Learning to meal plan is hard work. It’s a challenge, and what might work for me or someone else might not work for you. Even though I might be over here preaching about meal planning, in reality, it might not work that great for you or your family. So, let’s break this down and talk about the pros and cons of meal planning.
- You are more likely to stick with your weight loss goals.
- All the grocery shopping is done in one day, so you are prepped for the rest of the week.
- You don’t have to scramble for dinner (or breakfast or lunch) ideas.
- You always know what you will be cooking for dinner, taking out the “What’s for dinner?” question.
- You might not actually cook all the food you bought at the grocery store.
- You might not want to cook dinner after work.
- The recipes you thought would be great, could end up tasting like poop.
- It takes planning and discipline to meal plan, that you might not have.
- It means setting a schedule and sticking as close to it as possible.
While meal planning does have some challenges, it is extremely beneficial to weight loss. Being able to figure out your meals ahead of time, and only buying things on your list will help you from purchasing those last minute items – like donuts or a candy bar.
It also helps knowing that you have everything you need to cook a meal at home. If I go grocery shopping for the week on the weekend, I know that come Wednesday when I cook my Lightened Up Lasagna, I have everything already there. I don’t have to stress about stopping at the store on the way home from work (that rarely happens for me). And I don’t have to worry that I don’t have something I need to make it. Sticking to my list ensures that I will have everything I need to cook my meal that night.
The biggest key to successful meal planning to me is ensuring that I cook everything I planned on cooking that week. I know that there will be days that I am just plain exhausted, but I might have to cook dinner that night. Knowing that I have everything I need at home really helps with my weight loss goals.