Many of us aspire to live a healthy lifestyle, to feel fit and energized. But let’s face it, life can be busy! While setting goals to eat healthy may be easy, following through with those goals and staying consistent can be tricky.
If you’re tired of ordering junk food out of impulse, spending too much money at restaurants, and not reaching your fitness goals, get ready to meet your new best friend: meal prep!
Meal prep is the act of planning, preparing, and packaging your meals and snacks in advance. This is typically done for a fullweek, with the intention of clean eating and portion control. This can be a huge asset that helps many people reach their health and fitness goals.
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to meal prep, as it’s all about what works for you personally. However the ultimate goal is to save time in the kitchen and to have access to healthy meals during the week. Some people find they like to prepare their breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week, while others will only prep one meal for each day.
So set aside some time for initial planning and cooking, and you will be amazed at the many benefits meal prep has to offer. If you still aren’t convinced there here are some reasons why you should meal prep:
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive if you plan in advance! Buy things in bulk, and don’t forget to take advantage of your freezer. By planning your meals in advance, you will know exactly what you need to buy, instead of going to the store a few times each week to pick up last minute ingredients. You will also be freed from buying pricey meals at lunchtime.
Assist in Weight Loss
Planning your meals in advance is key to weight loss as you know exactly what you are putting into your body, and how much. A weekly meal prep routine allows you to control how many calories you are inputting everyday. This is the perfect recipe for weight loss.
You will learn the art of portion control
The beauty of meal prep is that it teaches you about balance as well as meal portions. Packing your meals in containers keeps you you from being able to reach for more. If you want to lose weight and consume the right amount of nutrients, portion control is vital. You can still treat yourself from time to time, but monitoring how much you eat is an important factor.
You won’t waste food
Have you ever had to throw away produce that went bad before you had a chance to eat it? It’s not a good feeling. When you meal prep, you are utilizing all of your ingredients for the week. If done correctly then it is very unlikely that you will have any left overs.
It will reduce stress
Stress can affect your immune system, cause digestive issues, and disrupt your sleeping patterns. Coming home from work and trying to come up with a plan for dinner can be stressful. Not with meal prep! You can say goodbye to the “what’s for dinner” stress and relax knowing that your meal just needs to be heated up!
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