Have you ever considered eating the same type of meals each day? It makes meal planning and shopping easier, and depending on your food choices, supports weight loss as well.
1. Save money, time, and temptation at the grocery store. When you eat similar meals, grocery shopping is a breeze!
○ You’ll quickly figure out where to find your favorites and how much they cost.
○ You can go directly to what you need, avoiding calorie-laden temptations you’ll always notice when you shop around for ideas.
○ You can buy in bulk so you save money and always have the necessary ingredients.
2. Junk food is less tempting. When you serve healthy and delicious meals that are familiar, you won’t be tempted by junk food during the day.
○ The key to weight loss is to eat in moderation. However, eating healthy food that you love and promotes weight loss is also important.
○ Familiar meals may be more comforting and stop you from craving junk food.
3. A little variety is still possible. Even if you eat the same basic meal each day, you can add a little variety to spice things up.
○ For example, if you eat oatmeal for breakfast every day, you can add variety by changing your toppings. One day, add blueberries, and the next day, add strawberries.
4. You stop viewing food as a reward. One of the main issues for people who struggle with weight loss is how they look at food, and their feelings around it.
○ It’s common to have an unhealthy view of food. You may see it as a reward or punishment. Neither one of these views is healthy or sustainable long-term.
○ By viewing food as a reward, you may be tempted to overeat and indulge in ice cream or candy after you do well at work. You can also reward yourself with junk food after a hard day because you think you deserve it.
○ By viewing food as a punishment, you start to resent healthy salads and kale. You may begin to hate food that is part of your diet.
○ When you eat the same food each day, you don’t think of it as a reward or punishment. You learn to see it as fuel for your body that isn’t attached to emotions, stress, or other things.
5. You plan ahead for challenges. Diet challenges, such as not being able to cook every night or being surrounded by doughnuts at work, can sabotage your weight loss goals.
○ When you have the same meals and plan ahead to eat, you don’t have as many challenges.
○ You can cook on the weekends, freeze food, and know what you’re eating every day.
○ You don’t waste time on figuring out what is healthy or safe for your diet. Instead, you can eat what you’ve already planned.
○ If you don’t have to think about your food choices all the time, then the diet may feel less annoying and restrictive. You simply eat what is required and move on. You don’t dwell on calories or fat.
Dieting doesn’t have to be a complex process. You don’t have to experiment with complicated recipes or new foods every day of the week. It’s fine to cook and eat the same foods, as long as they’re healthy and you enjoy them. You can simplify your life with this method and lose weight at the same time.