The 2 main things you want to keep in mind when it comes to meal prepping are:
1. Yes, meal prepping takes time and there is no getting around that; and
2: You don’t have to prep everything!
Meal Prepping Takes Time
Meal prepping is something that you have to set aside time to do, BUT you will be saving yourself a ton of time when you are busy during the week. My first suggestion is to pick a day that you know you have free time. For some, that might be Sunday and for others that might be a Wednesday. It doesn’t matter which day, but pick a day that you have about an hour to 2 hours of time available.
1. You’re not properly tracking your calories
Either you aren’t eating enough or you are eating too much. In both scenarios, you could be unintentionally inhibiting your weight loss. You want to be at a calorie deficit in order to lose weight, however, you don’t want to be so low in calories that your metabolism slows down and you have no energy. If you are tracking your calories, but leave out the “little” things like condiments or that small bag of chips you ate after dinner, you could be sabotaging yourself. Those “little” things could add up to hundreds of calories and put you at calorie maintenance or even a calorie surplus, instead of being in a calorie deficit. On the other hand, if you are too low in calories, you can stall weight loss by slowing down your metabolism. Read more about this in number 5.
1. Make a Plan of Attack
The best place to start with your plan is to ask yourself “Why?”. Why are you beginning this journey? Why now? How do you feel now and how will you feel once you achieve your ultimate goal?
You need to dig deep and discover your true motives for weight loss. Do you really just want to be fit or are you sick of not having the stamina to play with your kids outside? Do you really just want to lose 20lbs or do you want your significant other to feel full of pride that you take such great care of yourself?
Candice Canace Rulnick has been a NASM certified personal trainer since 2014. She specializes in women's fitness, weight loss, functional anatomy and overall health and wellness. Candice offers one-on-one personal training and small group training to women in Charlotte, NC. She also provides home and gym workouts through her online training app.