Most of us have busy lives nowadays, and shopping and cooking may be low on the list. We are more inclined to just grab a bite to eat while going to and from work or kid’s activities – an excellent way to pack on the pounds, especially when this becomes a way of life and is coupled with a demanding job that allows little or no time for exercise!
For some of us, in fact, the problem isn’t sticking to a diet – the problem is finding the time to shop for the right ingredients to cook diet meals. That can be quite a challenge, and even if we start out okay, eventually many of us fall into bad habits – such as substitution and snacking.
There are various home delivery services available to deal with exactly that problem. They do the shopping and cooking for you, and make sure that the meal they send are perfectly balanced in terms of one of the current popular diets. All you do is order your weekly meals, and they come to your door – three meals and two snacks, in fact. The next day, they come to pick up the insulating container from your last day’s meals, and drop off the next one.
Of course, this is a little more expensive than shopping and cooking for yourself. On the other hand, the cost compares quite favorably with that of buying most of your meals at a restaurant, so when you think of it in those terms, it’s not very daunting. And you stand to gain a lot in terms of time, convenience, and your ability to stick to the diet.
In fact, it is this final factor – your ability to stick to the diet, and likelihood that you will do so – that is most impressive with regard to this plan. By cooking and delivering your food to you, this plan allows you to avoid three of the most common pitfalls that dieters face – shopping, cooking, and feeling deprived.
Even if you have time to grocery shop, it may be a good idea to forgo this activity when you are trying to lose weight. Supermarkets depend on people making impulse purchases; that’s how they make most of their profit, believe it or not. This means that they are attractively laid out, in such a way that they entice you to try featured products. If you must shop, at least don’t shop hungry – that can be fatal to your weight loss plan! On the other hand, if you can avoid shopping for food at all for a week or two, so much the better!
Cooking is also a huge pitfall for those wishing to lose weight by following a modified or calorie reduced eating plan. For a start, many if not most cooks like to taste food while they are preparing it. It may not feel like you’re eating anything much, but it all adds up. Also, if you are preparing food for others in your family – people not trying to lose weight – the temptation can be too much for many of us. Add to this the fact that you will inevitably be cooking right before mealtime, so you’ll be hungry – all in all, it can be a recipe for disaster. Not to mention the fact that if you’re cooking diet foods for yourself, you may be prone to making mistakes or tempted to make substitutions. Diet meals that people cook at home are not as precise in terms of calories or nutrients as those prepared by professionals. And if you cook at home, and there is food left in the pot, many of us will be tempted to finish that up, too! All these lapses may seem small, but they add up and can jeopardize your whole weight loss plan.
Having your meals delivered means that you can avoid the kitchen altogether while you are trying to lose weight, and that’s probably for the best. It also means that the meals will be made professionally, displayed attractively, and taste good! In fact, for some people, this transforms the diet meal into something special, something that you look forward too. That is, perhaps, the best reason to employ one of these meal services for a week or two – if you’re happy with the food you’re getting, you’ll be satisfied and less tempted to stray from it!
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