Is the Boredom Diet sustainable? We’re skeptical


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Choosing what foods to consume every day, like any decision that yields a plethora of options, can be tricky — even more so if you’re trying to be health-conscious.

Last week, we wrote about how variety of foods in one’s diet is beneficial to overall health. Recent studies into diet and nutrition, though, found that eating the same foods day after day could also help shed pounds. It’s called the Boredom Diet, and we’re breaking down what it’s all about.

The main idea of the Boredom Diet is to eat the same foods day after day. Researchers found in 2011 that eating the same foods often yielded fewer calories consumed as a result. This methodology could work for the average American diet because too much variety in food often leads people to make poorer dietary decisions and consume more of those unhealthy foods. For example, the study found that a group of women who consumed macaroni and cheese every day lost weight because they ate less of the meal. Sounds crazy, right?

Take it with a grain of salt. If you’re like us, you may find yourself wandering into trouble when you get bored, whether it’s that time we thought it would be fun to steal parking cones around campus or spontaneously dye our hair blonde. The point is, boredom is a state in which most people find themselves wanting to exit. Also, the study conducted with the macaroni and cheese was conducted during a short period of time, so there is no research indicating if the Boredom Diet is sustainable. We can’t help but raise an eyebrow at the idea of eating nothing but macaroni and cheese for 30 years.

Likewise, this methodology of eating the same meal doesn’t work for those who already have a healthy diet. Variety is best for weight loss and maintaining a healthy diet for those who regularly consume fruits and vegetables.