Meal prep and HIIT workouts are just the beginning.
Make your week work for you with these time-saving tips that well help you save calories… and cash.
- Quick meals
Being able to create a healthy meal quickly is key to staying on track with your weight loss goals. For me, the sandwich press is life-changing. It can cook anything from chicken, fish, eggs, pancakes, sweet potato, vegetables and the list goes on. It is portable so it can be taken to work or on holidays, and more importantly, you can just wipe it clean.
Another time-saving weight loss hack is cooking up a big batch of brown rice or quinoa, and keeping it in an airtight container in the fridge. This will last a good 3-4 days – and you simply run under hot water when needed. Healthy meals are so quick and easy to put together and by adding in your choice of spices you can add flavour to any dish.
- Food prep
Food is everything when it comes to weight loss, and if you can prep some meals or ingredients on a Sunday your week will run very smoothly, nutrition-wise, anyway. Not only will preparing elements of your meals (or full meals, the choice is yours!) in advance save you time, but having protein-rich snacks – as well as healthy meals on tap – will save you money. No emergency 3pm trips to the vending machine needed.
- Be organised
It sounds obvious but it works: schedule in your workouts for the week like you would your meetings. This gives you a clear picture of how your week will look, and takes away any stress that relates to ‘fitting in’ your work outs. Plus, it keeps you accountable as your days become longer and busier… and that gym membership you’re paying for is certainly not going to waste.
- HIIT workouts
High intensity interval training is awesome when it comes to fat loss and also saving time. A HIIT session can be anything from boxing, stairs, hill sprints or skipping. These sessions only need to last 20-30 minutes as they are so taxing on your heart rate, after one of these sessions you’ll be feeling exhausted – and amazing. The best bit? There are literally thousands online – on YouTube, and beyond – available for free. You can work-out in your living room while your meals are being prepped. If that’s not efficient, we don’t know what is!
- Shop online
If you can set up a regular order online with an organic grocer or major supermarket this will be life changing. Each week you will bring up your regular order make a couple of changes or simply just process the order, which will save you time, money, and help with our first couple of points. Life: simplified.