It’s safe to say that most of us aren’t successful in achieving our goals if we expect them to simply be handed to us. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." While this is a very general statement that can apply to just about any aspect in our lives, this saying can be particularly applicable to our healthy eating and physical training goals.
Below are 7 tips for achieving health and fitness goals each day:
- Portion Control - Overeating is a common and unhealthy eating habit. We may overeat due to physical or emotional distress or simply out of convenience and habit. We may also eat too fast which does not allow our brain adequate time to react to the satiety signal coming from the body saying, "Hey! You are full! Put the fork down and step away from the cheesecake." Preparing meals in advance requires us to stick to predetermined portions for each meal. Take your time and enjoy the meal you have prepared.
- Accountability - Often people will eat too much of the "unhealthy" foods, because they actually have no idea what they are really eating throughout the day. When a store manager wants to know how much product they sell, that manager will take inventory of what comes in, what remains in stock, and what has been sold. Preparing meals in advance holds us accountable for the foods we are consuming and allows us to realize change in our nutrition, because we know for certainty what our food intake is.
- Food Selection - Now that we are accountable and we know what we are eating, it becomes easier to make conscious decisions to change which foods we include in our meals in order to reach nutritional goals. Preparing meals now starts with a shopping list.
- Stop Wasting Food and Save Money - American families throw out between 14 and 15 percent of the food and beverages they buy which equates to $1,365 to $2,275 annually. Armed with a shopping list designed for planned meals we can avoid buying unnecessary food items and save money in the process.
- Save Time and Avoid Compulsive Decisions - Having prepared meals available throughout the week not only alleviates the time you may spend scrambling last minute to find something to eat, but it gives you a healthy option at the ready when everyone else at the office is eating donuts. Or when the family has a dessert buffet that your dentist would even strongly disagree with, you have a meal at the ready.
- Investment in Your health - Build confidence and self-worth by making healthy choices that you will feel good about. When we have already made these choices by preparing our meals in advance, then all that remains is executing. Investing in your health is never a risk, because it will always pay off.
- Stress Free Food week - Searching for something new to throw together for dinner last minute when we are already tired and fatigued from the work week can contribute to unnecessary stress. Preparing meals in advance alleviates that stress at the source and allows us to enjoy meal time.