Oatmeal diet is very healthy and easy because it promises a gradually and safe weight loss without nutritional deficiencies or starvation. The main idea of this diet is quite trivial: you have to eat oatmeal, in all sorts of combinations, each meal.
Although oatmeal is a carbohydrate, and it must be avoided when you want to lose weight, consumed properly with fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, peanut butter (no more than a teaspoon per day), low-fat yogurts or milk, it can be a real weight loss weapon.
Being rich in carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, healthy fat, B vitamins and protein (6.5 to 100 grams), oats make you feel full for several hours. Also, another significant oat quality is the large amount of fiber that helps to regulate the intestinal transit, fighting against constipation this way!
Which is the best oatmeal for your diet?
Choose unprocessed oatmeal, without sugar, and mix them with yogurt, soy milk, almond milk, milk or water. For a better taste, mix it with walnuts, almonds, fruits, Chia seeds or honey.
To balance your diet you have to mix your meals with nutrients from all diet groups.
Daily menu for your oatmeal diet!
Step 1: Oatmeal with milk for breakfast
Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal and skimmed milk or plant-based milk. To prepare your breakfast, mix half a cup of oatmeal with milk, add over some banana slices and sprinkle a little cinnamon. You can sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey.
Step 2: Oatmeal and vegetables for lunch
Consume half a cup of oatmeal with a cup of yogurt for lunch. It’s important to vary the combination for each meal, not to “hate” the same oatmeal taste. To gain energy for the rest of the day, until dinner, add to your meal a dish full of steamed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, cauliflower) or a green salad with a teaspoon of olive oil and lemon juice.
Step 3: Oatmeal and proteins for dinner
Before dinner, consume half a cup of oatmeal with milk or yogurt, this way you’ll eat less from your protein dinner. For your protein dinner you can choose from the following foods: roast chicken or fish, a bowl of lentils soup, cocked or boiled chickpeas, cocked or boiled beans, lentils salad or mushrooms. To lose weight it’s important to eat your dinner with 3 hours before bedtime. If you get hungry late at night, eat a raw veggie (carrot, pepper bell, cucumber, etc) or fruits (apple, pear, grapes).
Each meal shouldn’t exceed 500 calories.
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