Eating the same food over and over again can make people uninterested in the meals that they start eating less.

Struggling to shed those extra pounds? Eat the same food every day, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Buffalo in the US found that eating the same food over and over again in successive meals can make people so uninterested in the meals that they start eating less.

The study “provides a very interesting new piece to the obesity puzzle by suggesting that meal monotony may actually lead to reduced calorie consumption,” said Shelley McGuire, a spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition. “The trick will be balancing this concept with the importance of variety to good nutrition,” McGuire was quoted as saying by LiveScience.

For the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers recruited 32 women and engaged them in a computer task. They were given a serving of macaroni and cheese each time they completed their task. All of the women completed five of such sessions over the study’s course, but half of the women participated in one session every day for five consecutive days, while the other half participated once a week for five weeks. Women who ate macaroni and cheese every day for a week were found to be taking in 100 fewer calories each day than normal by the week’s end. Whereas the women whose sessions were spaced one week apart were eating about 30 more calories a day by the study’s end.

The findings show that eating the same food daily makes us habituated to it, whereas eating it weekly does not, they said.

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Via Times of India