This week I’m using an idea from Mr. Pareto to help understand why doing a meal plan can make losing weight easier. In 1896 he demonstrated there was a LAW OF THE VITAL FEW and The Pareto Principal was born. Today we know it as the 80/20 rule.
We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.
We use 20% of our kitchen gadgets 80% of the time.
We watch 20% of the same channels 80% of the time.
And we eat 20% of the same food 80% of the time.
Take a look at what you eat and where you follow the 80/20 rule. You can create a meal plan around the 20% of the food you are already eating. You can put routine into your diet based on what you already like to eat! Here are a few reasons this can work with you in losing weight:
First it clears all these anxious thoughts out of your brain:
“I don’t know what to eat.”
“There is nothing I want in the pantry OR fridge OR freezer.”
“I want something different today.”
“I had that yesterday.”
“I like to be spontaneous in my food choices.”
“I had that for lunch.”
“I am supposed to have something different at every meal.”
“I’m too tired to think of what to eat.”
“My family doesn’t like the same things.”
Second, a set meal plan greatly eliminates wasting food and therefore saves money.
Third, a set meal plan takes all the drama out of what you have for meals and what your family anticipates eating on set days of the week.
Fourth, routine meals make food shopping so much simpler since you buy the same ingredients over and over.
Fifth, a set meal plan makes it easier to see where you can level up to healthier options like homemade pizza instead of the cheesy crust take-out kind.
Planning meals that are routine and repeated does not have to be boring!
Remember, “Meal planning is boring” is just a thought. . . . . . .
Trial and error builds a meal plan that works for a week or month or season. I have favorite foods I put in my cool weather diet (chili, soup, casseroles, etc.) that I don’t have as often in the warm months.
Written meal plans can be saved and repeated.
I know some people who are so organized they have the same shopping list!
Meal planning makes use of the Pareto Principal. If you are keeping track of your food this will become very clear to you!
I challenge you to harness your ALREADY EXISTING routines and favorite habits around what foods are in your diet to create a meal plan. Then follow it. Boring can be a very underrated tool in losing weight, saving money and eliminating anxiety over what to eat every day.