Healthy Eating for Weight Loss
Most men and women will struggle with weight issues at some point in their lives. Images of celebrities in movies and magazines and on television present a seemingly impossible physical ideal. Few of us have the budget for personal trainers, diet coaches, and nutritional personal chefs. And most of us just don’t have the time needed to plan, shop for, and prepare the types of foods and meals needed for successful weight loss and weight management.
The DineWise Weight Loss Meals and Weight Loss Plans are designed to make one of the most important aspects of a weight loss program easy ... the food. Losing weight with delicious DineWise Chef-Prepared Weight Loss Meals will allow you to:
• Learn about appropriate portion control
• Eat delicious and balanced meals
• Enjoy your favorite foods
• Feel satisfied throughout the day to prevent cravings
Body image issues aside, the sad reality is that many Americans are overweight or obese. With obesity rates on the rise, in adults as well as children, health professionals are recommending a lifestyle overhaul. There are many long-term health benefits of maintaining a healthy body weight:
• Increased energy to perform daily tasks
• Increased capacity for physical activity
• Better-quality sleep
• Reduced risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke
• Increased self-esteem
The healthiest weight loss occurs at a rate of 1 to 2 lbs. per week. Partner this program with moderate physical activity and you will be on your way to losing those unwanted pounds and keeping them off for a lifetime!
How The DineWise Diet Works
The DineWise Weight Loss Meals and Meal Plans have been carefully created by our Advisory Board of Food Experts to provide you with great-tasting nutritional foods with the least amount of calories consumed. Some of these meal plans include breakfast, while some weight loss meal plans include just lunch and dinner. We’ve made every effort to provide you with a variety of diet meal plans to choose from and we try to not repeat any of the diet foods and meals in the plan so that you can enjoy a variety of foods while you work towards your weight loss goals. Buying Weight Loss Meals online offers the convenience of shopping, cooking, and measuring nutritional values.
Each DineWise Diet Meal Plan allows some discretionary calories that can be consumed for drinks, salads, snacks, and for those occasions when you want a little indulgence. Be sure to check your nutritional labels to ensure that any treats will still keep you within your recommended caloric allowance. Our Weight Loss FAQ Page has a list of low-calorie snacking options that can help you make smart choices when you’re between meals.
Create Your Own Weight Loss Meals
As the demo below shows, only DineWise lets you customize your weight loss meals by allowing you to select your favorite foods including entrées, sides, and vegetables. Our Nutritional Mix and Match Meal Builder is an online tool that gives you the freedom to enjoy the meals on your diet and the nutritional information you need to create a personalized balanced menu that meets your calorie targets for weight loss.
The Right Amount of Calories
The simplest way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you use each day. For most people, trimming 500 calories from their regular intake can have a significant impact. Regular physical activity can also increase the rate of weight loss and minimize the impact of succumbing to an occasional indulgence.
Click on our helpful Calorie Calculator to determine the ideal daily caloric intake for your frame-size, activity level and gender. DineWise Weight Loss meals range between 300 to 500 calories, with an average of 400 calories each. DineWise offers Weekly Meal Plans to suit everyone, regardless of size and activity level.
• 1,500 calories per day for women actively losing weight
• 1,800 calories per day for women maintaining their weight
• 1,800 calories per day for smaller stature men actively losing weight
• 2,000 calories per day for smaller stature men maintaining weight
• 2,200 calories per day recommended for men actively losing weight
The Right Amount of Protein
Health experts recommend that 15% to 20% of total daily calorie intake should come from protein. Choose lean protein sources like the ones used in our chicken, pork, fish or seafood DineWise Entrees.
The Right Amount of Fat
Cutting fat is often a focus in successful weight loss plans. What is low fat to you? Most people would be surprised to learn that your body actually needs fat for proper function and maintenance and as a source of essential nutrients. Recommendations for healthy weight loss and body mass index maintenance state that you should consume:
• No more than 30% of daily calories coming from total fat
• No more than 10% of daily calories coming from saturated fat
In accordance with these guidelines, the DineWise Advisory Board recommends limiting total fat intake at each meal to 16 grams. As a reference, if you are consuming the USDA’s standard 2000-calorie-per-day diet (as shown on any nutritional label), you are allowed to have 64 grams of fat a day and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal plan from DineWise will leave you an extra 16 grams of fat for you to consume outside of the plan in the form of snacks, drinks, salads and the occasional treat.
The Right Amount of Carbohydrates
Recently popular diets have painted a negative image of carbohydrates, yet nutrition experts agree that carbohydrates should make up the largest percentage of your intake – 45 to 65 percent of calories, in fact. These carbohydrates should come from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Complex carbohydrates from plant sources are also generally low on the glycemic index (GI) and are an appropriate food choice when trying to lose weight. For more information on the glycemic index, visit our Weight Loss FAQs page.
Snacks and Shakes for Fast Weight Loss
DineWise has a healthy solution that allows people on the run to supplement their regular menu with our Shakes and Snacks. Our Protein Shakes are low-glycemic so that they will help to prevent hunger pangs between meals. We also have snacks like Extend Bars, specially created to help prevent blood sugar spikes and to provide lasting energy throughout the day.
Additional Support with Weight Loss Goals
Each individual has a unique internal metabolism and will lose weight differently. These guidelines represent a broad-based weight loss plan designed to meet the needs of the general population. Those with special needs can contact our Certified Nutritional Consultants at 1-800-749-1170. Always consult your personal physician before making significant changes to your eating habits and level of physical activity to ensure that these plans are appropriate for you.