Joy Bauer: Meal Plan to Drop 10 Pounds
The Today Show‘s resident health and nutrition expert has the skinny on smart eating with this weeklong meal plan. The lean proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats pack a serious nutritional punch and also fill you up. “There’s an emphasis on balanced meals and snacks, and on getting enough fiber,” says registered dietitian Maxine Yeung, RD, CPT, and owner of the Wellness Whisk, “which is the number one nutrient most people in America are lacking yet is so important to our health.” Yeung also likes that this plan explains the reasons for the food choices and things like how fast you eat affects your weight, so you learn how to eat properly and mindfully. Here’s a sample menu, chosen from Bauer’s mix-and-match plan:
Breakfast: Apple protein pancakes (can substitute an apple with 1/2 cup any fruit of choice)
Lunch: Curried chicken salad with green peas served on a bed of baby spinach leaves with 1/2 whole-grain pita
Dinner: Baked fish with broccoli and sweet potato: 5 ounces grilled, roasted or baked fish (cooked with 1 teaspoon olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, and preferred seasonings) + 2 cups steamed broccoli and 1/2 baked sweet potato
Snacks: String cheese and an orange; 4 cups light popcorn (or 150 calories of any brand)
Diet Point Weight Loss app
Yep, there’s an app for that—and the Diet Point Weight Loss app is arguably one of the best. It offers 130 different diets with accompanying meal plans, many of which are free, so you can scroll through and see what might be appealing to you, says Paige Whitmire, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian at One on One Fitness in Pennsylvania. It’s got everything from Paleo and vegetarian to Zone and Scarsdale diets, as well as quirkier celebrity diets and diets by blood type. Everything is presented in an easy-to-follow format and is based on your personal stats, though nutritional content isn’t listed for each meal. Other cool features: The app reminds you when it’s time to eat, as well as features diet and nutrition tips. Don’t miss these 10 non-diet foods that help you lose weight.