Does it look like a tornado passed through your kitchen every time you finish cooking? Does the smoke detector go off all the time? or do you simply dislike the idea of cooking?
Whatever your reason for not cooking might be, just know that you’re not alone.
When I first started learning how to meal prep, my smoke detector would go off so often that I had to cover it with an old t-shirt and a rubber band.
This way, smoke wouldn’t go through and the alarm wouldn’t go off and let everyone in my apartment complex know that I couldn’t cook.
Anyway, just know that I decided to write this article for you, my friend.
So here are 7 weight loss tricks for people who don’t cook.
1. If you don’t buy it, you don’t eat it
It’s easier to make unhealthy food choices when the food’s right in front of you.
So if you constantly snack on sugary and processed foods, consider not buying those types of foods in the first place.
I know you could still go get some if you really wanted, but it takes a few extra steps, gas, and some money to do so.
Plus, it will help you if you’re also trying to lose weight on a budget.
Besides, people often reach for these foods when they’re bored or stressed, not really because they’re hungry.
2. Keep fruits and vegetables around
Instead of stacking on sugary snacks, consider keeping fresh foods and vegetables around the house.
These foods are better for you as they typically contain lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and not many calories.
The best part? You don’t need to cook fruits, and they can be easily packed and carried around.
One of my favorite pre-workout meals is bananas and a whey protein shake. Absolutely no cooking.
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3. Choose no-cook meals
Another great way to lose weight without cooking or spending time cleaning is to go for no-cook meals.
No-cook meals include turkey wraps, canned tuna wraps, overnight oats, and salmon poke.
Here are 10 delicious no-cook meals for weight loss.
4. When eating out, ask for half-portion
And don’t wait until you get your food to split it in half, ask the server to pack half of your food in a to-go box before he brings your plate to the table.
Because people tend to feel pressured to eat all the food on their plates.
If you’re eating with other people, it’s also easy to get distracted and not pay attention to your sense of fullness.
You could also consider splitting a meal with a friend.
Here are some great tips to keep your calories low when eating out.
5. Swap sugary snacks for nutrient-dense ones
The cool thing about the typical snacks is that they’re packed and easy to carry around. The uncool thing is that they’re typically sugary and not filling.
So consider having some healthier snacks like string cheese, celery, bell peppers, or tuna wraps.
Check out these awesome low-carb snacks.
6. Choose the right sides
Just because you’re eating out doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy.
Consider going for steamed vegetables as a side instead of fried foods, or a salad with no creamy dressing.
For your main dish, you could also focus on getting baked, grilled, or steamed foods instead of deep-fried.
Be careful with what you order because some foods labeled as “healthy” can actually have tons of calories and added sugars.
Here’s a list of 10 “healthy” foods that could be making you gain weight.
7. Choose meals with little ingredients
Typically, the more ingredients and sauces a dish has, the higher the calorie count, so consider sticking to simple meal combos.
If you don’t see anything healthy on the menu, you could even ask for grilled chicken and plain rice or potatoes, restaurants are typically pretty good about giving you what you need.
Want to explore more? Check out these weird weight loss tricks that actually work.
Do you have any other weight loss tricks for people who don’t cook? Share them in the comments section below!
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