Meal prep isn’t just about eating healthy, it’s also about making life easier. When your food is prepped and ready to go, all you have to do is grab it, pack it in your meal prep bag, and you’re out the door. Nothing could be simpler. Meal prep doesn’t have to be complicated either. In just six simple steps you can be prepping your way to a slimmer waistline and a healthier lifestyle. We’re going to show you how.
6 Steps To Meal Prep
- Define your fitness goals.
- Create a shopping list based on your fitness goals.
- Track everything you eat.
- Count macronutrients not calories.
- Cook your food in batches.
- Weigh and measure your food.
Step 1: Define Your Fitness Goals
Whether you want to lose weight or you’re looking to build muscle, you need a goal so you know how much food you need to eat every day. This will help you plan out your meals for the week ahead. When you know what you’re eating at each meal, you’re more likely to stay on track.
Step 2: Create A Shopping List
Before you go shopping, make sure you have a list of everything you need, so you don’t forget anything. Having a shopping list will keep you out of the junk food aisle and stop you from giving into temptation.
Step 3: Track Everything You Eat
When you account for everything you’re eating with the help of a fitness tracker, you’ll have an easier time of sticking to your fitness goals. Tracking every meal also helps to keep your diet balanced, so you’re fueling your body with a steady flow of nutrients throughout the day. Eating smaller meals every 2-4 hours helps regulate blood sugar and that’s good for fat loss.
We’ve talked about counting your macros over calories before and how important it is to know your macronutrients. Your meals should be a healthy balance of carbs, fats, and proteins, so you’re getting the best of everything each time you eat. Counting macronutrients (carbs, fats, and proteins), is a flexible way of dieting that can adapt to any lifestyle. Knowing your macros will also help you design healthy, balanced meals. It takes the guesswork out of your nutrition needs.
Step 5: Cook Your Food In Batches
So, you have your carbs, your fats, and your proteins, now you want to cook them so you’re all ready for the week ahead. Meats and fish can be baked together on a cooking sheet in the oven. Veggies can be steamed, grilled, or roasted in bulk, together with your carbs. This is the essence of meal prep. Once you have everything prepared, you can put your meals together quickly and easily, saving you time during the week.
Step 6: Weigh & Measure Your Food
Don’t leave anything to chance. Weigh and measure everything you eat. Weighing solid food is much more accurate than using a measuring cup, and will be easier to track.
Meal prep doesn’t have to be tricky or time-consuming. It only takes a couple of hours a week to shop for and prepare your food, and it will save you loads of time during the week. Not only that, it’s the proven method of keeping you on track with your fitness goals. So let’s get prepping!