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Eat the same few meals over and over again

Just read this:

"The most successful dieters, regardless of whether their goal is muscle gain or fat loss, eat the same few meals over and over again. "

This is one of the best peices of diet advice. It is completely and totally true in my experience. When I'm on vacation and out of my routine (and away from my few routine meals), I always gain weight.


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Sat. Mar 22, 10:18pm

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That's interesting. I think it might backfire sometimes, though. For example, I make frozen lunches for the entire workweek on the weekends. By the time I get to Friday, though, I'm really ready for something different. If the recipe didn't turn out very well, I might *really* be wanting something *else* and end up getting a big cookie from the convenience store downstairs instead of just stopping after my planned meal.
But yes, I do find that having "old standbys" available for when I want something both tasty and healthy can be a huge help. Something I can prepare easily and without digging up a recipe.

Sunday, March 23, 2008, 12:02 AM

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I agree with the OP to a point. I eat the same things all the time for the most part but at some points I do get to a plateau and when I do that I need to change my diet up a bit to continue losing. I have lost 60 pounds since July 07 and when I hit plateaus the best thing for me is to add more calories and change up the menu a bit.

Sunday, March 23, 2008, 7:39 PM

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My brekkie and my lunch are usually the same. A fruit smoothie, eggs and turkey bacon with some cheese for brekkie. Lunch is a salad, compromising of romaine, broccoli, spinach, bell pepper, tomato and carrot, with whatever animal protein I want- chicken, turkey, roast beef, steak, whatever. Dinner is my wild card- varied for my sanity.

Keeping the first two meals almost the same makes it easy, and because I am SO pressed for time m-f it makes it easier on me to stay on track. But I need to vary dinner so I don't get bored, and because I love being creative in the kitchen.

Sunday, March 23, 2008, 10:17 PM

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I eat a lot of different foods but I find I like a certain type of food for a few months and then change to something else. So I guess I fall between both thoughts.

Monday, March 24, 2008, 12:42 AM

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SO TRUE !
I agree with the OP and also with PPs about varying dinner though. I started just breakfast, but now except for dinner, same meals (every 2 hour snacks really) every day - except weekends when breakfast the same and L & D different. this has been enormously effective for me when before I really could tell what I was eating or how many calories I had. I lost 40 lbs in 1 year.
Benefits:

So much easier to shop, prepare, and be good
Routine is powerful and comforting
You can choose healthy stuff you enjoy
You can tweak your diet to be just right adding, subtracting, changing items...
It gives you a sense of control, which is so nice.
When parties and social events come up, you can easily compare servings to what you usually eat and realize that everyone is eating 3 times what they need so you can slow down easier.



Monday, March 24, 2008, 10:11 AM

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really? When I was at LA Weight Loss, they told me when you eat the same things over and over, your body gets used to it and no longer burns as many calories as it should. hmmm.....what to do?

Monday, March 24, 2008, 12:06 PM

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I think the point of having a relatively small variation in your meals is that you get familiar with the measurements and portion size, so you make fewer mistakes. Also, these tend to be the things you really really like. Isn't it easier to stick to a diet when you're eating your portion-controlled favorites all the time?

My big variations are fruits and vegetables - I eat whatever is on sale, basically, which ensures a good range of vitamins. And they're really easy to figure out the calories for.

Monday, March 24, 2008, 12:13 PM

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12:06 - I've heard that a lot, but I cannot wrap my brain around that one to figure out how that could possibly be true.

I will say that when I venture out with new meals I end up eating a lot more calories. When I stick to my 'usuals' my weight predictably comes off.

Monday, March 24, 2008, 12:17 PM

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12:06 - that does not seem possible. Any scientific data to back that up?
I say eating mostly the same stuff is good.

Monday, March 24, 2008, 1:34 PM

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Yeah. LA Weight Loss...a "look how easy it is" diet franchise...not exactly the first, fifth or even twenty-fifth choice for reliable information on this subject.

Monday, March 24, 2008, 2:02 PM

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