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Dealing with Boredom in Your Diet

Everything Needs a Little Shake-Up


You start a new diet. You see some fantastic results pretty quickly. The struggle, of course, is then maintaining this weight loss. Changing eating patterns for a short period is different than sustaining them. This is the area people seem to have the most problems with. Once frustration and boredom sets in, once dieters have reached that plateau, it becomes so easy to just give up in disappointment.

Dig Down Deep
When you are in a rut, don’t give up! That’s the worst thing you can do. Boredom might be leading you back towards your old habits, but fight back! What’s vital to overcoming this sense of apathy is to set goals. Not just in the beginning of your diet, but throughout it. Goals should be specific, yet flexible. They should allow for some minor setbacks, and yet encourage you to keep moving forward.

As an example, say your goal is to lose 50 pounds. Great! But how are you going to get there? Is it by eating a specific amount of calories? Perhaps by eating enough servings of fruits and vegetables? Are you going to try to work out a few times a week? Be accommodating to yourself. Realize that you are not perfect and you might splurge on something tasty every now and again. Don’t view this as diet failure.

Keep it Fresh
One of the biggest things that can be seen as contributing to diet boredom is a regimen that is so specific; it eliminates certain things from your diet, such as a low carbohydrate diet. These diets are not inherently bad, but it limits the variety of food options. So do your best to keep it fresh.

When struggles of tediousness come, counterattack! Change the types of food you eat. Don’t have the same dinners every week. Try new things out. It might take a little extra effort in the kitchen, but creativity in the kitchen can be fun. One way to do this is to splurge on a new healthy cookbook. Try out a new recipe once a week. Also, get your family involved in healthy cooking. Perhaps each family member can have a night of the week, not only to help cook, but to help pick out a recipe. You can also do a healthy recipe exchange with friends.

Above all else, a diet is nothing without combining other aspects of healthy living. Drink plenty of water, as always. This will keep you from munching throughout the day. Also, eat around 5-6 times a day, but in smaller portions. Finally, concentrate on fitness aspects as well. You won’t lose weight effectively if you do nothing to train your body. So, with your diet, you’ll be able to build some great healthy habits, but this can lead to plateaus. Add some spice to your diet and you’ll continue seeing success.

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Member Comments

  • Thanks, great article!
  • Good advice! Thanks
  • Good to know how to handle being bored.
  • I ,usually have a protein shake every morning with berries,mixed greens and Chia seeds.
    I'm much happier eating 100-200 calories every 2 hours, with a larger dinner, than 3 meals a day. It works for me.

    I much prefer a work environment where I can choose how to do my job, including eating at my workspace, than being micro-managed, You must eat now in the breakroom, how ridiculous.
  • I am actually fairly happy about eating the same food every day. Takes the guesswork out of it.
  • Some great points in this article. I question the suggestion about smaller meals, 5-6 per day. A recent study has shown that subjects eating multiple, smaller meals have no greater success in losing weight than those eating three full size meals. I hope sparkpeople continues to base their content on proven or widely accepted research and steers clear of taking sides on debatable subjects.
  • Like Jshare this came at a good time for me. I have lost 28 kilos and have 2 more to lose to reach my goal. I am finding it a real struggle to shift the last of the weight and really feel like I have been doing this diet forever. I am following the Dukan plan which is very restrictive. I think it's time for a change whilst not returning to my old eating habits.
    Articles like this help keep me focused on the lifestyle issue, not the diet route. Thanks Liz!!!
    I found that trying to "Diet" only led to frustration for me. I found my answer in a book by Jorge Cruise called the "Belly Fat Cure". His program suggests that you watch your sugar intake and keep it @ 15 grams of sugar or less a day and to keep your carbs @ 120 grams a day. His book offers many food items that are filling while staying within the limits of the sugar and carb intake. It's not a diet but a life style change for me. As a result of following his sugar/carb plan I have lost 25 lbs and 3.5 inches off of my waist.
  • I have lost some weight but I suspect the next 3 weeks will be a real test for me as we are going on a 3 week long vacation. Please wish me luck as I absolutely must avoid fats and sweets to retain my weight loss success! Thanks for the support that is always available on Spark People!!!
    First off let me say I train people to get fit! One of the first things they ask me is what kind of a diet should I go on so I can look like you. My response always "DIET" is an immediate failure word! You must do a life style change with your eating habits! That means CLEAN EATING for the rest of your life. Lean protien,complex carbs,fruits veggies. Remember it takes two-eating and exercise! CALORIES IN-CALORIES OUT!! I have many success stories with clients who finally got it! Alife style change not a diet!!!
    I disagree with some parts of this...
    I plan my lunch, eating the same food groups daily & have for almost 2 years, ie., a broth based soup, 2 veggies, 2 small fruits (usually berries) & yogurt...& I look forward to it everyday.
    Also, if I ate 4, 5, or 6 meals per day, regardless of how small, I'd continue to eat all day. Research has now shown it's not necessary to eat this way. I eat 3 meals & a snack & I'm content. Guess it's what works for each, not to mention, I really hate to see people eat at their desks, aten't they supposed to be working & then eat at break time in their cafeteria??

About The Author

Liz Noelcke Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.