3 Benefits to Meal Planning
By: Jenn Moss
They say that abs are made in the kitchen. Meaning, you can work out all you want, but if you are not eating well, you will not make progress as quickly or at all. It can be tough for people who are very busy to be in control of what they are eating, often resorting to unhealthy food on the go. That is where the importance of meal prepping comes in handy.
Here are some of the great benefits:
1. Helps Fend Off Cravings for Sugary Foods
Having meals prepped and ready to go make it easy to grab when you are feeling like your blood sugar levels are dipping. By eating a balanced meal that is full of great macronutrients, you can help keep your body in a homeostatic rhythm, making you less likely to reach for those sugary foods that you crave to amp up your sugar levels.
2. Saves You Time
Cooking dinner each night can take about a half-hour every day. This can easily add up and take up your precious non-working time. By preparing your meals in advance, it saves you lots of time during the week. Pick one or two days out of the week to prep your breakfast, lunch, and dinners, and you will find that it is much easier to stick to a clean eating lifestyle.
3. Control Over Ingredients
The majority of us love being in control, and meal prepping is full of it. You get to decide what meals you have that week, add fresh ingredients and can limit any unwanted sugars, fats, or salts. When you go out to eat or take food to go, you do not have this option. Additionally, by making all your food, you are better able to gauge the number of calories and macronutrients it contains, helping you stay on board with your weight loss/management and fitness goals.
Meal planning is a great habit to get into to help make your goals more attainable. If prepping full meals is a little bit too much, you might consider simply chopping up the ingredients ahead of time, making it easy to grab. Planning ahead of time sets you up for more success during the week.