Importance of Meal Prep

Importance of Meal Prep

If you are anything like me, you hate to cook. But it is a necessary evil in order to hit your fitness goals and even surpass them. Not many people know the importance of meal prep or want to take the time to do so. But I will tell you from personal experience that meal prep would not only save you time in the long run but also save your wallet.

Why do it?

Meal prep is one of the most important parts of a successful nutrition plan or fitness goal. Have you ever been invited out by friends or family to a restaurant and they didn’t serve anything that you could eat? So you eat the foods that aren’t allowed on your diet and your progress stagnates or even worse, you lose your way and start binging. I know that feeling way to well!

In order to succeed, you must first plan out your day. If you already pack your meals and you are disciplined enough to say no when your co-workers order lunch, you will be on the right path. Now I am not saying that you can’t enjoy your food. It just takes time to develop meals and food that not only allow you to reach your goals but taste good as well! It has taken me a while to analyze what types of foods I like and create recipes that will allow me to stay on track. For example, if you are on the Ketogenic diet like I am, you can eat pretty much whatever you want with a few ingredient substitutions. If you do not know what the Ketogenic diet is, it is a nutrition plan that is very high in fat, very low in carbohydrates, and moderate in protein. That means that you cannot eat most foods that contain carbohydrates like breads, pastas, rice, etc. But let’s say you are craving pizza. On a Ketogenic diet, pizza isn’t allowed because of the carbohydrates contained in the dough. But with a few substitutions you can make your very own. By replacing the dough with almond and coconut flour, eggs, cheese, cream cheese, and some spices, you are able to make a keto friendly, low carb crust! Then you can top it with spaghetti sauce, cheese, and your toppings of choice. Maybe you like lasagna. You can substitute the pasta layers for eggplant or cooked shredded cheese and still be able to stick to your diet.

 

But you do have to ask yourself. How badly do you want it? How badly do you want to change? If you aren’t willing to sacrifice some things in your life, you’ll never achieve or get what you want. Many people want to make the excuse of ‘I don’t have the time’ or ‘I don’t know what to do’. If you are willing to change, then you will need to educate yourself and do things that you are afraid of. There is a great saying in Latin, audentes Fortuna iuvat. Which means ‘fortune favors the bold’. This doesn’t only apply to fitness, but it also applies to almost everything in life. Almost every person that is serious about their fitness goals are successful in other parts of their lives.

How will it save me money?

If you calculate how many times you eat out and how much money you spend on every meal, you would be surprised with how much money you would actually spend. If you went out to eat every weekend with your significant other and you spent $50 for dinner, that would be $25 for each person. But let’s say instead, you spend $50 a week on food to prep at home and that $50 allowed you to have 3 meals per day. If that is the case that would mean each meal would be $2.38 or $7.14 per day. In the scenario where you went out to eat with your wife or husband and spent $50, that is only one meal per day. You still have to account for the other meals you would have that day. Let’s say you went to two fast food restaurants and you spend $10. In the end, you would’ve spent $45 a day per person on food opposed to $7.14 by prepping your meals in advance. You can see how it can add up.

What if I don’t know what to do?

If you do not know where to go or what type of nutrition plan you should do, you should do some research. If you suffer from lack of energy or energy spikes, you could do the ketogenic diet like I do personally. Most people just think that ‘fat makes you fat’ which isn’t true. Fat as a macronutrient, is the most calorie dense. Which means that it has the highest potential energy versus that of carbohydrates and proteins. Because fat has more energy, you will notice more steady energy from a high fat diet versus energy spikes when you are on a typical low fat diet. Ignore all of the hype and media about fat clogging arteries or fat contributing to obesity. Everything you have been taught is a lie. The ketogenic diet has been used with cancer patients, people with mental disabilities, people with neurological conditions, and diabetics. If you don’t believe me, there are countless scientific articles that show higher fat loss with keto then with low fat.

What if you don’t know how to meal prep? Try the Ketogenic Cookbook. It contains more than 150 recipes that will allow you to stay on track with your goals and create dishes that are delicious and easy to make. Pair that with the Six Pack 6 Meal Bag and you can prep your food and bring them to work every morning.

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