It’s that simple.
If you want to lose weight, we all know, you need to eat healthy and exercise.
It’s not a big mystery. So, why don’t we do it?
We fail to plan.
Here are some tips that have helped me eat right and lose over 25lbs.
It’s easy to grab a quick fruit to snack on (apple, banana, grapes), or complex carbs (granola, whole grain crackers, whole wheat wrap), but what I’ve found is the hardest to do is find protein that is quick and easy to eat. The trouble is, if you don’t get enough protein you won’t feel full and you will want to fill up on carbs instead and as you continue to eat carbs it just makes you crave more carbs. Protein is paramount, but takes planning to get enough of it when life is busy.
Here are my top ways to prepare so you get enough protein each day. Each of these options are great to put on salads, in wraps or just to eat with a side of brown rice (which you can also make in a large batch and portion in zip lock bags, easy to heat and eat):
– Hard boiled eggs
– Chicken breasts: cut into strips and cook them all, then put in ziplock bags or tupperware container.
– Tuna: some people don’t like it, but I love it straight out of the can and you can’t beat the convenience.
– Cold cuts: also super convenient, but you have to make sure you buy good quality cold cuts.
– Ground Turkey: I like to cook this in large batches with taco seasoning.
– Rotisserie Chicken: So easy, so quick, put it in everything!
The point is to think ahead and cook/prepare your protein so you can just grab it and add it to something simple and keep yourself full and eating clean.
Veggies: It is ALWAYS a struggle for me to get enough servings of veggies in a day. It’s just not natural for me, so preparing them in advance helps a lot. Here are my faves:
– Baby Carrots
– Celery (I love it with almond butter)
– Large batches of lettuce torn into bite sized pieces (if you cut them with a knife they will brown, but tearing keeps them green and fresh) I keep them in a bowl in the refrigerator and make quick salads or throw them into a wrap.
– Zucchini, mushrooms, carrots – I will chop large batches on these and put them in tupperware, makes it easy to toss into a saute pan for a quick side.
I hope this helps, but just reading this will not make you healthier, you have to DO IT. So, make your grocery list, buy your veggies and protein, get it home and PREPARE to fuel your body right! I think you’ll be surprised at how much easier eating healthy can be.