Eating right and eating right consistently is THE most challenging thing to do when trying to lose weight. A workout can be done in only 30 minutes, yet eating healthy is something you need to do for the entire day. And, unfortunately, eating healthy is MORE important than exercising. By eating the right foods, at the right amount, you will be losing weight like a pro. The best way to eat right is to prepare your meals ahead of time.
Here are 10 tips you can start using every day to help you reach your weight loss goals by preparing your meals ahead of time… These 10 Secret Meal Prep Tips will make sure you’re eating healthy everyday!
1. Make a Plan
Make a list of your favorite healthy foods, choose simple recipes that can be made quickly or in bulk, and decide what you’ll eat for every snack and meal (Check this out: Your Nutrition Plan To Weight Loss Without The Gimmicks!). This step will get easier and faster with practice. Pro Tip: Save your plan for a future week. Once you have a few meal prep menus in your arsenal, you can rotate them to keep things interesting.
2. Stick to Your Grocery List
Don’t let junk food sneak into your shopping cart. Not having it in the house means not having to use your willpower to avoid it. Want to make an impulse purchase? If you can find a way to fit it into your eating plan for the week, go for it. Just keep these to a minimum so nothing goes to waste. By sticking to your list and by minimizing the impulse buys, you’ll help yourself save money.
3. Don’t Forget About Shakeology
Shakeology is the healthiest meal of the day. While other shakes on the market use artificial ingredients and chemicals to make you feel full, Shakeology uses only whole food ingredients that will have you feeling full AND will help with your over all health. Shakeology has helped people gain more energy, lose weight faster, and gotten people off of high blood pressure medications and high cholesterol medications. Check this out: Shakeology Review: Complete Guide
When you’re cooking everything for the week at once, it’s important to keep things simple. Save time by choosing snacks that don’t require a lot of time to put together. Fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and pre-cut veggies with prepared hummus are great choices.
5. Cook Foods All at Once
Roasting vegetables, sweet potatoes, and even chicken breasts all at once will save you time, and cut down on your utility bill. Imagine…all of your side dishes for the week…ready in about 30 minutes!
6. Look for Shortcuts
Buy pre-cut veggies and fruits, cooked lentils, or rotisserie chicken. Tuna is an an easy no-cook protein to add to salads or snacks. Already have your oven on to roast veggies? Why not try this tip for cooking a dozen eggs at once? Preheat your oven to 325°F, then put your eggs in a muffin tin and bake them for 30 minutes. Then carefully remove them and plunge the eggs into a bowl of ice water until cool.
7. Get on the Mason Jar Salad Bandwagon
Mason jar salads are the darlings of Pinterest and Instagram because they’re pretty, but they’re also very practical. They cost about a dollar a piece, are microwave safe (just remember to remove the lid), and can be used for so many different types of meals. Their vertical shape makes them especially nice for storing salads. Since the dressing is at the bottom of the jar, and the greens are at the top, nothing gets soggy!
8. Mix Things Up
It can be tempting to just eat the same meals every day, but you’ll eventually get bored. It’s recommended that you at least have two lunch options and two dinner options. This can be as simple as choosing different proteins for your salads each day, or eating chicken with vegetables three nights of the week, and fish or tofu with vegetables the other two. Once you get the hang of it you can get more creative with your recipes.
9. Invest in Food Storage Containers
A small investment in food containers of various sizes to suit your needs will make a world of difference. It’s a good idea to choose one container type and buy several that stack and store neatly. If you choose plastic containers, make sure they are BPA-free and that they won’t melt in the microwave or dishwasher. Sturdy Pyrex dishes with lids are also great as are Mason jars. If you decide to go all-in on the meal prep lifestyle, you might want to think about getting an insulated bag to carry your meals everywhere you go.
10. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
All of this meal prep is for a purpose…to help you reach your health and fitness goals. When clean eating is as simple as reaching into the fridge for your lunch or dinner, you’ll be less tempted to stop for fast food or order takeout. Whether you do your meal prep for the week all ahead of time or just a few days at a time, doing so will help you stick to your meal plan and give you even more time to work out!
Not sure if meal planning really works? The 21 Day Fix program is all about simple meal planning by using color coded, portion control containers. There’s NO calorie counting and NO keeping track of fats, proteins, and carbs. By following the simple 21 Day Fix meal plan, many have lost anywhere from 8 to 15 pounds in only 21 days! Flip through the kind of results people are getting below:
Patricia Loves the Person She Sees in the Mirror! She Lost 7.4 LBS
Samantha Wanted a Quick & Healthy Way to Lose Weight. She Lost 12.4 LBS
Laura Lost 15.6 LBS & Got Into Her Skinny Jeans
Jamie Found It Easier Than She Thought to Lose 15 LBS
Kristy Lost 24 LBS & Transformed Her Life
Amy Gained Energy & Lost 17.6 LBS
Giselle Got the Body She Desired! She Lost 18 LBS.
Kimberly Now Cooks Different For Her Family. She Lost 15 LBS
Kaylee Didn't Deprive Herself From the Food She Enjoys & Lost 15 LBS
Meskerem Gained New Confidence to Live Life & Lost 18 LBS
Devon Lost 50 LBS & Completely Changed Her Life Around
Ruth Thought Her Only Option Was Surgery. She Lost 33 LBS
Jenna Has More Energy & Lost 17 LBS
Rondi Can Now Keep Up with Her Kids. She Lost 21 LBS
Catherine Had Trouble Losing Weight Until Now. Lost 45 LBS
Cynthia Thought She Had No Time To Workout with 3 Kids. She 27 LBS
Heather is a Happier Mom & Wife. She Lost 21.4 LBS