Beginners Guide to Meal Prep

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

What is Meal Prep?

Meal prepping is preparing some or all of your meals ahead of time. It is a great tool to help achieve your fitness goals, for fat loss or building muscle. If you have a busy schedule Meal Prepping can make meal times a breeze.

Normally meals and snacks are planned, prepared and packaged for the week ahead with the intention of healthier and clean eating and can help with portion control. Without meal prep your chances of raiding the fridge to grab quick convenience food increase, especially when you are busy or get caught hungry.

I have meal prepped nearly every week for the last 2 years to help me achieve my weight loss and fitness goals. Using this tool has helped me lose over 40kg/85lbs/7 stone.

The important thing to remember is that meal prepping isn’t a one size fits all. It can vary from person to person depending on their goals. In essence it should be saving you time in the kitchen and should be helping you eat better each week.

Can Meal Prep help with weight loss?

In essence, yes preparing your meals ahead of time can help you lose weight but weight loss actually is calories in vs calories out. So if you are meal prepping a large dominos and a beer every night then I am sorry but you will not be losing any weight (unless your metabolism is a machine, then I am very jealous!). It’s a great way to curb craving and stop you raiding the fridge as soon as you get in because your meal is already all cooked and prepared.

Can Meal Prep help with save time?

Not only will Meal prepping save you time, it will also save you money and stress. The idea is that you set aside time & resources each week to plan and prepare all the meals for the week ahead. Personally for me I do this on a sunday, ready for the working week ahead. I like to make this as easy and painfree as possible so I normally opt for recipes that I can whack in the slow cooker so I don’t have to give my whole day to cooking. Once my meals are done I just pop them into containers and then into the fridge; done & dusted. This means I save time as I only have to do this once a week, instead of spending time cooking everyday.

Meal Prep – Where to start:

When you first start to meal prep, it can seem overwhelming having to plan and prepare a whole week of meals.

You might be better to start off preparing one meal for the week rather than all of them so you can ease yourself in slowly.

For example, if you are constantly running out the door not having time for breakfast and then end up splurging on a mcdonalds breakfast or snacks at the break van it might be better to start preparing breakfast to grab and go.

On the other hand if your always home late and never have the energy to make dinner and just want to relax, it would be better to make a delicious dinner for the week you can just re-heat and enjoy.

I hope this has been a good starting point for you to get you on board with Meal Prepping. It is a fantastic tool not only for weight loss but with overall health too, reducing stress, time and money spent on food.

Do you Meal Prep? What are your tips for beginners that you wish you had known when you first started? Let me know in the comments!

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