[Meal prep is the act of planning, preparing, and packaging your meals and snacks in advance, typically for the upcoming week, with the intention of clean eating and portion control. It is the key that helps many people reach their health and fitness goals.]

There is no right or wrong way to meal prep. It’s all about what works for you personally. The ultimate goal is to save time in the kitchen and to have access to healthy meals for the rest of the week. Some people find they like to prepare their breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next five or seven days, while others will only prep one meal for each day.

1. Meal prep helps save money

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive if you plan ahead. By planning your meals in advance, you will know exactly what you need to buy instead of going to the store a few times each week to pick up last minute ingredients. You will also be freed from buying pricey meals during lunch break.

There is no right or wrong way to meal prep. It’s all about what works for you personally.
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The best way to take advantage of this benefit is to buy food in bulk. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of your freezer. 

2. Weight loss goals can be achieved faster

Planning your meals is key to weight maintenance, weight loss, getting gains. With meal prep, you already know exactly what you are putting into your body, everyday. You know the ingredients, nutrients, and the total number of macros and calories in one meal. A weekly meal prep routine allows you to control how much you are actually eating everyday, which is the very essence of an effective weight loss menu.

A weekly meal prep routine allows you to control how much you are actually eating everyday, which is the very essence of an effective weight loss menu.
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3. Grocery shopping will become easier

Knowing exactly what you will eat for the next few days will make it easier for you to buy what you need in the supermarket. At the very least, you won’t be finding yourself wandering aimlessly around the aisles. Show up prepared with a list and divide it into categories such as fruits, vegetables, protein, frozen foods, dairy, grains, and fats. Meal prep can also help you avoid the aisles you don’t need to be in, such as aisles showcasing foods that trigger unnecessary cravings.

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4. You will learn the art of portion control

The beauty of meal prep is that it teaches you balance. Packing your meals in containers helps keep you from reaching for more food. If you want to lose weight and consume the right amount of nutrients, portion control is vital. You can still treat yourself from time to time, but monitoring how much you eat is an important factor.

As you get into the swing of consistently eating healthy and meal prepping, you’ll gradually stop craving sweets and other unhealthy food
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Meal prep and planning also offers the psychological benefits of not seeing an overabundance of food on your table. When you don’t see a lot of food around you, you won’t fall prey to cravings.

5. You'll be less wasteful

When you take advantage of meal prep, you utilize all your ingredients for the week, making leftovers unlikely if you plan correctly. Since you’re buying just enough, food waste should be minimal, if you have any at all.

6. You'll save so much time

When starting out, you’ll need some time to plan your meals and cook them, but in the end you save time. Think about how much time people normally waste standing in front of the refrigerator, trying to figure out what to eat. Once meals are prepared ahead of time, all you need to do is take them out of the fridge and heat them up. 

The time you save from not having to worry about what to eat today or tomorrow will add up. Saving five minutes in one day isn’t much, but 35 minutes saved in a week is great.

7. Meal prep is an investment in short and long term health

The best part about meal prep is that you get to choose ahead of time what you will be eating. People who do this eat cleaner than those who don’t with ease. 

You won’t be scrambling to find something to eat, running the risk of unhealthy options, because your meal is already prepared ahead of time. And chances are, it’s healthier than what you would’ve had if you made a last minute impulse choice.  

Good nutrition won’t contribute to just a smaller waistline, but also to long-term health and wellness.

8. You'll gain more willpower

As you get into the swing of consistently eating healthy and meal prepping, you’ll gradually stop craving sweets and other unhealthy foods. Keeping a routine in place is key, and you’ll find it becomes easier to turn down the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating the longer you commit to meal prepping.

9. Meal prep can reduce stress

Stress can affect your immune system, cause digestive issues, and disrupt your sleeping patterns. Coming home from work and trying to come up with a plan for dinner can be stressful. However, meal prepping can remove all of the burdens of thinking about what to eat. Say goodbye to the “what’s for dinner” stress and relax knowing that your meal just needs to be heated up.

10. Meal prep can bring variety to your meals

If you’re able to put thought into your meals ahead of time, it becomes easier to choose your  food categories (protein, fat, grains, vegetables, etc.) and get the variety needed to properly fuel your body. Try mixing up your meals every week so you’re not limited to just the basics. Having variety can reduce the likelihood of craving for something new which can ruin your otherwise spotless diet.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to achieve a meal prep routine. Everyone has their own way of doing it and through trial and error you’ll realize what works and what doesn’t.

Key Takeaways
  • Meal prepping is a convenient way of saving time and money.
  • Preparing your meals ensures you know what goes inside your body every day.
  • There are multiple health benefits to meal prepping, including weight loss.
  • There is no right or wrong when it comes to meal prep.