The Oatmeal Diet

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PrettyRose

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 11:01
I'm going to do a new diet, the Oatmeal diet, where you eat only oatmeal for a week as your three meals, along with fruits and vegetables (because they give you the needed vitamins and minerals). Does anybody want to do this too?

karlabob

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 11:34
I guess I've been doing something similar without intending to - I've been eating oatmeal as 2/3 meals every day for the past few days. I don't see how you could get all your necessary nutrients just from oatmeal and fruit, although I guess that's why you're only supposed to do it for a week. Still, it seems like all you'll be doing is getting under 1200 calories a day which is generally regarded as NOT good in the health/fitness world...
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Nimm

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 11:37
I love oatmeal, but you need more dietary fat and protein than you'll get just from oats, fruits, and vegetables.

If this is just for a week, there won't be a significant amount of harm, but...why bother in the first place? If you want to lose weight, you can do it just as well by substituting some of the oatmeal calories for a sufficient amount of fats and protein.
gnat824

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 11:52
All these diets are just new ways of restricting the calories you eat. Whether its through cabbage, grapefruit, oatmeal or anything else. You don't need someone's plan to cut calories but if you do, try a more balanced plan. The Discovery Health site has them, I think, or this month's issue of Self Magazine or a zillion other place that provide a week of low cal, but balanced meals.
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Hoser

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 13:19
I'm a huge fan of the idea that you should use dieting as a tool not just for losing weights, but also of building healthy eating patterns for the rest of your life. Fad diets like this strike me as being precisely the opposite of that.
Earthlady

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 13:24
I agree with all the previous comments - why bother? If you honestly log all your food in your food diary you can keep tabs on your calorie count and stick to a healthy, balanced diet that you can sustain.
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Baxie

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Posted: 14 Jan 2012, 02:37
I agree with all the above posts, but if it "jumpstarts" your diet, it's probably ok. You didn't mention any pre-existing health issues, so, go for it! Then get down to some more balanced meal planning for the long haul.
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Get Sweaty

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Posted: 14 Jan 2012, 02:48
Try my breakfast shake. It contains oatmeal. I use 30g, but you could easily increase it to 50 if you want a thicker shake.

You put the oatmeal in a blender (dry) until powdered.
Then add a banana broken into chunks,
a tablespoon (15g) of peanut butter for your good fat and extra complementary protein,
A scoop of whey protein powder OR 300ml of milk (more if you can fit it in, but this method makes around a 500ml-1pint shake)

See my recipe on my profile for a full nutritional run-down, it's a very balanced meal and around 400 cals.
tressacamill...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 04:37
I am on my 5th day of eating oatmeal as my primary food and plan to go 30 days. I add raisins, pears, apple or fresh pineapple plus cinnamon & flax seed. I am also ingesting a vast array of supplements. I chose oatmeal because there's no sugar or gluten, it's palatable to me and I can stick with it. The reason I started this plan is that I can't stop overeating. My thinking is if I can do this for 30 days, it will set a new mental pattern and help me train my brain to view food as fuel, not entertainment.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 04:57
Totally agree with Hoser. Work at establishing a healthy eating plan instead.

"A health claim on a food product is a good indication that it is not really food" Michael Pollan

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gnat824

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 08:01
Supplements are well and good but are not a substitute for a well balanced diet. Studies are always showing that the absorption rate for various nutrients in a supplement is far less than what you're consuming or what what you'd get eating them in their natural form. Also, make sure you're getting VEGGIES! Those should be the cornerstone of any weight loss plan and a healthy diet. Healthy fats also sound like they might be missing from your fruit and oatmeal plan, so maybe consider adding some nuts. You should always consider nutrition along with your calorie count.
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 09:15
Oatmeal is not a complete protein as the amiono acids are not all there in the right portion. You can completment it using foods that will complete those amino acids: legumes, nuts or seeds so you are getting some protein as well. Your body does not store protein.

"A health claim on a food product is a good indication that it is not really food" Michael Pollan

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