By Farrah Giles on August 29 2019 13:38:30
You also need to make a meal schedule that you will follow to help you with your weight loss efforts. Most weight loss meal plans recommend that you divide your total daily calorie intake into five meals throughout the day. This will ensure that you do not go hungry for too long thus avoiding the likelihood of binge eating. Try and make sure you eat within two hours after you wake up in the morning, and within three hours before you go to bed. Dividing your meals into five portions throughout the day will also help you in eating smaller portions of food per meal.
Many people quit thee diets because they are bored. After awhile you feel that you have cooked the same thing over and over. To combat this you need to plan your meals in advance and stick to the plan. If you shop every week you need to plan your meals before you go shopping. Take the time and chart your meals. When planning your meals have a recipe book nearby because some of the forbidden foods can be replaced with foods that are allowed. After you have your meal plan make a list of what you need and add these items to the list along with whatever you are making for the rest of the family. If you do not have to make meals for a family this process will be easier.
Not only will planning these meals ahead of time save time making decisions when you are busiest, but it will also save you preparation time when you need it most. You will be able to look at your plan for a meal and make your grocery list so you know you will have everything you need during preparation. You will also be able to see which parts of the meal you can make ahead of time. Some appetizers can be made weeks ahead of the day and stored in the freezer so you only need to thaw or reheat them before serving. Other items can be made the day before and in fact some dishes are better after being allowed to marinate overnight.
Contrast is also another important aspect of meal planning. Food texture and appearance of foods must be considered. Textures of food include smoothness, crispness and fluffiness. You should avoid using excessive amount of the same kind of foods in just one meal. Make your dish striking by using different shapes and sizes of ingredients. Color also makes the meals and foods appealing to the eyes. When your dish has only one color, you tend to have less desire to eat it; but if the food has various colors in it, your mind thinks that it is delicious even if you have not tasted it yet. Vegetables and fruits add the natural colors you need in your meals.
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