Variety is good. Known somewhat as the “spice of life”, no one enjoys anything that is dull or lacking in choice. So, when looking at eating and fitness, variety is also encouraged in everyday life.
There is a downside to variety however.
When a person makes the choice to get in shape, they look at two things; working out and eating. Most of the time the first thing that is approached is their activity level. Joining a gym or buying equipment to put in the house is the first step for many. With the variety of approaches these days to fitness, a person could easily get overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, which in the end could lead to them quitting before they ever truly got started.
When it comes to the other component, eating, the same serves true. People want to have a variety of foods to choose from when eating healthy. Being too strict and bland can lead to someone easily quitting and “falling off” the eating clean bandwagon. But, variety can also serve as a nuisance as well to a person wanting to eat clean just as it does to a person looking at what workout routine to follow.
When you wake up in the morning, the last thing you want to do is think too hard about what food to eat for breakfast. Going through 15 different options as opposed to 2 or 3 can be exhausting and down- right frustrating. By the time the day has come to an end, and you have had to do this with all your other meals, you could be overwhelmed and ready to just say “screw it” and go back to eating something that is not healthy, but it is quick and easy to get.
Keeping things simple is at the end of the day best. But simple does not always have to constitute for boring. Instead of having a data base of meals and foods to try, pick a mean arsenal of foods you know you will eat and enjoy as much as possible that are also good for you and fit into your plan of attack.
Willpower is depleted when we have to make tons of decisions and choices, so make sure your willpower is on a high level throughout the day to fight off those cravings for unhealthy garbage.
Just “food for thought”.