Eating the same thing everyday.

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    Jun 19, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    What's up guys? wanted opinions on this.

    I was bulking for quite awhile, now going on a cut. Been on a cut for a few months now. Work out before and after work + swimming mixed in.

    One of my old trainers told me to eat the same thing almost everyday. To count the calories you need, and then stick with that for awhile. Now, i have a cheat day once a week. So... it's not the same 7 days a week lol but still.

    This is how i have been doing it on a weekly basis.

    1 Week

    sun-thu & saturday: Egg whites and green beans for lunch with a protein shake. Same for dinner as well, but with some fruits thrown in.

    Fri- Eat whatever icon_smile.gif

    2nd week:

    Sun-thu & saturday: Grilled chicken & wheat berry salad, a protein shake, and a fruit salad. Same for dinner.

    Fri- Eat whatever icon_cool.gif

    Those are the main ones that I've been doing for about 4 months now.

    Is it OK to eat the same thing essentially for most of the week? if it meets your calorie needs and such. Or is it better to switch it up daily?

    Thanks in advanced for all the responses!

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 19, 2014 12:24 PM GMT
    A variety is the "spice of life" and I think you can put in a limited change up in your diet if you are diligent about knowing what you eat. Part of enjoying your fitness efforts is being creative and enjoying yourself.. and "achieving" at the same time.

    Doing the same thing (in this case eating) makes it a little mundane. See if you can achieve the same success and vary it.
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    Jun 19, 2014 1:54 PM GMT
    Eating the same thing every day for months is a great way to develop food sensitivities. It would be better to come up with some meal plans of different foods that you eat no more than 3 or 4 days in a row, but that accomplish the goals your trainer has set out.

    Plant foods all have built-in toxins that are not harmful unless you over-indulge in them. This is how people develop sensitivities later in life. Their bodies just get irritated by the constant exposure.

    But even if you don't get sensitive easily, nutritionally you will always miss out if you don't have some variety.
  • peterstrong

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    Jun 19, 2014 2:03 PM GMT
    u should eat what your body craves ( not including junk food ) Our bodies tell us what minerals and such they want according to what we crave, when choosing among natural basic foods
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    Jun 19, 2014 2:08 PM GMT
    peterstrong saidu should eat what your body craves ( not including junk food ) Our bodies tell us what minerals and such they want according to what we crave, when choosing among natural basic foods
    That doesn't make any sense. It would seem that most bodies tend to crave all the wrong things. Not only junk food, booze, cigarettes, unprotected sex, and anything sweet. Bodies really do crave the foods they are most sensitive to and should most avoid.
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    Jun 19, 2014 3:46 PM GMT
    There is evidence to suggest that eating a limited diet aids in weight loss, simply because you don't buy anything outside of your range of foods. This reduces temptation to cheat because the food isn't readily available. Variety may be the spice of life, but it is also easier to control what you are eating.

    I find that eating for a purpose (other than flavor, out of boredom, or when emotions are the motivation) helps me to be a little more present about food. When I'm bored or feeling restless, I used to eat. Now I go do something, not always strenuous exercise, but something that requires my concentration.

    That said, getting protein from eggs, fish and meats; carbs from brightly colored vegetables low in starch and sugars, and limited healthy fats, is ideal, but within your eating day, try for a combination of these foods, but copy them daily. It is boring, but I have found it works.
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    Jun 19, 2014 4:03 PM GMT
    The latest idea regarding the Paleo diet is that the stomach does not process a mix of food very well. So a meal should be one type of food rather than a mix. A non ideal combo is mixing proteins with staches. The stomach can't process both at once efficiently. I have been giving it a try and realize that is how I naturally ate as a kid .
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    A little bit off topic but I have a good bud who I brew beer with whos an allergist and specializes in food allergies. I have heard him say several time that if you consistently eat the same (few) foods you will eventually develop allergies to them and foods containing similar ingredients. Obviously the OP is trying to achieve some fitness goals and this wouldn't a decade long narrow suite of food choices(?). My $.02 any way. Good luck.
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    Kev1962 saidA little bit off topic but I have a good bud who I brew beer with whos an allergist and specializes in food allergies. I have heard him say several time that if you consistently eat the same (few) foods you will eventually develop allergies to them and foods containing similar ingredients. Obviously the OP is trying to achieve some fitness goals and this wouldn't a decade long narrow suite of food choices(?). My $.02 any way. Good luck.


