prep Effectively

In order to achieve the best body possible, you must keep a watchful eye on your diet. If not sustainable, you are setting yourself up to fail. The main reason diets fail is that there isn’t enough variety or there is seen to be a restriction mentality embraced, meaning people feel like they’re missing out. Have you ever tried a diet and failed? What was the reason?

The worst diet I’ve tried is the vegetable soup one. You cook as many vegetables as you like including peppers and onions and you can make soup with them, adding only water to the mix. Whichever flavour, make the soup in bulk and that’s your main meals and you can have as much of it as you like.

I was so grumpy and un-fun to be around on this diet. We need energy to survive and restricting your calories to the point where it affects your mental wellbeing and your happiness doesn’t quite make sense to me.

The best diet is one which is easy to follow, healthy, easily accessible and one which you will be able to consistently and excitedly be able to follow. To actually look forward to eating the foods which you love.

  1. Start by making a list of all your favourite foods. Don’t worry if some if them are unhealthy, just make a list of everything you LOVE to eat.
  2. Leave it a day and then review your list. You could even sit down with a friend who is into diet and healthy living and ask them to help. Select the foods which are the healthiest and which you could consider eating day in and day out.
  3. Go onto myfitnesspal.com and determine how many calories you need to survive (based on your basal metabolic rate.)
  4. Decide whether you want to maintain your current weight or lose weight and adjust the calorie limit accordingly.
  5. Play around with a day in the myfitnesspal.com food diary section. Add all your favourite foods in there until you have the required calories and don’t go over.
  6. Buy the food for the week in advance based on one day in your ideal meal plan x 7. If it needs to be prepared or cooked, do this in bulk and you can either store it in the fridge or freeze portions. Since I’m all about convenience, I usually order my groceries online and then either have them delivered or pick them up, pre-packed for me at the store. This will save a lot of time and resist temptation of picking up treats whilst going around the store.
  7. If you find you are putting on weight or not losing it, simply reduce the portion size. Since your diet is consistent, this is a great way to manage your weight and measure results. Adjust accordingly, so if there are any foods you’re not happy with or you are consistently leaving until last, consider replacing these ASAP. The goal is to live and eat with abundance and not to feel frustrated. You should always have something healthy readily available to help you steer clear of temptation.

What’s the worst diet you’ve ever tried and why? What are some of your favourite foods which you love to eat?

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