Meal preparation and delivery services have made it easier than ever to eat healthy without spending all of your time in the kitchen preparing food. But with so many meal prep companies out there, how do you know which one to choose? That’s where I come in! As natural bodybuilding and sports nutrition coach, I’ve tried countless meal delivery services, and here is what I’ve learned.
How much should I spend on delivery meals?
How much should you spend on delivery meals? As a rule of thumb, it’s probably best to spend no more than 50% of your income on food if you want to gain lean muscle. For bodybuilders, who generally focus on consuming high-quality, nutrient-dense foods, that number can be reduced to 30% of your income. For example, if you earn $400 per week and are trying to gain muscle mass, then a maximum budget of $200 per week would be best – or only $16 per day. If you’re unable to meet these requirements with your current earnings and have multiple mouths to feed at home (e.g., partner and/or children), then it’s time to start prioritizing.
What type of services are available?
Delivery meal services have experienced explosive growth. It is estimated that they will account for $2.8 billion in sales by 2022, an average annual growth rate of 13%. The benefits are many to using these types of services. They allow a person to spend less time cooking and cleaning up, lower food costs and waste, and can provide much greater variety to your meals, which is a crucial aspect of healthy nutrition that has been overlooked for years. Finally, with access through mobile apps, even people on the go can use them as well. This leads us to ask what type of bodybuilder uses these services? Are there any drawbacks? And finally, how can you make sure you are getting value out of what you pay? We’ll look at all three aspects below!…
Which service is right for me?
Let’s start with a general overview of each type. Depending on your needs, there are a few points to consider before choosing one over another. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use more than one service at once; if you prefer having most of your meals prepared for you, but still want to experiment in the kitchen, that’s totally fine! Just keep in mind that your preparation can always be scaled back down if desired. Also, these meal delivery services aren’t necessarily good fits for everyone—if you live alone or cook regularly, they might not be worth it. But they can make sense as a way to get started and learn about healthy eating habits without making drastic changes all at once.
What are my best options when it comes to fast food/chain restaurants?
The answer is that there are no best or even nearly acceptable choices. Literally, just drink some water and make it home to your refrigerator, and if you can’t then you need to make lifestyle choices centered around bodybuilding. The reality is that you can’t have a chiseled body if you are still slaving your life away at your 9 to 5 boring office job and don’t even have time to take care of your body/nutrition and think that fast food somehow will get you there.
What service do I personally use?
I discovered Cookunity almost two years ago and never looked back. Before that, I’ve tried services that delivered fresh produce and I had to cook it, but that still was a bit overwhelming and took a very good chunk of my day that I’d rather spend training/exploring/creating. Cookunity meals are not factory-made but made by real chefs in New York City. They even have the name and a picture of a chef that cooked every meal, it’s that legit! I absolutely love the variety and the new options all the time, because I can’t stand eating the same thing and having to change things up constantly. They deliver all over the country and if you follow this link, you can get $50 off on your own meal delivery.
What is also great about Cookunity Meals is that you have a clear understanding of the macros that you are consuming. Each meal comes with a macros chart so that you can select meals accordingly. Check out one of my favorites: Grilled Chicken Yassa with Jollof Rice. It has 55 grams of protein, 107 grams of carbs, and 27 grams of fat. This is a pretty good combination for somebody who is eating right for bodybuilding and it’s delicious!
The final word – do what works best for you!
The final word is to do what works best for you. It is important to understand that there are many opinions on nutrition and supplementation, but at some point, you will have to try different ideas in order to find out what works best for you. If someone gives you a recommendation and it works, use it until something better comes along! Never be afraid of trial and error; never be afraid of change. You will not know if something does or doesn’t work unless you give it a try. Be curious! Be patient! Also, check out my favorite accessories at hardnewyork.com and use promo code MAXWELL for 30% off!