The Nutrition Guys
Ways Meal Prep Can Benefit You
With everyone having such a busy life nowadays, it can be difficult to find time and energy to cook a proper meal in the evenings. This often means we turn to convenience foods that are not good for us, which negatively affect our energy, mood, and overall health and well-being.
To help ensure that you’re eating correctly despite having a busy life, try meal prepping. Meal prepping has many benefits; preparing your meals in advance enables you to save money and reduce food waste. In turn, this can help with weight control and give you a balanced diet, which then reduces your stress levels by not having to worry about rushing about cooking food last minute.
Gives You Total Control
By cooking your own meals or planning what you’re going to be eating in advance giving you total control of your food intake. From macro balance and calorie control, you’ll be able to limit unwanted ingredients like added sugar, salt and fats. If you’re also logging your food into an app like Fitbit or My Fitness Pal, then you can easily track what calories you’re eating, which will help your weight loss, weight gain or even maintenance.
It’s A Timesaver
Meal Prepping can often save you a lot of time when you commit to it, whether it’s pre chopping your ingredients or cooking your meals on a Sunday before the week ahead. You’ll be thankful you’ve taken the time to cook meals days before when you have a busy or long day at work. The time meal prepping will save you, will give you more time to go the gym or play with the kids or even enjoy a pamper evening.
Gain more willpower
By eating healthy meals consistently, your sugar cravings will gradually decrease and you won’t want fatty or sugary foods. Meal prepping gives you a routine to stick to and after a while, you’ll find that it becomes easier and part of your own routine.
Avoid Wasting Food
Meal prepping gives you a chance to cook the food you actually want to eat and when food shopping, you’re only buying the food you actually need. This stops you from worrying about the food in your fridge going to waste and not being eaten.
Helps You Save Money
With meal prepping, you’re only buying the food you need and there’s no need to just pop to the shop on your lunch break or after work. This helps you to save money because you’ve got food there to eat and you’ve spent the time making it, which helps you to avoid takeaways and fast food.
Meal prepping will take some time to get used to, especially when you’re doing it for the first time. However, you may find after some time that meal prepping becomes part of your routine and a habit you’re going to stick to. Everyone has their own way of perfecting it, you may find the best meals through trial and error, or you just cook your favourite ones. Over time you’ll find your favourite meals and the ones you find easier to do when you cook all your meals for the week.
If you’d like more information or advice on how to make meal prepping work for you, why not get in touch with The Nutrition Guys?