The Noodle DietTM
Written by Sky Taylor at Diet Bites
Diet Bites Noodle Diet Plan
Any shape, any size - no matter what, if it's a noodle, you're totally enchanted. If this sounds familiar, you must be a Noodle Lover. And have we got a free diet plan for you based on one of your favorite foods!
Noodles can be so delicious when combined with tasty sauces.
Trouble is, most of the time those rich sauces are also rich in calories and fat. Let's see if Diet Bites can address this with some savvy suggestions while providing three tasty lower calorie, lower fat recipes for Noodle Lovers. You'll find the recipes at the end of this page - after our plan.
Lose Weight Naturally
How long does your most-current diet last? A month? A week? A day? A few hours? Do you often start a diet in the morning then revert to your former daily diet by lunch?
If so, you're certainly not alone. The unfortunate news is that if the dieter's current diet plan is very short-lived, their odds of achieving permanent weight loss may be a long time coming - if ever. And in this situation, it is time to get back on track now rather than later.
Rather than embracing a detailed weight loss plan, dieters who can't remain on a diet plan for an extended period of time might fair better using the following weight loss tips.
This is a more gradual approach to permanent weight loss - allowing the body to adjust before moving to the next step of the weight loss process.
On this plan, there will be no need for weight loss maintenance after you reach your recommended body weight.
Before beginning, be sure to weigh - then weigh again at the end of three weeks to see results. And example menu is also included in this article.
Weight Loss Step #1
Stick to a three meal per day daily diet - breakfast, lunch and dinner and eat the same foods and amounts of foods that you normally would. Stick to this plan for 1 week. Also walk for 10-15 minutes five times per week. This will become a permanent part of the daily routine.
Weight Loss Step #2
Cut out ALL snacks, eating only the three meals per day. Stick this plan for 1 week as well.
Weight Loss Step #3
Limit soda or other high calorie beverages to one per day. This will be a permanent adjustment to the daily diet.
Weight Loss Step #4
After 1 week passes, limit servings at meal time to recommended serving sizes. No more second helpings but continue to enjoy the foods that you would normally enjoy in your former daily diet. Do this for one week.
Weight Loss Step #5
For snack time enjoy one piece of fruit or 1 cup of favorite fruit(s) three times per day and 1 serving of dairy for a total of 4 snacks. Snacks should be spread out over the day.
Example: Enjoy one small banana at mid-morning, one small apple at mid-afternoon, one serving of low fat yogurt OR 1/2 cup of cottage cheese OR 1 slice of low fat cheese in the evening; enjoy 1 kiwi before bedtime. This will become a permanent part of the daily diet.
Weight Loss Step #6
For the third week of the weight loss plan, limit fried foods to once per week. Also limit margarine intake to 2 servings per day, opting for light margarine. In addition, measure out serving sizes for salad dressings, mayo and gravy. Most gravy recipes contain about 50 calories per 1/4 cup.
Weight Loss Step #7
Weigh and measure weight loss success. Add healthy things to the Weight Loss Formula going forward such as adding a dose of heavy activity at least 2 times per week.
Examples include climbing a few sets of stairs, playing a favorite sport and so forth. Also ensure that the daily diet is built around the healthy Food Pyramid.
Most importantly, once the weight is lost, be sure that it doesn't get invited back again!
EXAMPLE MENU FEATURING NOODLES
All noodles and pasta contain about 200 calories per cup. Due to their carbohydrate content, they provide energy for the dieter. Most provide a bit dietary fiber benefits.
Breakfast Menu = 365 kcals
Morning Snack: your choice of fruit up to 50 kcals.
Lunch Menu = 375 kcals
Afternoon Snack: your choice of fruit up to 50 kcals.
Dinner Menu = 500 kcals
Enjoy with a serving of bread and a side salad with light dressing. Also enjoy a glass of tea or skim milk. = 200 kcals with milk.
At the dining table, you can also add parmesan cheese and/or pepper flakes to the pasta dish.
Enjoy an evening snack as mentioned above for 50 kcals.
Notes: If you wish to add more protein to your meals, add cooked extra lean ground beef to your pasta sauces. Or chicken - or any lean animal protein you like. OR - if you lean more towards vegetable proteins, add a few nuts to your salad, and enjoy a side of beans [any excepting green beans, yellow wax beans because these varieties are not significant sources of protein].
Snacks that are about 50 calories or less: 1 large plum, 1 small peach, 1/2 apple, 1/2 banana, 1 cup of most berries, 1 cup of most melons.
TOTAL CALORIES FOR THIS MENU: about 1,500 kcals if adding lean meat or beans OR about 1,400 kcals without.
DELICIOUS LOWER CALORIE NOODLE RECIPES
Lemon Pepper Noodles with Roasted Chicken
Prepare your favorite noodles. Add 1/2 cup of roasted chicken that has been sprinkled with lemon pepper. Combine chicken with the noodles add 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with your favorite low fat cheese.
Ramen Noodle with Saskatchewan Beef
Prepare Ramen Noodle packet as directed on package instructions - but omit the seasoning package. Remove and thoroughly drain. Add 1 teaspoon of margarine and stir to coat noodles. Also add 1/2 cup of beef strips that have been cooked on the stove top using cooking spray.
After beef has cooked, add 1 serving of House of Tsangs Saskatchewan sauce. Add beef to noodles and stir to combine. Add cooked English peas if desired. Makes two generous servings.
Raspberry Walnut Noodle Salad
The twisty noodles as well as shells and elbow type noodles work well for this lower calorie noodle recipe.
Add 1 Tablespoon of light Raspberry Walnut salad dressing to one cup of prepared noodles. Also add 1 teaspoon of chopped walnuts, 3 sliced black olives and some chopped onion and bell pepper - to suit your personal taste.
To create a meal, simply add your favorite prepared meats or prepared drained beans to the noodle mix.
Noodles often get a bad wrap when it comes to weight loss and dieting. Noodles typically contain about 200 calories for 1 cup - about the same as rice and couscous.
Noodles are a healthy addition to the daily diet but the rich sauces and toppings that often accompany them can send calories and fat grams spiraling out of control - as well as a good weight loss plan. Opting for healthier choices to mix with cooked noodles will satisfy the Noodle Lover while assisting with weight loss.
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