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Use reusable, 3 compartment lunch containers to pre-make a weeks worth of lunches. First develop your lunch menus and shop for ingredients. Then, weigh, measure and calculate for the entire meal, filling compartments as you go. When finished, put the name and calorie count on a blank address label on the top. Write down the contents so you can repeat these meals and save in a binder. I try to keep my calorie count between 350 and 400 for this meal, focusing on high protein and lots of fiber.
I like to create a food grouping to make tracking easier, then print the grouping for reference. Creating fresh, healthy meals that resemble expensive store bought ones saves money and calories! And tracking couldn't be easier. Simply select the grouping and Bam! Tracking entered for entire lunch!
Something I realized I needed to do in order to be successful was to prelog my food for the whole day, preferably at breakfast and sometimes in bed before I get up.
I pretty much eat the same breakfast M W F, a different breakfast Tu Th, another breakfast on the weekends. My lunches follow a similar pattern. This also helps me create a shopping list.
In my Favorites list on the Food Tracker, I created groupings for these different days and labeled them "Breakfast - MWF", "Lunch - MWF", etc.
I have done all the major weight loss systems and failed, including Sparkpeople, but this tip alone seems to really be working this time. After I created the initial groupings, it takes me about 5 minutes a day to enter in my food for the entire day, including what I swap out of the original menu.
Setting up shop with the food journal takes time, but once you've made lists of "favorites" and "food groupings", it can usually be done in less than 10 minutes a day. Once selected, the groupings can easily altered by adding or subtracting a food to that particular meal.
Nutritional tracking is vital, at least until one's healthy eating habits are well-ingrained. It's also a good way to see changes that need to be made.
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