What Is the Oatmeal Diet?

Those on the oatmeal diet should drink about eight glasses of water a day.
A bowl of oatmeal.
An oatmeal diet typically lasts for 30 days, and dieters might lose up to five pounds (about 2.27 kg) per week.
Oatmeal.
Keeping a food and/or exercise journal is a great way to lose weight.
Whole oats.
Oatmeal contains antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties.
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  • Written By: Lisa Love
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  • Last Modified Date: 07 August 2014
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There are myriad diets that include oatmeal as the main ingredient. Although there is no specific oatmeal diet, most of the oatmeal-based eating plans allow for varying amounts of oatmeal on a daily basis. Most plans last for 30 days, with a dieter consuming oatmeal exclusively during the first seven days. A healthy exercise routine is generally recommended for any dieter following the plan. Oatmeal is a source of fiber and when combined with fruits, raw vegetables, pure water, and daily exercise, it can help with weight loss and help lower cholesterol.

Oatmeal is a soluble fiber that is low in saturated fat — it lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, and raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol. The health benefits of eating oatmeal also include reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, and weight gain. Antioxidants found in oatmeal have been known to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and even reduce the risk of some cancers.

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The typical oatmeal diet suggests eating a half-cup of oatmeal at each meal for the first seven days. Whole oats are preferred over instant or processed oatmeal, and oatmeal-based snacks, such as granola bars or other processed oatmeal food, should be avoided. Maximum caloric intake should be 1,200 calories or less per day. After the seventh day, dieters should eat three balanced meals with the same amount of oatmeal, keeping the daily calories to a maximum of 1,300 calories. Flavored and instant oatmeal may be added along with fruits, raw or cooked vegetables, sugar-free snacks, and other healthy snacks such as nuts and dried fruit.

An oatmeal diet typically lasts for 30 days, and dieters may lose up to five pounds (about 2.27 kg) per week. After 30 days on an oatmeal diet, dieters can implement lifestyle change to a low-fat diet that includes oatmeal on a daily basis. A daily food journal may help keep a dieter accountable and stay on a healthy eating plan.

Diet plans usually work best when paired with daily exercise and pure water intake. Exercising for at least 30 minutes each day, five times a week can help encourage permanent weight loss. Drinking eight glasses of pure water daily can help with hydration and with flushing impurities from the body. Checking with a physician before beginning a new diet or exercise plan is generally recommended for all dieters, as well.

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anon314079
Post 3

When you say eat 1/2 a cup oatmeal, is that pre-cooked measurement or after cooking?

FernValley
Post 2

While I generally frown at fad diets or "power food" diets based around one specific dish, I can see why oatmeal would work. It is high in fiber and other nutrients, all natural, and flexible. As long as you're allowed to add fruit to it each day and drink plenty of water, tea, and other low-calorite liquids, I can see this being a pretty legitimate diet plan.

dill1971
Post 1

The oatmeal diet has actually been around for many years. There have been references made in medical journals regarding the oatmeal diet that date back to the 1930’s. There are many variations but the main point still remains the same: Oatmeal is fairly cheap, filling, and good for you.

An important note is that you should only use whole oatmeal instead of instant oatmeal. You shouldn’t add sugar, honey, or other sweeteners. I add a little bit of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg to mine for extra flavor. I also add fruit to it.

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