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 meals well in advance, at least the day before but preferably two, or even three days in advance, if you’ve the time (as well as fridge space!).
Let me explain why this is so important and why it can make a big difference in your bodybuilding progress.
How Many Meals
Like most bodybuilders, you no doubt follow a high protein diet and split your daily intake over at least 6 meals per day time. Breakfast is probably porridge/oats (maybe some sneaky honey!)#) with some fruit. Mid-morning snack (or brunch!)#) usually comprises of 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 per day.
Now if you leave the preparation of the meals to just before you’re prepared to eat them, you’ll quickly tire of planning individual meals four times per day. But worse than that, this approach often falls prey to convenience with you running out of time and wind up grabbing something quick.
It’s All Gone Pete Tong
Best case scenario, this quick meal will just upset the balance of macro nutrients during the day (please tell me you a minimum of have an idea of your daily macro nutrients breakdown). Worse case scenario, you end up eating some thing unhealthy, highly processed and/or packed along 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 sidetracked and/or pushed for time and resorted to grabbing some thing quick, usually for the two evening meals.
This was happening once all too often with me so I decided to start putting some effort into preparing my meals the night before. I normally cook the four meals as you and divide into the separate portions. I find it this far easier then attempting to prepare four different meals for the day.
Second Meal, Same As The First
So I may cook say 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 a single makes calculating your daily intake of protein, carbs etc, far easier. You’ll quickly find preparing your meals the night before becomes routine 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 currently prepared, you should be able to consume it when intended
Minimize junk food. Having foo prepared means you won’t have to grab the unhealthy sandwich and crisps!
Have more control of your daily calorie intake
Generally feel more in control of the diet. By preparing your food, you know exactly what you are eating beforehand. This give you a feeling of empowerment over your diet plan.
Last but not least, I don’t need to emphasise the importance of proper control of what 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 for not eating properly. Prepare your meals at least the day before and you’ll see instant improvements in all aspects of your training.