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If you have a fat loss goal you want to achieve but can’t stand the idea of following a strict diet plan where every single thing you eat is measured, calculated, or weighed out beforehand, then keep reading!  This tip is definitely for you.

Back in 2014, I finally got to a point where I, personally, felt major anxiety at just the thought of following a strict diet plan.  As a former fitness competitor and longtime “dieter” in general, I could no longer bear the idea of being limited and restricted when it came to food.  I didn’t want to finish a meal and still feel hungry afterwards, and I didn’t want to have to swear-off or greatly limit carbs anymore.

For most of us, following strict diet plans can eventually lead to food obsession, which can eventually lead to overindulging, which almost always leads to gaining all the weight back.  This is no way to live.  Eating should be enjoyable and enhance our lives, not make us crazy!

So instead, I decided to take a whole new approach to eating, which mainly came down to this:  For all meals, at least half of my plate or bowl needed to consist of vegetables or fruit.  The rest of the plate would then be whole grains, beans or some other source of plant based protein. Pretty simple, right?

Here are some examples:

  • Breakfast – Half the bowl filled with oatmeal and the other half loaded with berries.
  • Lunch – Half a plate of roasted asparagus, carrots and Brussels sprouts; the other half beans and brown rice.
  • Dinner – A giant salad loaded with chopped fruit and raw veggies with some avocado and a veggie patty or quinoa on top.  For me, I’ll also typically have a big bowl of some sort of vegetable soup with a piece of whole grain bread, all depending on my hunger level.
  • Snacks are sliced apples, berries, oranges, bananas, sea salt popcorn, nuts or the occasional smoothie.
  • I allow myself one small treat per day, if wanted, and one big treat or meal on special occasions.

Eating this way allowed me to say “farewell” to strict diet plans and “hello” to a lean body – no restriction or extreme hunger necessary!

The bottom line is, if your top priority is including half a plates’ worth of vegetables and fruit with every meal, you’ll load your body with high fiber, high water foods, which are naturally very filling yet low in calories.  That means consistently eating these foods naturally leads to a lean body! The bonus?  These foods also help prevent and reverse diseases due to their extremely high vitamin, fiber and mineral content. Talk about a win-win situation!

Have a question or comment about this subject?  Please leave me a comment below.

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Audrey Ketchersid

Question – these are eating plans that i “usually” follow because travel doesn’t count but after menopause weight gain and bad/worse bone density results, It was suggested that I avoid grains but also years ago to limit dairy now supposed to add back in for osteoporios (sp)

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Audrey Dunham

New studies are actually showing those who consume more dairy actually have more bone fractures! Consuming dairy as the best way to improve bone health is definitely an old school belief that actually isn’t true. The best things you can do for your bones are: weight bearing exercises such as weight lifting, running, or brisk walking 2-3 times a week (minimum), avoid regularly consuming high sodium foods, and then consume high calcium plant based foods such as spinach, kale, collard greens, beans, oranges, black berries and broccoli as much as possible. And since you’re post menopausal, consuming organic tofu or other organic soy products such as edamame and tempeh 2 -3 times a week would help stabilize your hormone levels AND offer more calcium! Grains are best if they are whole grains such as oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice with having whole grain wheat on occasion. Hope this info helps!

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Jennifer Calleja

What do you think about the Ketogenic diet?

Also milk products as I’Ve tried almond and coconut milk and don’t enjoy the taste.

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Audrey Dunham

Try oat milk! I especially like the one made by a brand called Oatly.

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Pam hamilton

Since I dont like cooked oatmeal, except in a cookie, is it ok to just having a breakfast shake made with plant protein Powder and unsweetened Almond milk and some kind of fruit…bananas, raspberries, strawberries…etc?

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Audrey Dunham

Yes, absolutely! I’d add some spinach or kale to the shake, too.

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Cecile Saulnier

I am one of those who had to watch what I eat since I’m a child. I am 55 and I have to lose 50 to 60 pounds. Recently I have been following your blog and you have inspired me to change the way I eat. I have been on diets my whole life but you end up gaining it all back. As of today I am changing all that and started a 17 week goal and then I will continue from there. Wish me luck ☺

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Audrey Dunham

That’s fantastic. Thank you for the kind words. How’s it going so far?

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Leah

I am better bad with measuring and tend to eat with my eyes. What is oz for half a bowl?

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Audrey Dunham

It all depends on the type of food! What’s nice is vegetables and fruit are so healthy and so low in calories that you don’t ever need to worry about exact calories or measurements.

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Stephanie

My husband is working in contsruction, he normally takes bread with him for breaks, how can I make him foods for weightloss that stay nice and fresh during the day?
I now give him cherry tomatos or cucumber slices as a snack, or green smoothies.

Thank you so much from the Netherlands!

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Audrey Dunham

Tomatoes, cucumbers and green smoothies are all great! Fruit of any kind is a good way to go, as well. I’m also a big fan of popcorn that has been made with minimal oil and a sea salt. Popcorn is high in fiber and can be very filling. Hummus is fantastic, too. Hope this helps!

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