I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to make two meals. I’ve shared before how I meal prep, but now that I’m trying to loose weight, I want to share with you how I meal prep for weight loss.
If you are are looking to create a healthier daily routine, meal prep will be the key to your success. Before you start meal planning, there are a few things you should to consider to make it as easy as you can.
How to Meal Prep For Weight Loss
Start with calories. There are a lot of online tools that you can use including My Fitness Pal that will help you track calories and assist you with creating a meal plan. When you come up with your recommended daily calorie intake, you can start researching meals that would fit within these requirements. This will ensure that you make the right meal plans to go with your diet and not against it.
Consider your activity level. Your daily meals will look different if you are active. If you want to reduce your caloric intake and start working out, this will come into play with your weekly plan. For example, if you want to burn 300 or more calories a day, you can schedule in a daily run to fit that goal. You will then to adjust your meal plan to make sure that you are getting enough energy from your diet. A low carb diet may drain you if you are extremely active. Talk to your doctor if you need additional insight.
Don’t forget the extras. Meal planning is often regarded as just for dinnertime. However, you should meal plan all of your meals to make it easier on you and your family. Plan extra snacks if needed, add smoothie ingredients to your shopping list, and have quick protein fixes on hand for additional energy if needed.
Make it easy with containers. These are going to make this as seamless a process as possible. These containers from Amazon have compartments for all of your meal essentials, and they are microwavable and reusable. These one compartment containers are good for salads and other easy “one pot” dishes.
Don’t forget containers for sauces that you can take on the go too. This will make it easy to stay on track and not be tempted to cheat on your plan.
Another option is to try the 21 Day Fix which includes a workout plan and a simple to follow container system. You are allotted a certain amount of containers per day to help you stay on track. You can plan your proteins, vegetables, fruit, and fats in these containers.
Schedule it. Use your Google Calendar or paper planner to set aside time for a meal prep day. If you are doing this monthly or weekly, consider that as you block off time in your day. If you meal planning monthly, I would recommend an entire day to get everything organized. You can meal plan for a week in much less time.
The goal should be to offer a stress-free solution to busy weeknights and watch your calorie intake. You may need to change your system over time, but this will help get you started.
Hopefully these tips will help!