Losing weight is simple.
Note that I said simple, not easy.
How is it simple? Weight loss works off a basic principle of burning more calories than you take in. That means you eat foods that aren’t full of empty calories, you do some exercise to create a calorie deficit, and the weight comes off. Simple, right? Simple and easy aren’t the same thing, though, or we would all be model size. Add in health issues and weight loss seems anything but simple for many of us.
When you're trying to lose weight, you need to make things as easy for yourself as you possibly can. That means you are going to need to do some planning. What great change ever came about as a result of poor planning? It happens sometimes, but it is pretty rare. To plan well, we are going to need every tool at our disposal – especially when it comes to meal planning. Any tool that is going to make your job easier needs to shoot to the top of your list. For me, one of those tools is the air fryer!
If you don't have an air fryer, be sure to check out my post on how to lose weight with the Instant Pot.
What the heck is an air fryer?
Everybody loves fried food, right? I mean, I sure do. It is crispy, flavorful, and all around amazing. The problem is, that food is dipped in oil and grease, making it a not great option if you are serious about your weight loss. The air fryer changes all of that up. It uses a type of convection that produces crispy fried foods without using oil. That means you’ll get all of the flavor and fun without the fat. When I first saw commercials for this thing, I thought it was too good to be true. I mean, it's basically like cooking it in the oven, isn't it? Soggy fries, dry chicken… not my cup of tea, so to speak.
The air fryer is a HUGE game changer for anyone who wants delicious, crispy food fast. I even made chicken breasts in the air fryer and they were super moist!
Choosing the right air fryer isn't that difficult, but I wrote a post on which ones are my favorites for budgets, small families, big families, etc.
How does this help me lose weight?
I’m glad you asked. When you are trying to lose weight, you will get SO BORED with some of the foods you’re eating if you don’t add some variety. Thankfully the plan I follow has 200+ “free” foods to keep things switched up, and most of them I can cook in the air fryer!
You will get tired of not being able to eat your favorite foods, and when that happens you are going to go on a binge. One of the easiest foods to get access to is fried foods because everybody loves them. Do not eliminate a whole food option just to lose weight – that's one thing Weight Watchers taught me early on! The air fryer is going to give you the ability to eat fried foods without feeling all guilty about it.
This is also another tool in your meal prep. Frying food is quick and easy, and when you come in tired at the end of a long day, you are going to be really, REALLY thankful for an easy option. This is another place we get off track in our dieting. We need to be able to eat food that is simple on those days when you just don’t have it in you to cook an intricate but healthy meal.
We can do all of the meal prep, planning, and buying healthy foods we want to, but if you don’t have a plan to put it all into action, you could still wind up caving and going for fast food. Set yourself up for success by knowing what you like to eat and how much energy you are going to need to put into making it. Getting realistic about our lifestyles is how we reach our goals in weight loss, and in every other area of life.
Follow Weight Watchers
At the end of the day, the best way to lose weight is to eat right and exercise. Weight Watchers teaches us the simplest way to lose weight – by counting points. No need to worry about counting carbs, calories, or any other macros… just count points! Weight Watchers is an affordable plan but you can also do it for free if you're on a tight budget. Join my free Facebook group to get started. (information is just below)
Some of my favorite Weight Watchers Air Fryer recipes:
Air Fryer Chicken Breast – 0 Points
Air Fryer Empanadas – 3 Points
Air Fryer Funnel Cake Bites – 3 Points for 8
Air Fryer Donuts – 3 Points
Air Fryer Pop Tarts – 3 Points
Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls – 1 Point
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp – 8 Points
The best part about the air fryer is that it can be used as part of a healthy lifestyle no matter which “diet” plan you are following!
Come find me and JOIN my Weight Watchers Air Fryer & Instant Pot Facebook Recipe Group. We all know how hard it is to do it alone. We are a community of people who post recipes, share tips and ideas and inspire one another every day! We can't wait to meet you!!
Meal plans help me stay on track. Here are some of my favorites!
2 Ingredient Dough Recipes
Ultimate 2 Ingredient Dough Guide
2 Ingredient Dough Pizza
2 Ingredient Dough Pot Pie
2 Ingredient Dough Pop Tarts
2 Ingredient Dough Cinnamon Rolls
2 Ingredient Dough Bread Bowls
2 Ingredient Dough Empanadas
Make sure you check out and grab our printable shopping lists below to make it easy when you are in store to grab the best WW FreeStyle friendly foods and snacks!
It really helps to know what to order when you are dining out, in order to stay on track. Let our Restaurant Guides below help you out with that: