Are you ready? Here it is …
Eat the same meals every day.
I know, I know … it doesn’t sound as sexy as Ultra Nitrabolic N-Xplode Formula™, but believe me, it works like gangbusters.
Ironically, when I tell this to people, most of them remain shocked. After they come to their senses, I usually get one of the following responses:
“But I don’t want to eat the same meals every day!”
“Eating the same foods every day is not good for your health!”
First of all, lets make some things clear.
When I say eating the same meals every day, I mean meals which include whole, raw and unprocessed foods. I’m not talking about highly processed junk food, with which most people stuff their pie holes with.
Example of a good meal: Steak + sweet potatoes + fresh vegetables (local, organic produce is preferred).
Example of a bad meal: King size portion of cereals with skim milk + big slice of bread with margarine spread on top + double chocolate ice cream for dessert.
Guess which meal is a big no, no?
The Good Meal gives your body all the macro and micro nutrients necessary for its normal functioning, while the Bad Meal, in order to be digested, takes nutrients away from your body.
So eating the same healthy meals every day, will only make you healthier and stronger.
If you’re still not convinced, then the following five reasons will definitely help you change your mind.
Reason #1 – Necessary for long term success
Eating different meals every day, just doesn’t work long term.
Why is that?
Because it’s simply too much work, especially when you’re starting out.
When starting out, you want to develop new habits that are – effort wise – as low maintenance as possible, but are still greatly contributing to your success.
Eating the same meals every day is a smart habit, because it kills two birds with one stone. It will greatly simplify your life and it will also help you build muscle at the same time.
By adopting smart habits, you’ll maximize your chances of getting past the initial and subsequent urges to quit.
Reason #2 – Easier to track
Eating the same meals every day, will allow you effortlessly track your daily food intake.
It’ll probably take you less than 3 minutes to record everything that you’ve eaten throughout the day.
But why do you want to track what you eat, I hear you say?
Well, to put it in simple terms, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.
You can’t manage your body weight, if you don’t measure your caloric/food intake.
Lets say that your goal is to build muscle. In order to gain muscle mass, you need to eat more calories than you consume – in reality it’s a bit more complex, but lets stick to simplicity for now. By simply winging it, there’s no way in hell for you to know, if you’re eating enough food to stimulate muscle growth.
You can forget about muscle gains, if you’re not able to track the food you eat. This is one of the most common mistakes people make, when trying to gain muscle mass.
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Reason #3 – Easy food preparation
Unless cooking is your passion, forget experimenting with new recipes.
First of all, you’re going to lose precious time, searching the internet for a recipe worth testing out. Secondly, you’re going to waste insane amounts of time, preparing and cooking the food. Thirdly, don’t get me even started about washing dishes … sweet Raptor Jesus! Every time I tried a new fancy recipe, I spent an hour cleaning up the aftermath in the kitchen.
And you know what’s the best part? In the end, the food tasted like s#@!t :)
I remember one time, I unknowingly put too much powdered garlic into a marinade. I left my chicken breasts to soak in that marinade for 24 hours, and finally when I started frying them, as if a smelly gas bomb had exploded in the kitchen.
It was the revenge of the powdered garlic!
I had to throw almost 1 pound (half a kilogram) of chicken into the bin. Not even my cat would come near that culinary disaster, it smelled so bad.
I learned a valuable lesson from my cooking experiments, and that’s – stick to salt and pepper.
Reason #4 – Costs less money
By eating mostly the same foods every day, you’ll be able to cut down on your food expenses.
I remember when I wanted to test out a new recipe, I always ended up buying a bunch of ingredients I never used.
Trying out new recipes costs a lot more money than sticking to the same, delicious meals. Besides the financial cost, there’s also a time cost associated with being creative in the kitchen.
Also worth mentioning, is the time you’re going to save by visiting the supermarket every few days instead of every day. To me, time is the single most precious commodity.
Reason #5 – You’ll become more disciplined
Aristotle really nails it with the following statement.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
It takes quite some discipline to develop the habit of eating the same meals. It’s definitely not an easy task, since it requires you to do some planing every day.
Rest assured that this discipline, will also be carried over to other areas of your life.
I could probably list many more reasons, but I think these 5 will be more than enough. What’s your take on this? Do you get bored, by eating the same stuff every day? Do you have any other reasons/tips to share?
If you do, please share them in the comments section below.
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