Channel your inner chef. A new study by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found those who cook at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who eat out more frequently.
Researchers found home cooking six or seven nights per week was correlated with consuming fewer carbohydrates and less sugar and fat. There was also a significant difference in overall calorie consumption. Those who cooked at home once or less per week consumed 2,301 calories, on average, while those who upped their home cooking to six or seven time per week consumed 2,164 calories, according to the study.
And the benefits of healthy home cooking don’t stop there. Frequently eating in can serve as damage control when you do eat out. Your brain will be trained to eat less, so you are less likely to overindulge at a restaurant.
But home cooking six or seven nights per week isn’t so easy, especially if you have a full-time job or a whole family to feed.
The list of excuses to order takeout or run to the nearest fast-food restaurant could go on forever, but you owe it to yourself to put your health first. Still not convinced? Here are my top non-weight loss related reasons to dust off your cooking utensils tonight.
- 1. It can be faster than ordering takeout. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to cook a healthy home meal. Dinner for four can be on the table in less than 20 minutes. We’ve made it easy for you. Check out some of our quick-and-easy, 550-calorie recipes (pizza included!).
- It tastes better. Be proud of the meal you put on the table. No takeout beats the taste of fresh veggies or homemade chicken soup on a chilly night.
- It’s fun. Once you’re comfortable with a few of your favorite recipes, have fun in the kitchen. Experiment with different spices to give your regular recipes some flare! Ginger can add some zing to Asian-inspired dishes, and a little bit of olive oil can give your vegetables superstar status.