As many of you may know, I’m a total health enthusiast. I’m also a serious sugar addict. If you put something sweet in front of my I just can’t control myself — no matter how unhealthy I know it is (and I know, believe me) I will take one bite, then another, and then another until the entire meal is finished.
That’s why I want to share one of my secrets to how I lose weight without giving in to the sweet temptation of sugary, fatty foods. The one change that’s had the biggest impact on my life is preparing my own meals at home and taking them with me to work, to the mall, and out to see friends.
Meal prep is something I started doing a year ago, and it’s made a huge difference to my life.
When I started doing meal prep, I would make a day’s worth of food at night and keep it to eat the next day. This worked well but the only problem is that it’s very time consuming. If you don’t have free time, it’s easy to let it slip until the next morning, then feel lazy and decide to just order your food at a restaurant instead.
Big mistake. You’ll gain unnecessary calories from the restaurant food, and you’ll feel so bad about it afterwards.
What I do now is I buy meal prep containers in bulk. This way, I have 50 containers that I can use however and whenever I want. I also prepare of my meals on Sunday so I have enough food to last for the entire week. Since a week is a long time to keep food in the fridge, I refrigerate Monday and Tuesday’s meals, then freeze the rest and thaw them out in the fridge the night before I want to eat them.
I’ve also added some specific items to my kitchen to make preparing healthy food easier:
- A small oven for baking chicken, beef and other protein sources
- Large skillets for pan frying lots of food at once (using healthy oil)
- An omelette pan for preparing eggs (StylePursuits has a good guide to the best omelette pans)
This way, I’m totally in control of how many calories I eat and how much fat, sugar, carbohydrates and protein I eat. The food I make is also delicious; don’t let anyone tell you that healthy food isn’t tasty.
So there you go. If you’re like me and you struggle to resist delicious food but you really want to slim down and lose weight, give meal prep a try. It’s worked amazingly well for me.