Your Questions About Weight Loss Plans

by Maricela on January 24, 2013

Maria asks…

What is a balanced vegan diet plan for weight loss?

I am a female vegan, 5’7 and 135 pounds. I am not overweight, but I would like to lose about 5 pounds, maybe a little more. I need a good balanced diet plan or at least some meal suggestions. So if you have a good weight loss plan please write it in a Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack format pleeeeeease! Thank you!

Maricela answers:

In general, you want to stay in the produce aisle. You need some grain and legume for protein but only in controlled portions.

Breakfast: Oatmeal (from the round box) with fresh fruit and some almond milk to drink is nutrient rich and satisfying for your hunger, and yummy! Add some molasses to your oatmeal if you want some extra iron.

Lunch: A huge mixed green salad with crunchy raw veggies. Try to get a variety of colors to increase nutrition. Dress your salad with olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper. You can prep some a grain or some pasta if you like, and dump it into your salad if you like…will make it more filling.

Dinner: How bout some rice and lentils? You can cook them in water or veggie stock. Add a fresh carrot, some cabbage or broccoli, some bay leaves, some Italian seasoning, some salt and pepper. This can be either gloppy like mac and cheese, or you can thin it out for a soup.

Snacks: fruit and veggie snacks are always okay. You can also enjoy a glass of non-dairy milk, or a cup of tea.

There are also all kind of meat substitute products. I don’t know their nutrition values and calories because I don’t eat them.

In my opinion, that is a tiny amount of weight. You could get rid of that weight by cutting way back on your fav junk food, or by working out a little more. You would not need to get on a very strict meal plan at all.

Nancy asks…

What are some of the best weight loss diet plans?

Like everyone else, the new year has made me want to lose weight again lol, soooo I was just wondering what recommendations you’d all have for the best weight loss diet plans?

Maricela answers:

Honestly, if you’d like to check out a diet that helped me and people just like you all over the world, please try out (Strip That Fat). Please don’t let the program’s name scare you lol because it really does work!

Change your life for the better like I and so many others did before you…good luck and I hope you the very best!

Paul asks…

What is the best weight loss diet plan to avoid obesity?

Obesity is my greatest enemy. I’ve been suffering from this tired and boring situation. I need recommendation and suggestions on best weight loss diet plan… thank you…

Maricela answers:

We have the same enemy for long time. I don’t have any confidence to face some people because of my size.
My will pushes me to search the world wide web for possible solutions and I came across with this site and this one was very helpful for oversize people just like us… They have number of diet plans and other related weight loss ideas.. My size a month ago was 83 kg and now I am only 70 kg…
I assure you that you will get the same outcome with mine…
Good luck and more power!

Donna asks…

What is the role of water in diet and weight loss?

I was just wondering if water helps you lose weight. Every diet and weight loss plan includes the ‘drink lots of water’ sentence. If it doesn’t, what part does it play apart from being a healthier substitute for soft drinks?

Maricela answers:

It fills your stomach, therefore you will not be as hungry. There’s no sugar or unhealthy elements in water, which makes it the perfect drink to fill your stomach with. Also, it helps flush out toxins and other unwanted products that maybe occupying your digestive system.

When dieting, exercise is also important. In that sense, water helps people stay hydrated. This fact cannot be stressed enough. Not only does it help produce sweat, which cools the body down, but during all exercises, muscles are broken and need to be repaired by the body. Water helps this recovery period so staying hydrated is essential.

Thomas asks…

Are there any weight-loss plans that are designed for those of us who work the swing shift?

Each & every one that I’ve seen or tried seems to be designed for those fortunate folks that work 9-5 Monday thru Friday & off on the weekends. I’ve worked swing shift for the last 22 years & out “smart” employers have even been changing the way we work for the last 2 years. Right now, I’m working 8 hours a day, 6 days a week with only Sunday off. I work one week on 1st, the next on 2nd, then the next on 3rd. Then it starts over again. We were working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, with one day off in the middle of 1st & 3rd, then getting a long weekend, (5 days), every 3 three weeks. Tnere has been talk that they want to put us back on the 12-hour schedule.
It’s really hard to follow a weightloss plan working the way that I do. Even after all these years, I still don’t know when to sleep or eat. I don’t sleep well, except when I’m off & then I sleep my day off away. I can’t quit my job because there aren’t any more jobs here that pay what I make. They’ve all gone south. HELP!

Maricela answers:

Even if you feel you do not have a “regular schedule” to follow, it is possible to achieve weight-loss, especially if you really are dedicated, and you have good motivations.

The best diet motivation is knowing that you will have better health. But of course, feeling better also comes with looking better. You will be more healthy, you will have more energy, and you will be more confident.

It is very easy to achieve your goal. Giving a little effort and spending a little would assure you of real safe and effective diet. A low-carb, low fat, high-fiber diet is the best diet if you do not require tons of energy for work (for example, simple office work does not require a lot of energy). This is a sample menu, about 1200 calories the whole day. You will not spend a lot, and you will not feel hunger.

1 pc toast / sliced bread
1 pc banana or apple
1 glass of milk
tea or coffee with low cal sweetener (or sugar)

10 am snack:
1 banana or apple OR
10 pcs of berries OR
1 cup popcorn
1 glass lemonade or juice

open sandwich (no bread on top) containing:
1 slice of smoked ham (about 60 grams)
tomatoes, lettuce, onion
1 glass juice/lemonade/tea

4pm snack:
3 pcs of oreo cookies OR
1 palmful peanuts OR
any medium sized fruit

1 100-gram cut of lean meat (if chicken, no skin)
1 1/2 golfball size serving mashed potato or pasta
up to 2 cups of green veggies or steamed carrots and peas
dessert: any medium fruit OR
1 golfball size of low fat ice cream or sorbet
1 cup of coffee or tea

you can do variations of this sample plan. Very low cost (not totally no cost ofcourse), low maintenance. You will not feel any hunger at any time of the day. The best thing is, these foods are definitely available in your own house, probably also the things you eat daily. And you will not deprive yourself so binging and mood swings will be avoided.

Throw in some exercise while you’re at it: jogging, weightlifting for muscle development, pilates for flexibility (there are websites that show some basic pilates moves), powerwalking for stamina building. Even regular day to day activities help – walking to the bus station, bicycling to the supermarket, mopping the floor, you can even do some jogging in-place while watching TV. Remember that a well balanced diet and regular exercise is still the best. Not only will you be kept trim, you will also stay healthy.

Remember that there are no quick-fix diets and exercises. Starving yourself and pushing yourself to extreme exhaustion would only lead to even more dangers, and a higher medical cost. The best way to achieve your goal and to get a healthier body is to incorporate a well balanced diet and enough exercise in your daily life.

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