Fit To Lead – Pre-Made Meals

You know that you will need to eat well in order to meet your fitness goals but it’s so hard.  My wife will attest to the fact that I complain about food all the time.  You have to think about what you’re going to have for breakfast, make it, eat it, clean up after yourself, then 4 hours later, do it again for lunch.  Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking.  In fact, I’m a pretty darn good cook.  But it’s not my full time job and as such, I just don’t have time for it.  Chances are you don’t either.

So you find yourself headed out of the office to a restaurant.  If you have time you’ll go in and sit down.  You might find something healthy but then again there is really no way to know.  The other option is to drive through somewhere.  In which case, there is almost zero chance this meal will meet the requirements it needs to in order to carry you closer to your weight goals.

The answer to all this is to make your own healthy meals in a way that doesn’t take up time, tastes good, and is readily available when you need it!  This trick isn’t my own.  It is what every single really fit person is doing.  And now that includes you.

  1. Learn your macros – Macros are the percentages of carbs, proteins, and fats you should receive per meal.  Micros are what type of carbs, proteins, and fats those are.  For instance, there are trans fats, saturated fats, and unsaturated fats.  These all fall into the fat marco.  If you’re trying to gain muscle, your macros should be 55, 35, 10.  That’s 55% of your calories should be carbs, 35% proteins, and 10% fats.  If you’re trying to lose weight, it should be 10, 70, 20.  I’ll explain this further in another post later.
  2. Buy in Bulk – I shop at Sam’s once a week.  I buy tons of chicken, beef, pork ,fish, veggies (both canned and frozen), rice, pasta, and beans.  What I buy depends on what my weight goals are.  For fat loss I buy chicken, beef, and light colored fish like tilapia.
  3. Plastic containers – While you’re at Sam’s buy some plastic containers.  6 meals a day times 7 that’s  42 containers a week.  Now I make my dinner every night so I don’t need quite as many pre-made meals but plan ahead because you’ll be cooking a lot.
  4. Seasoning – You’re going to want a little flavor.  If you’re trying to gain weight, salt is fine, if you’re trying to lose weight stick to sodium free seasoning.  Mrs. Dash is perfect for this.
  5. Set aside an hour a week – It will take about an hour to make all your meals.  I eat the same type of meals over and over.  I make 5 breakfasts that are all the same.  Right now it’s egg whites, black beans, and spinach.  I make 15 other meals.  5 will be beef, 5 will be chicken, 5 will be fish.  I eat a different type of bean with each, for instance I may mix beef with pinto beans and another beef meal with black beans.  It’s a good way to change up the flavors.  Add a veggie to each meal too.
  6. Freezer room – Make room in your freezer.  This allows you to be flexible and not waste.  I freeze all my meals except for the next day’s breakfast.  The next morning I take a few to work and store them in the freezer there.  This way I have a meal at the office or at home.  It allows me to be able to find a good healthy meal when I need it.  And in the event that I do have to go out to eat, the meal I miss doesn’t go to waste.  I can just eat it next week.

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