Weight Loss Diet for the “Real World” Tip #12 – Cook at Home

Garbanzo Soup

No matter what your cooking skills are – or aren’t – cooking at home is the #1 way to lose weight and get healthier! This is actually my favorite soap box, so I have done a good job holding off until tip #12, don’t you think? I know, I’ve heard all the excuses – cooking at home takes time, takes too much previous planning, “I’m tired when I get home from work,” “I don’t know how to cook,” ” I know how to cook but I don’t know how to make the food taste good enough for everyone to eat it,” ” I hate dirty dishes,” ” I get bored eating the same things over and over,”  “food is expensive and it’s cheaper to eat out,” and so on. All valid excuses (except that last one – cooking at home saves lots of money over time).  It doesn’t matter what you cook, cooking it at home results in meals with:

  • More realistic serving sizes
  • Lots less salt
  • Lower fat
  • Healthier fats
  • Flavors that your family prefers
  • Fewer food allergens
  • More vegetables and whole grains
  • Higher nutrient quality

Home cooked meals don’t have to be fancy events. When I am tired and don’t feel like cooking I make something easy like scrambled eggs on English muffins with fruit salad.  I hate dirty dishes and so make lots of one-pot meals. When I didn’t know how to cook I started buying cooking magazines and cookbooks. When my young adult children didn’t know how to cook many different things I wrote a cookbook for them to follow. (It works for any age! I Want My Dinner Now! – Simple Meals for Busy Cooks also has weekly menus and grocery lists to make fixing dinner even easier.) Take a class, go to a food demo, start with a semi-homemade items from the grocery store. Just do something that leads to more home cooking – which leads to more weight loss and better overall health!

Share your favorite excuse for not cooking at home OR how you started cooking at home more often.

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About the Author

Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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  1. Anton says:

    HI! I ‘ve been all diets for many years, you can check my blog where I am posting instructions on weight loss. I hope you can find that helpful.



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