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10 Great Weight Loss Foods That Are Really Easy To Prep

10 Great Weight Loss Foods That Are Really Easy To Prep

A good enough diet that’s realistically easy enough to stick to is 100% better than a theoretically perfect diet that’s unrealistic and won’t be stuck to.

Part of being realistic means being honest about which dietary logistics bother you the most. For me? One of those is cooking. I hate cooking. I hate cleaning up after cooking even more. If I had to slave away in the kitchen for hours a day to make my diet work I’d surely give up in a matter of weeks.

A lot of people think they have to become a sous chef if they want to eat healthy. But this isn’t true — healthy eating and easy eating are not mutually exclusive. In fact, on the tail end of my weight loss journey, I never ate anything that took more than 5 minutes to prep in the kitchen.

I’m going to share with you my top 10 weight loss foods that are also really easy to prep.

1. Eggs and Egg Whites

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fried eggs and whites

    Eggs are arguably the best source of nutritious protein you can find, and prep wise they’re about as easy as it gets. I like to add liquid egg whites to the mix to up the protein ratio. Just throw a little butter in a skillet and fry them up, or scramble them, it doesn’t matter. You can chop up some produce like tomatoes or avocado and dump it in the mix to add some flavor.

    2. Smoothies

    smoothie

      Smoothies are a godsend for people looking to get more plant based nutrition. But lets get real: prepping, cooking, and chewing through boring vegetables is a hassle. Instead, you can get a high powered blender (Vitamix and Blendtec are the best on the market) and concoct an infinitely wide array of nutritious smoothies. My personal favorite? A homemade blended v8.

      • 1 medium tomato
      • 1 medium carrot
      • ½ beet (peeling optional)
      • 1 cup/handful parsley
      • 1 thumb sized hunk of ginger
      • ¼ lemon, peeled
      • 1 medium stalk of celery and/or 1 cup/handful of spinach

      You get nearly a pound of vegetables in you that will keep you full for hours, and it’s only ~150 calories.

      3. Canned Salmon

      If you’re not a cooker, getting enough protein is always a challenge. One of the best ways to meet your protein requirements is with canned fish — No kitchen prep required. Add some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a tbsp of olive oil to give it some texture and flavor. Or try throwing in some hummus and chopped celery or peppers.

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      4. Asparagus

      Asparagus is a choice green vegetable for fitness models because it’s nutritious as well as slightly diuretic to help your kidneys flush out the system. It’s also stupidly easy to prep. Just brush a bunch in olive oil and throw it in a toaster oven for ~10 minutes or fry it on a skillet.

      5. Cruciferous Medley

      Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are the stereotypical king of weight loss foods for a good reason: They are highly nutritious, highly filling, and very low in sugar and overall calories. You can make a decent tasting medley very easily. Just throw a bunch of broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts into a bowl and mix with salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder, and onion powder, then bake it in the oven on a tray for ~15 minutes. Super easy.

      6. Greek Yogurt

      It’s become one of the most popular go to snacks because it’s low calorie, high protein, and very filling. Casein based dairy protein takes a long time to digest and keeps people full for hours.

      7. Cottage Cheese

      If you need to up your protein intake, then cottage cheese is even more superior to greek yogurt, and has the same filling effects. Add some chopped strawberries or blueberries to give it some flavor if you wish.

      8. Crockpot Chicken Breast

      Chicken is the proverbial staple of bodybuilders — it’s cheap, filling, high protein, and low calorie. The problem? A plain, flavorless, rubbery broiled chicken breast might be the most depressing thing to eat on this planet.

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      However, making decent tasting and tender chicken breast is very easy with a crock pot. You literally just stack in 4 or so breasts, season with some salt and pepper, and put it on high for 2.5-3 hours. You don’t need to marinate or anything like that, because the chicken will simmer in it’s own juice and come out very tender.

      With less than 5 minutes of work, you can have a few days worth of chicken breast ready to go at all times.

      9. Coffee or Tea

      Most fat loss supplements are garbage marketing gimmicks, but one exception is America’s drug of choice: caffeine. Caffeine has been scientifically shown to curb hunger.

      What I do is drink caffeine in small even doses throughout the morning and early afternoon. I mix ~4oz of coffee with hot water and have 3 or 4 of those drinks between ~8am and 2pm. If I stop by then I’ll have no problem falling asleep on time.

      If you’re caffeine sensitive, try green tea or mint tea instead. Or, one of my favorites, ginger tea. Any of those will help curb hunger and help you with your daily water requirement to, which leads me to…

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      10. Water

      I had to include this because it always needs to be reiterated: Drinking enough water on a diet (and in general) is absolutely crucial. The thirst and hunger mechanisms are often confused with one another. Many people who feel hungry are actually thirsty, which makes sense because most animals get a significant portion of their water requirement from the food they eat.

      Depending on your climate, a good starting point is to try and drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day. Also be sure you’re getting enough electrolytes with salts or alkaline based plant foods.

      Conclusion

      At the end of the day, the weight loss battle stems on burning more calories than you consume over time, one way or another. Thus, the best strategy for most people is to focus on eating highly filling low calorie foods like the ten suggestions above.

      But… It’s also important to be honest with yourself about what you’re actually willing to do. For me, slaving away in the kitchen daily is not one of them. That’s why I focus on viable food choices that require little to no kitchen prep.

      Featured photo credit: cyclonebill/Vagtel-spejlæg via commons.wikimedia.org

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      Last Updated on June 13, 2019

      5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

      5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

      Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

      You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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      1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

      It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

      Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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      2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

      If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

      3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

      If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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      4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

      A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

      5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

      If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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      Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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