A bagel and lox is one breakfast option on the Food Lover's Diet.
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You don't have to give up eating to lose weight, says registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer, one of the "Fitness" magazine developers of the Food Lover's Diet. According to Somer, if you control your caloric intake, exercise and eat the right foods in correct proportions, you can lose 5 pounds in a month. Breakfast is limited to 400 calories or less and consists of a nutrient-dense source of carbohydrates, protein and fat. Followers are instructed to follow the meal plans exactly for success, though Consumers Compare argues that many may find the program tough to stick with long term. Talk to your doctor before beginning any diet program.
The Food Lover's Diet offers breakfast meal plans that allow even the strictest vegetarians or vegans to take part in the program. One option is to make a smoothie from canned apricots, a sliced banana, toasted wheat germ, your favorite type of nut, orange juice concentrate and soy milk that is fortified with both calcium and vitamin D. Another vegetarian breakfast choice is fresh blueberries and fortified orange juice with a whole-grain waffle topped with peanut butter.
For the Egg Lover
Eggs aren't forbidden on the Food Lover's Diet. One recommended breakfast consists of two poached eggs paired with a medium-sized sliced tomato, whole-wheat toast spread with butter, fortified orange juice and tea or coffee. Another is a scrambled egg tucked into a flour tortilla and topped with cilantro, salsa and low-fat cheese. This breakfast burrito is served with cantaloupe and a latte. Be aware that the National Institutes of Health advises healthy adults to eat no more than four whole eggs per week. If you have high cholesterol, limit yourself to two weekly.
For the Too-Busy-to-Cook
Some breakfast meals allowed on the Food Lover's Diet take less than five minutes to prepare. In one, walnuts and your choice of dried fruit are combined with shredded wheat breakfast cereal and low-fat milk. Eat it with a cup of fresh strawberries.You can also opt for a ready-to-eat cereal of whole-grain flakes mixed with chopped dried plums, raisins and low-fat milk. Have a small glass of juice like apricot nectar as your beverage.
For the Traditionalist
On the Food Lover's Diet, you can still enjoy a coffeehouse breakfast staple: bagels and lox with a cappuccino. Spread a toasted whole-wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese and top it with smoked salmon, red onion, alfalfa sprouts and a sliced tomato. The plan's instructions advise you to eat the bagel with sliced honeydew melon and a cappuccino made from low-fat milk and espresso or French roast coffee flavored with almond extract. Smoked salmon is high in sodium -- a 2-ounce serving contains over 1,000 milligrams. Eat bagels and lox only occasionally to keep your sodium intake under control.