How to Meal Plan to Hit Your Fitness Goals
A while back, we talked about the role your diet plays in weight loss. (You can read that entry here). As the saying goes, “you can’t outrun your fork.” What you put into your body is just as important as the exercise routine you do each week. One of the best ways to stay on track with your food is to create an easy meal prep routine.
Meal planning doesn’t have to be difficult. By starting some easy meal prep habits, you can eat healthier, lose weight, and feel great.
5 Easy Meal Prep Tips
Make your meal prep and planning day the same each week. We suggest spending your Sunday planning meals, grocery shopping, and prepping those meals for the busy week ahead. Make a menu for your week, including three well-rounded meals and two healthy snacks per day. Take a look in your freezer and pantry to see what items you already have, and grocery shop for the rest.
You’ll spend the rest of your meal prep time portioning out foods, packing lunches, and doing the legwork to make healthy eating easy during the week. Think of your meal prep day as the time to get the hard work out of the way. Then, the rest of the week your meals will be planned, prepped, and ready to assemble.
Once you start a meal prep routine, stick to it!
Packing a lunch is one of the best ways to cut back on calories and keep to your healthy eating plan. Too often, we fail to plan and end up grabbing a quick lunch from a fast food restaurant.
As you meal prep, pack lunches for the entire week. Buy some pre-portioned containers to make lunch prep easier. This also helps you visualize your meal, so you can make sure you’re getting lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
No one likes to eat the same thing over and over. If you’re tired of flavorless salads and bland chicken breasts, do some research! The internet is full of healthy prepare-ahead recipes.
Why not try a few new ideas for lunch and dinner this week? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Meal prep day doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Involve your significant other, children, or friends in the process. Make it fun: turn on some music, break open a bottle of wine, and make it a prep party!
The more you get others involved, the more excited you’ll all be about eating better and sticking to a meal prep routine.
Slow cookers and pressure cookers are the ultimate easy meal prep tool. In one day, you can cook enough chicken, pork, or other protein to use throughout the week. Portion out your serving sizes, and add perfectly-cooked chicken to salads or other lunch recipes during the workday.
You can also use your meal prep day to put together “dump meals.” During the week, you’ll simply grab the dump meal, put it in the slow cooker or pressure cooker, and walk away. It’s an easy solution for those busy weeknight dinners.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. Using these easy meal prep tips, you can set yourself up for success.