I am sure this day has come to many of us on more then one occasion. Not specifically to loose weight, maybe its to put on some muscle, maybe its to run a 5K, maybe its to just be a better you! Whatever it is, you have conquered the first step, which is setting your goal!
One of the most overlooked aspects of setting a goal is the importance of meal prep. You are going to need to fuel your body correctly and efficiently to reach that goal you have in mind.
"Fail to plan, plan to fail", there is no other saying that nails it on the head!
Why you may ask?
Its quite simple really. Life always throws curveballs, unexpected things happen and when the most important aspect is cleaning up your eating habits and correcting them to reach your goals, being prepped with your meals allows you to be flexible but still allowing you to eat correctly!
The average person takes about 1-2 hours to prep a day to eat healthy anything less means you are probably eating extremely bad or leaning on fast food to get you through the day. Who really has 1-2 hours or more a day to prep with our hectic lives anyways?
Prep allows you to control the portion sizes, ingredients and of course options. It also allows you to stick to your goal and avoid the temptations that surround us daily whether it is the left over desserts or donuts in the break room, vending machines or small pieces of chocolate you have at your desk.
I have been on both ends of the spectrum. In truth, I was completely against prepping anything, why did I really need to. I thought I was eating correctly and just winging my meals, but change just wasn't happening the way I wanted, especially as I was getting older.
Although my goals were different then most it was still a goal and the bottom line was I needed to prep to feed my body throughout the day correctly if I wanted change, there was no other way.
Its been 3 years since I started the prep process and even though I will not be competing on the stage any time soon I am competing with life and my health. I will always have goals and in order to reach them, my prep has to be on point.
Don't get me wrong, I am a regimented person who is constantly driven to be better then I was a day ago, but I will let loose more then you may think, its life and I do not have a problem with that. In the end I know that its only temporary and I am just human!
The process for me is usually on Sundays, that will be the day that I will space out all my meals for the week. I typically eat 6-7 meals a day based on my caloric needs spaced out every 2-3 hours. Reason being is it keeps my metabolism running on all cylinders, fuels my body for my goals while burning all the food I consume.
I know a lot of people may not have the flexibility that I have sitting at an office, but there has been innovative inventions made to make things easier to travel with food. My go to is my six pack bag that allows me to carry 3 or 5 meals, with other compartments for water, shakers and any other items you need to bring with you anywhere.
Prep may be a handful the first one or two times you attack it, but it will be much easier to do once you have a good plan down!
You will be amazed the results you will see. Don't let your goal go to waste, prep will always be king if you truly want change!
Email me if you have any questions on this topic....