As a community I feel we’re becoming smarter and smarter about working out. Social sources like Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook seem to be exposing us all to SUPER valuable information and also really seem to be making exercising “cool” again.
On the other side of the “cool” stuff is something that we often forget about OR just completely ignore.
A clean diet.
Yeah that’s not the fun stuff, BUT it’s the most important stuff. If you don’t make changes to a bad diet you can expect to see little or no changes no matter how hard you workout.
So how do we make better choices? Do we just like… eat a bunch of chicken breasts? Well, you can but it doesn’t have to be that boring.
To cut to the chase you have to do something called meal prep. Meal prepping is the key to weight loss ESPECIALLY when you lead a busy life - and let’s face it, we’re all pretty busy.
When you meal prep you’re just preparing all of your meals for the week AHEAD of time.
This is a HUGE time saver and a HUGE help in controlling junk food urges.
The idea is that if you have healthy food readily available, you’re going to choose that healthy food over you know… Whataburger or Sonic (not that I have anything against Whataburger, I love it actually).
So if we continually make better food choices we will ultimately see more results.
First, pick out a day to prep everything.
International prep day is Sunday so if you’d like to join in on that you can.
Usually reserve about two hours to complete everything.
Next, figure out how much food you’ll need for each meal so you don’t buy too much or too little of something.
I start by looking at my day.
In order to make it through each day I need:
Now what you're probably thinking is "man that's boring" or "man he really likes sweet potatoes" which yes, I do. But I'm keeping this simple so things don't get too confusing.
In terms of what I need to buy at the grocery store, all I need is:
In even simpler form:
That could get you from Monday to Friday. I leave Saturdays and Sundays open because we typically like to make fresh cooked healthy meals.
This is the fun part. Don't look at cooking as a chore. Treat it as a milestone in your week.
That being said, you don't want meal prep to last forever.
I've found that my favorite way to cook my food is primarily on the grill. But you can choose your favorite method of cooking.
veggies and potatoes cook very easily in either a steamer or in the microwave.
This is kind of a no brainer but I feel it’s worth mentioning.
Life is much easier when each of your meals are pre measured into individual Tupperware containers.
So all you would need for the week is 15 stackable Tupperware containers.
The most important idea to hold onto from all of this is that this process needs to be repeated week by week. Stay in it for the long haul and I promise you'll love the results you see.
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