The Ultimate Meal Planning Guide: An Introduction

A  note from Nancy and Dean: Over the next 8 Mondays we are going to cover everything you need to know about meal planning. The Why's the How's and the What's. Heck we'll even cover some of the "Where's". And you don't have to wait all 8 weeks if you don't want to. The complete online guide is available by clicking here, and once there you'll have the option to get your own .pdf copy too. Let's get to it!

INTRODUCTION

Cr8 Fitness Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning

Your complete step-by-step guide for achieving your health and weight loss goals by putting great food on your plate, and in your belly, every time you eat.

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Who Is This Guide For?

In reality, this guide will be helpful to just about everyone. If you eat, meal planning will save you time and money. But I specifically created this guide after seeing my clients work really really hard at the gym, only to see less results than they could because of what they eat. It's not that they don't want to, or know what healthy choices are. It's because life gets in the way and they don't actually have a plan for eating healthy, especially when things get crazy. If that sounds familiar, this guide is definitely for you.

What is the Big Deal about Meal Planning?

When your goal is to eat healthier and lose weight, meal planning may be the key that unlocks the door to that ever elusive goal. Almost everyone I talk to claims to know what to eat to lose weight, the challenge is actually doing it. The busyness of life always seems to get in the way of planning and prepping, and when we aren't prepared we are going to fall back on what is easy, even if it's not the healthiest. Hey I get it. That's life, and I have done exactly the same thing. Getting a pizza delivered or a quick run through the drive-through seems like a good idea when the kids are screaming and the fridge is a bit empty.

The good news is meal planning doesn't have to take forever; that's what this guide is all about. By the time you finish, you'll have all the tools you need to be a "meal plan master", and you'll be reciting our meal planning mantra "Simple Is Easiest. Simple Is Best." (We like to keep things simple around here

So what's the big deal? Here are five big benefits of upping your meal planning game:

Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals Quicker

Regardless if your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle and strength, or both, meal planning is crucial to your success. Eating better can 3x (or even 10x) the results you get from the exact same exercise plan. 

Spend Less on Groceries

Planning your meals = spending less money. You'll spend less eating out, less on things that are not helpful to your diet, and less overall because you are going to go shopping with a list and just get the items you need.

Reduce Food Waste

This one goes with the previous reason. Most of us buy more food than we need, don't plan for the leftovers, and end up throwing a lot of food out. When you plan and stick to it, everything you buy has a healthy meal it belongs too. 

Save Time

This is huge. When you plan your meals out, you won't be scrambling around trying to figure out what's for dinner, and by building your plan around what you enjoy cooking, you'll actually have some fun. If you know you are going to be short on time, you can plan a meal that doesn't require a lot of prep work.

Get The Family Involved

It can be challenging when you are trying to healthier and feel like you are dragging your spouse or kids along. By getting them involved you will hear less whining, and you'll be teaching them about good nutrition. My girls love to cook, so spending the time teaching them how really paid off.

What You'll Learn

The Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning is broken down into eight chapters. While you can skip to a chapter that interests you, the guide builds on itself as the chapters progress, so it's a good idea to go in order. Ready? Let's dive in!

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