Meal prepping has fast become one of the most sought out practices for fitness-junkies everywhere. With links to healthier diets and a lowered risk of obesity, who can blame them? Find out the importance of meal prepping and how you can get on board this health craze.
You may be familiar with the phrase, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” But, have you ever thought about how this ancient proverb might relate to your fitness journey?
For many, the preparation of meals has been a pillar in reaching fitness goals. A recent French study published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity also found meal prep to be associated with a healthier diet and less obesity.
So, just why is meal prep so important and what can it do for you?
1. Save money and your waistline
People presume that eating healthy is expensive, but with meal prep, you can reap the benefits of a healthy diet and save money along the way. With meal prepping, you’ll buy food in bulk and take advantage of your freezer.
For example, don’t be scared of buying high volumes of chicken – you’ll be able to freeze it, defrost when needed and you may even secure it for a bargain price. Meal prep also eliminates the need to make last minute trips to the grocery store throughout the week.
So, what are you waiting for? Save costs and shrink your waistline!
Did you know that meal prepping could save you money?
2. Helps you to stay on track
When meal prepping, you’ll take the time to individually portion out ingredients for the week ahead. This will help you control exactly what and how much you’re eating, which is great for your nutrition goals. This method allows you to be precise about the amount of fats, protein, carbohydrates and overall calories you’re consuming. Portion control has long been linked to weight loss as it removes the need to question whether seconds are needed or how much should be eaten in the first place.
With your dishes divided into monitored portions, you’re less likely to binge and reach for seconds, as you won’t have the option to!
3. Less dishes and more time for yourself
Throughout your fitness journey, it can be hard to juggle work, the gym and finding the time to cook a delicious and nutritious meal. The last thing you want is to spend time every night cooking and cleaning. Thankfully, meal prep removes this arduous task and gives you the opportunity to cook the week’s meals in one day. Although it may seem like a long investment, once you’ve got your assembly line of ingredients ready to go, you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of the week – simply store and reheat when needed. Best part is, there’s only one load of dishes to worry about!
Many meal preppers choose to cook their weekly meals on a Sunday so that food will stay fresher for longer.
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