When it comes to bodybuilding recipes, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s be prepared. Sound like a boy search don’t I? By being ‘prepared’, I simply mean cooking your meals well in advance, at least the day before but preferably two, or even three days in advance, if you’ve the time (and fridge space!).
Let me explain why this really is so important and why it can make an impact in your bodybuilding progress.
How Many Meals
Like most bodybuilders, you no doubt follow a higher protein diet and split your daily intake at least 6 meals per day time. Breakfast is probably porridge/oats (maybe some sneaky honey!)#) with some fresh fruit. Mid-morning snack (or brunch!)#) usually comprises associated with cottage cheese or peanut butter with rice cakes. Whatever you choices, the first two meals from the day aren’t usually cooked foods. This still leaves you with the requirement to prepare at least four cooked meals daily.
Now if you leave the preparation of the meals to just before you’re prepared to eat them, you’ll quickly tire of preparing individual meals four times daily. But worse than that, this approach often falls prey to convenience with you running out of time and end up grabbing something quick.
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
Best case scenario, this quick meal will just upset the total amount of macro nutrients during the day (please tell me you at least have an idea of your own daily macro nutrients breakdown). Worse case scenario, you end up eating some thing unhealthy, highly processed and/or packed with unwanted calories.
I know from my own experience just how often this happens when We haven”t prepared my meals ahead of time. I start the day with good intentions and an idea of what I’ll be eating but invariable I became distracted and/or pushed for time and resorted to grabbing some thing quick, usually for the two day time meals.
This was happening once all too often with me so I decided to start putting some effort into preparing my meals the night time before. I normally cook the four meals as one and divide into the individual portions. I find it this far easier then attempting to prepare four different meals during the day.
Second Meal, Same As The First
So I may cook state 900g of chicken, add some flavouring and separate into four equal portions along with a serving of fresh vegetables along with each meal. A little boring eating the same meal four times a day time but hey, that’s the life of a bodybuilder for you. Plus, preparing all your meals in one makes calculating your daily intake of protein, carbs etc, far easier. You’ll quickly find preparing your meals the night before becomes regimen and you’ll immediately see many of the benefits below.
Achieving the desired amount of daily macronutrients breakdown
Minimize hunger pans. If your food is already prepared, you should be able to eat it when intended
Minimize junk food. Having foo prepared means you will not have to grab the harmful sandwich and crisps!
Have more control of your daily calorie intake
Generally feel more in control of your diet. By preparing your food, you know exactly what you’re eating beforehand. This give you a feeling of empowerment over your diet.
Last but not least, I don’t need to emphasise the significance of proper control of that which you eat for bodybuilders, get control of what your diet and your progress will explode.
The Final Word
With all the best intentions on the planet, unless you pre-pare your foods, you’re going to struggle in order to exercise complete control over what you eat. Don’t let inconvenience by your reason behind not eating properly. Prepare your meals at least your day before and you’ll see instant improvements in all aspects of your training.