New Year Offers New Opportunities
in the Area of Weight Loss

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

There are about three more weeks left in the year so now is the time to start planning your strategy for weight loss.

Waiting until after the holidays to formulate your plan of attack may not allow you adequate time to thoroughly think things through and you don't want to be making important decisions amid crunch time.

So begin now - to prepare for the Battle of the Bulge if you plan to start your weight loss plan after the new year.

Amid the holiday bustle, take time to find a weight loss plan that will work for you - one that is full of health.

Diet Bites feels that the best decision is always the official Food Pyramid along with fifteen to thirty minutes of walking each day.

Here is a menu built upon the Food Pyramid based on a 1,500 calorie diet that we've put together to assist in giving you a pattern for healthy weight loss.

And think about this question: "After the weight is lost, what will your daily diet look like? Will you revert to your former diet which led to weight gain?" By embracing the pyramid - you'll never have to diet again.

Diet Breakfast Meal Plate

1 serving of Honey Nut Cheerios with 1 cup of skim or reduced fat milk and one sliced banana.

Morning Snack: 1 caramel popcorn cake

Diet Lunch Meal Plate

1 large salad containing leafy greens, chopped tomato and a couple of slices of avocado.

Also add sliced mushrooms, cucumbers, 1/3 cup of lean animal proteins or drained beans - such as black beans or chickpeas and one ounce of reduced fat cheese.

Serve with balsamic vinegar dressing. Add two whole grain bread sticks to the meal.

There should be at least three cups of vegetables in the salad; the tomatoes and avocado are fruits - botanically speaking.

Afternoon Snack: 1 reduced fat yogurt, 1 cup of whole strawberries

Diet Dinner or Supper Meal Plate

3 ounces of baked, grilled or pan-roasted flounder, 1/2 cup of wild rice, 1 serving of yellow wax beans, 1 boiled egg, 1 whole grain dinner roll, and minimal reduced fat margarine.

Bedtime Snack: 1 cup of skim milk, three gingersnap cookies

Total Food Group Servings: Fruit Group: 3, Protein Group: 3, Grain Group: 6, Dairy Group: 4, Vegetable Group: 4.

Weight Loss Maintenance Journal


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