Are you single and cooking for one? Are you finding it to be a challenge, especially when trying to lose weight? It may take some planning and preparation, and a little re-programming of your cooking habits, but cooking for one can actually be used to your advantage when on a diet.
One of the main challenges when trying to lose weight is portion control. Cooking for one intensifies this challenge. It is very easy to cook a meal that is on your diet plan, and then overeat. For instance, if you cook a multiple-serving meal, and you are the only one eating, you may be tempted to eat more than one serving. This can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Make an attempt to use recipes that are created specifically for one-person households.
Do you think you’re too busy to cook a homemade meal for just one person? There are some healthy options that can be cooked in single portions and can be cooked very quickly. Consider something like Asian stir-fry, for example. You can portion out one serving of meat, one serving of vegetables, and one serving of noodles or rice, toss them all in the wok with some seasonings and a low-fat stir fry sauce, and you have a wonderful, tasty meal for one.
If you have no recipes that are specifically written for one serving, you can create one. Take a recipe written for multiple servings and reduce it by dividing each ingredient by the serving yield. You will then have the recipe for a single serving meal. That way, you will only have one serving cooked, and will not be tempted to overeat. Note that this is also a particularly helpful approach if you are trying a new recipe and are unsure as to whether you will enjoy it.
Store Leftovers Promptly
If you must make a recipe that yields multiple servings, do not eat more than your allotted portion. Instead, immediately portion the remainder into single-serving containers and store them in the freezer for reheating later. A vacuum-sealing unit is quite helpful in extending the life of leftovers.
Freezing your own homemade dinners in this manner is much less expensive and healthier than buying prepackaged frozen meals, but it can be just as convenient. When you come home from work, simply pop your foods into the microwave, and enjoy your own healthy creations.
Snacks For One
Most major grocery stores now sell single-serving packages of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. This makes portion control of snacks much easier. If these are not available to you, simply portion your healthy snacks into single servings as soon as you bring them home, so you will not be tempted to go overboard.
Cooking for one can be a challenge in the beginning, but once you realize that it can actually be an advantage when you are trying to lose weight, those issues will fade. By cooking fresh, healthy meals for yourself, you are more likely to stick to your diet, and if you utilize portion control, you will have an
easier time losing weight.