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There are a growing number of companies selling and delivering ready made meals targeted at weight loss. Some boast of being developed by Medical Doctors, others use celebrity stars to show how well their weight loss programs deliver results.
Really? If they offered most of us the same amount of money, that would be a lot of extra motivation.
If you are like me, we live in a little different world. A fast paced lifestyle with family, work, and family and work…. So maybe the idea of not having to cook, or even think much about what we are going to eat sounds pretty good.
Weight Loss Benefits to Ready Prepared Meals
First of all they are pre-portioned. No measuring or weighing, just heat and eat. This is good for saving time, and helping prevent over-serving when you are hungry. To make this permanent though, you do have to pay attention to the serving sizes and learn what they look like.
They are nutritionally balanced. That is if you study their plan to mix and match the different offerings together. Also some people I’ve talked to are concerned with how the meals are processed, and where did the ingredients come from. Of course these people are very cautious, and spend more time investigating their food than many of us would.
Here is a big one; the family doesn’t have to eat your weight loss food. And, you don’t have to prepare different meals for everybody. I know a couple where the husband chose to eat the same food as his overweight wife. He lost weight as well, he says “mostly from eating only a little of my wife’s ready prepared meals.” What a trooper!
Support is primary to success. Most of the larger ready made meal diet plans offer telephone support. By all means use it. Going solo makes weight loss even more difficult, especially when things go sideways. But don’t wait until you are in trouble to call. Make it a point to call regularly, then when something isn’t working, you are already comfortable with making the call.
Additionally the best ones will send you great information on nutrition, weight loss, and increasing your activity level to burn more fat. Remember, you need to be informed from as many sources as you have time for. It wasn’t that long ago medical doctors would advise their overweight patients to “just eat less, calories in must be less than calories out.” While the second part is true, we have found putting our bodies into starvation mode will sabotage our weight loss.
Finally, a few of these programs actually offer specialized meals for diabetics and maybe even gluten free meals.
Weight Loss Summary of Ready Prepared Meals
These meal programs are great for the busy dieter. Convenient, balanced, pre-portioned, and easy on the family. However after a time they can all start tasting the same, leading to boredom. Further, the cost may be a burden to some although a healthy diet does cost more regardless. There are alternatives such a preparing a weeks worth of meals in advance, but if that requires more time and emotional output than you feel you have, then a ready prepared meal weight loss plan may be for you.
Weight Loss Success
We try one weight loss program then another, then another.
Maybe we get some results only to gain the weight loss back, sometimes with a couple extra pounds as a bonus. If fact, it gets more difficult to start again for fear of failing yet another time.
OK I get it, I’ve been there.
First you have to start with a sensible plan; one you can live with for life. No starvation, no crazy concoctions, and if you want to lose more than a few pounds, no pills. The food should be pleasing to you, healthy for you, and the amounts satisfying. Remember, if you want the weight loss to be permanent, the changes you make will have to be as well.
Weight loss – What kind of plan is best.
Your body (just like you) is unique. How it responds to a plan isn’t necessarily the same as someone else’s body. The main point here is, pick a plan that is healthy and sustainable. The weight may come off quickly or somewhat more slow. Just as long as it comes off and stays off.
Weight loss – Barriers.
The good news is most barriers are either knowledge based or emotional. Becoming informed on nutrition, fitness, and health in general, is very important. For one thing it is empowering, and you will be less susceptible to scams. Be aware though, information regarding weight loss is diverse, and hotly debated. Experts alone cannot agree very often. So learn as much as you can, and pay attention how your body responds.
Emotions are what drive us and we are often conflicted by them. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves, and then fall into a funk wondering why we do it. Let’s be a little accepting of this. We know what we do, the best plan is to use these times to learn more about ourselves. Obviously eating a huge (make that two) pieces of German Chocolate cake isn’t what we wanted. So what was it we did want (and get) from doing it? Understanding these things is what empowers us to make the changes we want. You’ll be amazed as your mind gives up these secrets a few at a time.
Finally there are some diseases that make weight loss more difficult. PCOS, Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome, is just such a one. It is mainly a hormone imbalance and puts women in a high risk for Diabetes. It is far more prevalent than you know and is usually not diagnosed until the mid twenties if even then. My best advice is to do a browser search on it. Then if you are concerned, speak to your healthcare advisor.
Weight Loss Summary
Everybody has a diet just as everyone has a budget. Some people pay no more attention to what they eat than they do how much they spend. If you are wealthy and thin enough that’s OK. For the rest of us, we need a plan. Unless you are in a health crisis the plan needn’t be life controlling. Pick a healthy and satisfying plan. Again, this is not about the plan controlling you, it’s about you controlling your life and lifestyle. Begin becoming informed on health, fitness, and nutrition. Just the process of doing this is motivating and empowering. Finally, the weight loss journey will be an amazing discovery as you learn more about you.