A common question among beginners starting a new fitness and nutrition plan is, “Will eating the same thing every day hurt or help my fitness progression?” Meal planning is becoming more and more popular because fitness gurus are beginning to share exactly what they eat and it can look quite repetitive. Meal plans are the most popular among fitness bodybuilding competitors, because they have been able to break down the exact amount of each macronutrient they need to consume to help them achieve that shredded look. Because the results can be so dramatic, the general public has started to adopt this way of thinking when it comes to eating to get that same look. Many of these meal plans repeat meals for weeks on end which has brought this question to the surface.
So, is it bad to eat the same foods every day? We did a lot of research on this topic and the gist of what we were able to learn is this—for the most part, no, it is not bad for you as long as you stick to a couple of simple rules. Obviously, if you are eating the same unhealthy meals every day that is not good, but if you are eating well balanced nutritious foods, then you can repeat them freely. Just try to change up two things, your proteins and snacks. Some complications people can begin to see from eating the exact same thing each day are indigestion, bloating, headaches, and boredom which can cause you to binge on unhealthy foods. If you swap minor elements of your meals, it can make a big difference as far as how long you last on a meal plan. As previously mentioned, simple changes can be trying new fruits and veggies every other week or the same meal with a different protein. Changing your healthy snacks between meals can help as well.
Many trainers and coaches will actually give their clients a few recipes or meals that they can switch in and out as they please. The reason why they do this is because it takes the overthinking out of eating. Most of us can easily start to over think what meals we should or shouldn’t be eating and it can complicate the healthy eating process. Having 2 or 3 go-to options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner makes everything so much more simple. It allows you to create a routine so that you can focus on other things like having an awesome workout.
This type of eating can also help you transition to a healthy eating mindset. Many claim that they were able to use a meal plan and slowly add in variety which allowed to them to make it a lifestyle change rather than a diet.
Coach Jessica currently provides meal plans for some of her private training clients, and they have been able to pair that with their workouts to achieve amazing results. For more information on meal plans and how to purchase one, contact the front desk to schedule a session with Coach Jessica!