Meal Prep Mistakes
Man, meal-prepping is so popular it’s a hashtag. Meal prep containers get the glory of a gallery of photos from meal prep fans across the globe. But just because the meals look good on Instagram, doesn’t mean they’re not flawed.
Oh yeah, there are mistakes to meal prep that can derail your fitness goals.
You might be making these mistakes and not even realize you’re sabotaging yourself.
Let’s get to them, shall we?
Meal Prep Mistake: Unbalanced Meals
We’ve all seen them. Meat and veggies. Or Meat and cheese. Often, food groups are skipped in meals—whether because lack of container space or forgetfulness.
Meals should contain protein, veggies, whole grains, fruit and dairy. If you can’t stuff all that into your container, supplement your groups with a snack to munch on between meals so you hit your daily intake targets.
Meal Prep Mistake: Unhealthy Meals
OK, for some, they think if they pre-pack it, it’s healthy. ****ANNOYING BUZZER SOUND****
Unhealthy options are often more convenient, but are obviously not helping you improve your health and fitness levels. Watch sodium, saturated fats and calories in your meals.
Meal Prep Mistake: You’re an Over Prepper
Over prepping can lead to over eating or wasting food. The whole point of prepping is to increase health, maintain or lose weight, and eat out less. Make sure you only make what you need for your targeted prep period. Generally more than a week’s worth is a waste.
Meal Prep Mistake: Portion Control Failure
After preparing the foods for your week some people place them in divided containers for the week. Others just dole it out each day. NO! WHY?! STOP! Not only can this lead to larger portions, but also—why prep half way? Just get it over with and revel in your prep glory.
If you’re already prepping—great. Check your strategy and make sure you aren’t committing these meal prep mistakes. If you’re planning on prepping—we can already tell you’ll be a success-because you’re researching before doing and that’s a sign of intelligence.
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