5 Tips To Losing Weight With Convenience Food
While it would be ideal to make all of our own snacks
and meals from scratch everyday, the plain and simple
truth is that most of us simply don't have that kind of time.
This is where we turn to convenience foods to meet our
dietary and weight loss needs.
However, the right convenience foods in the right amounts
can easily be integrated into almost any diet.
TIP 1 - Shop Smart
Never shop on an empty stomach. This will only make it harder
for you to make choices that are in your best interests.
Always be prepared with a thorough shopping list and do not
divert from it. If an aisle is full of tempting goodies but
has nothing on your list, simply walk right by it, instead of
TIP 2 - Read Labels
All convenience foods are not the same. Depending on your
chosen diet, some will fit much better into your routine
than others. This is why it's important to become an informed
consumer and never place anything in your grocery basket
unless you've read the label and determined it's in your
best interests to buy it.
TIP 3 - Trim The Fat
Just because a macaroni and cheese frozen dinner is oozing
extra cheese doesn't mean you have to eat it. A common sense
approach to preparing and consuming convenience foods can go
a long way to making them healthier.
When you take a frozen meal out halfway to stir it, remove
or blot away any excess oils and fats. Transfer to a real
plate when finished, so you can discard the excess sauces.
TIP 4 - Portion Control
It's easy to lose track of how much you've eaten when you
drink or eat straight from the container. Stay on track by
carefully measuring out serving sizes before you begin eating.
When you do buy items like chips or pretzels, locate the
appropriate serving size on the nutrition label. As soon
as you arrive home, divide the larger bag into individual
servings in small plastic baggies.
TIP 5 - Make Your Own
There's no rule that says only store-bought, pre-packaged
foods are convenient. Take time on the weekend or on days
off to do some conscientious grocery shopping and cook one
or two large meals of something healthy that you enjoy.
Separate into serving sizes and refrigerate (or freeze)
as necessary. Voila! Now you have your own frozen dinners
(or lunches, or snacks) with much healthier contents.
In conclusion, choosing the ideal convenience food to help with
weight loss is not a simple task in today's world of
fast-paced living. But there sure are many helpful planning
solutions available to fit every budget both online and in
the real world. And by choosing foods to help with our
individual health issues and concerns, and reaching out for
support, information and dietary planning when needed,
not one of us has to "go it" alone.
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