Cooking in Quantity
How so? Could losing weight be 'THIS' easy?
Be sure to weigh on the morning you begin your Diet Experiment; weigh again on the first morning after your experiment ends.
For one week, cook your meals in advance - and no, not all at once for the week as some foods will spoil even when stored in the fridge over the course of seven days.
You can cook some recipes 2-3 days beforehand and they store nicely in the fridge and reheat very well. We'll provide our favorite recipes below for your experimentation. When preparing meals try to incorporate healthy ingredients to ensure optimum nutrition, as well as generate weight loss.
If so, this may indeed be the key to your Weight Loss Success.
Advantages of Preparing Meals in Advance While Dieting
By preparing your meals in advance, you'll be less likely to grab a 'forbidden' object and more likely to lose weight! Diets tend to end on a binge and when we're hungry we gravitate towards grabbing any and all foods close at hand.
If we're hungry and have to wait until the meal cooks, we're highly apt to nibble and test the food amid the cooking phase, and we may overeat once we're at the table. If this happens it sets the scene for, "I've already messed-up my weight loss plan by eating too much, so why bother with dieting at this point? I don't want to start all over again. I'll put off dieting until another day."
Procrastination & Weight Loss
The sad thing is, the reason why the majority of individuals are overweight or obese is due to procrastination. Almost everyone goes overboard on the amount of foods and beverages that they eat at some point. Whether it's going to the movies and eating a large bucket of extra-buttered popcorn or eating several desserts on a particular holiday, vacation or occasion - just about everyone does such. They indulge.
The reason why they don't gain weight is because they only do such on rare occasions. They don't procrastinate getting back to their healthier diet filled with fewer calories.
If you find that you don't have time to prepare meals in advance any of the following fast food selections may keep your weight loss plan on track:
- Subway's 6-inch subs - ask for a nutrition menu for making choices;
- Taco Bell's tacos and burritos - enjoy either 2 regular tacos (soft or hard corn shell) OR 1 burrito. If you diet plan allows for more calories then add a side of beans or rice;
- McDonald's small cheeseburger, Fillet 'O Fish and small order of Chicken McNuggets contain about 400 calories each. While these selections are more fatty than a Subway sandwich the caloric amount is within a weight loss dietary budget;
- Arby's Roast Beef Jr. is super low in calories, so low that you can enjoy 1 1/2. If you're with a friend or family member, split that second sandwich.
- Wendy's small chili is AWESOME and contains only 210 calories and contains 17 protein grams, and only 6 grams of total fat. And of course, it's super delicious. Their Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 403 calories and is super-filling. Their Jr. Hamburger with cheese is only 330 calories.
You will need the following ingredients:
1/2 pound of extra lean ground beef (I know that it's more expensive than the lower cut but you'll save a plethora of calories and fat grams and you'll need less beef for the recipe)
1 medium can of Ranch Style Beans OR Pinto Beans, drained
1 medium can of yellow or white hominy, drained (optional & view label for calories as some brands contain 60 calories per serving while others contain well over 100 calories per serving)
1 medium can of petite diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato sauce (not paste)
1-2 Tablespoons of ground chili powder (amount based on your personal taste; more will create a spicier chili)
1 Teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 Teaspoon of dried cilantro (or you can use fresh to suit personal taste)
1/2 cup of chopped onions
1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to suit personal taste
Add oil to deep pot and after it heats add the chopped onions. When they clarify add the ground beef and cook until brown but still juicy. If it begins to stick then add a bit of water. Add the spices and you'll need to quickly add the small can of tomato sauce. Combine the other ingredients and cook until thoroughly done. Serve with saltine crackers, crusty bread and add extra chopped onions, salsa and your favorite low fat shredded cheese if desired. I would highly recommend bottled chili sauce which has a very unique flavor.
You will need the following ingredients:
8 ounces of low fat shredded cheese
12 corn tortilla shells ( 40 to 50 calories each)
1-2 cups of chopped onions (any variety)
1 medium can of turkey chili OR extra lean chili (should contain about 200 calories per serving OR about 400 calories for the can)
1 cup of your favorite salsa (Pace Picante works well and comes in several levels of spicy - mild to flaming hot)
Cooking Spray (I like the butter flavored versions)
Using a non-stick skillet spray with the cooking spray and when the pan is hot start cooking the tortilla shells. If you prefer to use a bit of cooking oil rather than the spray you can do that but the tortillas will contain more calories. You can also steam them which is exceptionally diet-friendly. Corn tortilla shells do not take long to cook and if overcooked they will be crisp and hard - not of desirable quality for enchiladas unless you like them that way.
Next cook the onions in the pan until clarified and remove. Add the chili and salsa to the pan and heat until bubbly hot.
While the chili is cooking, roll the enchiladas by placing a mound of the shredded low fat cheese with a few of the onions to one side of the shell - then roll. Place in a deep square pan or any deep dish that you prefer with the seam-side down. I always use my brownie pan as it's just the right size for this recipe. Be sure to set aside at least half the cheese as you'll be topping the enchiladas with it.
Pour the chili mixture over the rolled corn shells; top with low fat cheese and the remaining onions.
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