The Best Reason to Cook Your Own Dinner

June 13th, 2018 2 min read

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The Best Reason to Cook Your Own Dinner

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You are here: Home / A Year of Daily Weight Loss Motivational Quotes for Weight Watchers A YEAR OF DAILY WEIGHT LOSS MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES FOR WEIGHT WATCHERS Pin 574 Share 21 Yum Tweet Email 595 SHARES “If I lose weight, I’ll be happy.” “If I’m happy, I can lose weight.” Which statement is right? The first one might seem true, but it turns out that the second one is really more accurate: When we’re happier, we tend to make healthier decisions, including those that lead to weight loss—such as getting our recommended eight or so hours of sleep, moving more, and eating well. Save Reading and collecting motivational and inspirational quotes is one of my favorite strategies for filling my mind with the positive thinking that can lead to increased health and happiness. I’ve gathered many of my favorites here in hopes they benefit you too. A Year of Daily Weight Loss Motivational & Inspirational Quotes for Weight Watchers Well Done Is Better Than Well Said - Benjamin FranklinSave MOTIVATIONAL WEIGHT LOSS QUOTES – JANUARY January 1 “We become what we think about.” –Earl Nightingale January 2 “If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh January 3 “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” –Buddha January 4 “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe January 5 “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill January 6 “Eat responsibly. You don’t have to be a saint with your food, but you can’t eat like every day is thanksgiving either” – Brad Pilon January 7 “Our past may explain why we’re suffering, but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.” – Joyce Meyer January 8 “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker January 9 “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” –Rosa Parks January 10 “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” –Zig Ziglar Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. By EpicurusSave January 11 “Remember, you become what you think. Think discouraging thoughts, and you’ll get discouraged.” – Joyce Meyer January 12 “The pathway to freedom begins when we face the problem without making excuses for it.” – Joyce Meyer January 13 We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”– Marie Curie January 14 “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey January 15 “Asking for something is easy… being responsible for it is the part that develops character.” – Joyce Meyer January 16 “If you only do what is easy, you will always remain weak.” – Joyce Meyer January 17 “Fear tries to get us to give up but faith takes us all the way through to victory” – Joyce Meyer January 18 “The way anything is developed is through practice practice practice practice practice practice practice practice practice and more practice.” – Joyce Meyer January 19 “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~Steve Furtick January 20 “Do what you don’t want to do to get what you want to get.” – Joyce Meyer Weight Watchers Motivational Quotes Weight Loss Many Small StepsSave January 21 “There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.” -Peace Pilgrim January 22 “Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.” – Plutarch January 23 “There are two kinds of pain: the pain of change and the pain of never changing and remaining the same.” – Joyce Meyer January 24 “Here’s one of my favorite statements: We are never going to enjoy stability, we are never going to enjoy spiritual maturity until we learn how to do what’s right when it feels wrong, and every time you do what’s right by a decision of your will using discipline and self control to go beyond how you feel, the more painful it is in your flesh, the more you’re growing spiritually at that particular moment.” – Joyce Meyer January 25 “There are those people who can eat one piece of chocolate, one piece of cake, drink one glass of wine. There are even people who smoke one or two cigarettes a week. And then there are people for whom one of anything is not even an option.” – Abigail Thomas, Thinking About Memoir Save January 26 “You can be pitiful, or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both” – Joyce Meyer January 27 “Wisdom is doing now what you are going to be happy with later on” – Joyce Meyer January 28 “It is much easier to extinguish a first desire than to satisfy all of those that follow it.” –La Rochefoucauld January 29 “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford January 30 “To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.”-William Shakespeare January 31 “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” -Mark Victor Hansen Become a Priority In Your LifeSave Become a Priority In Your Life MOTIVATIONAL WEIGHT LOSS QUOTES – FEBRUARY February 1 “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.” -Richard Bach February 2 “Everything in moderation…including moderation.” -Unknown February 3 “Comparison is the death of joy.” -Mark Twain February 4 “Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.” -Mahatma Gandhi February 5 “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vidal Sassoon February 6 “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” -Dale Carnegie February 7 “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” -George Lorimer Save February 8 “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” -Wayne Dyer February 9 “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.” -Washington Irving February 10 “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons” -Jim Rohn February 11 “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn February 12 “Success Recipe: 2 cups faith, 2 cups love, 1 cup hard work, 1 cup persistence, 1 tbsp vision and a dash of swagger.” -Jim Rohn February 13 “Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got.” -Jim Rohn February 14 “You must take personal responsibiity. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” -Jim Rohn February 15 “When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.” -Jim Rohn The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. By George S. PattonSave February 16 “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” -Jim Rohn February 17 “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” -Jim Rohn February 18 “You cannot change your destination overnight. You can change your direction.—Jim Rohn ” -Jim Rohn February 19 “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” -Jim Rohn February 20 “Food is not the problem. It’s what we do with food that becomes the problem. That’s why we need to learn to keep everything in our lives – especially our eating – in proper balance.” -Joyce Meyer February 21 “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Jim Rohn February 22 “Know thyself.” -Thales February 23 “Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.” -Pearl Buck February 24 “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”-Vince Lombardi February 25 “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin February 26 “Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” -Abraham J. Heschel February 27 “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” -Truman Capote February 28 “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -John R. Wooden Weight Loss Motivational Quotes Weight Watchers Journey of Thousand Miles Single StepSave WEIGHT LOSS MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES – MARCH March 1 “Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.” – Paul Goodman March 2 “If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” -Louis Parrish March 3 “Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” – Doris Lessing March 4 “That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” -Doris Lessing March5 “A life lived in chaos is an impossibility…” -Madeleine L’Engle March 6 “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into thin air.” -John Quincy Adams March 7 “Rule One is neer quit. Rule Two is refer to Rule One. Cake happens, but as long as you remember those rules, you’ll be OK.” -Jaimie, WW Leader March 8 “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill March 9 “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” -Vince Lombardi March 10 “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” -Winston S. Churchill March 11 The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ” -Walt Disney Company March 12 “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” -Audrey Hepburn March 13 “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill March 14 “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe March 15 “To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe March 16 “Commit to the process no matter how long it takes, and the payoffs and benefits can be greater than anything you ever imagined.” -Liz Josefsberg Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. By Napolean HillSave March 17 “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucious March 18 “Everything is hard before it is easy.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe March 19 “What you do makes a difference. Andy have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”-Jane Goddall March 20 “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe March 21 “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt March 22 “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot March 23 “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas A. Edison March 24 “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt March 25 “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” -Charles F. Kettering March 26 “If you want to be skinny do what skinny people do.” -Brian Wansink March 27 “If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen? It will slowly wither and die. Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest. You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself.” -Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras March 28 “We become what we repeatedly do.” -Sean Covey March 29 “The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviors, so choose friends who have healthy habits.” -Dan Buettner March 30 “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -Christopher Robin March 31 “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” -Stephen R. Covey Weight Loss Motivational Quotes Weight Watchers Every New DaySave WEIGHT LOSS MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES – APRIL April 1 “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. The really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain April 2 “You can’t do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to rely on others to help you accomplish your goals.” -Oprah Winfrey April 3 “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson April 4 “A strong positive attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.” -Patricia Neal April 5 “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” -Wayne Dyer April 6 “We are what we repeatedly do; therefore excellence is not merely an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle April 7 “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” -Lucille Ball April 8 “Everything is hard before it is easy.” -Goethe April 9 “It’s choice not chance that determines our destiny.” -Jean Nidetch April 10 “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” -Gandhi April 11 “There are no secrets to success. It’s the result of preparation, hard work and learning from your mistakes.” -Colin Powell April 12 “The future depends on what you do today.” -Gandhi April 13 “Things do not change; we change.” –Henry David Thoreau April 14 “Associate with people who are likely to improve you.” –Seneca For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. By Ralph Waldo EmersonSave April 15 “Man’s life is a progress, not a station.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson April 16 “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.” –Confucious April 17 “There is almost one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.” –Leo Tolstoy April 18 “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” –Bertrand Russell April 19 “The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” –Benjamin Disraeli April 20 “Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.” –Benjamin Franklin April 21 “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” -Leonardo da Vinci April 22 “Whenever we give up, leave behind, and forget too much, there is always the danger that the things we have neglected will return with added force.” -Carl Jung April 23 You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. —Joyce Meyer

