Slimming World meal plan on a Budget
If you’re new to Slimming World, you may be wondering how to stick to your meal plan when on a budget. In the Slimming World eating plan, many of the free foods permitted on the eating plan are processed and expensive, making it difficult to stay within your food budget every week. The good news? By following these steps, you can stick to your Slimming World meal plan on a budget and still lose weight! Here’s how…
The 3 most important things when sticking to a diet
Don’t panic: It’s going to be okay, whatever happens. You might miss a day or two of sticking to your meal plan; you might end up over-eating once in a while; it doesn’t matter. If you want it enough, you’ll make sure it works out. Remind yourself why you’re doing it and how better things will be when you’ve reached your target weight. Eat mindfully: When we eat with our eyes or mindlessly pick at food, we don’t register how full we are or whether we enjoy what we’re eating. The trick is to slow down and concentrate on what you’re putting into your mouth. A good way to do that is by using smaller plates, so there’s less room for food, which means you’ll need to slow down if you want seconds (or thirds). Make a shopping list: Before heading off to the supermarket or local store, take time out from work and think about what meals you can cook that week – then write them down on a piece of paper. When you get home from work later that evening, all your ingredients will be ready for use in their appropriate recipe containers! This helps keep temptation at bay and save money as it prevents unnecessary trips back into town for extra items!
Know how much you are allowed per day
To create a budget, you need to know how much money you can spend. This is easy for some, but others have expenses that fluctuate or have bills that change each month. If you are in one of these categories, you need to take note of your spending for at least two months. Then divide that by four, as there are four weeks every month. Next, add about 50% more for wiggle room, and then add 10% just because it’s easier than figuring out if you’re going over or under one week. If I could change any part of my dieting life, it would be figuring out how much I had left after food and then eating accordingly instead of guessing!
Choose foods you like
The cornerstone of any diet is making sure you like what you’re eating. If you don’t, it can be not easy to stay consistent with your food choices, meaning you won’t see results. To make sure you find something enjoyable every time, choose foods that best represent each major food group, and avoid things that taste just like everyone else’s (e.g., store-bought cookies instead of homemade or white rice instead of brown). Don’t rely entirely on fruits and vegetables; they tend to have fewer calories per serving than many other foods—and when combined with lean protein sources and other healthy ingredients (especially if they’re seasoned properly), fruits and veggies are a great way to enhance flavor while reducing fat content.
Don’t snack between meals.
Instead of eating small meals every few hours, have one or two healthy meals per day. Cutting out between-meal snacks is an easy way to reduce overall calorie intake and lose weight. To replace those calories you’re no longer getting from snacks, try having three larger meals and two or three healthy snacks. Try not to eat within 3 hours of bedtime: This can help reduce cravings overnight and allow you to sleep better. If you have a nighttime snack, make sure it’s only light in calories; don’t consume any sugar before going to bed! Don’t spend all day cooking: Sure, home-cooked meals are healthier than takeout—but that doesn’t mean they’re more affordable for everyone!