Save Calories and Money with Meal Prepping

Woman Preparing Meals in Her Kitchen

Nutrition is the key to healthy living and weight loss. We’ve all heard the stories of people who committed to workout routines only to feel they were making little to no progress. Then they got their diet right and BOOM, big changes started happening fast. But with the rush of our daily lives, it can be difficult to prepare a lunch to take to work every day. This is where meal prepping comes in.

The basic idea is to devote time over the weekend, usually on Sunday, to cook the lunch you’ll be eating all week. So if you plan on having grilled chicken breast, asparagus, and sweet potatoes, you make 5 servings instead of one. Line up food containers on the counter and place your prepared food in them. Let them cool for about 20 minutes before placing in the refrigerator. Now all you need to do is grab a container on your way out the door in the morning.

Besides saving you time and money, meal prepping keeps you honest with yourself. Even one restaurant trip during the week can result in regret. Who hasn’t been tempted by a waiter to try the newest desert at the end of a meal? Also, studies have shown that consistently eating the same foods makes your body more efficient at processing the calories and less likely to store them as fat.

Grocery shopping is also much easier when you follow meal prepping. You’ll be saving several trips by getting everything all at once. You can also skip a few aisles if you are preparing 5 of the same meal instead of 5 different meals. Portion control is also an inherent part of meal prepping. By sticking with the same sized containers each day you’re more likely to eat the same amount of food and prevent unnecessary insulin spikes.

If cooking 5 lunches seems like a daunting task, start small by prepping your breakfasts. You’ll get all the benefits listed above but with smaller meals. This is also a great way for breakfast skippers to get in the habit of eating in the morning.

So give it a shot this weekend and share your success stories with the eMetabolic family!


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