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Does habitual eating hinder weight loss?

I eat the same things every day, out of habit, convenience and taste. Everything is good for me, I get 30+ g of fiber, lowfat, plenty of fruits and veggies (5+) servings.

Will I eventually plateau or will this diet continue to work?


Thu. Feb 23, 2:06pm

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I want to know about this too. I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch the only variety is suppertime.

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 2:32 PM

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I think the main thing to worry about is whether or not you're getting enough vitamins & minerals from the food you are eating.

For example-- some guy found out that "pizza" is the "perfect food"--supposedly, it contained all of the vitamins & minerals as well as veggies, proteins, carbs, etc.... So, he tried eating it every day for a month or 2. Eventually, a couple of things happened... 1) he found out that it wasn't as complete in the nutrients as he had thought and 2) he got really bored of eating the same thing all of the time.

My advice, mix it up every once in a while... It will keep your body properly nourished

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 2:42 PM

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you will plateau. And your health will likely suffer a little. Our bodies will adjust. It will realise it's getting the same thing everyday, so that's what it will use. You've essentially trained it. If you're eating the same fruits and veggies all the time, you may not be getting a wide enough range of vitamins or minerals. You might, you might not, you're still likely to get more than your average microwave meal eater, but it's a personal question as to whether or not you want to have mediocre health, or optimum. What are you worth?

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 3:15 PM

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I really thinks that out bodies are designed (designed or evolved, whatever you prefer) to desire a variey of foods, because that is what will provide us the widest array of nutrients. All foods differ in vitamins and other properties that science seems to be uncovering as significant - who ever heard of lycophene and bioflavanoids that long ago? Go for a variety of colorsin your veggies - the more intense the color, the more key nutrients the food contains, typically. A broad range of grains is also best because all of them have different nutrient signatures.

Friday, February 24, 2006, 5:06 AM

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I think by trying new healthy recipes once or twice a week helps keep you interested in eating healthy, and keeps you from falling off the wagon. However, some people are creatures of habit, so if you have the frame work for a good diet, just switch things in and out of different meals to keep things interesting. But again, I know a person that eats the same thing every day, he is so habitual, but he is in great shape, because he works out, he knows exactly how many calories he takes in every day, so it takes the guessing out of how much you need to burn each day. Also, you can try the 5 a day plan, which tells you about the different colors you need in your diet with the link below

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Friday, February 24, 2006, 9:14 AM

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