There’s been a lot of hype recently about meal prep subscriptions. If you’re on a fitness journey, then undoubtedly you will have seen fitness influencers flogging subscription packages to people who need help preparing healthy, nutritious foods in line with meals plans and fitness goals.
It can be a nightmare preparing healthy food in advance for the week. Getting all of your macros in for the day is a challenge within itself, never mind making all the meat, cutting the vegetables and adding any carbs you may need.
It gets even harder when you’re factoring in workouts and recovery, which makes a prep subscription so appealing to many people. But is it actually worth it?
I actually subscribed to one of these types of subscriptions for nearly a year, so I like to think I’ve got a valid opinion. I’ve also been meal prepping for around three years, so I’ve had the best of both worlds.
Most of the time, when you sign up, you put in your food preferences and any intolerances or allergies you have and from there, they make a tailor-made meal plan, from which they will send you boxed up servings to be delivered to your door.
I would always go local for something like this, as you often get a better service and fresher food if it’s a local and independent supplier. You can find loads of them on Instagram if you’re into the fitness and already follow many influencers in the niche.
I got mine delivered once a week and had the bodybuilder plan while I was training for a competition. I got 3 different breakfasts to split across the 7 days, 4 lunches and 3 dinners as well as snacks in between to give me maximum calories without going overboard and to perfectly compliment my training.
The food looked great and tasted pretty good too, but as always with healthy food, it was a little bland. Especially when I had to have the same meals several days in a row.
But it was fine. I felt full and got all my macros in each day with absolutely no fuss or prep myself, I had the boxes labelled for different days and I literally just had to grab the right box on the right day. In this sense, it was so easy to follow and I didn’t have to think about what I was having or preparing at all. It was such a relief to be able to not think about what I was eating.
But that was also a bit of a downside as I became a little uninterested in food., It was all just there and was a little melancholy not having the pride of having made my own food for the day.
The price was a little steep as well and was way more than I would have normally spent on meal prep for a week. But, this price would have been for someone to prepare my food for me, taking the trouble away from me having to do it.