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Do you find it hard to find time to cook for yourself everyday in your busy schedule? Do you go days without eating certain meals because you don’t know what to make and how to do it?

Are you shelling out big bucks for your groceries and watching them rot in your refrigerator? It might be time to consider meal prepping as a go-to for you and your hungry tummy.

Meal planning has become an essential element in every fit person’s life. All trainers and fitness models talk about how a key to a happy and healthy lifestyle is eating right.

But, with our busy schedules and lack of knowledge of how to cook, we often choose to grab a bag of chips or fast food because it’s more easily accessible. All you have to do to begin your fitness goals is to cook all the food you need for the week on one night.

Meal prepping saves time. Although you will have to spend some time on the first day of the week cooking a large amount of food, the entire process is more efficient. Imagine coming home from a hard day of work and you don’t have to spend time making a decent meal and then spending more time doing dishes.

With meal prep, you spend less time having to think about what you’re going to make and less time making that every day. It takes less than two hours a week to meal prep rather than spending 30 minutes to an hour on daily food prep. Meal prepping also helps you save a ton of money on both groceries and eating out.

Making a list of exactly what you need to buy and then buying it in bulk will help you stray away from all the extra money you’d spend on snacks. For example, an average vegetarian prepped meal can cost as little as $2.50 and a non-vegetarian meal can range between $4 – $6. Compare that to the price of a restaurant.

Since you’ll be less likely to rely on snacks and chips to fill you up, you’ll be more likely to finish your entire meal, and this would stop you from throwing out food that you don’t eat. Also, cooking in bulk prevents vegetables and meat from going bad sitting in your fridge too long.

Meal prep is not only good for you and your wallet, but the environment too. When it comes to fitness, fixing the amount you want to eat for every meal will help you avoid eating more or less than you should, which controls overeating and helps you maintain your weight goals.

If you’re looking for food that is high in protein or if you’re trying to follow a ketogenic diet, you can control exactly what kind of food you want to include in your meal. With correct portion control and knowing exactly what you plan on eating, you’re in control of your diet and can pick from healthy ingredients. Most people include chicken, brown rice and a large portion of greens with some hummus. This combination tastes good and is high in proteins and low on carbs, ideal for anyone trying to lose weight and gain muscle. 

Meal prep is a great way to start achieving the goals that you set for yourself every Monday, every first day of the month or every New Year’s. Consider incorporating this amazing process in your life to start reaping the benefits.

Paulomi Mukherjee

Hi! I’m an Animation student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I write for the SCAD Connector as features editor! Writing, like drawing has always been a passion of mine. It helps me vocalise things that are otherwise harder to say or share. Feel free to reach out to me through Facebook or Email if there is something you want to share or think needs to be said on The SCAD Connector!