There are numerous benefits of meal planning, whether you’re trying to eat healthier meals or lose some weight. Meal planning can make it easier and faster for you to achieve your goals.
Planning your meals can have a great impact on the success of your health and weight loss goals.
Benjamin Franklin’s quote “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” rings through in this context.
It is always a good idea to plan your meals and I’ll tell you all the benefits of meal planning.
12 Benefits of meal planning
You get to save a lot of time when you plan your meals. Planning and preparing your meals before you need to eat will help you save time by eliminating last-minute rush.
Many people struggle with portion control and this makes it difficult for them to lose weight and achieve their goals. Portion control is an important part of being on a diet. It is counterproductive to eat foods that are diet compliant in large quantities. Losing weight involves not just eating the right food, but eating the right foods in the appropriate quantities.
When you plan your meals, prepare and store them appropriately, it will reduce the temptation of getting those tempting second and third helping and it saves your waistline.
Reduces food wastage
Meal planning controls food quantity as we mentioned earlier and it reduces food wastage. Without meal planning, most of us make meals, fail to finish them and end up throwing them out.
This amounts to a waste of money and time spent in making the thrown out meals.
When you start meal planning over time you will realise that your habit of throwing out food will be significantly reduced, giving you the most out of the food and your money.
Eliminates the stress of last-minute cooking
If you find cooking stressful, then meal planning is the way to go. Working long hours often mean that you come home exhausted and the first thing on your mind isn’t going into the kitchen to make a meal.
You might just want to hang your leg up and rest and this often leads to you buying takeout on your way home from work Meal planning means you get the cooking done ahead of them so no matter how tired you are when you get home, you have the option of eating an already prepared meal.
It is always an advantage to save some money. When you plan your meals, you know what you will eat in advance and you can shop intentionally. This saves you from spending money on irrelevant things and impulse buying.
Avoids unhealthy food options
Meal planning gives you clarity on the foods you need to be eating to achieve your goals. You will most likely avoid unhealthy fast food when you know what vegetables and fruits you should be consuming as opposed to just having an elusive idea that you need to eat healthy.
Even in a situation when you visit a restaurant with friends you’ll be able to check their menu and order a meal that is in line with your diet.
Enjoy more variety
Numerous people have a very restricted idea of being on a diet, they believe if you are on a diet you have to either one vegetable or the other and this is wrong.
One of the benefits of planning your meals is that you have the opportunity to choose between different classes of foods depending on the nutrients that your body requires.
A lot of people have staple foods they eat often, over time they lose track of the need to make sure it is in proportion and they end up eating it every day. For some it’s beans and for others, it can be rice.
Meal planning shows you the options and possibilities available to you and helps you include diverse foods into your menu.
Helps you stick to a diet
Your chances of sticking to your diet significantly improve when you plan your meals. This is a great benefit of meal planning. It eliminates the reasons or excuses you might have to fall off your diet wagon.
In general, it increases your chances of achieving your health goals
Helps you keep track of money spent on food
Keeping track of your expenditure makes you more financially responsible. When you plan your meals and shop in bulk you can better track your expenditure on food as opposed to buying one fruit or vegetable every 4 hours.
This is one of my favourite benefits of meal planning because I want to clean up my books and track where my money goes every month.
Reduces the stress of shopping often
If you hate shopping or barely have the time for it, I’m sure this is good news for you.
Meal planning will help eliminate the last-minute dash to the grocery store when you realize you have nothing to eat at home.
Before I started planning and prepping my meals. You’d often catch me rushing to the supermarket to get groceries before they close. Now, I don’t have to. I am certainly more organized.
With meal planning, you will have to buy things in bulk and it saves supermarket trips.
Reduces the stress of food decision making
Do you often ask the question “what should I eat for lunch/dinner”?
I hate not knowing what I can eat or what vegetables and fruits I have available at home.
Meal planning already sets my menu for days ahead and I don’t have to stress about that.
Helps you avoid skipping meals
Most people skip breakfast. The reasons for this range from the lack of time to make something to eat in the morning to their haste to get to work.
Breakfast is important, it usually accounts for 16% of your daily calorie intake.
A healthy breakfast will keep you full and your energy levels high throughout the day. Providing your body with the fuel it needs to efficiently start the day.
Meal planning helps you prepare your meals including breakfast ahead of time, and regardless of the time constraints you can take a pack and eat on the go, making sure you get your body’s nutritional requirements.
These are the benefits of meal planning. If you have any questions or comments about this topic, don’t hesitate to share.
You can also check out these 5 Healthy Foods You Should Be Eating In The Morning.
Remember, you can always talk to me.