You’ve probably heard the phrase “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. That can definitely be applied to bodybuilding. Having your meals prepared and ready to go at a moments notice can be the difference between achieving that physique you’ve been dreaming of, or quite simply not. Here are my top tips that will help with your food prep to make sure you’re supporting that hard work you’re putting in at the gym.
The first step is to plan. Do you now how much you need to eat each day? Have you worked out your macros? How many meals are you going to have each day? Knowing the answer to these questions is going to help you on you're journey. Get this worked out and written down so you know exactly how much food you need to buy before heading to the shops.
So you’re going to start preparing your meals for each week, you’ve worked out how much you need, now you need somewhere to store it after you’ve cooked it. Your containers do not need to be anything fancy, you can usually get small, medium or large food containers at your local super market. Make sure to think about how many your going to need for the whole week and purchase accordingly
3. Buy in Bulk
Now the good bit, buying food. This is where it can start to get expensive depending on your diet and tastes. I think its safe to say we all like to save where we can and a solid tactic when it comes to buying your food is to buy in bulk. In many shops its cheaper to purchase enough for the whole week or even enough for the month rather than each day. Remember that a lot of foods can be frozen and saved for a later date so you can always purchase even larger quantities.
Just because you’re now tracking your macros and eating out of tupperware doesn’t mean you have to eat plain chicken and rice all the time. When preparing your food take the time to learn about the spices and flavourings available to you. This can make the world of difference to your food being palatable. A chicken breast that was cooked 5 days ago is never going to taste as good as one cooked at your favourite restaurant but there are things you can do to make it as pleseant as possible. Don’t be afraid to season!
Now thats all taken care of, make it a habit! Consistency is the key, you stick to you’re routine in the gym, so make sure you do the same with your meal prep. Pick a day each week that you will prepare your food on, this makes it easy to plan around and will mean you will always have a set time, no excuses.
So plan ahead, buy in bulk, flavour to your taste, and stick with it! Keeping your meals prepared each week gives you one less thing to think about each day and will mean you can focus on performing in the gym.
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