9 Benefits of meal prepping

By Alex Kain

There are a ton of benefits to meal prepping when it comes to your health and fitness goals. One important part of meal prepping is talking to a coach to help you get started and prevent it from seeming so daunting. If you’re interested you should reach out to one of the nutrition coaches at A1 Health and Fitness. 

Benefit number 1, you’ll save time. Instead of wasting time trying to figure out what to cook, or whether you should order takeout, meal prepping assures that you always have a meal waiting patiently for you on your lunch break or when you arrive home. And, don’t forget the best part: Meal prepping means fewer dishes.

Number 2, you’ll save money. Eating out, whether that be at a fast food joint or a restaurant can add up quickly. When you buy your ingredients from the grocery store you save yourself money by buying in bulk, and being able to freeze extra food for later. Plus you’re not spending it on meals prepared by someone else… and there’s no tip at the end either. 

Number 3, you can control the quantity of food being consumed. Meal prepping is great because you can control the amount of calories you’re eating at each meal which can be beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight. You can also control the amount of protein, fat, and carbs you’re eating too, which is important if you’re trying to get stronger or change your physique.

Number 4, you’ll eat higher quality food. Let’s be honest, restaurants and fast food restaurants are businesses making money. They buy the cheapest ingredients and turn a profit by selling it to you for more, plus preparing the food. When I find a meal that is really cheap, the first thing I wonder is… what kind of quality am I getting for this meal to be so cheap? When you meal prep, you can get high quality, fresh food at a lower price. This also ties back into benefit number 2. 

5. You’ll lead a less stressful life. If you haven’t figured out what to eat for dinner and now it’s 4 or 5 pm and you’re just now getting off work and you have to worry about what to feed yourself and or your family. That can be rather stressful. Plus if you haven’t taken in the time to plan your meals for the entire week you have to deal with that stress daily. Add to the mix possibly not having all the ingredients you might need. If your meals are already prepared the only thing you’ll have to worry about is the microwave or stove working.

6. Help to control those urges. Meal prepping can portion out decent sized meals that keep us feeling full for longer and that will help to control those urges. The feeling of being really hungry and stopping at a fast food place for dinner so you don’t have to worry about making dinner. Or the urge to stop and get a candy bar or some treats to keep you feeling full till the next meal. This is also helpful if our health and fitness goals deal with losing weight or trying to change our physique.

7. You’ll build a better relationship with food. When you meal prep, you learn more about nutrition and how to treat food for what it is: energy and nutrients. You learn to eat only when you’re hungry instead of making unwise decisions in a rush.

8. Gain a new skill set. If you want to become a better cook, meal prepping can be a great teacher. Meal prepping might help you find your way around the kitchen and open up a world of new recipes—from making roasted chicken and veggies to taco chili in a pressure cooker.

9. Inspire others. Let’s face it, when you see someone doing something inspiring, it can spark some action in you as well. When other people see you leading a healthy lifestyle, it might inspire them to make healthy changes too, even if they’re small.

Meal prepping might take some getting used to, but it’s a step in the right direction toward being a healthier you. And you might find that it will become a favorite new habit. If you want to try it out but don’t know where to start, reach out to any one of our coaches here at A1 Health and Fitness and we can get you on the right path.

Do you meal prep? Comment below on your meal prepping adventures or share your favorite meal.

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Alex Kain

Owner / Head Coach / Personal Trainer

Alex has always been a very athletic and active person. Playing just about every sport under the sun, however he spent more time being involved in Hockey, Gymnastics, Diving and Cheerleading (the latter 3 being very similar in nature). Not only did he grow up being very active he had a very nutritiously conscientious mother who wouldn’t allow him many different kinds of foods. So he grew up with a good basis on nutrition and eating healthy. As he grew older he continued to dial in on the nutrition while working out religiously. He would often pair gymnastics type movements with traditional barbell movements when working out. Therefore when he found functional fitness back in 2010 he fell in love with it and never looked back.

Alex went on to grad school where he got a masters degree in Exercise Physiology and won back to back National Championships in cheerleading. Upon graduating he began working at Froedtert hospital in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and coaching cheerleading locally. He really enjoyed helping people improve their health but wanted to help people before they were requiring surgery and he also knew that a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise could prevent many of the issues he was treating people for. In 2008 he was offered a coaching position in New Zealand. He moved there and spent the next 6 years in New Zealand and Australia coaching New Zealand to 2 gold and 1 silver medal in the World Cheerleading Championships and Australia to 1 Silver medal. 

In 2014 he moved back to the states and that’s when he opened A1 Health and Fitness. His biggest joys are helping people reach their goals and lead healthy lives through diet and exercise. Whether it’s coaching someone to a PR lift or helping someone shed unwanted pounds or start eliminating poor food from their diet, Alex loves it all. His real passion is nutrition and helping people get off their medication, but he can work with all ages. He enjoys traveling the world, spending time with his dog Charlie and his amazing girlfriend Jen as well as family and friends. 

Certifications:

  • USAW L2
  • CrossFit L2
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • WAG certified nutrition coach
  • CrossFit Kids
  • M.S. Exercise Physiology