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The less you cook, the more weight you gain. That may sound like an over-simplification. But a recent report from Johns Hopkins University hammers home the small-belly benefits of home cooking.

The report’s authors found people who cook their own dinner most nights tend to swallow significantly less sugar, fat, and calories than people who rarely cook. (And no, heating up a pre-packaged meal doesn’t count as “cooking.”) Specifically, at-home chefs eat about 140 fewer calories per day, which could add up to several pounds of added weight over the course of a year, the research suggests. People who cook for themselves also cut back on sugar and fat in similar proportions, the study shows.

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Restaurant meals and pre-packaged foods tend to be calorie-heavy and less nutritious than stuff you’d prepare at home from fresh ingredients, says study co-author Julia Wolfson, of JHU’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Even when you’re cooking the same items you’d normally order from a restaurant menu, it’s healthier to eat at home, Wolfson says. Why? “I cooked professionally in restaurants for a decade, and restaurant cooking can be very heavy on fats—butter, oil, cream, etc.—and also on salt and sugar,” Wolfson says. “Much more so than what home cooks typically add to their food.”

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She says deep frying—one of the unhealthiest methods of food prep—is also a lot less common at home than at restaurants. (But, if you're stuck dining out, choose one the 15 Off-Menu Healthy Meals You Can Always Order.)

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So there’s your best one reason to prepare your own meals. But here’s another one: People who cook a lot at home consume fewer calories even when they go out to eat, Wolfson’s research shows. She says it’s not clear exactly why that’s the case. It’s possible home cooks eat less and opt for healthier choices when they dine out simply because they’re accustomed to the healthier stuff they make at home, the study indicates. So grab a spatula and tie on an apron. If you want to stay slim and fit, you need to get your hands dirty in the kitchen, the study suggests.

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