- For breakfast, eat a bowl of oatmeal with low-fat milk with a few raisins or cranberries. You may also opt for a couple of eggs, a piece of fruit, or a piece of whole wheat toast with almond or peanut butter.
- For lunch, include a lean protein like chicken or fish, with plenty of vegetables (or a salad) with beans or sprouts (a great fiber source), and an optional piece of fruit. If you need a drink other than water, go for unsweetened teas or juices.
- For dinner, have a bowl of broth-based soup, a wrap or half a sandwich, brown rice or quinoa, and more fruits and vegetables (fresh, ideally).
- Snacks should be protein and calcium rich, like nuts, cheeses, or yogurt.
- Sprinkle into your normal routine activities like fast walking or running, swimming, or cycling. Keep in mind that everyday activities, like walking the dog, vigorously cleaning the house, and gardening count, too.
- Use Saturday night to be your go-out night, where you can finally hit up that restaurant you’ve been dying to go to. Getting the craving out will keep you from rampaging through the kitchen and eventually destroying all the progress you’ve made.
Sometimes when a diet suits you, it becomes simple. No-carb can be really easy if you love meat and cheese. Low-cal can be easy if you adore fruits and vegetables. Take a look through the articles on wikiHow (or the linked comprehensive guide) and see if something calls out to you that you think you could be successful with.
- What it comes down to is that we’re all different. Even twin studies support the idea that we all respond to diets differently (and that certain types of dieting can actually be bad for us). So if one diet doesn’t work for you, it may just be because you’re body doesn’t jive with it, not because you’re meant to be bigger. Keep trying, and you’ll find something manageable.