Healthy Cooking after Medical Weight Loss
While OPTIFAST products will help to simplify healthy eating during your medical weight loss in Fayetteville or DeWitt, you’ll have to make a conscious effort to maintain a healthy diet once your meal replacement program is over. Going out to a restaurant for dinner may be tempting, and there certainly are restaurants that serve healthy, nutrient rich foods. However, learning how to make the most of cooking at home can benefit your weight loss efforts and help you maintain long-term results.
Why Cook at Home?
Cooking at home gives you the power to control the ingredients, portion sizes and calories that you consume. Plus, it can be much cheaper than constantly going out to eat. If you have a family to feed, it may be tricky finding the right food for everyone each night, but with the right ingredients and a few basic techniques, you can start cooking healthy and nutritious meals for everyone.
Tips for Healthy Cooking at Home
- Get a healthy cookbook. If you don’t know where to start or how to prepare things, you’ll want to purchase a healthy cookbook (i.e. one which emphasis plant foods like veggies, fruits and whole grains; one which uses ingredients low in fat and sugar; one which includes nutritional information). There are many free cookbooks and tutorials available online as well.
- Get the basic cooking tools. This includes a good set of pots and pans, a steamer for veggies and brown rice, a food processor, a crock pot and utensils (spatula, tongs, knife set).
- Proper food preparation. The best ways to prepare your food when trying to lose weight are baking, boiling, broiling and steaming. Try to avoid frying—especially deep-frying. Microwaving is okay as well, but be aware that a lot of microwave-ready foods have many unhealthy ingredients.
- Stick to lean proteins. Rather than grilling steaks or burgers, try to cook lean proteins, such as boneless and skinless chicken or turkey breast, tofu, fish, beans or lean ground beef.
- Plan ahead. Cook for the week and store the leftovers. That way, you’ll have healthy meals already prepared and ready for your family.
Healthy home cooking will help you with long-term weight management and keep you on track with your new healthy lifestyle after medical weight loss.