It’s possible to limit our calories and still eat like kings and queens. But to make sure our food isn’t putting the brakes on our progress, we need to plan ahead.
Why? Well, planning your meals means that you’re less likely to end up in a situation where your blood sugar levels are so low that you lose the ability to think logically. Then, instead of eating a healthy plate of food, you end up binge-eating on all the wrong things (hello calorific muffin at 3pm!) just to get by.
It’s basic maths. No goal = no purpose. No purpose = very little motivation. Very little motivation = very little progress. The worst.
So, here are some tips to turn you into an A-grade planner:
- Define your goals. Write them down. Put a time on it. What do you want to achieve and by when? Be specific.
- Implement changes gradually, one step at a time. Nothing’s worse than too-high expectations. This is about the journey, not the destination.
- If necessary, consult with a health professional to make sure you’re on the right track.
- Share your goals and plans with friends and family – the more support you get, the easier it is when it comes to socialising and all the potential temptations that come with it.
- Get your hands on healthy recipes (you can start by looking at myvirginactive.co.za) and plan your menu for every day of the week.
- Stock up on some basic ingredients that you know you’ll always need – olive oil, herbs and spices and so forth.
- Create a shopping list before you go to the shops – we all know what happens when we just roam freely down every isle. Oh, and make sure you don’t go when you’re hungry. That sweet aisle looks crazy tempting when your stomach is growling.
- Track your progress on myvirginactive– the more progress you see, the more progress you want to see.
Planning your meals can seem like a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it. Before you know it, you’ll have reached that goal, ready to set the next one!