The 5 Super Benefits of Planning Meals

The path to health is paved with good intentions, but as Benjamin Franklin once noted, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

At one time or another, we’ve all wanted to be skinnier, healthier or wealthier. If you’re not there yet, it’s probably because you never sat down and created a road map that would lead you to success.

Meal Plan Map is the answer. Okay, so maybe we can’t help you became wealthy, but we just might save you some money by showing you how to shop for only the foods you need to drop a few pounds and improve your health.

We’re listing just five of the many benefits associated with meal planning. According to experts in the fields of nutrition, weight loss and motivation, there are many more.

So, here’s why planning your meals – or the foods you will order when dining out – is such a great idea.

Fewer bad choices

Supermarkets know how to lead us into temptation. It seems as if every aisle has a glitzy display of some sort of sugary, salty or fatty treat. I know when I enter a market to pick up “a few things” I often walk out with arms full of impulse buys.

Meal Plan Map allows you plot your meals for the week and then print out your shopping list – or save it to your smart phone. This way you not only know what you need for your tasty meals, but you’ll also spend less time being distracted by the siren song of sweet treats!

Studies show that being armed with a shopping list – and sticking to it – is a great way to eat healthier and spend less.

Less stress

During my bachelor days of yore, I’d have good intentions to eat better but I’d often find myself hungry and without a clue as to what was for dinner. Odds were I’d either hit a fast food joint on the way home from work or I’d stumble around the market like an extra from The Walking Dead until something caught my eye.

And friends, you should NEVER go food shopping when hungry. You’ll spend and eat more, then beat yourself up over the guilt of an overstuffed gut.

Planning your meals and shopping in advance allows you to come home to the foods you need to get thinner and healthier.

Weight loss

Perhaps the best side-effect of pre-planned meals is weight loss. You’ll be surprised at how good you’ll feel by eating dense, healthy foods that will fill you up while they slim you down. Proper portions are the key – and our program allows you to choose the foods you love and the serving sizes that are beneficial for weight loss and improved health.

You don’t need to be overweight to benefit from meal planning. We can help you maintain your healthy weight as well.

Better health

Our meal planning program allows you to eat well – and to eat the foods that will lower your weight and maybe even your blood sugar. Food is good medicine for myriad of problems associated with extra weight.

According to the National Institutes of Health, excess weight may increase the risk for many health problems, including:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease and strokes
  • certain types of cancer
  • sleep apnea
  • osteoarthritis
  • fatty liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)

So by planning your meals and eating better, you’ll lower your risk for a slew of problems, feel better and make your doctor smile.

More money

Again, we may not help you get rich but by helping you pre-plan your meals you can save money by shopping for the best deals on produce and meats. And by planning ahead and eating more meals at home, you slash the amount you pay while dining out.

Planning also allows you to buy only what you need for a week’s meals. There will be more room in your pantry and more money in your wallet.

MayoClinic.com notes, “You can have a big impact on your health — and your budget — just by eating at home more often. With menu planning you know what your meals will look like and what you need to buy. That makes grocery shopping more efficient and cuts down on unplanned trips to buy one or two items. And with a grocery list in hand — a byproduct of good menu planning — it’s easier to resist impulse purchases.”

Now that’s news that’s easy to swallow.

We agree with the Mayo Clinic and their advice to “take a moment to feel good knowing that menu planning is making it easier for you to eat a healthy diet. And give yourself an extra pat on the back for saving money while you’re at it.”

 

 

John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.

 

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