Sometimes it feels easier to eat the same thing day in, day out. Before you know it you’re stuck in a dietary rut and waving goodbye to all your hard won motivation and willpower. Boredom is the biggest threat to your diet – and it happens to the best of us.
Even with all the determination in the world, facing yet another plate of plain chicken and brown rice for the umpteenth night in a row makes it almost impossible to resist the temptation of a sneaky take away.
But following a monotonous diet is not only bad for your morale, it can also prevent weight loss by decreasing bacterial diversity in your gut. To help you be as healthy as possible, we’ve identified some key ways of adding some much-needed variety.
Get creative in the kitchen
Fine-tune your taste buds and sharpen the knives, because the only way you’ll be able to keep adding variety to your diet is by getting creative in the kitchen. You don’t need to sacrifice your entire evening or have a Michelin star to produce tasty and adventurous dinners.
Consume a Variety of Foods
Not all the nutrients and other substances in foods that contribute to good health have been identified, so eating a wide assortment of foods helps ensure that you get all of the disease-fighting potential that foods offer. In addition, this will limit your exposure to any pesticides or toxic substances that may be present in a particular food.
Helpful calorie counting apps
Figuring out how each snack or meal contributes to your recommended daily allowances is difficult. The biggest advantage of cooking the same low-calorie dinner every night of the week is that you don’t have to whip out a calculator every time you sit down to eat.
A food tracking app like MyFitnessPal will not only help you keep track of calories, its handy division into macronutrient subsections also helps you understand what’s in your food so you can easily identify any issues.
Avoid fad diets
The 5:2, Atkins, alkaline, raw food – the list of fad diets is never-ending. They all posit different miracle solutions to help you drop weight quickly, but indeterminate and short-lived results mean most medical practitioners will tell you to avoid them.
Understanding how food actually affects your body is your best bet for sustained weight loss. There are plenty of online nutrition courses that will teach everything you need to know about following a lifelong healthy diet. You’ll never fall for bad advice again.
Enjoy Your Food
Be mindful of what you eat, which may help you eat less and enjoy your food more. Many cultures around the world emphasize the enjoyment of food, which often includes cooking and eating with others, as an integral ingredient to good health. According to some research, shared mealtimes, especially during childhood, may act as a “protective factor” for many nutrition health-related problems as well as increase prosocial behavior in adulthood.
A killer body and healthy, varied diet are yours for the taking. Just adopt these practises into your daily routine and you’ll be ditching boring meal plans before you know it.