Meal Prep – Benefits Vs Excuses

One of the biggest factor of whether you are going to have a successful transformation, be it weight loss/ burn; building muscle or complete fitness etc., is your nutrition. Nutrition is something that makes or breaks the whole process of achieving our goals.

Meal Prep – Benefits Vs Excuses

Knowing what to eat is important but more than that when to eat plays an important role. I am a huge advocate of eating clean calories throughout the split in 5-6 meals every 2.5 to 3 hours. However, I just don’t talk about it, I live it. I have been doing this for last 3 years regardless of where I am – office, road trips, flights, hotels, and meetings, whatever it takes.

The key is to have a meal prep done in advance of your day so you don’t have to think about what to eat, you have it sorted already beforehand. Having my meals prepped in advance for the day saves me a lot of distraction so I can focus on important things in life like my work, my goals, my priorities across all areas of my life.

Secondly, eating small meals with the right proportion of protein, good carbs and good fats helps you maintain your blood sugar levels, there are no sudden drops or spikes which stops you from craving junk food. Additional benefits are better metabolism, more energy levels and less bloating to name a few.

Sure it takes some time to get used to the idea, dedication, and intention to succeed until it becomes a habit but it is worth every minute of it.

Okay while I am writing this, I am already hearing your questions or excuses that must be coming in your mind.

Let me lay it out your excuses for you –

I don’t have time every day to cook so many meals.

Well no one has extra time on hand and great thing is everyone living on this planet has 24 hours available, it’s up to us to prioritise. All you have to do is make the time. Best tip is prep meals on the weekend for next 3 days and then midweek for balance of the week. So you are not spending daily time in kitchen. Maybe let go of that 2 hours of TV time or maybe wake up an hour early each day to make things happen

I can’t eat that many meals in a day – I am a normal person who eats 3 regular meals a day.

No you are not eating JUST 3 “regular” meals a day. You are not counting your sneaky snacks that you are consuming in the form of cookies, chocolates, cakes, pies and what not. I am just helping you replace those unhealthy snacks to a small healthy meals. Guess what’s going to help you?

I have kids, once you have kids you will know what it takes

Great going, blame those little ones because that’s easy right? Kids are doing and being what they are best at – being kids. It’s not your kid’s fault that you are struggling to get results, so stop marking them as an excuse. Your health is your responsibility, so better take it like a champion. Best suggestion I can give you is include them in your journey, let them see you as a hard working person and get inspired by. It’s an opportunity to set a great example for them.

My family won’t support my transformation journey

Right! Here is another harsh truth to hit you between your eyes. NOBODY will stand with you if you don’t stand up for yourself – period! So take your own responsibility, even if it means having to do everything on your own. Your health is the biggest priority you have to look after before anything else. It’s best to have a heart to heart talk with them to align everyone or if still no support then tough luck – just do what you have to do.

I don’t know how to cook

If you have an understanding partner or a family member then all you have to do is work with them on grocery list, number of meals, quantity and timing. If you are a single fella then it’s time to learn some new skills my friend – get your hands dirty.

Summary

I can assure you there are more statements like these that one can come up with just to avoid putting the work towards leading a healthy lifestyle. The point I am wanting to make is if you want it bad enough you will find a way. And, if you think there is no way then you have never wanted badly enough.
When I work with my clients on Be Your Best Self Transformation programme, we work towards finding solutions instead of focussing on problems too much. The more we focus on problems the more they will become our reality. The sooner we switch our minds towards creating or finding solutions, the faster we move towards our goals.

If you have read it thus far, I must thank you for taking your time out for my blog. Lessons are meaningless if they aren’t shared. I hope you found some value in this blog.

Until next time
Cheers!

Rahul Talreja
Transformation Coach
Be Your Best Self Transformation

5 Common Excuses (+ How to Overcome Them)

We see people who are successful as someone who has been gifted with extra powers or just someone with more luck then we possess. The truth is that to be lucky one has to take chances in life. People who are successful don’t let excuses come their way, in fact, they look challenges as an opportunity to grow, expand and learn from.

Often when presented with opportunities, most people hide behind an invisible wall of restraints built in their own mind. When I say opportunity, I am not limiting myself to career or money-making. I am talking on a broader scale – could be a chance to travel, attend a session or even just join hands with someone you don’t know etc.

5 Common Excuses (+ How to Overcome Them)

But let’s first see what the common excuses that most people keep coming up with-

  1. Lack of Time – very common excuse for people to consider any new opportunity is the lack of time. People like to say they are busy or have a busy schedule without digging deeper into their daily activities. An example statement might be- “my days are very busy with work, dropping and picking kids of/ from the school; running house errands, looking after the dog and cooking meals for everyone”. But if look deep into the day by an hour, one can find few hours of income-producing activity.
  2. Lack of money to invest – another common excuse is no money to invest in a business or products or any great opportunity that gets offered to us. More than often people have money but they are saving up for a holiday or party instead of doing something constructive with it.
  3. Scepticism – Scepticism comes from lack of knowledge. As humans, we love to get into the conclusions straight away without even giving other people a chance to present the opportunity. The best way is to listen what a person has to say even if it’s a repetitive information and then make an educated decision.
  4. Stressful Work – no doubt the current working scenario is so hard that people are constantly under stress. There is more to do in limited hours on hand but that has also commonly identified as an excuse. It’s better to focus on a bigger picture than just merely doing things. People who are at the top also deal with stress at work, learn how to deal with it better.
  5. Unsupportive peers – people rely a lot on their friends and families opinion for any major step in life. It is good to consult but ideally, you are the decision maker. When you give power to others to make a decision, your own decision will not matter because the friends and family have already made one for you from day one.

People who make it at the top are there despite these challenges. If you look to read the journeys of highly successful people and industrialists, they have all been through hard times. The list above is only common challenges that people use as an excuse. My tip is start surrounding yourself with those kinds of people who are positive with the mindset of creating results with their action without waiting for things to happen on their own.

To achieve success in our goals we must focus on the goal instead of excuses to not go forward. Only the people who want bad enough make things happen. Either you let the external environment around you control your life or you control your external environment by being in control of your internal self.

Next time you are stopping yourself from an opportunity, ask yourself whether it is just an excuse or is it a genuine reason? Can you do something to change it or not?

More than often you will be surprised how fast you can change your own mind around

Rahul Talreja

Transformation Coach

www.rahultalreja.net