Change One Diet

ImageEven Reader's Digest is getting involved with the weight-loss game with its own diet plan. Change one meal, one day at a time. One small change is all it takes to get this kind of diet off the ground. That is the bottom line of this simple-to-digest program designed by some of the top diet and nutrition experts in the industry. Instead of an all-or-nothing approach at this, it is instead a slow transformation done in small steps. It is portion control not calorie counting. No foods are eliminated and healthy habits become second nature over time.

Calorie intakes are in between 1,300 to 1,600 depending on your body type and the amount of exercise. The meals are simple and similar to what you eat when you are not watching your weight. An average meal looks something like this. Breakfast consists of four silver dollar pancakes with a small amount of syrup, 1/2 cup of strawberries and a glass of skim or low-fat milk. For lunch, you will eat a veggies wrap, a green salad with fat-free dressing and 1/2 cup of melon. Dinner is a 1"-thick slice of meatloaf, 2/3 cup of egg noodles and all-you-can-eat zucchini. The key here is portion size.

Each week dieters are encouraged to focus on something new over the three-month period. Week 1: Change Breakfast. Week 2: Change Lunch. Week 3: Change Snacks. Week 4: Change Dinner. Week 5: Dining Out. Week 6: Weekends and Holidays. Week 7: Fixing Your Kitchen. Week 8: How Am I Doing? Week 9: Stress Relief. Week 10: Staying Active For Success. Week 11: Keeping on Track. Week 12: Banish Your Boredom.