» Everywhere you look you see plans to get you “skinny just in time for the beach,” or programs that promise you a “beach body by summer.” These are usually crash diets and extreme exercise programs that are not conducive to a healthy lifestyle, and often incredibly unsafe after a month or two.
» The first step is getting yourself A Sam’s Club, or Costco membership because we are going to talk about the importance of buying in bulk.
» When meal prepping for weight loss, it's a good idea to always buy in bulk to save money on the food you will prepare. You don’t need to worry about buying too much since you will prepare everything ahead of time and store the rest in a fridge or freezer until you’re ready for more prepping. That’s why a big box store membership will go a LONG WAY to save you money on meal prep, especially when it comes to meat.
» Another little tip on deciding what to prep is: Don’t make it harder on yourself by getting too adventurous right off the bat; trying new recipes can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming to try to make enough for an entire week. Also, don’t make foods you don’t like because you WON’T EAT IT! I don’t care who told you that food would make you insta-skinny. That won’t change how it tastes.
» Now let’s talk about the importance of a grocery list. Making a detailed list and STICKING TO IT will keep you on track and prevent you from getting things you don’t need or didn’t plan. If you are meal prepping for an entire week, making a grocery list is essential to your success. When in doubt, remember the “Big Three” when meal prepping:
» Now that you’re home from the store and done meal planning, it’s time to get meal prepping. When figuring out portion size, let your hand be your guide. For protein, women should have one palm sized serving whereas men should have two. For carbs, women should have one cupped hand sized serving of carbs and men should have two. As for veggies, one-fist sized serving for women is recommended whereas men should have at least two.
» The secret key of meal prepping is INDIVIDUAL STORAGE, meaning each meals gets portioned into its own container. Don’t get lazy and store your food in one container and think you can take one meal every day. This leads to overeating and just plain giving up.