Healthy Eating|How to meal prep to improve fitness

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When I first started to workout and watch my eating, I thought of “meal prepping” as the ultimate body-builder tool to gain extreme muscle and quite frankly, not tasting very good. However within the last year I have been learning that “meal prepping” is just simply a term for portioning out your food and making lots of it to last you throughout the week. This way, you know exactly what you are consuming (because you cooked it) and you are customizing your meal to get the exact amount of calories, proteins, fiber, etc. that you want. If you are like me and you want to lose weight, this skill is vital to your diet so that you are able to automatically stay away from other foods and larger portions that otherwise would not be good for you.

Where to start

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If you are a college student like me, you’re probably thinking, “I JUST started to cook and be able to make meals for myself.. how the heck am I supposed to be able to make these loads of healthy meals?” My friends… it is a simple thing called Pinterest. Whenever I need ideas for meal prepping, Pinterest has loads of meal prep pins waiting for your click. General foods you want to look for would be chicken, turkey, tuna, fruits, sweet potato, brown rice, and steamed vegetables.

How to portion the correct amount

As referenced in my previous post, the LoseIt app is an awesome tool to know how much of what foods to put in each meal. Just simply go into your daily log and search what food you are inquiring. Remember if you are using any cooking dressings and/or other items to log that in too.

 

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Start of the Journey

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the first post of my fitness blog.

Introduction

The overall topic of my blog is fitness but categories I will be covering a lot will be health, wellness, and exercising. Today I will be talking about how to get started in reaching your fitness goals.

The first step in making a difference in your body is to hold yourself accountable. Simply looking at labels is not enough. We know what is healthy and what is not, but how are we adding all of that up with our physical activity in respect to where we want to be?

First Step

A tool that I use every day, is my LoseIt app made by “The Biggest Loser” productions. The app starts you off by giving your gender, height and weight. Then you plug in the weight you want to be at and when you would like to reach that goal. From that point, the app is able to calculate how many calories you should be consuming per day and from there you start logging your foods and physical activity.

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What’s great about this app is the library of different foods and its servings along with various exercises. So even when you are on-the-go and need to grab a Turkey Tom from Jimmy Johns, you are still able to see and log your meal.

This LoseIt is an important tool to anyone who wants to start getting back into shape. Most people believe that when needing to loose weight, they need to head straight to the gym. However, loosing weight is about 80 percent eating, and 20 percent exercise. In order to start reaching your goals, you must tackle the eating first to hold yourself accountable.