Benefits of Meal Prepping Q&A
Meal prepping is the guide to helping you succeed with weight loss and gaining muscle mass. Learn more with Metabolic Medical Centers today! Call us or schedule an appointment online! We have convenient locations to serve you in Mount Pleasant SC, Irmo SC, West Ashley SC, Murrells Inlet SC, Columbia SC, and Bluffton SC.
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Every goal when it comes to weight loss or building muscle starts with nutrition. Meal prepping is a fantastic start and ally to your weight loss and muscle-building goals. Pre-making or what is known as meal prepping ahead of time, you can have together a fantastic breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options available all ahead of time, so you will never have to deal with the untimely decision of “do I cook or order in?” when you have a meal awaiting you.
For many, your life can be busy, hectic, and sometimes overwhelming. A lot of the time, the main thing to be pushed off to the side is one of the most important, which is meals. When you are busy, and want something quick, you begin to eat mindlessly, paying little to no attention to the actual food and calories you are inputting into your body, skipping meals or overeating to help “sustain” yourself until the next meal to satisfy that intense hunger.
Having healthy meals and snacks available helps to encourage us to continue with eating nutritious and healthy foods even if our life becomes hectic, this way we can still accomplish our fitness and wellness goals like building muscle.
Meal prepping is not only helpful to plan healthy meals ahead of time, it’s a crucial tool for meeting your weight loss goals. Meal prepping can help anyone, whether they want to lose, gain or maintain their weight.
Meal prepping helps many of our patients plan ahead which in turn saves time, reduces the stress when it comes to mealtimes, helps improve the quality of their diet, and enables you to continue on so you can reach and maintain your weight loss goals.
Meal planning helps you to create a calorie deficit diet that still enables you to feel nourished and fulfilled. If you decide to diet without meal planning, it can be stressful and catastrophic, as you will usually end up going over your maximum calorie intake, which will mess up your weight loss results.
When starting to meal plan for weight loss, it is important to remember to plan for meals that are filling and nutrient-dense, this way you will feel fuller for longer, and will not continuously be reaching out for snacks that will enable you to eat mindlessly.
Having protein at each meal and snack time provides filling macronutrients and keeps you feeling satisfied between each big meal. As well, higher-protein diets help to preserve any lean muscle mass when completing a weight loss plan, as well as provide energy to keep you fuelled for the day.
Meal prepping continues to be a lifesaver for many of our patients, not only that it makes your week so much easier in several ways. Things you should consider when starting your meal prepping plan:
• Saves time
When deciding to plan what to eat every night, you may begin to get frustrated, or just feel too tired, and turn to ordering takeout or choosing options that are not as nutrient-dense. Meal prepping assures you that you will have a meal already created and waiting, less stress, and allows you to have more time to do the things you enjoy doing instead.
• Saves money
You may hear often how expensive it is to eat healthy, when in all reality, it’s because they aren’t meal prepping correctly, buying incorrect ingredients, or overbuying. By planning out your meals for the week, you can see what you are already buying in bulk, and try to reuse it in other recipes to cut costs, while also spending less on takeout.
• Portion sizes manageable
Eating out can often cause your portion sizes to be out of control, causing you to overeat, and consume extra calories you wouldn’t have if you would of meal prepped ahead of time. With meal prepping, you can control what you eat, as well as the size of your portions, and you know exactly the ingredients that you are intaking.
• Lower your stress levels
While to many, planning out what to have for dinner each night may seem harmless, to others it can be a struggle that they dread and ends up becoming an overwhelming, yet avoidable situation. Meal prepping allows you to try out new recipes, and use different tools and gadgets you may not have previously.
• New skills obtained
With meal prepping, you will begin to feel more confident in the kitchen, and be able to create exciting new dishes each week that you may not have previously done if not for meal prepping.
• Create a better relationship with food
Meal prepping allows you to focus on the nutritional aspect of each meal, and treat food for what it is, which is nutrients and energy to fuel your body. Learn to notice the signs of when you are hungry and choose wisely, instead of rushing your decision because you are starving.
• Inspire others
Finally, you will begin to inspire others by your healthy lifestyle change, attitude towards food and meal prepping, your saving money ways, and the body you are beginning to fuel with rich, dense, nutritious foods.
Visit Metabolic Medical Centers today to learn more about how we can help with your weight loss. We have 6 South Carolina locations to better serve you. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Mount Pleasant SC, Irmo SC, West Ashley SC, Murrells Inlet SC, Columbia SC, Bluffton SC, Sullivans Island SC, Isle of Palms SC, Daniel Island SC, Charleston SC, James Island SC, North Charleston SC, Pawleys Island SC, Myrtle Beach SC, Hilton Head SC, and Hardeeville SC.