Our 1,350-calorie-a-day diet features foods that are great at stopping that famished feeling. Plus, you’ll get 25 grams of slimming fiber a day. Just pick one breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack each day. Stick to our diet and this workout plan for five weeks, and you’ll lose up to 15 pounds.
"Researchers around the world say what really works is not just cutting calories but satisfying your hunger with the right kinds of foods," says Health’s Frances Largeman-Roth, RD. In fact, women following a low-fat diet who were allowed to fill up on all the fruit and vegetables they wanted lost 23% more weight than women on a low-fat diet alone, a new study from the United Kingdom reports.
(choose one daily; 400 calories each)
Lean Green Smoothie
In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk, 1 chopped frozen banana, 1 cup baby spinach, 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, and 1 teaspoon honey. Blend until smooth, and enjoy.
In a skillet coated with cooking spray, cook 1 whole egg and 2 slices turkey bacon. Place on a whole-grain English muffin with 2 Romaine lettuce leaves and 2 slices tomato; serve with an orange.
Spread 2 tablespoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese on 2 pieces rye bread. Top with 1 ounce smoked salmon and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives; serve with an apple.
In a skillet coated with 2 teaspoons olive oil, sauté 2 cups baby spinach and 1 cup shredded potato until golden and tender. Whisk together 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites; add to skillet. Top scramble with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of black pepper; serve with 1/2 cup grapes.
Mix together 1/2 cup 2% low-fat cottage cheese, 2 teaspoons orange marmalade, 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, and a dash of cinnamon. Serve on 2 pieces of whole-grain toast.