I recently received a comment over on the Weight Loss Laboratory Facebook page from a woman who told me she has lost 10 pounds since the first of the year but that she wasn’t really losing any more because she didn’t have any time.
I call shenanigans!
While I sympathize with busy Moms and working parents and know they do have super busy lives, I always maintain the following:
Lack of time is never a valid excuse when it comes to losing weight.
In this blog post, I will share with you the best way to make sure time is never an excuse when it comes to your diet and how to always be prepared for any busy day. In Part 2 of this series, I will share with you how time is never a valid excuse when it comes to your workouts.
When it comes to your diet, the best way to get around the no time excuse is to always be prepared.
That’s why I tell my weight loss clients to chose one day of the week, usually Sunday, to plan, shop, and prepare their healthy meals and snacks for the week.
Let me paint a picture for you…
You run out of the house in the morning having only made time to get yourself and the kids out the door on time, and grab a cup of coffee. You make it to work with only seconds to spare.
At about 10:30 am you realize that your stomach is growling – you never had time for breakfast. Lunch is still 1.5 hours away and you just don’t think you can wait that long.
Concentrating at work when you’re hungry doesn’t happen.
So, you hit the break room to see what you can find. Lucky for you there is a box full of donuts and a bag full of bagels there for the employees, not to mention the vending machines with sugary sodas and juices, as well as chips and chocolate.
You know these aren’t the best choices for you to make, but you don’t care anymore because you just need to eat SOMETHING!
Has this scenario ever happened to you? Or something similar?
Let’s face it, it’s happened to all of us at one time or another and when it happens on the regular it will put a serious crimp in your weight loss efforts.
You’ll probably even gain weight if that happens a few times per week.
So, how to we make sure we never get caught in a situation like that?
Here’s what you do:
First, PLAN out a menu for the week, including all meals and snacks. Make sure to include only the best, 1 ingredient foods in your healthy recipes and avoid any mistakes in your diet that I describe here.
Second, make a LIST of all the ingredients you will need to make those meals and snacks.
Third, SHOP for the items on your list. Nothing more.
Fourth, PREPARE meals and healthy snacks ahead of time for the week. Package into individual portions and refrigerate for up to 2-3 days. Anything you will eat later in the week can be stored in the freezer and thawed the day you plan to eat it.
Snacks should also be prepackaged into single serve snacks you can take with you on the go. If your snacks need a little extra prep before you can consume them (such as peeling carrot sticks) do so on Sunday so they will be ready when you fly.
This may not sound like cutting edge weight loss information, but I promise you that if you follow these steps you will never be able to use time as an excuse when it comes to your diet.
You will always be prepared with a healthy meal and snack when you get hungry and that is the best thing you can do to prevent yourself from having to grab a bagel or hit the drive thru when you’re tight on time.
Your Weight Loss Coach,
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