WHY DO YOU NEED A MEAL PLAN?
Meal planning helps to make the easy option a healthy one. Instead of heading to the drive-through or picking up an unhealthy takeaway on the way home, knowing you have a meal ready for you at home can eliminate the temptation of unhealthy last-minute options. These foods can be higher in calories and sodium and can sabotage your weight management or health goals. The combination of being too tired and hungry can lead to poor food choices, so it’s handy to have meals ready to go when you are.
When we’re busy, it can be easy to cook the same thing over and over again. Meal planning helps to ensure you’re eating a variety of different foods, and it can help you eat more fruit and vegetables, which can help reduce the risk of chronic lifestyle diseases.
By having your meals organised ahead of time, you can reduce the dreaded ‘what’s for dinner?’ question. We know planning dinner can be unnecessary stress, particularly on weeknights when you have to race home from work and try and get a healthy, nutritious meal on the table. If you have a healthy meal pre-organised, all that is left at the end of a long day is to heat and eat.
Planning your meals for the week can help you to manage your time better.
If your goals are weight-loss driven, prepping in advance can help you manage your portion sizes, which means you’ll be less likely to overeat.
Who doesn’t love to save some money? With meal planning, you can be more prepared, and this reduces impulse buying of unnecessary groceries at the shops. A lot of which will be thrown away anyway. It also means you can cut down your spending on takeaways and eating out. Meal planning can help you become more aware of how much money you’re spending on food.