Lose Weight With Monotonous Meals

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Looking to drop a few pounds? Monotonous meals might be just the ticket, suggests a study finding that people who maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds for six years had significantly less variety in their diets compared with those who had lost weight within the previous six months. A lack of diversity helps slash calories, says J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., an associate professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Thomas notes the sheer breadth of foods available these days may be partly to blame for the obesity epidemic. When you eat the same food over and over, you tend to eat less. Researchers call it “sensory-specific satiety” we call it “bored taste buds.” Try it with just one meal a day; if you nosh the same eats each morning, noon, and night, you may miss out on the range of nutrients that research shows can help ward off metabolic disease. Plus, you’re likely to get so bored that when you slip up, your splurge could become a binge, says nutritionist Amy Gorin, R.D. (Women’s Health)