What does meal prep have to do with losing weight? That’s a good question and the answer lies in the practice. In other words, the only true way to discover how valuable meal prep is to your weight loss program is to try it!
Meal prep takes a lot of planning. There’s laying out your menu plan for the week, there’s shopping, cooking, cleaning, and preparing veggies, fruit, carbs and proteins. Then the most crucial part – packing. Which sounds like a lot of work, but the time you save during the week cooking meals is well worth it.
Menu planning, meal prep and packing your meals go hand in hand when it comes to sticking to your nutrition goals. Packing your meals and taking them with you wherever you go, even if it’s to the mall for an hour or two, is the key to staying on track with your weight loss goals. Because more often than not, it’s when you’re away from home and feeling hungry that you’re gonna grab something quick (and unhealthy).
We have the packed lunch to thank for starting the tradition of prepped meals, so it’s a practice we all know well enough. If you can prep and pack your meals for lunch, then you can do the same for the rest of your meals. It’s really that simple.
5 Ways Meal Prep Can Help You Lose Weight
- Meal prep takes the guesswork out of what your next meal will be.
- Meal prep helps you control your portion sizes.
- Meal prep allows you to pack your meals when you’re on the go.
- Meal prep helps you eat healthy, balanced meals.
- Meal prep stops you from giving into temptations and fast food.
When your food is prepped and you have all your macronutrients covered, planning your meals is easy. All it requires you to do is weigh, measure and pack. That’s it! Two minutes to throw it together and you have a healthy meal ready to eat.
By tracking your macros and planning out your meals, you’ll get more familiar with healthy portion sizes and what a balanced meal looks like. By spacing those meals out and eating smaller meals more frequently every two to three hours means you’ll never go hungry. Keeping your body fueled helps stabilize your metabolism and regulate your blood sugar – two big factors in losing weight.
When you know you’re going to be away from home, pack your meals in your cooler bag so you can stay on track no matter where you are. You can prep your meals the night before or the next morning but never leave your house without packing a few meals and snacks. You never know what delays you’ll encounter and when you’re hungry, you’ll eat just about anything.
By using food containers and our new Bento Boxes, you can easily portion out your macros and keep your meals stored in the fridge ready to go whenever you need them. So not only are you saving yourself time by prepping your food ahead of time, you’re making it easier to stick to your diet and reach your weight loss goals. Meal prep means less stress and more time to enjoy your food.
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The Fitmark Team