Are you struggling to keep up with your healthy eating routine alongside your busy lifestyle? The key to stopping bad eating habits and keeping on track with your diet is simple. Meal prepping.
Here are 5 benefits of meal prep.
1. Time management
Let’s face it, we don’t all have extra time in the morning to make a nutritious breakfast, and how often does it get to 7pm and you’re hungry so end up going to the drive-through? Sometimes the quickest option is to grab a high fat, calorie-dense fast food meal when you’re in a hurry. By spending a few hours on a Sunday, preparing your breakfast, dinner or both for the upcoming week, you can guarantee that you have healthy food options available to you. In the morning you can have breakfast ready to grab and go, and skip on those sugary cereal bars and at dinner time, meal prepping is like creating your own healthy microwave meals, they are easy to heat up, and you know exactly what’s in them. Meal prepping means the time you would spend deciding what to eat, sourcing your ingredients and cooking every day, is already done for you, so you can guarantee you are still eating healthily, even though you have a busy lifestyle.
2. Save money
One of the most common misconceptions is that buying fast food on the go is cheaper than cooking healthily from scratch. Meal prepping ahead of time is going to save you money. You can decide on your recipes based on price and how much you want to spend per portion, if you are prepping the same meal for 5 days a week, buying in bulk is going to save you a huge chunk of money. You are also likely to be saving money because you aren’t ordering out every lunch. Grabbing food on the go is often cheap if you are buying unhealthy fast food, but good quality healthy food to go is often much more overpriced than it would be if you make it yourself. Lose weight instead of your money out of your wallet.
3. Achieve your fitness goals.
Fitness trackers are a great way to track your calories, macros, and intake. The problem comes when putting together a quick unplanned meal, or buying food out, it is hard to determine what nutritional amount is in each meal. We’ve all been there, searching on a calorie tracking app and not finding the exact meal we have bought, so having to do guesswork. Meal prepping can help you achieve your daily goals as you are in control of exactly what goes into your meals. By having your meals measured and counted in advance it makes tracking your food intake so much easier.
4. Mental focus
If you want to succeed, especially when it comes to fitness and nutrition, you need the mental focus and will power. If you’re not mentally prepared to put in the hard work, you aren’t going to reach your goal. By spending a few hours meal prepping and planning your nutritional intake for the entire week, you are mentally preparing yourself for the week ahead. Deciding what you are going to eat, and when you are going to eat it are tasks that have already been completed so you can put that energy elsewhere. The key to long term progress is always consistency, and meal prepping is the way to add that consistency to your diet every week.
5. Eliminate waste
We all want to do our bit for the environment. Once you have established your meal-prep routine, you’ll know exactly how much of each ingredient you need so you can buy the exact amount for your recipes, which cuts down on food waste. You’ll never again have to witness your fruits and vegetables going moldy, and being thrown in the bin before you’ve had time to eat them. Meal prepping is also a great way to save dishes. You cook once a week and after that, all you have to worry about is a few pieces of Tupperware every day. Not only that, it is helping stop the use of nasty non-recyclable packaging that is on so many ‘on the go’ foods you can buy.