Diet and Training Boredom
One of the best and simplest ways to lose weight is to eat the exact same thing every single day. This way, you don’t have to count calories and you know you’ll never be making any mistakes. This is a fool-proof plan and as long as the caloric intake is low and your nutrition is ample, you’ll never need to worry about weight gain.
Or at least that’s the idea. In reality though, eating the same food very rarely results in success and this is due to one key issue: boredom.
If you are eating the exact same thing every day, then very quickly your diet will seem bland and uninspiring and you’ll end up wanting to give up. After a hard day in the office, coming home to the exact same boring salad is enough to make you want to go eat everything you see at a KFC.
Even if you have the intense mental discipline to stick with this for the first few months, you really need to ask yourself if it’s something you’re going to be able to stick with indefinitely. If the answer is no, then you should reconsider whether the diet you have chosen is really worth it.
Even if you do think you can stick at it, you should still do some soul searching. Eating is one of life’s real pleasures. Are you willing to completely give up all variation and fun in your food?
The exact same also applies to your training. While sticking to the very same training program does work (despite some claims to the contrary) it’s also really boring. Doing the same exercises day in and day out is not fun at all and this is one reason so many people struggle to get into the gym.
And in both these scenarios, the lack of flexibility can also be a practical issue. What happens when your friends want to eat out? And what happens when someone is using the machine you need for your next exercise?
As mentioned though, there are also definite benefits to being a little more straightforward with your training and diet. Keeping things consistent removes a lot of the margin for error and the confounding variables.
So the trick is to find a compromise as the solution.
One way to do this might be to keep breakfast and lunch consistent (perhaps cycling through three options) but to be more creative with dinner. Another option might be to eat a diet that consists of several different allowed foods throughout each day. This might look like this:
Two eggs OR one can of tuna OR one cut of fish
Two oranges OR one banana OR a salad
And so on.
This approach also works well for your training and in that case you can write down a list of exercises for each body part and then just make sure you find a way to get some of each into your routine.
But actually, sometimes it’s fun to just hit the gym and do whatever you feel like. You’d be surprised by just how much benefit you can get from any training – so make it fun and make working out rewarding in itself!