If you're trying to slim down, you're likely wondering:
- WHAT to eat
- WHEN to eat
- HOW MUCH to eat
Navigating this on your own can be overwhelming. And what ends up happening? You either eat not enough - or way too much!
That's why having a meal plan is immensely effective in offering a stress-free foundation for fueling your body and reaching your goals.
Having food pre-prepared and ready to go allows the healthy option to become the easy option. It also helps you to create a calorie deficit, but in a safe and nutrient-dense way. This means you can shed inches without depriving yourself or your body of the critical nutrients it needs to function and promote wellness.
Curious about what other benefits utilizing a meal plan has to offer?
Keep reading and learn how to eat smarter, not smaller!
Decrease Or Prevent Stress
Between kids, work, and home, life is stressful. So why not actively engage in practices that work to decrease or prevent that all-too-consuming stress?
By having meals pre-planned and prepared, not to mention customized to your specific needs ahead of time, the anxiety of decision-making in the moment is gone. No more scrambling with last-minute thoughts of “what’s for dinner” after a long day of work or being home with the kids!
Instead, you’re able to make this choice in advance, without the distraction of hunger or stress, and select foods based on your nutritional needs. This helps to avoid poor nutrition options often picked out of convenience. The same goes for grocery shopping. When you know exactly what you’re making you know exactly what ingredients you need which helps prevent aimless wandering in food aisles and impulsive decisions.
Save Money With Meal Plans
One of the quickest ways to see your money disappear is ordering out. With meal planning, you're able to easily hold onto your hard-earned cash longer as you have your own homemade “fast food” ready and waiting! Not only will this help keep your wallet thicker but it will also increase your awareness of how much you do spend on food.
You’re also able to decrease any potential food waste. When you shop, every item has a designated quantity and purpose since you’re working off of preplanned recipes. This helps you to buy only what you need, use ingredients as close to when you purchased them as possible, and further prevent unhealthy impulse buys.
Promote Nutritional Variety
Meal planning is a great way to ensure delicious food variety, portion control, and that you consume the nutrition levels needed for optimal fat burning and lean muscle building power. You can make eating healthy not only enjoyable, but fun, with new combinations every day or every week that boost your overall health and wellness. It helps to look at your week as a whole ahead of time so you can avoid repeating similar meals too close together and make sure you're eating all the right foods and nutrients!
Save Time With Meal Plans
Our time is precious, and hours in the day seem more limited than ever when you have a busy schedule. Instead of spending time prepping, cooking, and cleaning every single night, save yourself evenings for quality time with loved ones by dedicating one evening to getting ahead for the week. This helps to prevent frequent last minute shopping trips or having to return to the store multiple times a week which can both drain your time!