While reading another article earlier this week an old passion was reborn….
I read about how meal prepping can be used for Jiu Jitsu and to be healthy in general. I use to meal prep a lot and am getting back on this soon.
I want to talk about some specific reasons I have found meal prepping to be a useful tool in my own history and how it can be used to take your Jiu Jitsu and your body to the next level.
The First and most important reason meal prepping has been useful to me and so many other Jiu Jitsuka is because of the typical class schedule. While some people do train in the morning and day; the vast majority of Jiu Jitsu classes do not end till around 8 or 9. This is a double edged sword because it is late at night and in most cases you are very hungry. This is the kind of situation that leads to bad choices like fast food or convenient snacks. So, the primary reason I have found meal prepping to be useful is so you can control what you eat since it is already prepared and it is convenient.
The next reason which is in many ways related to the first is the convenience throughout the day . If you are like many of us Ji Jitsuka we are busy people. Between training, work and our home life we are often on the go non stop and sometimes this leads to grabbing whatever is convenient for food. Packing a pre- prepared meal can ensure that we don’t feel the need to binge on low quality foods.
The last reason I feel meal prep is very beneficial in the Jiu Jitsu world is that it can give us better knowledge and control of our diet. Often we have a goal weight or competition weight we are looking to get to. When we prep food it is easier to calculate the calories and macronutrients of our meals. These two factors are key when aiming to make any change in your body weight whether it be a decrease or increase.
These are the top three benefits of meal prepping and weather you are in the Jiu Jitsu field or any other sport I would advise trying this method out.