“You are what you eat” — how many times have you heard that said throughout your life? What may be considered to be a pretty fun statement as a child, or a way to help parents guide their children towards more healthy eating, it is completely true.
The food you put into your body is so important, as it is what gives you fuel for your entire day. If you are putting horrible gas that is full of bad chemicals into a car, your car is not going to work properly. The same can be said for your body, and that is why you have to give it what it needs to work.
These days we are under attack by so many unhealthy food options that may be convenient and cheap. Never before has food been so accessible to us, simply because of the rise of the internet. You can get a pizza delivered to your door at a cheap price, and you do not even have to get up off the couch. Food is so easy to get, and there is so much of it, and this can lead to a gradual weight gain.
So how can you, lose weight, and eat at home and keep the weight off? The only way is to have a full plan in place to accomplish the goals that you want. Today we are going to go through a meal prep plan that is going to help you obtain that goal of losing weight.
Meal Prep: How to Meal Prep for Weight Loss
The first thing that you need to do in order to know how to meal prep for weight loss is to plan ahead of time what you are going to eat. You need to know what you are eating and when, and follow that schedule. The easiest thing to do is either get a whiteboard and create a calendar for yourself with the seven days of the week. On each day, make subheadings for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks in between, so you can plan what you need to do. Meal prepping is going to save you a lot of time and also save you money.
Everyone’s bodies are different, depending on your height, your age, and your gender, so we recommend going to a doctor before you start this meal prep for weight loss and see what they recommend you do. They will tell you how many calories someone of your size should be eating per day and you can factor that into your weekly meal prep.
The key to the meal prep is portion size and not straying from it. As an example for breakfast, you would put “2 hardboiled eggs, 1 banana, and a piece of whole wheat bread with avocado.” For something like that you could boil the eggs the night before so they are ready for you, and then in the morning it is ready for you to eat.
Prepping lunches and dinners
While breakfasts are easier to make on the fly, lunches and dinners can be more complicated. Many people decide to do their meal prep for the week on Sunday night so that they can pack up sealed containers and make sure the meals are ready to go. We recommend trying to find healthy larger meals that you can make and set aside to eat during the week, or freeze portions of to save you time next week.
This is going to save you a lot of money, rather than eating out and it is also going to make the prep a lot easier. Look into recipes for larger stews, soups or chilli that are easy to make and will provide you a lot of protein and healthy nutrients to eat throughout the week. Cook a chicken or roast ahead and divide it into smaller portions to eat through the week.
A meal prep and plan is nothing if you do not follow it. Now we are not saying you can’t eat any guilty pleasure foods, just fit them in! On a Friday night, you can put “Ice cream for dessert” and that gives you something to look forward to. Eating guilty pleasure foods is all about moderation, and you do not have to completely cut everything out—that would be silly!
We wish you the very best in your weight loss journey, and want to remind you that you are never alone in this!