Active Calorie Diet

Friday, March 18, 2011

I saw in this month's Prevention magazine this 5 day diet plan called the Active Calorie Diet. It is about 300 calories more per day than I would give myself when I am trying to lose weight but the point is that some food take more energy to eat and digest and some foods that we wouldn't normally consider naturally give us a little metabolism Therefore, you can eat more than you normally would because your body is burning it off. I am kind of bad at explaining it...feel free to visit www.prevention.com/healt
for a better description. Or you can just go to Prevention's website and search "Active Calories" and it should pop up.

Anyway, I started it this morning, and so far so good. The only thing I don't know about these diet plans is how they feel about artificial sweeteners... I had to eat greek yogurt this morning but it was SOOOOO tart that I had to add a 1/2 packet of sweet n low to be able to eat it. I don't know if that is allowed. So today's food plan looks like this:

BREAKFAST: 6 oz Greek yogurt with 1/4 c almonds, 1/2 c berries, 1/3 c high-fiber cereal, 3/4 c fat-free milk; coffee or tea

LUNCH: Tuna sandwich: 3 oz can of tuna, 1/2 c cannellini beans, and 1 tbsp feta cheese on sm whole wheat pita with 2 Tbsp bottled vinaigrette; 1/2 c grape tomatoes; 1 orange

SNACK: 1/4 c wasabi-roasted soybeans with popcorn (100-calorie serving)

DINNER: Orange-Sesame Chicken (recipe provided on Prevention's website)

The only thing I could not find for today were the wasabi-roasted soy beans.... I don't really know what to use as an exchange but I couldn't find them anywhere (besides on Amazon as a 12 pack!).

My start weight this morning was 186.8, I will do my ending weight on Wednesday morning and see what the results are like. If I see good results they sell a whole cookbook through Prevention for this Active Calorie Diet that I will buy. (But I am not spending $40 until I know it works!!)

I will keep you posted on the results and here is a look at the rest of the 4 days food:


BREAKFAST: 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 apple with 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 3/4 c high-fiber cereal (at least 5 g fiber), 3/4 c fat-free milk; coffee or tea

LUNCH: Tropical salad: 2 c spinach, 1/2 c cut-up mango, 3 oz cooked chicken, 2 Tbsp nuts (any kind) with 1 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette; 10-15 whole grain crackers

SNACK: 4 oz vanilla Greek yogurt, blueberry Soyjoy bar

DINNER: Bean burrito: 1 c vegetarian refried beans or black beans, 1/4 c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar, and 1 c lettuce on corn tortilla, topped with 1/4 c salsa


BREAKFAST: 1/2 c oatmeal (made with 1/2 c 1% milk and cinnamon to taste), 3/4 c cottage cheese with 3 Tbsp almonds, 1 banana; coffee or tea

LUNCH: Healthy Choice, Weight Watchers, or Lean Cuisine meal; 4 oz Greek yogurt with cinnamon; 6-7 baby carrots; 1 apple

SNACK: 4 oz Greek yogurt with honey (mixed with a splash of lemon juice and vanilla, if desired), 2 Tbsp slivered almonds

DINNER: 4 oz cooked-weight steak, 2 c broccoli (sautéed with garlic), 1 sweet potato with 2 tsp butter; green tea


BREAKFAST: Breakfast burrito: 2 scrambled eggs; 1/4 c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar; 1/2 sm green bell pepper, chopped; and 1/4 c salsa wrapped in 6" high-fiber tortilla; 1 orange; coffee or tea

LUNCH: Black Bean Burger

SNACK: 2 mini Babybel cheeses, 1 med apple

DINNER: 4 oz cooked-weight fish (any kind), 1/2 c fire-roasted tomatoes and 1 1/2 c green beans sautéed with 2 tsp olive oil and hot pepper to taste, 1/2 c brown rice; green tea


BREAKFAST: 2 frozen whole wheat waffles topped with 1/2 c part-skim ricotta and 1 Tbsp fruit spread, mixed; 1/2 c berries; 1 Tbsp slivered almonds; and sprinkling of cinnamon; coffee or tea

LUNCH: Fast-food meal: Sm Wendy's chili and 1/2 Wendy's baked potato, plain

SNACK: 1/4 c mini bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls) and 1/2 c grape tomatoes topped with balsamic vinegar to taste

DINNER: Shrimp Scampi Linguine
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