How to Avoid the Diet Rut

April 9, 2015 Updated: April 10, 2015

Rice cakes. Grapefruits. Cabbage soup. Yawn! Eating should be enjoyable, not miserable. Don’t fall prey to boring diets and boring meals.

Here are some easy ways to spice up your routine, avoid the diet rut, and still lose weight.

Aspire to Eat Clean

If you’re tired of getting stuck, setting tight restrictions might be to blame. Instead, aspire to eat clean. This means ditching the processed and packaged foods. The meal combinations are endless with fresh veggies, fruit, meat, whole grains, and low-fat dairy at your choosing.

¬†Some days you will do better than other days, and that’s perfectly okay. You don’t have to become the perfect clean eating human. Simply lean your life toward healthier choices.

Meatless Mondays

If a chicken breast with steamed vegetables is your everyday meal, it’s time to mix it up before boredom sidelines your diet. How can you do this? Go meatless on Mondays. Challenge your taste buds and cooking skills by eating vegetarian proteins like tofu, legumes, eggs, and quinoa. Who knows, you might just find a new favorite!

Explore Pinterest

From healthy pancakes to healthy burgers to healthy cookies, Pinterest has it! Use this awesome resource as your virtual healthy cookbook for meal and snack ideas. With thousands of recipes, a diet rut is nearly impossible.


Cheat? Yes, cheat. You are more likely to crash and burn (that is, eat the entire cake instead of just one slice) if you don’t give into temptations every once in awhile. Plan a weekly cheat meal. Maybe it’s a “healthy” version of your favorite dessert or maybe even the real thing! Either way, eat what you really want and put cravings to rest.

Source: Visit the “Life Fitness” blog for more health and fitness information.

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