Hey Gymshark family!
How have you been?
In last week’s blog, we spoke about getting motivated and starting a new journey this year - one you will be proud of.
When it comes to fitness, there is one element that will outshine everything else… NUTRITION! I always say you can never out train a bad diet. There is no point going to the gym for countless hours a day, training hard, just to go back home and eat everything in sight.
Now, I’m not saying you can’t have a treat, but everything must be in moderation and portion control.
So, how do you stay on track, and what is the best way to Meal Prep?
Firstly, you must establish what your goal is. I always ask my clients “what is it you want to achieve; do you want to lose weight? Gain muscle? Or simply feel more energetic?” Once you have established your goal, you should try and seek professional advice on macros and a meal plan. If you know what your body needs, but you just can’t seem to get started, I have listed my top tips on meal prepping for success.
1. Make A Shopping List
I want you to sit down and make a list of all the foods you need, not want. Look through your cupboards, fridge and freezer - see what you need to purchase. You will be surprised as to how short your list will be. Especially as you are writing down things you need, as appose to things you enjoy. For example; bananas, eggs, brown rice, 2 packs of chicken etc.
Your shopping list should not look like this; bananas, chocolate, crisps, eggs, ice cream. Now, unless you are buying all that junk for someone else, it should not be in your house.
Note; you must never go food shopping hungry. Trust me when I say, if you are hungry, you will want to buy everything in sight. Make sure you have eaten, or had a small snack beforehand. This will enable you to think with your head, not your tummy during your food shop.
2. Buy containers:
You must invest in some good containers. I personally love Lock and Lock as they come in all shapes and sizes, and do not spill! I would say purchase 2 big containers, 3-4 medium size, and 2 small ones (for snacks, of course).
We have been food shopping, bought all our containers… so, what next? It is time to prep. I want you to invest a couple of hours a week in to simply washing, peeling and chopping everything you need for the week ahead. For example, I like to make little veggie bags full of broccoli, chopped carrots and green beans. I make about 10 little bags of pre-prepped veggie bags ready for use when I need them. This saves me so much time, as all I need to do is cook the vegetables instead of washing, peeling, chopping. Do the same for other ingredients such as meat and smoothie bags. If you need to weigh food beforehand, make little bags of pre-weighed rice or oats – it will be easier for you to grab when you need to cook it.
You can add a drizzle of lemon juice to prevent fruit and veg from turning brown.
4. Stop waiting until you are hungry to eat:
Do not let your body starve because as soon as you feel really hungry, you will want to grab anything in sight. I always say, eat until you are satisfied, not until you are full. Keep your body fuelled and full of nutrients, never ever deprive yourself.
Remember, if you do want a treat, that is OKAY. One day of clean eating is not going to make you “skinny”, just like one scoop of ice cream is not going to make you “fat”. So, if you want a little treat, go for it, but do not go crazy.
I really hope these tips have helped, and you give it a go!
Stay tuned for the next blog post!
See you soon,
Krissy Cela x