Plan a Balanced Diet to Lose 15 Pounds
If you eat whole foods and avoid processed, refined foods, you won’t have to count calories or put a lot of time and effort into a meal plan. Make each meal contain 4 to 6 ounces of lean protein and ample amounts of leafy, green vegetables.
Have a small serving of whole grains or starchy vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, at one or two meals and a thumb-sized serving of heart-health unsaturated fat from avocado, olive oil, or nuts, too.
Lean proteins include fish, eggs, skinless poultry and lean cuts of meat such as tenderloin and sirloin, as well as vegetarian sources such as tofu and beans. Low-fat dairy products like milk and yogurt also contain protein.
Minimize added sugars, refined carbohydrates from white bread and pasta, and saturated fat. Empty calories from soda, fancy coffee beverages, alcohol and candy undermine your calorie-deficit goals.