Raise your hand if you can’t stand being in the kitchen for more than a few minutes.
You my friend are not alone.
As a matter of fact, one of the main reasons people fail to reach their weight loss goals is because they either hate cooking, or they simply don’t have the time to do it.
Either way, if you want to lose weight you are going to have to change your eating habits.
The simplest way to do that is by preparing more of your meals at home.
With that being said, here are a few ways to lose weight when you hate cooking.
Tidy Up The Kitchen
Most people avoid the kitchen because they don’t want to deal with the mess that’s in there.
This of course is totally understandable.
After all, who wants to spend hours cooking in a dirty kitchen?
That’s why the first thing you need to do is tidy up your kitchen.
A clean kitchen may inspire you to do a little cooking.
Stock Up on All The Right Ingredients
There is nothing worse than going into the kitchen ready to prepare a meal only to find out you don’t have what you need.
It is therefore very important you keep basic staples such as garlic powder, seasoning salt, olive oil, butter, and any other ingredients you use on a regular basis.
You should also stock up on frozen vegetables.
They are just as delicious and nutritious as the fresh kind.
Invest In The Right Gadgets
Since you hate cooking it is extremely important you invest in the right gadgets.
Things such as rice cookers, steamers, and vegetable cutters make cooking a thousand times easier.
Learn New Recipes
One of the main reasons people don’t enjoy cooking is because they are always cooking the same thing.
Its very difficult to continue cooking when you aren’t enjoying your meals.
That’s why it is extremely important you take the time to learn new recipes.
Here is a list of quick and easy recipes you can give a try.
Make Meals That Don’t Require Cooking
There are some meals that require no cooking at all.
For example, throwing some salad in a bowl and topping it with seeds and nuts requires no time in front of the stove.
Think of meal ideas that you can make quickly and that require no cooking.
Don’t Be Afraid To Use The Microwave
While we aren’t the biggest fans of the microwave, we do understand that there are times when you will need to use it.
Especially if you don’t enjoy cooking.
Most people view the microwave as a device that can only be used to heat up leftovers.
And while the microwave does indeed heat up cold food, it can do much more than that.
You can actually prepare a variety of different dishes in the microwave.
The key is to cook the dishes on lower power levels for a longer period of time.
Please be aware that meals prepared in the microwave will probably not taste as good as the skillet version.
However, they should be good enough for you to enjoy them.
Share Cooking Duty
Sharing cooking duty is a great way to prevent boredom.
If you aren’t the only one cooking all the time you will be more excited to cook when its your time.
What To Do When You Go Out
No doubt there will be times when you will want to eat out.
Instead of depriving yourself go out and enjoy yourself.
The key however is to prepare before you go.
Most restaurants have their menus online.
So before you head out take a look at the menu.
Look to see what healthy options are available to you.
Since your goal is to lose weight you will want to stick with items that are grilled or baked.
Stay away from anything that is fried as fried foods are loaded with calories.
While a salad may seem like a healthy option, it really all depends on what is on the salad.
If the salad has processed meats, skip it.
Always ask for sauces and dressings on the side.
This will allow you to control how much you put on your food.
Always Carry Snacks With You
To prevent grabbing something unhealthy you should always carry snacks.
Put nuts, raisins, grapes, oranges, or any other healthy snack in sandwich bags.
This way when you have a craving you can grab something healthy.
Just because you hate cooking doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight.
Its all about making adjustments and making things as easy as possible on yourself.
Invest in the right gadgets and make sure you look up quick and easy recipes online.
Avoid trying to make anything too fancy as that will more than likely frustrate you and cause you to quit.
So keep it simple and have a good time!