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Getting Started

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Adopting The L.A. Diet eating plan begins with simple basic guidelines.  Here's 3 easy steps to get you started:

​1.  Eat a variety of foods each day from the five food groups:

Eating a wide selection of healthy foods each day is one of the enjoyments of The L.A. Diet eating plan.  

Complementing the human body's need for healthy high fiber, nutrient-dense carbohydrates, choose whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nonfat dairy or dairy alternatives, along with lean animal protein or vegetarian substitutes.  This will give you a well balanced, sensible program.  You'll lose weight and feel good knowing you're giving your body what it needs. 


For specific food groups and suggested servings select the tab The L.A. Diet Eating Plan. ​

2. Eat throughout the day:  

"Grazing" is key for regulating your blood sugar and stoking your metabolism to burn calories at a faster rate.   Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates to meet your individual needs to prevent hunger and provide sufficient calories in order to feel satisfied while losing weight.​

3.  Choose low calorically-dense foods for weight loss:

Imagine eating until you're full, feeling satisfied and at the same time.... losing weight.  That's what "low calorie-dense foods" provide the body - fullness on fewer calories.  Vegetables, pasta, starchy vegetables, soups, salads, and whole fruit help fill you up and slim you down.


The L.A. Diet will teach you the skills to become an expert at reading food labels.   

​Today, many health-conscious companies are creating products that are lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar.  Here's just a few of our favorites:

  • Fat-Free Butter Flavored Spray:  Use for flavoring everything from whole grain toast to oatmeal to steamed vegetables.

  • Fat-Free Cream Cheese:  Great on toasted whole grain bagels/breads and used for making  fat free cheese cake!

  • Nonfat Sour Cream:  A​ny store brand as long as it's fat-free (not "imitation" brands). Substitute for recipes calling for regular sour cream.  Great for dips and toppings.

  • Nonfat plain and sugar-free Yogurts: All store brands including "light" brands.

  • Egg White Substitutes:  Any store brand. Great substitute for whole eggs. 

  • Whole Grain Breads, Bagels, English Muffins:  Choose 100% whole wheat or whole grain.  Look for varieties with 3 or more grams or fiber and less sodium.

  • Whole grains:  Oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain pasta, High Protein pasta (bean-based), barley, kasha.

  • ​Chicken Broth, Low Sodium, 100% Fat Free:   Canned, carton or other store brand reduced in sodium and fat-free.  Great for making soups and sauces.  Use instead of oil in many recipes.

  • "White" Whole Wheat Flour:  A great substitute for white flour.  Provides all the nutrients of whole wheat, yet is light and delicate like white flour. Great to use in baked goods. 

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It is always advisable to check with your physician before beginning any weight loss or exercise program.


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