Far too often we think of our fitness goals in the physical sense, when in actuality the physical portion of the pie may just be the smallest piece. Here in lies meal prep.
Throughout my time as a personal trainer, I have realized that clients are more often than not committed to the training aspect of their fitness journey no matter how tough that road may be. Nutrition on the other hand presents a far greater hurdle.
And that comes as no surprise. Food has become a key component throughout our favorite parts of American culture. Whether at holidays, sporting events, birthdays or any other celebration, food is the cornerstone. Typically, it isn’t the healthiest cornerstone either. We’ve grown up thinking hot dogs, hamburgers, cake, beer and many other foods are normal and harmless. Recent and emerging studies show this isn’t the case.
That being said, to get the best results from each training session requires one to be conscious of everything they put into their body. And the best way to always be in control of this is through meal prep.
Whether you are on the keto, low-carb or paleo diets—or simply trying intermittent fasting—meal prep will absolutely help you stay consistent and find what you are looking for.
When preparing for my first physique bodybuilding show, preparation was a must for me. I placed 4th in my first show, and without meal prep I wouldn’t have even been able to compete, let alone do as well as I did.
Benefits of meal prep
- Less headache, more time: A couple hours of prep time will save you a ton of time during the week! I cannot emphasize this enough. The time you will save not having to cook food throughout the week will feel great, I guarantee it. And less time spent cooking allows you to squeeze in a few quick sessions at the gym more easily.
- Save money!: Doesn’t everyone want to save money? Meal prepping helps avoid unexpected temptation of eating out, which means some extra money in your pocket. While a great workout doesn’t have to cost anything, it never hurts to try out a new class or use the extra money for a great new pair of kicks to get you there.