Talk to any weight loss, nutrition or fitness expert, and he or she will undoubtedly tell you that meal planning is an essential part of dieting success. The same is true for home organization experts, personal growth gurus, and busy moms on the go. Every last one of them will tell you one of the most important keys to their success is having a meal plan. It is one of the easiest things you can do to make your life healthier and better in general, but is one of the first things we neglect when life gets busy.
There are many benefits of meal planning. Planning meals helps you manage your time better and makes meal preparation easier. It can make one lees aspect of your life stress free during a hectic work week. It also helps you improve your own personal health and the health of your family. Meal planning is so important, fitness experts and those preparing for fitness competitions consider it a must. They not only plan their meals down to the ounce, they spend most of at least one day each week prepping those meals.
This is extremely important for endurance athletes, where every last calorie and piece of food we put in our bodies is imperative to a high level of performance. However, much like most people, it is the first thing we neglect and it’s the first thing that hinders our ability to function as athletes. Endurance athletes will have detailed training plans but for some reason, not detailed meal plans. These two plans are vital to help you reach your optimal performance.
If you are searching for a way to receive every benefit possible from your training, make everything in your household run smoother and want to improve the health of your family, meal planning helps you do it.
Meal planning benefits include:
- Helps you avoid unhealthy food choices.
- It eliminates last minute stress.
- Saves you valuable time
- A detailed shopping list helps you avoid impulse buys.
- A detailed shopping list keeps you from buying random groceries and coming home with not enough specific ingredients to make meals for the week.
- Making or purchasing a plan for the week allows you to plan for the items you have in your fridge that might otherwise not get used up. That alone can save you a lot of money. By taking a quick peek into your fridge, you can plan your meals around what’s there, instead of letting things go bad while you plan and buy for seven other meals.
- You can plan for seasonal ingredients, which are generally not only healthier, but less expensive.
- You can cook in bulk, which can save you money in several ways.