Does Variety Matter on a Diet?
By Lana Bandoim
Do you eat a variety of food on a diet, or prefer sticking to a couple of planned meals? Although personal preference is an important factor to consider, variety can actually help you stay on a diet. Eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be boring, and it can encourage cheating.
One of the dangers of not eating a variety of food is missing nutrients. If you skip an entire food group, then the risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies increases. Eating a variety of vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts, seeds and other things makes it easier to get enough nutrients in the diet. In addition, variety can decrease the need to take supplements such as vitamins.
Eating the same things every day can become boring and take the joy out of meals. Instead of looking forward to lunch, you may be tempted to skip it because eating the same sandwich is not appealing. Variety adds more fun to people’s diets and encourages them to try new things. It makes meals more entertaining and surprising.
When people follow specific diet plans, they often try to restrict or eliminate specific foods. For example, they may stop eating meat or sugar. They may cut calories or change the type of fats they consume. Often, the diet restrictions can make it hard to eat a variety of foods.
However, studies show that variety can reduce temptations. For example, eating more colorful fruit can satisfy sugar cravings and help people resist a piece of cake. Variety can also increase the flavors while you are on a diet. This can also decrease the chances of people cheating on the diet because they are tired of the bland food.
It is not hard to add more variety to your meals every day. The easiest trick is to have a combination of different colors on the plate. Try to eat red tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, green leafy vegetables, orange carrots and white salad dressing. Combine green apple wedges, orange slices, white coconut flakes, brown raisins and red cherries together for a fun fruit salad. Eat different fruit and vegetables every day. Experiment with new recipes in the kitchen and try new spices.
Do not forget to have a variety of foods on your plate while dieting. It is still important to eat different things when trying to lose weight or improve health.
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