Top 10 Diets

#6/7 (Two-Way Tie): Flexitarian

Flexitarian is a combination of flexible and vegetarian. This diet focuses on eating plant protein instead of animal protein from the meat category. These "new" meats include tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds, and eggs. The other food groups include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and sugar and spices.
You will need to buy the book The Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson Blatner. In this book, she guides you with healthy recipes and tips for substituting ingredients in recipes. She emphasizes that you do not need to follow this diet exactly every day and that it's okay to add meat to an entrée every now and then.
This diet is intended to be flexible (hence the name) and easy to follow. Blatner includes a five-week meal guide that has recipes and suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as two snacks. The calories are broken down into 300 for breakfast, 400 for lunch, 500 for dinner, and two 150-calorie snacks per day (1,500 calories total). You can follow the five-week guide exactly, or you can try a few recipes here and there. Blatner reiterates, "It's about progress, not perfection."
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