A woman who swapped her takeaways for meal prep looks unrecognisable after losing 5st 7lbs.
Emily Forbes, 30, always struggled to control her portion sizes – a factor which she said resulted in her weight gain.
In 2018, the mum from Melbourne, Australia who weighed 16st 7lbs, discovered meal prepping.
Emily sets aside two hours every Sunday to prepare all of her meals for the week, like burrito bowls, curries, pasta bakes, veggie lasagnes and fried rice.
Once all of the meal are cooked, she pops them in the freezer so they’re ready to be cooked in the oven each night.
Each meal costs around 80p to £1.60, allowing Emily to ditch her £27.50-a-week takeaway habit and save £1,430 a year.
Since adopting this method, the mum was also able to shed an impressive 5st 7lbs and four dress sizes.
She said: “The weight issues were partly due to my high carb heavy diet and lack of exercise.
“But my biggest problem by far was portion control. When you serve dinner on a dinner plate you tend to pile it on.
“My biggest motivation for wanting to lose weight was the prospect of starting a family and wanting to be healthy for my kids.
“During my weight loss journey I wanted healthy meals to take to work to I wasn’t tempted by unhealthy takeaway food.”
Emily continued: “My meal prepping evolved from there.
“I took inspiration from recipes and changing the quantities and some ingredients that better lent themselves to reheating.”
Emily is sharing her story in the hopes that it might inspire others to give meal prepping a go.
She concluded: “My tips for starting meal prep would be to make sure you have enough containers, and cook things that reheat well.”
She also shares her recipes on her blog, Meal Prep Mums Australia.
“For weight loss meal prepping start with things like frittatas and zucchini slices because they are high protein and low carb.
“You can also add different vegetables and cheeses to keep you interested by changing the flavour.
“It’s only an hour or two out of your week and you’ll have delicious healthy meals that you will feel so much better for eating.”