I eat a set number of meals per day - and never miss a meal.
As a creature of habit, you never miss a meal. That’s good, because a study conducted by researchers in Sweden in 2008 found that eating meals regularly lowers your risk of developing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome (a condition that can lead to the onset of diabetes and heart disease).
But if you don’t change up the foods you eat, says nutritionist Tara Coleman, you could develop a nutrient deficiency.
A few times a week, substitute similar but different-for-you foods, says Monique Ryan, author of Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes:
- If you normally eat corn flakes and a banana for breakfast, try hot oats (for a fibre boost) topped with antioxidant-rich berries.
- In a grilled-chicken rut? Make a lean fillet steak, which contains more iron.
- Try a new recipe every other week to liven up your taste buds.
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