Meal Prepping: What Your Clients Need To Know And How To Get Them Started
Having your eye only on your client’s workout doesn’t necessarily mean that they will win the battle against body fat. Preparation is an important step that your client has to take on their way to fit success and some advice from their personal trainer would definitely make the world of difference, especially when someone is at the beginning of their fat loss stage.
Our bodies need good fuel in order to function properly and to deliver results after working out sessions. It’s not enough for someone to break a sweat at the gym if the second they come home they eat some fries, a large burger with all extras and then wash it all down with a large Coke or Oreo milkshake. In an ideal world, this might be a winning combination but unfortunately, it doesn’t really apply to real life; your client needs to learn that what you put in your body is equally as important as the dedication to your fitness routine.
There are so many benefits to meal prep and amongst the most important ones are portion control and time saving. Of course, there’s the routine that everyone gets used to but that itself is a plus because you wouldn’t constantly think what you’d be having for lunch or dinner or as a snack and end up running off to the closest café or supermarket and end up topping your apple with a delicious brownie (it is possible, trust me).
Here are a few useful tips to keep in mind when it comes to prepping meals:
- Pick a day or two in order to allow time to cook your meals – most people dedicate some time on Sundays and Wednesday
- Make a list beforehand and buy you groceries in bulk. Make sure they’re the kind that store well for a few days – Go for chicken, turkey (or turkey mince), lean ground beef, pork tenderloin or tofu for your protein, oats, quinoa, brown rice, wholegrain pasta, sweet potato for carbs, almonds, avocado, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, peanut or almond butter for fats and choose leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, green beans or peas.
- Buy 1 or 3 compartment boxes (depending on your own preference) and store everything nicely in the fridge – You can easily find packs of 10 or 14 standard meal prep boxes on Amazon.
- Label your food - include ingredients and the date you cooked it.
- Cook things you like and look forward to eating for lunch/dinner.
- Don’t forget about portion control. Even if everything is lean and clean, eating too much of it won’t get you the desired results. With that in mind though, make sure you DO cook enough protein, veggies and greens to last you however long you planned your meals for.
- Give yourself time to get used to it - It might take a few weeks until you get into it, so don’t think you’ve failed if the first weeks are not a big success.
- Prep some healthy snacks or desserts (home made crunchy granola bars, banana breakfast muffins, raw protein bars- you name it, there are so many recipes online)
- So if you are looking to add a few things to your New Year’s resolutions list, meal prep should definitely be there for you to give a try.