What do bodybuilders and dogs have in common?
Well they pretty much eat the same thing over and over, in a measured amount, every single day of their lives (for the most part). Eating exactly what your body needs to look a certain way, to survive, and to maintain good health, is exactly what a good diet should be. And a good diet, combined with working out, leads to a good physique.
That said, here are some pro’s and cons to eating like a dog, and eating the same thing every day.
The Pros of Eating the Same Thing Every Day
Research suggests that eating the same thing every day may help you lose weight. In one study, women who ate macaroni cheese for lunch every day for 5 days consumed 100 fewer calories than usual over the course of the week, whilst those who ate it just once a week for 5 weeks consumed 30 additional calories with each serving. Psychologists believe that eating the same thing every day results in psychological “habituation” (or boredom), which tends to reduce calorie intake. “More food variety universally leads to more food intake,” says Dr Susan Roberts, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University.
Eating the same meals day in, day out can save you time and money, freeing up valuable minutes that might otherwise be spent planning and preparing meals for other activities. Assuming you go for a healthy option like Jennifer and Eva, it can make eating healthily automatic and effortless, too – taking a superfood smoothie to work each day will help you resist the temptation to pop into Starbucks for that daily coffee and croissant fix.
The Cons of Eating the Same Thing Every Day
According to Dr Mike Russell, however, “eating similar meals day in and day out is a valuable and effective strategy for successful long-term weight maintenance, but this type of diet may have nutritional gaps.” Research suggests that those who consume the widest range of (healthy) foods are 21% less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, and tend to have smaller waists and lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Consuming a wider variety of foods promotes greater diversity of gut bacteria, which seems to guard against heart disease and the storage of abdominal fat.
Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman believes that maintaining our resistance to changing our lunch order could be keeping our minds closed in other ways, too. “Making small changes, such as trying something new for our lunchtime meal, can – in a small way – help to open our mind to new experiences in other areas of life, too,” she says.
This is just advice, do whatever the hell you want!