I absolutely love my Instant Pot pressure cooker, and as someone who is maintaining a 100 pound weight loss, I understand the importance of using this time-saving cooking device for wholesome foods. If you are wondering how to lose weight with your Instant Pot, keep reading for guidelines on how to use this kitchen tool to support your healthy living choices.
As I was scrolling through an Instant Pot Facebook group last week, I came across this post from a new Instant Pot owner:
I don’t really understand how someone could lose weight using an Instant Pot. I need to lose over 50 pounds, so I’m certainly interested. But all I see is recipes for fatty beef roasts and cheesecakes. How is this device helpful for weight loss?
I understand the reader’s confusion. Let’s dive deeper into what an Instant Pot can – and cannot – do for your weight loss efforts. I’ll also share the best tips and hacks I have learned for how to use your Instant Pot for weight loss.
My 100 Pound Weight Loss
Ten years ago, I lost 100 lbs and have been maintaining that weight loss ever since.
Read my whole story here: 100 lb Weight Loss: HOW did you DO It?
I understand the importance of eating healthy foods and exercising in order to maintain weight. Since my weight loss occurred over 10 years ago, the Instant Pot wasn’t part of my arsenal during my weight loss process. But – in the last year I’ve found it a huge help for maintaining (which trust me, is just the same as the weight loss phase.) I use my Instant Pot several times per week to make all types of recipes, many of which are listed below.
Your Instant Pot can absolutely be a huge part of your weight loss strategy.
What can an Instant Pot Do for Weight Loss?
The Instant Pot is an amazing kitchen tool. If you are new to the Instant Pot world, be sure to check out these posts that will help you get started and learn all the tips to using your Instant Pot with success:
Instant Pot: How to Get Started (get your machine out of the box and learn all the buttons)
The Instant Pot currently comes in 3 different sizes and all three are great for weight loss recipes. It’s mostly a matter of your family size, desire for left-overs, and personal preference.
Instant Pot 8 quart (note, this is the larger size)
Instant Pot 3 quart (this is the “”mini”)
Instant Pot 6 quart (standard size) – This is the pot I have and recommend. – NOTE – These have been out of stock for weeks and are currently back in stock on Amazon! This is a great time to purchase. Link here: Instant Pot 6 quart.
Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerInstant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
Think of the Instant Pot like your blender. You can use your blender to make healthy smoothies or you can use it to make margaritas. (Don’t get me wrong – I love a good margarita, but obviously in moderation.)
The Instant Pot is just like any other kitchen tool that can be used to make healthy, wholesome foods or it can be used to make high-calorie delicacies.
The Instant Pot stands above other kitchen tools, though, because pressure cooking imparts wonderful flavors and most of all saves you time. Below are specific, helpful ways to use your Instant Pot for weight loss.
How to Lose Weight with Your Instant Pot
Here are 4 key ways to use your Instant Pot for weight loss. This tool will be a huge asset along your journey to health.
- Plan ahead for when life gets busy.
- Eat at home more often.
- Make core, healthy foods to eat daily.
- Use healthier Instant Pot recipes.
1. Plan ahead for when life gets busy.
One of the top reasons people give for falling away from their healthy living and weight loss goals is that they are too busy. Believe me, friends, I get you! As a busy mom of 5 kids who works as a Family Advocate, is a pastor’s wife, and runs my own business, I understand your struggle when it comes to juggling busy schedules.
The Instant Pot is an amazing time saver. Yesterday I made a 14 bean soup with dry beans in one hour – no soaking the beans overnight, no pre-cooking. I have never been good at making dry beans, but these turned out perfect and taste amazing.
Still, there’s simply no question that healthy eating requires planning ahead. When I don’t have healthy options available, I tend to grab chips, crackers, or whatever else we have in the pantry. Yet when the house is loaded with tons of fresh fruit and vegetables and I have healthy meals planned, I’m way more likely to stick to my eating plan.
Click here for the The Holy Mess Grocery List and Meal Planner Printable to plan a week’s worth of healthy meals and snacks.
2. Eat at home.
Most of us know that we will save money and eat WAY healthier when we avoid the drive-through, take out, and restaurant foods. These are okay as a once in awhile treat, but it’s important to not rely on these high-fat, high-calorie foods on a regular basis. With the Instant Pot, you can have most meals ready in an hour or less, even if frozen or things like dry beans or rice.
Probably the biggest game changer for me when it comes to the Instant Pot is the fact that you can cook foods right from frozen. This is hugely different from the oven or crock pot. The first time I cooked a huge whole chicken from rock-solid-deep-freeze-frozen and had dinner on the table in a little over an hour, I was completely sold on the value of pressure cooking.
For many years I’ve been freezer cooking family meals. Once a month I cook enough dinners for the upcoming month and freeze them. The Instant Pot made that whole process even easier because the meals can be cooked from frozen. The key is to use round containers like these because you can pop the food right out and stick it directly into the Instant Pot – no thawing required.
When it comes to freezer menus, I’m a big fan of Once a Month Meals. They do all the planning, grocery lists, and prep instructions for you. I love it! Scroll down to the bottom of their website and sign up for the Once a Month Meals free Instant Pot or Diet mini-menu and give it a try.
3. Make core, healthy foods to eat daily.
The Instant Pot will be a huge help for you when it comes to making healthy foods as your go-to staples.
Here are some of the top foods to make in your Instant Pot to keep on hand as part of the core, healthy foods you eat on a regular basis:
- Instant Pot Greek Yogurt – Recipes abound but here is a good Instant Pot Greek Yogurt one to get started.
- Beans – Beans can be cooked from dry in less than an hour in the Instant Pot. Here is a basic Instant Pot black bean recipe.
- Hard boiled eggs – Many people use the 6-6-6 method for hard boiled eggs. Cook eggs (and 1 cup of water) for 6 minutes and allow to natural release for 6 minutes. Cool in an ice water bath for 6 minutes and you are ready to go. If you are going to chopping the eggs for a recipe like low fat chicken or egg salad, check out this awesome Instant Pot No Peel Hard Boiled Eggs hack.
- Whole grains – Quinoa, brown rice, wheat berries, and more. Here is a one minute quinoa recipe.
- Lean meats – Add pre-cooked chicken breast, pork tenderloin, or lean beef to salads, taco bowls, and more. Here is an easy shredded chicken recipe.
4. Use healthy Instant Pot recipes.
While there are certainly decadent Instant Pot recipes, did you know there are also healthier alternatives? That’s the awesome part of the Instant Pot being so popular – you can find recipes for so many wonderful foods that are also good for you.
Here is just a sampling of some healthier Instant Pot recipes that have been made successfully by people time and again.
As you can see, the Instant Pot is a wonderful device to support your weight loss efforts. I can’t wait to hear how you are using yours!
In the comments below, tell us your favorite Instant Pot recipes or some of the ways you use your Instant Pot to support your weight loss goals.
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