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The Food Lover's Diet

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No fooling: This weight-loss plan includes tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes with pasta, waffles, even peanut butter. And it totally works.

5 Eat-Right Strategies

The days are getting longer, the weather warmer. It can mean just one thing -- only four weeks left to get in shape for the beach! Don't panic: This plan is built on five simple and proven guidelines.

Eat! If you exercise and consume fewer than 1,500 calories a day, it will be too hard to get all the nutrients you need. Plus, you'll be ravenous. (Follow our plan exactly and you won't have that problem.)

Get the right mix of carbs, fats, and protein. The most effective combo for dropping pounds fast is one that is high in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, contains mostly unsaturated fats from olive oil or nuts, and provides a healthy dose of extra-lean protein from dairy, legumes, soy, fish, and lean meat. Our plan is perfect.

Temper your expectations. Dropping one to two pounds a week ensures that you lose fat, not muscle.

Stay real. Every plate in this plan is piled high with vegetables and fruits and moderate amounts of whole grains, legumes, extra-lean meat or fish, nonfat milk or yogurt, and other "real" (i.e., unprocessed) foods.

Exercise. A combo of cardio and strength training is best. In just one month, you'll lose five pounds -- that's half a dress size (and at least a whole bathing-suit size). Follow the plan longer and you can lose all the weight you want.

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lindmrrs84962 wrote:

Does it have to be whole wheat bread. I like oat bread much better.

11/18/2013 11:12:49 AM Report Abuse
wetcarrots wrote:

Rachel, have you watched Isabel De Los Rois's presentation called "5 Foods To Never Eat"? - Start by eliminating these foods and you'll see a big difference. Here's a direct link to the presentation:

4/16/2013 01:46:19 PM Report Abuse
laurieamundson wrote:

I do not like milk or better yet it does like me?? What can I replace the milk with???

2/9/2013 10:57:33 PM Report Abuse
rachellenyman wrote:

seems like a good diet plan to kick start. was wondering if there may be a list of allowable foods for snacks and drinks, ie coffee, diet soda, etc available. i cannot start my day without coffee!!!

9/2/2012 06:10:06 AM Report Abuse
trent_il wrote:

I go much lighter for breakfast than this. I know it's ideal to have your big meal early, but that just doesn't work for me. I have more time in the evenings to enjoy a larger meal and that's when I'm most tempted to overeat anyway, so I save my calories for then. Breakfast is usually just 200-300 calories (a microwavepoached egg on a slice of wheat toast or high-fiber instant oatmeal with frozen fruit mixed in).

8/23/2012 10:08:51 AM Report Abuse

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