Weight Loss Meals
A lot of money gets spent on weight loss meals sold to dieters who are trying to slim down. Without naming the various weight loss systems doing the selling, all of these weight loss meals are geared toward the weight loss system endorsing them. If you can afford them, they can be a real time saver when you are trying to lose weight. That in itself can help a someone trying to take off pounds a great deal. I don’t know about you, but I can think of several weight loss diets that were disrupted if not thrown entirely off track by the convenience factor.
For me, the convenience factor is the problem of not having enough healthy meals and healthy snacks close at hand or prepared ahead of time. You start rushing around (especially those with a family to get five different places) and before you know it, you decide to eat something you shouldn’t have because it is more convenient than taking the time to cook a healthy meal. This almost always leads to the snowball effect of “getting back on track” later, that never happens. Always plan ahead.
Having some of these easy to prepare meals stashed away for yourself can save your diet even if you don’t eat them on a regular basis. At our local grocery store, there is always at least one brand of weight loss meals on sale. Usually two, actually. Some good things to have around are obviously fruits and vegetables or low cal snack packs. And of course, you really should get rid of all the junk that will be tempting you before you even start this lifestyle change.
Another common problem when adjusting to a new way of eating is integrating your weight loss plan with what your family is familiar with and used to doing. Shifting gears on the way an entire family eats is a much more complicated procedure than just taking care of your own nutritional needs. In fairness to the rest of the family, you should probably let them know that you want to start eating healthier. Whether you bring up the subject of their individual weight loss is up to you, but be warned that it can be a sensitive subject. Serving a small, skinless chicken breast with a side of broccoli to a family who is expecting pizza is going to result in some flak for you if you haven’t prepared them and enlisted their support.
There are some important considerations to take into account here regarding the weight loss meals you will be serving. First of all, are you going too hardcore? There are tons of really good recipes that are both healthy and tasty. You might have to invest in a healthy cooking cookbook or look around online a bit, but don’t slam your pizza eaters into shock by surprising them with the lowest cal, lowest fat tiny servings you can find.
They are almost guaranteed to resent the meal and you for “taking away” what they enjoy. You want their support, not their resistance. How about printing out some options or going through the cookbook together to see what people are interested in before you feed it to them? You wouldn’t want the waitress in the restaurant to surprise you with something you didn’t want, right? Don’t do that to your family and you will be a lot more likely to get them actually interested in joining and supporting you in your journey to fitness. Who knows? They might actually enjoy the weight loss meals!