3 common meal prep myths completely debunked

Rachel Ray: How to Make A Week's Worth of Meals in a Day
Rachel Ray: How to Make A Week's Worth of Meals in a Day

If your typical idea of meal prepping is preparing for a meal you're about to cook for dinner or lunch by cutting veggies, marinating meat, etc -- then we've got a surprise for you!

There's another meaning to meal prep and tons of health-conscious people do it on a weekly basis. So, what is it exactly? Meal prep is the practice of preparing a week's worth of meals in advance. This is typically done to stay healthy and aware of what your body is taking in everyday without spur of the moment decisions to eat something "bad for you."

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For instance -- how many times have you been sitting at your desk thinking about how hungry you are then suddenly decide you want pizza and soda for lunch? If you prep your meals ahead of time, this is often not the case. But just as any fad -- meal prep has it's myths that too many people actually believe.

That being said, if you're thinking about starting to prep your meals or are already a frequent "prepper" -- it's important to know what's true and what's false. Today, we're helping you out with that! Here are 3 of the most common meal prep myths you seriously need to know.

1) You need to prep protein and lots of it

Protein should only be 25 percent of your plate. Another 25 percent should be starches, and the other 50 should be veggies.

2) If I don't meal prep I won't eat healthy

As long as you stock up your fridge with healthy options, you can whip up healthy meals anytime of day instead of prepping.

3) Meal prep is all about strict, clean eating

Research shows that keeping a health food only diet doesn't work. When prepping meals, plan for fun, luxurious foods too.

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