We have all had those hectic days when it seems like the to-do list is just never going to come to an end. However, no matter how busy we get in our lives it is still impotent to stick to our long-term goals like losing a bit of weight. You see losing weight is much like an aeroplane taking off – it doesn’t work if slows down at the end!
At the same time though, eating healthy for weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated as long as we make sure to plan ahead and anticipate the hectic days in our schedule. One convenient trick I have always used is to keep convenient healthy snacks with me! This way I never feel the urge to binge on unnecessary excess calories.
Here are 6 tips for healthy meals on busy days:
1. Family time:
Always make sure that you have at least one meal of the day with your family that isn’t rushed. This promotes family bonding and let’s be honest when you are not rushed to get to your next appointment it is easier to have a healthy meal!
A family meal can be any meal of the day, not necessarily just dinner. Just be sure to be flexible with what time the meal starts as not everyone will have the same schedule every day!
2. Be prepared:
In order to save time, cook ahead. Cook several meals in advance and keep them in the freezer until you need them! For example, you can always cook pasta one night and have only a portion of it warm leaving the rest over for the next day as a pasta salad.
3. Keep ingredients that make simple meals:
By keeping it simple when you don’t have time, you won’t have the urge to buy unhealthy junk food from a takeaway joint! Here are some ingredients that make simple meals:
• 100 Percent whole-wheat bread
• Lean deli meats, salsa
• Canned dried beans
• Low-fat or fat-free yogurt and cheese.
• Whole-wheat pasta
• Fresh and frozen vegetables
• Fresh and canned fruits
4. Convenience and health:
There is such a massive health drive these days, that convenient snacks that used to be packed with calories are now being replaced with healthier alternatives! For example, if you are feeling hungry you can always pick up a protein bar at the shops that don’t contain any fat whatsoever!
5. Simplify your life:
Save time during meal preparations by keeping pre-cut fruit and veg in the fridge. Fresh fruit will always be the best option but, canned fruit will work just as well! Just make sure that the canned fruit is not the sugary syrup kind, and wash the fruit before you consume it in order to reduce the sodium content.
6. Keep a menu of simple meals:
These meals should take 20 minutes or less to prepare. This is a really handy idea when you don’t have any time during your hectic busy days!
Losing weight isn’t something that you do only when you feel like it! It is something that you do every day, whether you feel like it or not! It is simple, set yourself up for success by planning ahead and you will be on the correct path to lose that stubborn excess body fat.