Consuming 6 meals a day can become a headache for most. As a hardgainer, skipping meals is not an option, so you can see how this can all get a little complicated. The key to muscle growth is consistency, you can have the best diet and best workout routine, but if you are inconsistent, you will fail to maximize your results. I know how important it is to get in all of our calories on a daily basis, and on the same hand I understand how hard it can be at times. This is why I am writing this very quick post on how you can make life a little easier when doing the 6 meal a day approach.
1. Pre-cooking for the week
One of the top reasons for failing to meet our caloric requirements is, not having the food ready when it’s time for a meal. Think about it, who wants to (or has the time to) go in the kitchen and cook up meals every 2-3 hours? This is why I recommend that you choose 1-2 days a week where you take a couple of hours and cook a big bulk of food that can be split into meals.
For example: I like to cook up a couple boxes of pasta as well as a few cups of brown rice. This takes little to no effort whatsoever. While those carbohydrate sources are cooking, I also like to bake a bag of chicken breasts while cooking up some ground turkey meat. Once everything is done cooking, I simply fill a number of Tupperware containers, some with rice and some with pasta. Then I just add the meat into these containers. Now I have a boat load of food that will last me a few days.
2. High Calorie Snacks
Snacks are not only quick and easy to prepare, but they are crucial to meeting our daily goals. Although it would be great if you consumed 6 full meals a day, it just isn’t ideal for everyone. This is why healthy high calorie snacks are a great way to reach our daily caloric intake requirements. Here is a list of some of my favorite muscle building snacks that you can throw into your diet as well.
- Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
- Tuna and Cheese on Wheat Bread
- Shakes– Oatmeal, assorted fruits, peanut butter w/ milk or water
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3. Schedule and pre-plan meals
We are all busy with work and other things, and we all seem to lose track of time at one point or another.
Have you ever gone through your whole day feeling like you’ve met all your meals, but when you go back and count, you’re only at 4 and it’s about time for bed?
This is why my final tip is to schedule all your meals. Set an alarm for those times everyday so that you are alerted when it’s time to eat.
This tactic is not as effective if you don’t pre-plan your meals. Meaning that you know exactly what you are consuming for each meal.
Have you ever sat and starred into the fridge or pantry for what felt like hours trying to decide what to eat?
If you know what time you should eat, what you are going to eat, AND you’re alerted when its time, don’t you think this will make it much easier to meet your daily calories without wasting time deciding what you want?
6 Meals a Day Made Easy
These are not tips that you MUST implement to be successful. These are simply some of the things that have helped me throughout the years and have made meeting my caloric goals much easier. Maybe you’ll use one of these tips, maybe you’ll use all of them, either way, this will save a lot of time and unwanted stress 🙂