Make Just One New Year’s Resolution in 2017
What’s the best weight loss resolution to help you get healthier in 2017?
Instead of making the usual vague promises to yourself to lose weight, eat healthy food, and get to the gym more often, commit to a single easy-to-monitor change. Make a commitment to cooking more and eating out less.
Restaurant meals are calorie bombs. Try googling the number of calories in what you thought was a relatively healthy restaurant entree and you’ll be shocked.
This one simple change, resolving to cook more of your meals at home, can be the best weight loss program you’ve ever tried. Not only that, it will save you money!
In addition to losing weight, you’ll enjoy other benefits from eating in. You may find that cooking is relaxing and fun. You may acquire a new skill. You may have bonding time with your spouse, son or daughter. You may find that eating a home cooked meal makes socializing more fun.
Why Eating At Home Beats Restaurant Dining and Take-Out
1. You'll Make Better Choices
If you cook at home you’ll eat more healthy food and less packaged, processed foods.
According to a study recently published in the Public Health Nutrition Journal, people who cooked meals at home at least six days a week consumed fewer calories than those who frequently ate out.
2. You'll Eliminate the Guessing Game
We really have no idea what's actually in that restaurant meal we're eating. But, take my word for it, every dish is loaded with shortening, usually butter, and an excessive amount of salt for added flavor.
When we cook for ourselves, we eliminate the guesswork. We have control over what we put in our meals and we often make healthier choices than are made by restaurant chefs. Their main goal is to put a lot of tempting food on your plate so you will come back. Our goal is to eat healthy meals and control the portions.
3. You'll Eat More Mindfully
Most of us do other activities while we eat. We’ve convinced ourselves that we’re too busy to stop multi-tasking. We play on our phones, we watch television or Netflix, or we read while we’re eating.
Eating mindfully means we pay attention only to eating the food we have prepared. We savor every bite, put our fork down from time to time, and chew our food enough to help digestion.
The result of mindful eating is that we enjoy the food more and we stop eating before we’re full instead of stuffing ourselves and feeling terrible later.
4. You'll Find It's Easier Than You Think
Cooking is not a difficult skill to acquire. In fact, it’s easier than you may think. Don’t be intimidated by the celebrity chefs you see on the Food Network.
Start with something easy that only has a few ingredients. Buy a beginners cookbook. Download some 5-ingredient recipes from your favorite website. Ask a friend who cooks to show you some dishes.
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