You might find that being on a weight loss program can tend to be boring. Especially true if you’re in it for the long haul, you might find yourself bored with the same ol’ foods and the same ol’ routine. There are ways of avoiding boredom on a weight loss program that will help you put the spice (literally) back into your journey!
Avoiding Boredom on a Weight Loss Program
All that clean eating can get your cravings going so it’s important to choose a weight loss program that’s flexible. The program will only be successful for you if you’re able to stay on it. But boredom on our weight loss program can make us all start searching in the pantry for something else! These 7 ideas will help you avoid boredom on a weight loss program, including tips for those on the Jenny Craig plan.
1. Try New Foods
Have you always wondered about spaghetti squash? Does quinoa make you curious? If you’ve always wondered about some of these healthy options, give them a try. If you’re getting bored with the usual apple or blueberries for your fruit option, grab a kiwi or mango at the store.
What I am loving about the Jenny Craig weight loss program is that each week the menu changes up so you’re not eating the same things over and over. Seasonal and new items are constantly being added as well. There are menu favorites but you won’t find yourself getting bored with this diverse menu. And when it comes to rounding out the daily vegetables, you’ll be able to add your own prepped items to your dish.
2. Top It Off
Even “boring” foods can be made exciting with a few well-placed toppers. Items like salsa, mustard, vinegar and extract add tons of flavor in small amounts. Consider adding salsa to the top of a baked potato, low-sodium soy sauce on chicken or vanilla extract to plain unsweetened oats.
One of my favorite toppers go onto my daily salad! Add on extra veggies like red onions, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots or chopped celery.
The Jenny Craig weight loss program app has space for you to include your Limited Foods. These include barbecue sauce, ketchup, sour cream and tomato sauce. I added a bit of my husband’s homemade tomatillo salsa to the top of my Jenny Craig Chicken Street Tacos. Made this already delicious lunch even better with a little spicy kick from the salsa!
3. Change Up the Order
Since I’ve been on the Jenny Craig weight loss program, I’ve found that I rarely have the desire after dinner to eat my final snack. However I usually crave something in the few hours before I eat dinner. So I’ve changed up when I eat my snacks. I’ll eat my fruit snack after lunch and then another snack a few hours later. Then dinner becomes my last meal of the day.
If you find yourself bored on your weight loss program, try switching things up. Maybe you eat breakfast for dinner one night? So long as you’re still spacing out food every 2-3 hours and not under or over eating, this is an easy way to avoid boredom.
4. Water, Water Everywhere
Personally I get pretty bored with all the water drinking. I know I need the hydration to move waste and keep muscles in good health, but water isn’t my favorite. Avoid boredom by creating a fruit-infused Water Pitcher that you keep on hand in the fridge. It’s a healthy spa-like treatment that’s also good for you. Berries, mint, citrus and cucumbers all add a unique twist to plain water. Try carbonated water if you want a little zing!
5. Spice It Up!
Adding spices to your food is an easy and flavorful way to avoid boredom on a weight loss plan. Instead of eating the same grilled chicken every day, change it up by adding Italian seasoning one day and curry the next.
6. Change Up the Prep Method
If you always steam broccoli and boil carrots, try preparing them in a new way. Halve Brussels sprouts and drizzle with olive oil before baking them for awesome flavor. Roasted asparagus topped with crushed garlic is another boredom buster. What about green beans cooked in the air fryer? YUM!
7. Remember Why You Started
Boredom can be one of the things that sabotage weight loss. Before you go completely off the rails, it’s best to remember why you began on this plan in the first place.
One great way to see how far you’ve come is to take a new progress photo and make the comparisons. Before starting a weight loss program, be sure to take those pictures. Even if the scale isn’t moving as quickly as you’d like, there will be changes! If you’re following the program and exercising there are going to be differences in your body.
Your weight loss results aren’t always going to be reflected on the scale. I’ve lost 12 lbs in 3 months on the Jenny Craig weight loss program *. But more than that I’ve lost inches and seeing other huge changes in my body!
Some changes may be physical and you’ll be able to see them in pictures. Other changes may include not being winded when walking up stairs, more flexibility, decreased aches and pains or better sleep patterns. These can all be related to weight loss and should not be discounted!
*Avg. weight loss 1-2 lbs/week for members following the program
This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.