    even core foods like oatmeal, eggs and meats like chicken, turkey and beef?
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    Jun 20, 2014 1:37 AM GMT
    I asked that question to him. Interestingly and maybe predictably enough not the proteins provided you eat other things too (veggies/fruits). Unless you have an egg intolerance already or some folks have a poultry intolerance (no kidding/I never knew). Folks on a perpetual Atkins mode might be in for trouble??? No data on that one yet. Do people stay on an Atkins plan for years??? Grains and specifically the refined ones are death 9 ways to Jesus if you subsist on them exclusively too. Long term it seems to be the healthy mix of foods based on what my food allergist friend endorses. Plus, his patients don't listen to him. They always want a prescription instead of avoiding foods that affect them. Doesn't work that way. Those deaf/stubborn patients have made him bloody rich too. He has a one barrel run(nano brewery)in his basement and makes killer beers. He works because he likes patient care not because he needs to.
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    Jun 20, 2014 8:11 AM GMT
    Variety is the spice of life, but the spice of foods is different seasonings every day.
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    Jun 20, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidThe latest idea regarding the Paleo diet is that the stomach does not process a mix of food very well. So a meal should be one type of food rather than a mix. A non ideal combo is mixing proteins with staches. The stomach can't process both at once efficiently. I have been giving it a try and realize that is how I naturally ate as a kid .
    I find for energy and blood sugar control (I slip into hypoglycemia easier than most) I need to mix a lot of protein and fat with a little starch. When I try eliminating the starch, even though it is not much, I lack stamina. Starch does give an immediate energy boost, and fat slows glycemic response, so I favour mixing the categories.
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    Jun 20, 2014 6:21 PM GMT
    You are doing perfect since you are eating healthy. Also eating the same basic thing everyday is great depending on the ingredients, organic, and no sugars added, and very little wheat type products.

    I eat healthy 7 days a week and since I work at home eat the same basic plan everyday. and have been in great shape for years. Cook home 95% of the time.

    Breakfast: soaked organic steel cut oats, homemade whole milk yogurt with fruit, kombucha, espresso, water with lemon after.

    Lunch: salad with organic kale, spinach, etc. some type of meat, sauerkraut or kim chee, olive oil, Green homemade Nutri-bullet drink with coconut water, almond milk, veggies like kale and spinach, nuts, chia seeds, coconut oil, etc.

    Dinner: Quinoa, some type of simple meat, indian curry, artichoke or asparagus, Baked Japanese pumpkin, Water Kefir,

    Snacks: lots of hot green tea, bits of low sweetened dark chocolate, nut bread with banana, honey. baked peas.
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    Jun 20, 2014 8:10 PM GMT
    bradomo saidYou are doing perfect since you are eating healthy. Also eating the same basic thing everyday is great depending on the ingredients, organic, and no sugars added, and very little wheat type products.

    I eat healthy 7 days a week and since I work at home eat the same basic plan everyday. and have been in great shape for years. Cook home 95% of the time.

    Breakfast: soaked organic steel cut oats, homemade whole milk yogurt with fruit, kombucha, espresso, water with lemon after.

    Lunch: salad with organic kale, spinach, etc. some type of meat, sauerkraut or kim chee, olive oil, Green homemade Nutri-bullet drink with coconut water, almond milk, veggies like kale and spinach, nuts, chia seeds, coconut oil, etc.

    Dinner: Quinoa, some type of simple meat, indian curry, artichoke or asparagus, Baked Japanese pumpkin, Water Kefir,

    Snacks: lots of hot green tea, bits of low sweetened dark chocolate, nut bread with banana, honey. baked peas.



    Watch out for oxalate poisoning. Greens like spinach, kale,chard, have high amount of oxalate crystals. I was eating it at every meal which is way too much. A couple times a week is considered ideal.

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    Jun 20, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    When I first started bulking I did that. But now I have quite a few different meals that I know pretty much what they consist of carb/protein. And they get rotated weekly. Some days I may have to change things up. But usually the same meals when I'm on my diet 100%. All that matters is your numbers are the same for your goals: carbs/protein/veggies.
  • musicdude

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    Jun 21, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    I don't know a ton about dieting/nutrition but what I do know is that its about portions of protein/carbs/fat which total a general caloric intake. You should be able to vary what you eat while still cutting as long as you stay within those guidelines/proper proportions but variation will take more effort since you'd essentially have to do more prep/homework on what you're eating and it's specific nutritional values.

    Also, to add to what certain people have mentioned, I have heard from multiple people (including doctors) that if you limit yourself to eating the same thing day after day for extend periods of time you increase the chances of your body loosing the ability to digest the food you're avoiding. This will create sensitivities/allergy-like reactions. This (and controlling cravings) is the reason why we allow for cheat days
  • MrPeanut

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    Jun 21, 2014 3:03 PM GMT
    The whole food sensitivity misnomer is anecdotal at best and a poor self diagnosis the rest of the time.

    Your biggest concern should be getting a well founded diet. If you are consistently eating the same foods, you risk missing out on important nutrionional aspects of your diet. Keep track of what is going in your body and suppliment the rest.

    Also don't let a boring diet lead you to cheat. Eating chicken every day may be healthy and easy but variety will make it easier to stick to that diet in the long run.
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    Jun 23, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    Thank you everyone for the advice!~

    This week i am trying to add some new stuff to my daily intake. But, at the same time making it's still within range. I calculate how much calories is exactly in everything i eat... even if it's like 10 calories i still count it. That includes pre-workouts and supplements (I take CLA and some other stuff that has like a few calories in each)

    So far I've been seeing great results. Hope it will keep up..
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    Jun 24, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    I'm going to go with the minority and say that I have had much greater success with a very strict diet, with no "treats" or opportunity to compromise. If you are bulking in particular, you need a ready supply of calories without getting mixed up with planning variety. I do take a multivitamin (although they probably make no difference).