The importance of meal prep
If meal prep is done right, it can help free up a good couple of hours a week and can also make chasing your weight loss goals a lot easier.
In order to make meal prep a success, some structure is needed.
Here are 8 great tips to help you with your meal prep:
1. Don’t be lazy
Get up and do your meal prep. It might feel like a lot of work now, but you will thank yourself tomorrow – and the rest of the week.
2. Go to the shop prepared
Make sure that you have a clear-cut list of what you need. Don’t forget to buy everything that is on your list and don’t buy anything that’s not on your list.
3. Simplify cooking
Read through your recipe before you start. This will help you plan how to make the most effective use of your time, with the least effort and the least dishes.
4. Prepare your meals ahead of time
Where possible, prepare the entire meal and store it in the needed portions. Otherwise, prepare all the parts that can be prepared in order to make it easier when it comes to eating the meal.
5. Keep the fridge clean
Make sure that you don’t have other unnecessary leftovers or food in the fridge. Especially unhealthy food… This makes it easier to avoid clutter and just focus on what you have prepared.
6. Include everybody in the plan
Make sure everybody in the house is on the same page. This can help you avoid eating each other’s food and make sure that everyone is happy with what’s on the menu. This is especially important when you have young children or picky eaters.
7. Prepare for Distractions
Distractions happen. Think of it this way… You are spending one hour to prepare food for 5 days. That means you save 4 hours per week with meal prep. However, if you don’t focus and dedicate this hour to your meal prep, it might take you 5 hours to get it done in any case!
8. Don’t be too hard on yourself
While meal prep is there to help add structure and ease your lifestyle, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right all the time. Just don’t start making up excuses to avoid meal prep and get takeout.
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