Q: Is It Okay to Eat the Same Foods Week After Week?
While some people can thrive and get amazing results eating the same meals, some bodies respond by plateauing.
I designed the Fast Metabolism Diet to be a workout for your metabolism — changing glycemic levels and micronutrients in a very specific order to guide your body through the process of healing itself. For some people, if that cycle gets too regular, their bodies won’t respond as quickly. If this sounds like you, all you have to do is mix things up a little bit. My body falls somewhere in the middle. I prefer to eat the same meals on the first and third weeks of the diet, and then switch things up on the second and fourth weeks. That’s usually enough variety for me.
If you’re pressed for time, money or you have a few meals that you love so much, paring down your grocery list and cycling through your favorite meals each phase isn’t a problem. It’s just important that you listen to your body. Your body will tell you what you need. If you’re eating the same things and not plateauing, don’t worry about it at all! But if your weight loss stalls mix up your meals.
Keep in mind that preparing your meals in advance then freezing them is one of the best ways to make the Fast Metabolism Diet work for you. Just think of all the stuff you can accomplish if you don’t have to prep and chop ingredients every day. Life becomes much easier when all you have to do is pull a dish out of the freezer and heat it up. I like to joke that if anyone who isn’t familiar with the FMD ever peeks in my freezer they’ll probably think I’m crazy because it’s full of food storage containers labeled in crayon. (By the way, you should try this! The crayon writes easily on the Tupperware then comes right off in the wash. You can also put a piece of tape on the container and write on that, but I like crayon.).
But if you discover by eating the same meals over and over that it causes you to plateau, in addition to switching up your meals, you might also want to check your water intake. And, when in doubt, always add more vegetables. If there’s no change and the scale is still stuck, then unleash your burn with one of the three plans in THE BURN.