A Simple Diet Plan
Written by Diet Bites
Do you find dieting too taxing? Is it so complicated that it hurts thy wittle brain?
Then perhaps you need a Simple Diet Plan - a diet plan that you easily execute without having to execute your desires of ditching those unhealthy pounds.
A Simple Diet Plan is based on foods that are closest to their natural state. It may include a lot of raw fruits and vegetables - which are a big part of the official American Food Pyramid - even if a person is not attempting to lose.
Raw foods tend to contain fewer calories and dietary fat in comparison to cooked and processed foods. They are also mined with vital nutrients that the body requires for optimum nutrition.
It's also interesting to know that unless the human body receives all of its required minerals and vitamins, it will not process foods and drinks efficiently. If our daily diet is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals - it will not register fat loss. This is just one reason why it is important to intake food and drink that contain the elements required by the body while dieting; if your meal plates are extremely restricted in caloric values, then it's a great idea to take a multi-vitamin amid this process.
But do take special note: if your daily totals become too restrictive, that will only serve to slow down the weight loss process - multi-vitamin or not.
Example of a Simple Diet Plan
Breakfast Menu: 1/2 melon, 1 serving of original oats, 1 cup of skim or reduced fat milk.
Breakfast is your most important meal of the day because it starts the metabolic burn and refuels the body after the long night's rest. Make it count - and make it healthy. Other options include: all whole grain cereals whether warm or cold, fresh fruits which can be added to whole grain bread, waffles or pancakes - or to the hot or cold cereal choices.
A whole grain bagel is also another very health-wise choice; just be careful what you smear onto it. It's best to add a scrambled egg or a spoon of fruit preserves rather than cream cheese; it's so fatty that it's not even allowed within the American Food Pyramid along with its two other buddies, Mister Butter and Ms. Cream.
Bacon that has been prepared in the microwave (zap the fat) can also be an okay choice for breakfast as well as reduced fat sausage. However, the whole grain cereals are our top choices. One reason why is because of the fat distribution of the foods. Another is because the minimal amount of recommended daily grains equals six servings. Unless one or two grains are embraced for breakfast, it makes it difficult for the dieter to get in the minimal recommended servings for the day, particularly if they opt for fresh fruit or vegetables at snack time. And on that note, a simple plan will call for such for snack times.
Options for protein include a stick of lean jerky or a 1/2 cup serving of reduced fat cottage cheese - which also satisfies the dairy group. For grain snacks, crackers and a small wedge of reduced fat cheese as well as a corn tortilla or a flour tortilla wrapped around a small spoon of reduced fat shredded cheese plus salsa make good options. If you enjoy rice and popcorn cakes or simply popcorn, all of these are terrific snack options.
Lunch Menu: 1 apple, 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter; 1 ounce of cheese, assorted raw veggies served with a sweet yogurt dip.
While peanuts are commonly associated with nuts, they are actually a legume as they grow beneath the earth. Peanut butter is an excellent option over animal proteins.
Keep in mind that the base of the American Food Pyramid contains the group which requires the most servings for optimum health. We hear so much about the importance of protein while dieting - and while yes, it's important, the Protein Group is located at the top of the pyramid. The average per-day serving equals four to six ounces.
To put things into perspective, one-half of a roasted chicken breast (small) equals 86 grams - which equals 3.03 ounces. In other words, for most individuals, 1 small roasted chicken breast is enough to satisfy daily protein group recommendations. OR, 1 cup of cooked beans OR 1 egg and 2 to 3 ounces of prepared baked fish.
Fact is, the human body requires more grains, fruits and vegetables than dairy and meat selections. The alarming issue is that it's not uncommon for the average American male to sit down to a 16-ounce steak and finish it off in one sitting.
As far as protein consumption goes, an overage poses health risk to the kidneys, heart and bones.
Dinner Menu: Large salad filled with raw green, yellow and orange veggies, a few nuts, dried fruits and served with light dressing made with crushed fruit. A hunk of wheat grain bread with a smear of butter plus 1/2 acorn squash topped with a spoon of raw sugar. A cup of milk.
Eight cups (not glasses) of water is incorporated throughout the day. A steady 20 minute walk is also enjoyed at some point during the day.