Eating out too often? (How to stop)

By March 21, 2013Health, Nutrition
Keep It Simple Eat Clean

Hey, hope you doing great!  Got a short email for you. Let me start you off with some questions.

When was the last time you went an entire week without eating out?

Has it been a while?

How about 5 days in a row without eating out or doing take out?

Do you find yourself eating or ordering from a restaurant 7 times or more per week?

Well, you’re not alone in that department.  Statistics show that most people eat out 1 out of every 4 meals!

That is at least once per day for folks who rely on restaurants (and yes, fast food joints count in this too).

Restaurant food is designed to do one thing: to taste good.  In order to increase eating pleasure and repeat business, each item is usually loaded with fat, salt and sugar.  This causes you to eat way more calories than you actually need.

Even when you order ‘healthy’ items, you can’t really be certain that the cook prepared it exactly as you asked and you’re still taking in more calories and fat grams than you would if you had prepared the item at home.

The main reason people eat out is for convenience, so with a little organization you’ll find that preparing your own meals takes less time than you thought it would.

Here are some tips to help you out…

  1. On the weekend sit down and plan out your meals for theweek. Then go to the grocery store and stock up on everything you’ll need for those meals.
  2. Cook most, if not all, of your lean proteins (chicken, beef, etc.) at one time so that they are done and available at a moments notice. Refrigerate what you plan to use for the next couple of days and then freeze the rest so that it will keep well.
  3. Keep things simple and pick up fresh fruits and veggies (along with canned) to help you piece together your meals in about 5 minutes or less. You can grab a piece of fruit or put together a great salad in no time as long as you are prepared.
  4. Pack your lunch and snacks each night before bed, then grabit on your way out the door in the morning. When you prepare dinner at home, make enough for at least the next day as well.  Your efforts will pay off both in terms of fat loss and in money
    saved.

Slowly but surely you will replace the restaurant routine with a much healthier habit in building your own meals.  Besides, you will appreciate your foods more when you fix them by hand and that will lead to better overall results.

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