I was gathering up my belongings in the gym locker room after my workout, when I saw a woman I once attended Insanity class with. She paid me a nice compliment and said she noticed how fit I look. I’ll take that! I commented her on how much weight she has lost and how great she looked. She then went on to tell me that she has lost 22 pounds. I asked her how she did it, the intense sweat-fest that is Insanity aside. She said if she could advice anyone on losing weight, the most effective tip that she could offer would be cutting back on portion sizes. As we parted ways, and she hurried off to reserve her bike in the spin studio, I wondered, what would be my most effective tip to offer someone to meet their fitness goals? Time spent being physically active, as well as what you are eating is imperative for success. I think my most important tip would be prep your meals in advance. Plan for success. Just think about it. If we want to do well on an exam what do we do? We plan for success. We study, we review our notes, we prepare. I approach clean eating in the same manner. I make a list for the grocery store and stick to it, thinking of all the fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy and lean meats I need to succeed. If I am making salmon, asparagus and sweet potato for dinner, that is what I buy. The same can be said for lunches. Usually on Sunday nights, I will make a large batch of something to divide into containers for the week. It may be turkey chili, spaghetti squash or a thin crust pizza. My vegetables and fruit are cut up and divided in containers each night. My yogurt or boiled egg whites are in containers ready to go the next day. Does it seem like a lot of work? Yes, it can be, but once you get into the habit of food prepping it only becomes easier. Most importantly, it may very well prevent you from lining up at the nearest fast food joint. This is not only beneficial to your waist line, but also to your wallet.