Weight Loss Through Monotonous Eating
September 23, 2017
What do you want for lunch today? You scour the office cafeteria, looking for the healthiest options. Unfortunately, the cook in the kitchen doesn’t seem to care that many of the office workers are on diets or are watching what they eat. On the table lay piles of grease-laden burgers and cheesy clumps of lasagna. Sighing, you give up as you walk out of the cafeteria, still hungry. Your office doesn’t even have a salad bar for crying out loud! What are you to do? Bring a lunch from home, you conclude.
Home lunch brings with it problems of its own, though. Do you really have time to pack a lunch in the morning. If you can manage that, what do you pack? Well, here’s a simple trick I have used in order to keep track of what I eat. It makes meals simple. For those on diets, this method of eating also helps control the amount you eat.
I call it monotonous eating. It involves eating the same foods in the same amounts everyday. Say that cheerios is your favorite breakfast food. If you are to follow the monotonous eating method, you would eat the same amount of cheerios every morning, day after day. One apple, a tuna sandwich, a bag of carrots, and a small carton of apple juice could be your lunch for weeks on end. This is how the monotonous eating method works. Eat the same foods everyday at about the same time. Why would you want to do this? Well, there are a few reasons.
First, your body will grow accustomed to the amount of food it knows it will receive at specific times throughout the day. It will adjust its hunger cues accordingly. The body will also send the its satisfied cues toward the end of your meal. It knows when the end is near, so it prepares for the wait to the next meal time. For those who count calories, this method of eating makes counting calories a snap. Since it’s the same food everyday, the calories remain the same. Very helpful for those who want to lose weight.
Second, it makes preparing a meal a snap. Since you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to eat, you can have breakfast, lunch, etc. already prepared at meal time. This saves on time, worry, and effort.
Does this style of eating sound kind of boring? Well, it can be, which is why I recommend that you follow the monotonous eating pattern for 1-2 meals a day. Maybe a monotonous snack can be thrown in as well. Your diet still needs a variety of foods, and monotonous eating often will not provide your body with all the nutrients it requires.
Here’s a suggestion. Make breakfast monotonous. Have the same meal every morning. Since most of us are in a rush in the morning to get to school or work, the time you will save on breakfast will be of great benefit. Even for those who want to lose weight, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Lunch is a little different. I would recommend that those who want to lose weight or those who have little time to pack a lunch go with a monotonous meal, eating the same lunch everyday as well. As stated above, your body will start to feel satiated towards the end of the meal, since it knows the end is near. For those who are simply trying to eat healthy, a menu of 2 or 3 different lunches, all with about the same amount of food, will suffice. Chances are, some people want a little variety, so lunch is your chance to mix things up a little.
Dinner should not be monotonous. At least one meal a day needs to follow the intuitive eating pattern. At dinner, mix it up. Have a different dinner everyday of the week. Listen to your bodies hunger signals and stop when you are satisfied, but not bursting full. Having a different meal at dinner everyday is important. If dinner becomes monotonous, and you eat the same breakfast and lunch everyday as well, it will leave you feeling unsatisfied, and food will no longer be enjoyed. Make sure that at least one meal a day is different, and you will be on your way to successful weight loss or a general feeling of good health.
On an ending note, make sure that, when you make up your meals, choose healthy foods, foods that are nutrient rich and not chocked full of saturated fats and calories. Monotonous eating will not work if you eat a Big Mac from McDonald’s every day. Choose wisely. Eat lean meats, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and all the other guidelines that have been preached for years on end. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day, as well. An hour is preferable. For further information on healthy diets, visit www.mypyramid.gov