As a registered dietitian, I can tell you that menu planning can be helpful for weight loss. You probably know it’s something you “should” do, but for some reason you just can’t.
You might find yourself saying things like:
Truth is, you could have the best diet or nutrition plan ever, but if you don’t have the beliefs to back it up you won’t lose the weight.
The thoughts that we think on a regular basis (like those above) become our beliefs. And then they start running the show behind the scenes.
This means that if you believe that menu planning and food preparation is too hard, then it will be. If you believe a menu plan is too much like a diet, and you’re sick of dieting, you’ll be very resistant to creating a plan. And if you don’t believe you’ll succeed, then you probably won’t.
Who on earth wants to do something they believe is too hard, takes up too much time, and won’t work anyway? The answer is, NOBODY!
It’s not really about the food. It’s about changing your beliefs.
When you change your beliefs it’s easy to eat healthy and lose weight.
To find out what your beliefs are try this…
Remember, these thoughts are actually your beliefs, and they are the drivers behind your actions and behaviors. With negative beliefs in the driver’s seat, it’s no wonder you’re not successful.
So what can you do?
You just did this with the technique above. A client I worked with recently shared that her negative beliefs included:
We figured out where these beliefs came from, how they were sabotaging her, and how they made her feel like a failure each time she tried to lose weight.
These negative beliefs are literally the emotional baggage that is weighing you down and hindering your success. You need to find a way to completely eliminate these beliefs.
I use all kinds of tools to help my clients eliminate beliefs that sabotage their weight loss, which are easily available on my YouTube channel if you’d like to learn more.
Here’s how that works…
My client who said she hated cooking now has the belief that cooking is easy and that menu planning is freedom for her.
The results? This week she made a big batch of beef stew, veggie soup, and chicken with pecans on top. Amazing! And she shared that it truly was easy and fun.
Another client who dreaded menu planning and found it too hard is now involving the family. They recently had a fun afternoon creating menus for the month, and she is finally starting to lose weight.
And a woman shared that she used to buy veggies she would never eat and then throw them out as they’d go bad in her fridge. She now chops them up when she buys them and actually eats them fresh. She was pleasantly surprised how easy this was, and she didn’t turn to junk food snacks. Wow!
If you really want to lose weight, it’s essential that you change your behaviors.
And if you want to change your behaviors, you’ve got to change your beliefs.
If you want to learn more about how to make this happen for YOU, I warmly invite you to watch my free training: How to Stop Cravings and Emotional Eating So You Can Lose the Weight and Keep It Off.
What do you find the most difficult in creating meal plans? How far ahead have you created meal plans? Does this reduce meal planning stress for you? Do you think meal plans help you with weight management?