One of the main reasons people struggle to achieve their fitness goals is that they expect to find time to exercise and to eat well instead of realising that they have to make the time. Maybe you work full-time, study full-time or have other responsibilities (such as children, social engagements, a job that requires a lot of travel, working late night shifts, a lot of assignments, etc). I am by no means suggesting that these are bad excuses, on the contrary because I believe in their validity I want to provide a few tips which can help even the busiest person make time for meal prepping.
Regardless of the approach you take to nutrition there are loads of benefits of prepping meals. Including ensuring that you stay on track of you nutrition by avoiding making convenient and less nutritious choices at lunch time. Having meals prepped and taking them into work with you will also save you money.
I am by no means a meal prep expert and I am not suggesting that your approach to meal prep should be the same as mine. My intent in sharing it with you guys is that you may find it a helpful guide if you are struggling in this area.
- Plan your meals in advance: To help make life easier when you have some free time write-up a list of foods to eat during the week. If you track macros and can use an app such as my fitness pal or if you prefer taking an intuitive eating approach you can either type up a list or go old school and put pen to paper.
- Prep meals for two days: I find that when you prep meals for the whole week by the time you get to day 4 it tastes foul. I find that preparing meals for every two days ensures that food stays fresh and tasty. Prepping meals this way also means not spending hours in the kitchen. Another thing you can do as well is to double up on your dinner and take the second portion into work/uni with you as your lunch.
- Eat foods you like: I know that this point sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many times people eat foods they don’t like because they are labeled “superfoods” or “fat-burning.” Long story short these labels are just that, labels. If you don’t like what you have packed to eat you are less likely to stick to your nutrition in the long-term.
- Keep things simple: We often try to over complicate things. Keep your meals simple, there is no need to try to be Gordan Ramsey and create dishes that take you hours (which means you’ll be unlikely to keep prepping in the long-term).
Hope these tips help.