Joining a gym and working out every single day is amazing, but it’s still not enough. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just get in shape, you also have to pay close attention to the food you’re eating, and, even more importantly, how you’re preparing it.
Even if you’re the most active and hardworking person at the gym, you won’t be able to accomplish anything unless you’re eating healthy food full of tasty ingredients and helpful nutrients.
You also need to learn how to prepare your own food and find out a thing or two about the best cooking techniques, the right appliances you need to use, as well as a few ingredients that will take your cooking to another level.
Ultimately, you should also learn how to avoid mistakes that most people make while preparing their food – from not eating a balanced meal to wasting too much time and energy cooking their food.
If you too want to make a difference in your life and do something good for your mental and physical health, here are five of the most common mistakes that gym beginners make when it comes to preparing food.
They don’t know the basics
Planning meals ahead isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s still something you need to do in order to make your life a bit easier and your time at the gym a bit more successful.
So, you have to learn a few basics first and that’s something most gym beginners don’t do – instead, they just improvise and do whatever they feel like doing, which is the worst idea in the world.
Preparing meals is a surprisingly easy task, as long as you know what you’re doing. You need to combine your meats, your carbs, and your veggies proportionally, but also learn a few recipes that will keep you healthy and happy every day of the week. Simple things like quinoa salad and roast chicken go a long way, so be creative and enjoy your healthy meals.
They ignore their veggies
Everyone loves meat, and millions of gym aficionados around the world are no different. However, not all of them love vegetables, and that’s why their daily menus usually don’t feature any. What’s even worse is that they should be eating up to five portions of veggies a day – and they often eat none!
So, this is a paradigm that needs to be shifted as soon as possible, and gym beginners have to understand how important veggies really are in their daily menus.
Moreover, the choices they make need to be versatile, which means they shouldn’t be eating just one sort of veggies – everything from carrots, kale and potatoes to beets, yams and beans is great for you, so start eating these as soon as possible. Ultimately, vegetables will give you more power, boost your motivation and help you heal faster, which is particularly important after an intense workout.
They don’t eat versatile food
Speaking of different food, the need for versatility isn’t limited just to your veggies – on the contrary, all the food you’re eating needs to be as versatile as possible, from your meat to your post-workout snacks.
The reason for this is quite simple to understand – eating the same food day after day isn’t just boring and unexciting, but also ineffective in the long run, because it slows your body down and doesn’t provide it with anything new or helpful.
The problem with preparing versatile food is that lots of people aren’t good at cooking and don’t know how to prepare the food that’s healthy and different at the same time.
That’s why some gym goers in Australia, for instance, may consider having their healthy fitness meals delivered directly to them, thus getting the best of both worlds – they’ll eat great food that will help them work out better than ever without having to learn how to cook.
They prepare too much food
Too much food is too much food, no matter how healthy it is, and preparing food you’re not planning on eating is wrong on so many levels. You’re not only wasting good ingredients and tasty food, but you’re also wasting the time and energy you’ve invested in cooking the meals you won’t eat.
Ultimately, even if you don’t want to throw away the food you’ve prepared, you’ll just eat it, and that’s also unnecessary.
So, what you need to do is think about the amount of food your preparing.
Over-prepping can be avoided if you plan ahead and know how much food you actually need. It’s better to plan and prepare three or four smaller meals than two huge ones, and then end up eating too much or throwing it away.
They don’t think in advance
Not planning ahead is just one of many planning mistakes you shouldn’t be making, but it’s probably the biggest one. Not thinking in advance and knowing what you should be eating tomorrow or the day after makes you unprepared and susceptible to mistakes, and that’s never good. What’s even worse is that all of these mistakes can be avoided by paying attention to details.
So, make a weekly menu and define what you’re going to eat every single day. Take your workouts in consideration and work around them, creating the best pre- and post-workout menu you can. This will make your life much easier and help you get organized, so don’t be afraid to invest some time into making a plan and knowing what you should be doing.
Luckily, all of these mistakes can be easily avoided, but, if you’re already making them, don’t worry – you can surely find a way to stop. Get invested in your daily menu more than before, pay attention to the ingredients you’re using and the choices you’re making, and you’ll surely perfect your cooking in on time at all.
This will also boost your confidence and make you stronger than ever, which will help you in the gym as well, and you could become more successful in a matter of weeks.
Author: Peter Minkoff
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