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The Absolute Worst Diet Scenario, a Doctor Prescribed Diet
"IT" happened. And you had sensed 'it' from the moment you had entered the pungent-smelling waiting room at the doctor's office - even as you settled in for the three hour wait to see 'His Medical Highness'.
You remembered that frightful moment as if it were yesterday, even though it was today....
He had said, "Look, Sinbad. It's time to pull your sails; time to put you into shackles and chains; time to put you on a diet to rid your unhealthy body of those excess wads and layers of fat."
You wanted to cry, the grown man that you are, as you watched that boat-load of cupcakes with the crème centers go sailing by - fading off into the medicinal fog-like vapors of the room, along with the barges that were loaded high with original fried chicken and tangy buffalo wings...
Mapping Out Your Doctor's Diet Plan
We have our own take on doctor-prescribed diets. We've even posted our own map below - one that was created amid the dawning of the web, so it's not so bright and shiny anymore. However, it provides an idea of the struggles of the new dieter - about which foods to eat and how the wandering - as well as the wondering process proceeds.
See how confusing dieting can be? And we haven't even begun yet.
Tips to Succeed on a Doctor Prescribed Diet
If you look at our map you'll note an arrow. It's pointed in all the directions of the wind. There is not a clearly marked path. Nonetheless, please ignore the arrow and head northwesterly where we will definitely be tempted to cheat on our diet - but no worries, as we have diet-saving tips.
Pizza, Extreme in Calories & Fat
Take care, for we are entering the backyard of the Pizza Maker. He's a very cheesy sort-of-guy. He generally makes a lot of money from non-dieting citizens, and as we know, dough makes the hands a bit sticky.
And you just can't trust a man whose fingers smell like garlic, so let's trip on by this person in the funny-looking hat. By the way, is anyone missing a rabbit?
Pizza Tips for Dieters
But wait! Before we head off, let's provide a tip for those dieters who love pizza. And what's life without a little pizza now and then, right? So yes - you can enjoy pizza and lose weight too. When dining out, enjoy 1-2 slices and push back your chair. Adding vegetables to your pie will add nutritional values without adding a lot of calories. Do resist ordering extra cheese. And when dining at home, check the number of calories on the box and make them work in fitting into your allotted amount of daily calories that was set for your diet plan by your doctor.
And yeah - his nurse or nutritionist - all of which may have been overweight or obese, yet bold in offering weight loss solutions for their patients, probably handed you a menu as you walked out of the office. You know, right before you unloaded your bank account at the stand shielded by a tiny little window. Odds are, it was bullet-proof.
About Diet Menus Provided by Doctors
The good news is - most can be amended. Of course, if you have a specific medical condition which requires that you consume special foods in your daily diet - you MUST heed the plan. If not, you can make a few healthy alterations.
For example, I've studied and reviewed more of these types of suggested diets than a dairy cow has milk. Most look something like this:
Breakfast Menu: cereal, skim milk, fruit
Some of the doctor prescribed diets that I've reviewed held not more than 800 calories. Honestly - a daily eating plan this deficient in calories can create significant health issues. Therefore, we must at times become our own doctor - using sane logic which will impact our health.
How to Lose Pounds Naturally
Rather than the menu above - which is nothing more than a guideline for losing weight, let's see what we can enjoy for about 1,350 calories. And before we get started - if you have a lot of pounds to lose, then you're going to require more than 1,350 kcals.
We've always recommended determining your healthy weight - based on the highest number that you can weigh without exceeding recommended weight, and basing your daily caloric intake on that amount. You will naturally drop pounds.
For example, my upper end body weight before I would be considered overweight is 134 pounds. Let's say that I currently weight 175 pounds. If I consumed the amount of calories required to support those 134 pounds, the excess body fat will naturally fade. Once I reach 134 pounds, then I can further reduce daily calories so that I'm at a desired healthy weight.
Healthy Eating Plan Guidelines Based on Five Basic Food Groups: Grain, Protein, Dairy, Fruit, Vegetable & Minimal Fat
Now, let's look at a more normal, healthier eating plan in comparison to the one commonly prescribed by doctors. Ours is built upon the five basic food groups. The caloric values for each meal are approximate.
Breakfast Menu, 350 kcals: 1 cup of corn flakes, 1 cup of reduced fat milk, 1 cup of strawberries, 1 slice of whole grain toast, 1 serving of margarine. We have servings from the grain, dairy, and fruit groups with minimal fat added to our morning meal. In addition, the milk and cereal hold notes of protein values.
Lunch Menu, 450 kcals: 1 bowl of chili prepared with x-lean ground beef and kidney beans and topped with reduced fat shredded cheese and chopped onion, a serving of whole grain crackers, 1 cup of reduced fat milk. We have servings of protein, vegetable, dairy and grain. If we enjoy a plum for dessert - we'll have included all five food groups.
Dinner Menu, 450 kcals: 3 ounces of pan-roasted salmon, 1/2 cup of steamed rice, 1 cup of green beans, 3 cups of spring greens with 3 cherry tomatoes, slices of cucumber and light salad dressing, serving of 100% red grape juice. This meal contains foods from the following groups: grain, protein, and vegetable.
Snack Menu: We have about 100 calories which we can use for snacks. Numerous fruit and vegetable selections can fit perfectly within this calorie range, as can the following: lean jerky, rice or popcorn cakes, a few small cookies, or low fat yogurt. Part 2
Planning Your Diet
The diet treasure map above is filled with symbolic reasoning. Let's interpret the illustration, shall we?