3 Ways Meal Prep Delivery Is Perfect For Weight Loss29.04.20
Are you thinking about losing a little unwanted body fat? Or have you attempted to lose weight in the past and not been successful?
If the answer to either of these is yes, then keep reading.
I’m going to make a prediction here.
I would guess that food, in one way or another has been the barrier to achieving your weight loss success. And guess what? You might not even know it.
I have seen this scenario all too often.
You pluck up the motivation to start your weight loss journey. You join the local gym and begin your weekly weight training and/or exercise class regime.
Hitting the gym 4 or 5 times a week, you give every session your all. Burning off hundreds of calories per session, you leave feeling on top of the world.
But wait. You find yourself not losing the weight you want, and you’re not looking the way you want to.
Motivation wains focus drops and you feel like all your efforts are wasted. You stop going to the gym and quickly your initial goals are forgotten.
Does this sound like you?
Well, food may be the reason for this. Or, not the food itself, but your understanding or willingness to follow the right food plan for you.
I get it. Managing daily food and knowing what’s right can appear confusing and complex. Combine this with the irresistible lure of sweet treats and veering ‘off track’ can be easy.
When it comes to overcoming the disconnect between food and weight loss, a meal prep delivery service like KBK can be a great option.
There are many reasons for this, but here are some I feel are important. Each one can kick start or help you maintain consistent weight loss over time.
YOU LEARN ABOUT CALORIES WHILE STILL MAKING PROGRESS
Understanding the ins and outs of nutrition can be tricky at times. I mean, if it was easy, we would all be in amazing shape and fit as a fiddle, right?
To get a basic grasp of nutrition there are a few important things you need to understand.
- Macronutrients (Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats)
- Micronutrients (Vitamins, Minerals)
- The calorie content of each macronutrient
- Portion size
- Incidental calories (The calories you ingest from sauces, milks and oils)
These 5 nutrition basics are important to understand before you can achieve the number 1 thing that influences weight loss – a calorie deficit.
Research shows that controlling your calorie intake can help maintain weight loss.
For those of you who are not aware, a calorie deficit is essentially the following.
You expend (activity) more calories than you put into your body (through eating and drinking).
The amount of weight you lose will largely be dictated to by the level of calorie deficit you meet each day.
Let’s put that into perspective.
Have you ever been at your desk with a bag of nuts thinking they were aiding in your weight loss? I know many of you have.
Did you know that a mid-sized bag of nuts can contain upwards of 1500 calories?
Here is an example of how those extra calories could hamper your weight loss.
A person weighing 70kg having 25% body fat will typically have a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) of 1500 calories.
RMR is the amount of calories you expend when you are completely sedentary
(at rest). If you want to find out your own RMR, this calculator is a quick and easy way to do this.
Let’s say you move 8,000 steps per day. This equates to upwards of 320 calories.
You train on that particular day and use another 500 calories.
That is a total of 2320 calories expended (Output)
Now, remember that number.
Over your three main meals, let’s say that you take in 1750 calories. You then add the 12-1500 calories from your bag of nuts. That’s a total of approximately 3000 calories.
So, we have 2320 calories out and 3000 calories in. That is a surplus of 680 calories! Not the deficit you are looking for to achieve weight loss.
Can you see the problem here?
All because you thought that grazing on the bag of nuts would be healthier for you.
This is where a meal prep delivery service can help with weight loss. Your meals are painstakingly planned and prepared by nutritional experts with your goals in mind. This means that you can focus on your daily activity, all the while learning the basics of nutrition.
Essentially, you lose weight while learning!
With this being said, it is important to understand moderation. Sometimes it is ok to have these calorie dense foods. It’s important from a mental health point of view.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint, and allowing yourself treats from time to time is one of the ways you can be kinder on your health in the long run. A diet shouldn’t drive you insane.
MEAL PREP GIVES YOU THE VOLUME, WITHOUT THE CALORIES.
The lunchtime sandwich. You know what I’m talking about.
Egg and mayonnaise, BLT, tuna melt, or steak and cheese. Each delicious sandwich providing you with a convenient lunchtime option. But wait, I bet you find yourself adding a packet of crisps and a chocolate bar?
This can take your lunchtime calorie intake easily over the 1,000 mark. Also, do you happen to find yourself hungry quickly after?
You see, there is a difference between calorie-dense and nutrient-dense foods.
If you want to find out a little more about the main differences, this blog sums it up nicely.
Essentially, calorie-dense foods usually hold less nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods hold a lot less calories for the same weight.
There is a lesson here. If you want to feel full, your main meals should contain more nutrient-dense foods than calorie-dense ones.
Your meal prep delivery will be full of nutrient-dense foods. More than what you would get from your usual convenience option.
This means bigger portion sizes without the guilt of processed foods or extra calories.
The result? You’ll feel fuller and more satisfied for longer. Giving your chances of achieving your weight loss goal far stronger.
MEAL PREP GIVES YOU MORE TIME
How many of you utter the words ‘I’ll start tomorrow’?
With longer work hours and stressful commutes, how much spare time you have becomes an ever-increasing consideration.
Do you use your spare time to prepare and cook food or chill on the sofa? Do you exercise or head home and relax?
These are choices that many of us face every single day. If you are in the midst of a weight-loss journey, these decisions can be difficult to prioritise.
In my experience, minimising the decision-making process can pave the way for weight loss success.
Engaging in a meal prep delivery service (like KBK) will answer one of the biggest questions you ask yourself.
‘What will I eat today?’
But how do they help answer this question?
Meal prep services generally plan and prepare a set menu for the week. No matter which plan you have chosen, each meal will have a balanced source of protein, fat, carbohydrates and vegetables.
A weekly set menu takes away the daily decision-making and preparation that you have to engage in. One that we know takes up a lot of time.
You will be surprised at how much time you spend contemplating what to eat. Not to mention the time it takes to travel to the supermarket, shop, prep and cook your meals.
Adding time back into your daily routine is important. It leaves you time to focus on other parts of your weight loss journey. This includes your activity and recovery.
Besides weight loss, here are our 9 other reasons why UK meal prep is worth it. Take a look!
LEARNING WHILE YOU LOSE WEIGHT
As you can see from the four points outlined above, learning the basic rules of nutrition are important to achieve sustained weight loss.
Ideally, you want to be learning while making weight loss progress at the same time.
This can be challenging if you are new to nutrition. Without a reasonable level of understanding, confusion can set in. This confusion often leads to a loss of motivation. And over time, giving up on your weight loss efforts altogether.
Meal prep delivery services can be the perfect solution for weight loss.
It allows you to ‘learn as you lose’ meaning you can create a nutritional understanding while losing weight. It will help create a calorie deficit which is vital for weight loss.
Remember the lunchtime sandwich meal deal? Or the bag of nuts at your desk? These calorie-dense foods can derail your weight loss progress.
If losing weight is your goal, meal prep can be an incredible addition to your daily routine.