WHEN IT COMES to a healthier lifestyle, the gym is the easy part for me. The hard part is maintaining a proper diet. I’m sure most of you would disagree, but the truth is, your diet outweighs any amount of time you spend in the gym. You could exercise as much as you want but if you aren’t eating according to your goals, you are doing yourself a great disservice.

There is a solution for people who lead busy lifestyles and want to make better choices: meal prep. Meal prepping is a method that allows you to plan ahead of time. This means you pick a day out of the week where you cook all your meals for seven days. Prepping will allow you to stay on track and help you save money. You also save time when you’re exhausted from a long work day and don’t feel like cooking. It can be overwhelming at first, but I assure you it will be one of the greatest changes you make to help you earn better results.

fit-type1To start off you’ll need a couple of things. One is a food scale so you can measure your portions out, and the other is Tupperware containers. When I first started out, I prepped for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was always easy and not worth preparing in advance.

My lunch consisted of a half cup of rice, four ounces of chicken and four ounces of veggies. Dinner usually was four ounces of chicken and four to eight ounces of veggies. Then I had two snacks throughout the day that were either a protein bar, fruit or a quarter cup of unsalted cashews. Stick to the proper serving rule.

Cook everything, portion it out in containers then stick them all in the refrigerator and you have healthy meals to grab and go. Prep for success! If you don’t feel comfortable storing food for a week then split up your cooking time. There are many different ways to approach meal prepping. After some tries, you will find what works for you. Overall, this method has helped me save time, money and has allowed me to stick to my diet while balancing the demands of my busy schedule.