Oatmeal Diet Plan for Losing Weight
One method of doing the oatmeal diet involves eating only oatmeal for the first week. You can eat ½ cup of oatmeal for each meal, which may be combined with ½ cup of skim milk if desired.
Only whole oatmeal is allowed. Instant oatmeal and granola bars should be avoided for the first seven days. Calories for the first seven days should be between 900-1200 calories per day.
For the next 30 days dieters continue having ½ cup of oatmeal three times a day in addition to their regular diet. Instant oatmeal is now permitted. Calories may now be increased slightly to 1000-1300 per day. A morning snack of ½ cup of fruit and an afternoon snack of ½ cup raw vegetables are allowed.
After 30 days you may eat your normal diet while continuing with one meal and one snack of oatmeal daily. Outmael dieters should limit their intake of fats.
Recommended: Oatmeal, skim milk, berries, bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, carrots, red pepper, celery, lettuce, spinach, chicken breast, fish, coffee, tea, club soda, sugar free pudding.
Sample Oatmeal Diet Plan:
- Breakfast: ½ cup oatmeal, ½ cup skim milk, 1 tablespoon raisins, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and coffee or tea
- Morning Snack: ½ cup blueberries
- Lunch: ½ cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup low fat yogurt and 1 banana
- Afternoon Snack: ½ cup raw vegetable sticks
- Dinner: 4 oz grilled chicken breast, Large green salad and ½ cup oatmeal
- Evening Snack: Sugar free pudding
30 minutes of exercise is recommended on 3-5 days of the week. The only cost for a oatmeal diet is for groceries, which will be less than usual because oatmeal is inexpensive.
The oatmeal diet is based on a nutritious food that can help to reduce appetite, which makes it a good source of carbohydrates for a weight loss diet. If weight loss is to be maintained over the long term it will be necessary to pay attention to other aspects of nutrition and lifestyle.
Any diet based on a single food can be regarded as a fad diet that will not be supportive of the health. It is not recommended to follow the first seven days of the oatmeal diet where oatmeal is the only food.