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Taking the Mystery Out of Meal Planning

In addition to regular activity, a healthy diet plays an important role in helping your clients reach their health and fitness goals. When your clients eat well, they feel better and have the energy and nutrients they need to power through their workouts. However, for clients who are starting with a brand new diet, the change can feel intimidating. Tackling all new recipes, foods, and cooking methods can seem like a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right guidance, your clients will be able to master the art of meal planning.

Start Out Simple

A diet with lots of variety is great, but for someone who is new to meal planning it’s best to start simple. Help them find a few recipes that use foods they already enjoy and know how to prepare, and use those as a foundation for their new diet. By starting out simple, your clients will be able to master a few dishes before experimenting with new ingredients and techniques. Once they’ve established a few tried-and-true recipes, encourage them to always keep those ingredients on hand. That way, they will be able to whip up a quick and healthy meals on nights when they might otherwise be tempted to order out. Another fun option is to help them learn how to make healthier, homemade versions of their favorite restaurant dishes.

 

Prep Ahead of Time

Perhaps your client has no problem planning out their meals and picking up ingredients, but has a hard time following through with preparing their meals. For anyone with a busy or stressful schedule, coming home and spending time preparing can be a challenge. The trick to successful meal planning is to create shortcuts. Encourage them to set aside a little bit of time each week to prep ingredients ahead of time. By chopping vegetables, measuring out spices, or freezing complete dishes ahead of time, your clients can make healthy eating much more simple and convenient.

 

The Roadmap to Success

Most people wouldn’t drive to a new destination without mapping out their route, and successful meal planning requires a similar approach. Once your clients have identified a few meals that they enjoy, know how to prepare, and can prep ahead of time, they should start putting together their grocery list. By making a detailed list of ingredients, and keeping them organized, they can keep their grocery trips organized and avoid impulse purchasing less healthy items.

 

With these simple tips, you can help your clients take advantage of the benefits of meal planning, and stay on track to reach their fitness and weight loss goals. For additional support in helping them reach their goals, a supplement such as Meratrim® can help. You can learn more about Meratrim® by visiting our website, or giving InterHealth a call at 1-800-783-4636.

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