Monday, May 21, 2007

Try This Healthy Eating Diet Plan

How many times have you decided the time had come to loose a few pounds but everything you tried left you frustrated and feeling deprived. Have you ever considered a healthy eating diet plan?

If you aren't familiar with a health eating diet plan you might be surprised at just how simple the concept is and you'll be wondering why more aren't using it to lose those extra pounds.

The healthy eating diet plan starts by recognizing that weight will only be lost when the number of calories burned exceeds the number of calories eaten. It also recognizes that if you drop your calorie intake too quickly your body will go into what's called starvation mode storing fat for that rainy day.

The healthy eating diet plan goes one further stating that you can eat anything you want as long as you don't exceed your calorie count for the day and in fact you need to reduce your calorie intake by 500 calories but no more. While at the same time increasing your calorie burn by 500 calories. That means you are going to have a 1000 calorie difference which is going to be noticeable on the diet scale.

The healthy eating diet plan also looks at the type of foods you are eating. Of course although it says you can eat anything you want it expect that you will not fill your diet with foods high in saturated fats but rather will mix your meals up with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables but it gives you the flexibility to mix it up how you like it without being restricted to certain foods.

So what would a healthy eating diet plan look like? Well it might look something like this:

Breakfast

• 1 cup Cheerios


• 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries


• 1 cup fat-free or low-fat milk


• 1/2 whole-grain English muffin, toasted, topped with 1 teaspoon light margarine


• Coffee if desired

Mid-morning snack


• 4 pieces dried apricot


• 1 cup tea with lemon

Lunch


• Sandwich: one 6-inch whole-wheat pita, spread with 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise and stuffed with 2 ounces deli-style roast beef, 1-ounce slice of reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, 3 tomato slices and lettuce


• 4 baby carrots


• 1 banana,

Afternoon snack


• 5 ounces fat-free yogurt


• 3 vanilla wafers

Dinner


• 3 ounces grilled or broiled salmon brushed with 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed before cooking


• 2/3 cup brown rice


• 3/4 cup sliced asparagus spears steamed


• Salad: 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves topped with 1 tangerine, peeled and sectioned; 1 tablespoon chopped almonds; drizzled with 1 tablespoon sesame seed vinaigrette salad dressing


• Water or other no-cal beverage

Of course this is just an example of a healthy eating diet plan for a day. There are so many options that you will never be bored and remember you can eat which ever foods you want as long as you don't exceed your daily calorie intake. So if you love fish eat as much as you want or perhaps you hate asparagus but love baby carrots then don't eat asparagus but do eat all the baby carrots you want.

So what will your healthy eating diet plan look like?

1 comment:

BB Supp said...

Really nice plan Lindsey. If people simply learn to eat healthy foods in moderate portions they wouldn't have a weight problem...ever again. That 1000 calorie deficit translates to 2 pounds lost a week. Pretty good when you consider that you certainly didn't gain the weight at that rate. And once you hit your maintenance weight you can add those 1000 calories back into your diet :>)

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