The health benefits of oatmeal are well-documented. A half-cup serving contains 15 percent of your daily allotment of dietary fiber on only 150 calories and is extremely slimming. The fiber in oatmeal helps your body burn fat quickly and decreases your appetite. By eating a healthy breakfast and lunch of oatmeal and a dinner low in fat and high in nutrition, you could lose 15 pounds in two weeks.
Prepare a half-cup of oatmeal each morning for breakfast with one cup of nonfat milk. Boil the milk and cook oatmeal for one minute over medium heat or pop in the microwave on high for 1 1/2 to two minutes. The half-cup of oatmeal contains 150 calories and the cup of milk 90 calories. On average, people consume 800 to 900 calories for breakfast. Add an additional 300 to 500 calories if you are stopping at the coffee shop and gobbling a giant muffin or bagel with a sugared latte or other fancy coffee drink.
Eat another serving of oatmeal for lunch topped with blueberries. There are only 79 calories in a cup of blueberries, which has many documented health benefits. Add those benefits to the 150 calories contained in your oatmeal and you have a 229-calorie main dish that will satisfy your appetite until dinner.
For protein and to maintain blood sugar, add a hard-boiled egg for an additional 70 calories, and--even at 299--you are consuming far less food than if you ate a turkey sandwich and chips. That's upward of 1,000 calories. Not only are you eating fewer calories, but you also are eating calories that are better for your body.
Eat a healthy dinner of vegetables and low-fat protein that is no more than 800 calories if you are a woman and 1,000 calories if you are a man. By doing so, a woman will consume about 1,300 calories per day and men about 1,500 per day.
Walk a half-hour per day at a moderate rate.
A USDA study put the average American daily calorie consumption at 3,790. On average, you need to burn approximately 3,000 calories to lose one pound. If you weigh 180 pounds, you will burn 100 calories per mile. That is the standard doctors have charted. Walk three miles and burn 300 calories. Add that to your oatmeal diet and in 10 days you could lose approximately 15 pounds.