If you haven’t heard of meal prep before I’ll fill you in. Meal prep involves preparing all or most of your meals for the week in advance, so you don’t have to spend time during the week cooking each meal from scratch or grabbing last minute food from the store. It’s all been done in one session and now you can just grab and go. So here are six reasons why you should make meal prepping part of your weekly routine. I now prepare 10 full meals every Sunday and I think everyone should do it.
Why You Should Prep Your Meals
1. You Will Save Money
Buying each meal as you go, two chicken breasts, 1 lbs of meat or a small bag of mixed vegetables adds up. If you are smart buying 4.5 lbs of meat, a large pack of chicken and a huge bag of vegetables then this will save you money each week. Even if it’s only $5 a week, it’s worth bearing in mind that $5 every week adds up to $260 a year!
It also means you won’t have to buy lunch from the shop, which will always cost more than it costs for you to prepare a meal yourself.
2. You Will Stick To Your Diet
One of the main reasons we lose the willpower to keep to a healthy diet is inconvenience. We get home from work, we forgot to defrost something healthy, we don’t have the energy to cook and the pizza place delivers. When all of your meals are conveniently packed in containers in the fridge and are just 2 minutes in the microwave away you won’t feel the need to cheat or snack. All you have to do is heat up your pre-prepared meal.
You also will not want to waste food you have cooked, so even if you feel like cheating, you won’t want to throw food away for no reason, encouraging you to stick to your diet plan. This will keep you on track. Even if you go away from your plan for one day, then the next day you will get your healthy pre-made meals and go, you won’t just think “oh well this week is a bust” and continue with bad eating habits.
3. You Will Save Time
Once a week throwing some meat in a slow cooker or a pan and boiling some vegetables or rice is a lot less painful than every night measuring it out and deciding what to have. It’s just less stressful. The best day to do meal prep for most people is Sunday, when you usually have more time. You can cook everything and for the rest of the week you don’t even have to think about cooking, saving valuable time.
This time can be better spent going to the gym, going for a run or even staying an extra 30 minutes at work to progress further your job. Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are pretty productive guys right? They both wear the same thing every day. Zuckerberg only wears grey t-shirts and jeans, Jobs wore a black turtle neck and jeans with New Balance sneakers, why? Because they didn’t want to waste their time choosing what to wear each day. In the same respect you shouldn’t have to spend your time deciding what to eat every day three times a day. The decision has already been made and this gives you more time to spend on important things.
5. You Can Make Them Taste Great
When I cook it tends to be a mixture of cooked perfectly, over done or I need to put it back in the pan for a minute or two. So first off by cooking the food once I just need to cook it perfectly once. Secondly, I don’t know if you have ever eaten anything cooked in a slow cooker, but it is great! However, I don’t have 8 hours a day to wait on chicken cooking so by prepping many meals you get the awesome taste of slow cooked meats all week with just one actual session of cooking it.
You have the time to make your food taste great. Instead of rushing it, you can add spices and flavorful ingredients to make sure you enjoy your meals every night and it’s something to look forward too. Just make sure you’re keeping to your macros!
6. You Feel Like An Athlete
There is a difference between someone with a gym membership and someone who takes their health and fitness seriously. By taking this extra step you feel more like a serious athlete who is fueling for performance to achieve your goals. It doesn’t matter how hard you work out in the gym, if you don’t take your diet and nutrition seriously then you will never achieve your goals and aspirations.
Take Home Message
Preparing food in advance is a great way to stay, continue or enhance your fitness journey. You can spend your cooking time thinking about your week in a positive manner assessing days you’ll want more carbs or what days you’ll be in the gym and need extra healthy snacks or supplements to accompany your food. It just gets you in the right mindset for having a healthy and successful week.
So if you don’t own Tupperware already buy yourself a Klickbox and start prepping your meals!