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One of the surest strategies for promoting weight loss and overall weight balance is by planning meals ahead. Advance meal prep will limit the likelihood of impulsive eating and bad decisions. Having access to fresh, high-quality and nutrient dense foods that are ready to eat is the best way to keep yourself from reaching for a fatty, highly-processed and highly-refined snack.

What Meal Prep Entails

Accountability starts in the grocery store. Planning for healthy, balanced meals requires you to spend the majority of your time targeting foods that will provide the best nutritional benefits and energy support. Loading your cart up with ready-made foods that contain large quantities of preservatives, flavor enhancers and other unnatural and non-essential ingredients is not conducive to weight loss success. While convenience foods are certainly convenient, this is true only in the short-term. The long-term consequences of eating trans fats, refined grains and excess amounts of sugar far exceed the short-term payoff that these goods supply.

For this and other reasons, meal planning requires you to purchase and handle only natural ingredients that are served closest to their natural state. Fresh tomatoes trump cans of diced, stewed tomatoes that are often processed with additional sodium and sugars. It is best to load your cart up with a colorful selection of fresh produce, lean meats and fish, low-fat dairy products and whole grains. A bag of brown rice and a variety of flavorful herbs and vegetables are all that you need to create a savory pilaf. This dish will be far better for your body than will a seasoned rice mix that contains a host of unrecognizable and artificial ingredients. This is the basic idea behind clean eating. You should also pick up a few healthy oils such as olive oil for homemade salad dressings and coconut oil, which is stable enough for cooking and rich in all-natural and beneficial fats.

Get Ready For Soups, Salads And Stews

Chopping a number of fresh fruits and vegetables and storing these in airtight containers will make it easy for you to dash together healthy soups, salads and stews in minutes. Par-boiling or precooking brown rice will help to fill these meals out. You can even advance grill a selection of fresh fish or lean chicken and turkey breast that can bee added to your food.

Prime Your Meats

Make sure to trim fat and skin away from your meats before cooking or storing them. You can even marinate several cuts of meat for quick grilling. Small steps like these will limit the amount of time that it takes to get a balanced, healthy meal on your plate and thus, it will keep you from snacking on foods that work in opposition to your weight loss and fitness goals.

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