Weight Loss Programs for Healthy Living

Oatmeal Diet for Weight Loss

oatmeal-dietOatmeal provides us with a sufficient amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants essential for our bodies to function properly. Besides, it is a great source of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and iron. Another good thing related to eating oatmeal is that it can help you lose weight and fight off certain types of cancer due to the nutrients and fiber it contains. If you strictly follow a 30-day plan of eating three meals of oatmeal a day and a low-fat snack in between, you will be certainly on a good way of reducing your weight much as 2 to 5 lb. per week on the oatmeal diet.

Things You’ll Need:

* Fat-free skim milk

* Fresh fruit

* Water

* Raw vegetables

* Oatmeal granola bars, snacks (12 grams of whole grains per serving)

* Oatmeal, whole (quick or instant

* Pen

* Notepad

Step 1

For the first 7 days of the diet you should eat only oatmeal. You need to eat only a 1/2 cup of oatmeal per meal. In this initial phase, do not eat processed or instant oatmeal, but take whole oatmeal. Aviod eating processed oatmeal snacks or granola bars during the first 7 days of the oatmeal diet. If it is necessary to drink milk with your oatmeal, drink only a  1/2 cup and not more, and only milk which is fat free or skim. Make sure your daily calorie intake goes between 900 and 1,200. Write down what you eat with a pen and notepad.

Step 2

Your oatmeal diet should last one month during which you will eat three square meals per day including at least 1/2 cup of cooked oatmeal. You are allowed to eat instant oatmeal now, but make sure the fat and sugar content is below 60 percent of the total amount of the meal. Each serving should be kept below 300 calories. The calorie consumption at this phase should be between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day.

Step3

Healthy snacks can be implemented in between the three meals. A recommended snack between breakfast and lunch may include each 1/2 cup of fruits such as strawberries, oranges, bananas, apples, seedless grapes and blueberries. For snack between lunch and dinner, you are allowed to take a 1/2 cup of fresh, raw vegetables such as celery sticks, carrot sticks, and green peppers slices. Avoid melons and high starchy vegetables such as potatoes.

Step 4

Start with exercises and make sure they last up to 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week. Also, it is very important to drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water each day. Write down what you eat and how much you exercise with a pen and notepad.

Step 5

Go on with your oatmeal diet plan for 30 days. After 30 days, you can gradually wean yourself over to a low-fat diet implemented by oatmeal.Your oatmeal should include just one oatmeal serving as your meal, and one oatmeal snack in place of another. Try eating only lean meats such as chicken and grilled fish. However, you can eat fruits and vegetables as much as you want during each meal. Continue with exercises and drink a lot of water.

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