Want To Be Successful With Weight Loss? Plan Ahead!
Ask an expert, or anyone, and they will agree there’s no secret fast track to long-term weight loss. It requires dedication and having faith in the idea each good decision and habit you create is an investment in a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight. All of this is possible with a smart approach. “If you’re hoping to lose weight, preparation is absolutely crucial,” says Gabrielle Desmarais, nutrition therapy coach at Forevergreen All-Natural Care & Healing. “It takes commitment and consistency and if you don’t have clear guidelines for what to do and how to prepare, weight loss can become confusing and exhausting.”
Try ending your day by setting yourself up for success the next day with these simple, nighttime hacks that take less than 15 minutes:
𝟭) 𝗞𝗘𝗘𝗣 𝗔 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗝𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗡𝗔𝗟
By writing down what you plan to eat the following day, you’ve got a road map for what’s to come (or, what’s supposed to come). “This can be extremely helpful for those living with a constant on-the-go lifestyle or for individuals who simply love being able to have a macrobiotic view of their schedule and hectic day,” says Brianna Diorio, RD. This also makes it easier for you to log your food during the day with an app like MyFitnessPal since you will be less likely to forget and already have a reference.
𝟮) 𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗣 𝗔 𝗦𝗜𝗠𝗣𝗟𝗘 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗧
Rather than skipping breakfast and overeating at your next meal, there are tons of healthy options that can easily be made ahead of time — even while you sleep. For example, “overnight oats are a great way to prepare a large batch of breakfasts,” says Sophie Lauver, RD, a clinical dietitian in Baltimore. “Try steel-cut oats to get the least-processed form,” recommends Lauver. Oats are an excellent source of soluble fiber, which helps you feel more satisfied after eating and less hungry by lunchtime, she adds. Over time, “greater satiety can equate to fewer calories consumed overall, helping with weight loss and maintenance.”
If you’re looking for more quick options to make ahead of time, try chia pudding.
𝟯) 𝗛𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗔 𝗦𝗡𝗔𝗖𝗞 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗡
Snacks can make or break a healthy eating plan. “The night before, pre-cut fruits and vegetables, and then put them in to-go containers or single-serve plastic bags,” suggests Lauver. You can also individualize portions for foods that can be easy to over-do it on like trail mix, nuts or peanut butter (to pair with an apple).
𝟰) 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗙𝗜𝗧𝗦
If you hit the snooze button often or always feel rushed in the morning, picking clothes out for the office and a workout can be an extra hurdle. To avoid forgetting something and ensure your morning goes more smoothly, plan your outfits the night before, suggests Lisa Richards, RD. “Choosing clothes that make you feel good about yourself when packing your gym bag and post-workout outfits will keep you motivated.”
𝟱) 𝗦𝗘𝗧 𝗖𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗔𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗥𝗦 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗞𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗦
Your workouts are your time. “Schedule them the night before,” suggests Amanda A. Kostro Miller, RD, advisory board member for Smart Healthy Living. “Many people push off workouts if they run out of time during the day. By treating workouts as important as a scheduled business meeting, you’re more likely to stick with it.”
One of the biggest reasons we fail at weight loss is our failure to plan ahead! Life is busy and if you try waiting until the morning to tackle everything life throws at us (getting kids ready for school, showering, making breakfast, picking out our clothes, exercising, etc.), you are bound to use your busy schedule as an excuse to skip a workout and eat a crummy breakfast, such as a bagel or donut. Planning ahead the night before can alleviate the pressure of cramming all this into the morning.
𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗙𝗔𝗜𝗟 𝗧𝗢 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗡, 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗡 𝗧𝗢 𝗙𝗔𝗜𝗟!
*Much of this content comes courtesy of https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
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