Spending just a few minutes to organize and prepare your daily meals can yield a world of benefits, many of them specific to improving your health. Let’s take a look at some of the best:
Take the guesswork out of knowing where your next meal is coming from
Hunger is a natural sensation that every human gets to experiences at one time or another. But if you take some time to prepare your meals in advance you’ll have peace of mind, and you’ll never have to wait long to satisfy your hunger. Also, you’ll be less likely to end up settling for an overpriced and unhealthy fast food meal.
Avoid the consequences of sporadic eating
Pretty much everyone has a daily routine down pat — wake up, shower, dress for work, etc. If any part of the routine is forgotten or delayed, consequences will follow — you’re late for work, your hygiene suffers, and so on. Well, the same can be said about food. If you can organize and regulate what you’re eating and when you’re eating it, your body will adapt to the reliably of your nutrition program, and your fitness progress will become more consistent. The consequences of not regimenting your meals include unwanted fat stores, unnecessary expenses, out-of-whack macros, and even afternoon sluggishness.
Be healthier in general
In this hectic lifestyle we lead, sometimes the window to eat is very narrow. If you don’t prepare for your meals ahead of time, you’re always at risk of having to settle for bad food. High-fat or high-sodium meals are too easily available, and we don’t think clearly when we’re low on energy. But calorie for calorie, a high-protein, nutrient-dense prepared meal can make all the difference.
Be able to eat more often
The golden rule to keep your metabolism stoked states that it’s best to consume five or six small meals throughout the day. Preparing several small meals for consumption every few hours is a far superior way to keep lean than just eating three substantial meals widely spaced apart.
Have more eating options available
You may not realize it first thing in the morning, but if you have all of your meals planned out ahead of time, you are at liberty to mix up the order of each meal. What you prepare initially for “Meal Five” could become “Meal Three” if you feel like it. As long as it’s healthy and in good proportion, you can be a lot more flexible than the traditional North American meal routine allows.
More likely to become a great cook
A cool bonus to meal prep is that, over time, you’ll start to seek more variety in your foodstuffs (textures, spices, flavours, etc.) and gradually your cooking wherewithal will expand. Soon you’ll be amazed at how many different ways you’re able to prepare five or six clean meals each day — and your body and taste buds will thank you.