Who doesn’t want to shed a few unwanted pounds in time for summer? The phrase ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ is accurate; to lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you expend. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to do in the summer! Fresh fruits and veggies are in abundance instead of the fatty, starchy foods often associated with winter. With a medical professional’s sign-off and one of our weekly diet plans, you’re sure to drop a few pounds before bikini season!
Why Losing Weight Is About More Than Looking Good
Dieting is often associated with improving physical looks, but looking good is not the only reason you should follow a healthy diet plan. Diets rich in vitamins and minerals are proven to lower the risk of major diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The correct nutritional profile for your body lets you focus more, have more energy, and allows your body to create plenty of feel-good serotonin. The right balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates helps you naturally regulate your metabolism. With a proper natural metabolism, you aren’t tempted to eat unhealthy foods. In short, a healthy diet helps your body and mind stay functioning well.
Which Steps To Take Before Starting A Diet Plan
Start your diet plan off by getting an accurate measurement of your TDEE or the number of calories your body needs to stay the same weight. A weight-loss specialist at Advanced Medical Weight Loss can help you find this out during a one-on-one consultation. From there, you can figure out how many calories you need to subtract to lose however many pounds you want. A pound is 3,500 calories. To lose one pound a week, you need to remove 500 calories per day. You can do this pretty quickly by skipping a large snack or small meal or swapping some of your meals for healthy meal replacements, available at Advanced Medical Weight Loss.
What Are Some of The Best Weekly Diet Plans?
The best diet plan is one you’ll follow without falling off track. It needs to include plenty of nutritious foods you like and be relatively low calorie. A few of our favorite weekly options include:
1. 7-Day Whole Foods
The goal of this diet plan is to get used to eating whole, unprocessed foods. The processed carbohydrates found in modern diets are packed full of sodium, preservatives, and sugar. Try eating just whole foods for an entire week. There’s a ton of variety in this, which makes it one of our top diet plans! You can have eggs, meat, potatoes, salads. The options are endless! Just don’t eat anything that’s been milled or processed, like white rice or bread.
2. 7-Day Low-Carb Meal Plan
Low-carb meal plans have earned a lot of attention lately. The keto diet, while great for dropping weight quickly, requires strict adherence to an ultra-low-carb diet. It may not be for everyone, and especially not for those looking to keep the weight off. We recommend doing a standard low-carb diet instead. Low-carb is a diet plan rich in protein and healthy fats but low in carbohydrates. Avoid foods like bread, rice, potatoes, and starchy vegetables. Choose high-protein, lean meats like chicken breast and pair them with as many leafy greens as you’d like to stay low-carb!
3. Simple Swaps
Potentially the most manageable diet plan is one where you have to make minimal changes. Keep your diet the same as it is now, but swap a single meal per day for a healthy alternative. This swap can be a meal replacement shake like the Proti-VLC Smoothies or keep things savory with a high-protein pasta swap. By making small changes, you’ll find yourself losing weight in a more sustainable way than crash dieting.
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