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
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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