Let’s face it, eating the same foods to lose weight over and over again every day is pretty damn monotonous.
Even if you are seeing great results and shedding pounds and inches on your weight loss diet, fat loss and health boosting foods tend to be a lot less flavorful than restaurant foods and fast food.
Switching things up a bit by eating different foods instead of prepping your meals with the same ingredients is a more fun and less boring way to lose weight.
Less boredom means you are less likely to go off your diet and generally leads to faster and more sustainable weight loss over the long run.
To keep dietary boredom from creeping in, give these nine strategies a try the next time you feel like abandoning ship:
1. Instead of broccoli for lunch or dinner, eat a veggie platter.
A veggie platter is not exactly a salad as it has no lettuce or dressing. It consists of raw, chopped vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, beets, shallots and carrots.
Eating your vegetables raw is the best way to maximize nutrient intake as cooked vegetables lose some of their fiber and vitamins during cooking.
2. Swap Greek Yogurt for low fat Kefir or cottage cheese.
If you love Greek yogurt, you should try low fat cottage cheese or Kefir. Both of these dairy foods are great substitutes for Greek Yogurt as they are high in protein and low in fat and calories and taste great.
3. Skip breakfast.
Skipping breakfast and going straight into lunch is a great way to keep from getting bored with your diet. Skipping breakfast is also called intermittent fasting, you can read more about intermittent fasting in this article that I wrote a while back.
If you normally start your day with breakfast, start skipping it 2-3 times a week.
Skipping breakfast does wonders for your metabolism by teaching your body to use fat for energy in the morning, instead of food.
What you’ll find is that after skipping breakfast several times, your hunger in the mornings will disappear as intermittent fasting lowers the hormone insulin, which is one of the hormones responsible for hunger and weight gain.
Now, this is not to say that you can skip breakfast and eat whatever you want during lunch, this will quickly reverse the benefits of intermittent fasting.
4. Instead of oatmeal or brown rice, try quinoa.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is an ancient grain that was first cultivated in Bolivia thousands of years ago. Quinoa is very high in fiber, protein and other nutrients and makes an excellent substitute for brown rice and oatmeal.
Be sure to go with Organic quinoa as traditional quinoa is high in harmful pesticides.
5. Swap hummus for guacamole.
Guacamole is made from Avocados, and avocados are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, including Omega 3 healthy fats, which hummus does not contain.
6. Swap your sandwich bread for lettuce or low-carb wraps.
Although marketed as a healthy alternative to white bread and other white flour products, wheat and whole grain breads and other wheat based products are just as bad for your health and waistline as white flour products.
You see, wheat contains a substance called amylopectin A, which shoots up your insulin and blood sugar levels quicker and higher than pure sugar!
If you are serious about improving your health and fitness and losing weight, cut wheat based products form your diet permanently.
Make your sandwich by wrapping it in a few layers of lettuce or if you are not going low carb, wrap the meat and veggies in a corn or buckwheat wrap.
When choosing wraps, go with organic and be sure that it does not contain any white or wheat flour.
7. Instead of snacking on popcorn, eat sorghum instead.
Popped sorghum is a delicious snack and an excellent (and healthier) alternative to popcorn.
While popcorn is not considered a health food, especially not movie theater or microwave popcorn, popcorn can be healthy depending on how you prepare it and the topping.
The next time you’re craving popcorn, pop up some sorghum instead. Sorghum tastes delicious and contains more fiber per cup than popcorn.
It’s also high in B vitamins, protein and magnesium. Sorghum has some great health benefits and has been shown to fight cancer and reduce your risk of heart disease.
8. Substitute beef for Bison.
When it comes to lean meats that help you build lean muscle and keep you lean and fit, Bison is at the top of the food chain.
Ounce per ounce, Bison contains more protein and less fat and cholesterol per serving than even the leanest cuts of beef.
What’s more, Bison is also easier to digest than beef, which is very important as the last thing you need when trying to lose weight is a bunch of undigested beef sitting in your stomach.
Besides the huge environmental issues and health risks associated from eating cows that are fed grains and confined to a feedlot (traditional grocery store beef), dropping the beef and switching to Bison is one of the best decisions you can make for your overall health, your weight loss and the environment.
9. When it comes to potatoes, say Japanese.
Here’s the deal, white potatoes are one of least nutritious foods in the grocery store.
Potatoes, no matter what kind, are pure carbohydrates with no protein or fat. Because of this, it’s very important that you limit your consumption of potatoes if your goal is to lose body fat and get lean.
That being said, sweet potatoes are unlike traditional potatoes and are much healthier for you.
Unlike regular potatoes, sweet potatoes pack more essential nutrients and fiber per serving and are lower on the glycemic index, which means less blood sugar and insulin elevation after eating.
There is another variety of sweet potatoes called Japanese sweet potatoes.
Simply put, they are just as nutritious as regular sweet potatoes and they are very, very tasty. I actually prefer Japanese sweet potatoes over American sweet potatoes because of their texture and unique, sweet taste.
Japanese sweet potatoes have a reddish type, purple skin and a soft, smooth texture after cooking. They go well with any type of salad or lean meat and are an excellent alternative to regular sweet potatoes.
Unfortunately, Japanese sweet potatoes are not easy to find as most American grocery stores do not carry them.
Many health food stores such as Whole Foods and some small food co-op stores will carry Japanese sweet potatoes, so look for them there.
To sum it up, when it comes to your diet as in many things in life, variety really is the spice.
The more variety and options you have in your diet, the more likely you are to stick with it and succeed on your weight loss quest.
I’d like to finish by adding that weight loss and great health is not something that you pursue every once in a while by going on a diet.
Along with other whole, unprocessed foods, make the foods I listed above a part of your diet on a regular basis and combine them with regular exercise.
Add some sunshine to the mix, drink plenty of water, stay away from crabs and vampires (negative people who keep you down) and live a low stress lifestyle.
You will find yourself looking and feeling better than ever and may start doing double takes when walking past the mirror.
Author: Adi Crnalic, C.P.T