Diet meal plans are a dime a dozen but if you want a plan to get your
diet started simply follow the guidelines below but please be sure to
have regard to any health conditions you may have and take advice from
any medical practitioner who may be treating you.
The aim of low fat diet meal plans is to help you lose weight by making low fat food selections and eating in a way that maintains your blood sugar level within an acceptable range - this will help prevent those mid morning and afternoon energy dips when you are tempted to reach for the chocolate and cakes.
First, some general guidance when considering diet meal plans:
Diet Food List
Diet Food List - 5 Fantastic Foods You Can Eat to Get Slim
We all seek the one simple but effective solution to diet meal plans and this diet food list could be it!
There really are no secrets to losing excess weight. Simply give the body what it needs to function, in the right amounts and at the right time. If we did that every day we would be healthy and fit. Of course, life isn’t that easy and food has come to mean more than fuel for the body - it is now linked to mental and emotional state and marketing messages mean we even associate certain foods with status. We have lost sight of what food is for - to fuel, maintain and repair the body.
So what are the foods you should be eating for your diet meal plans? Here is our recommended diet food list.
1. Lean Meat and Very Low Fat Vegetarian Products
These provide protein which is essential for the health and maintenance of the body. Only small amounts are needed but a protein food - meat, fish or a veggie alternative - should be included in every diet menu. You will feel more satisfied and less likely to overeat, avoiding the energy highs and lows that can be experienced when you eat carbohydrates alone. At the same time you will be supporting the healthy functioning and repair of your body.
2. Oily Fish, Fish and Seafood
Again these foods are in the protein group so can be used as a substitute for meat. Oily fish in particular play a big part in a healthy diet by providing valuable Omega 3 - a polyunsaturated fat that is essential for good cardiovascular health. Choose oily fish as your diet meal at least twice a week.
Protein requires more calories to be digested and processed by the body than do carbohydrates and fats - it effectively increases the metabolic rate. This combined with its effect of making us feel fuller for longer, acting as a sort of appetite suppressant, means protein from lean meat, fish and seafood is an ally in the battle of the bulge and is why high protein diet menus have become so popular.
Fruit is full of antioxidants, essential nutrients, phytonutrients, fibre and water and it is delicious. Eat whole fruits rather than juices as the body needs the fibre contained within the whole fruit to maintain good bowel health. Use generous portions of fresh fruit in your weight loss recipes.
Like fruit, vegetables are packed with nutrients and fibre. Try to incorporate the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day into your diet. It is one of the few diet recommendations that the various food agencies and medical authorities agree upon.
Ideally eat fruits and vegetables with every meal for a balanced diet. Most fruits and vegetables help to restore the body to its natural alkaline state, which in turn helps to prevent the leaching of minerals such as calcium from the body.
Any of the diet meal plans you consider must include a generous use of water. Use herbal tea or add lemon or ginger if that makes water more palatable to you. Avoid carbonated drinks, even the diet sort. Water keeps the body hydrated and helps with the regular elimination of waste products. It’s the nearest thing we have to a diet miracle but it is regularly overlooked because there is no expensive marketing campaign promoting its use.
So that’s the diet food list that will help you get slim. No secrets, no miracles just good common sense advice. If you will take a moment to sit back and reflect, you’ll see it makes sense. Taking in too many calories - overeating - is the primary if not the sole cause of weight gain. Just think how difficult it is to overeat if you are choosing lean chicken breast, broccoli, green beans, carrots and a large salad. How difficult is it to overeat when your choices are fresh fruit? Your stomach will be signaling you are full. Its physical capacity will be reached and you simply cannot overdo it.
Compare that to eating ice cream, chips/crisps, chocolate, sugary doughnuts and pastries. How easy is it to eat just another portion of these?
Try eating from our simple diet food list and you’ll notice a difference in health, mood and weight - the proof will be there for you to see on the bathroom scales.
To help you further with diet meal plans, The Ol' Boomer has put together some links for you to pursue in our Free Diet Meal Plans section.
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