Burn fat, Lose Weight With this 5 Day Diet Plan

Autumn is a dangerous time for weight gain. As the weather turns cool, we turn towards heavier comfort foods. Chilly winds and rainy days make going outside to exercise less than enticing, and all of the sudden our gyms and yoga studios feel oh-so-far-away.

To combat autumn weight gain, try these seasonal recipes, full of fiber, protein, and healthy carbs, known to burn fat, boost metabolism, and ultimately lead to weight loss.

Day 1

Your Workout: 20 Minutes of strength, 20 minutes cardio

Breakfast: Veggie Packed Frittata. Frittatas are a perfect way to start your day with veggies and protein. Another plus about frittatas? They’re a perfect option to make ahead and heat up quickly in the morning. Looking for a recipe? Try this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/veggie-frittata/

Lunch: Easy Burritos. Making a simple burrito is a great way to have a simple healthy lunch filled with protein and fiber. All you need to do is fill a whole grain tortilla with beans, spinach leafs, and a small amount of cheese and heat in the microwave. Garnish with as much salsa as you like, but be sure to check that your salsa choice has no added sugars.

Dinner: Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. Spaghetti squash is a great, antioxidant packed alternative to the refined carbs found in most conventional pastas. Prepare this healthy and tasty stuffed spaghetti squash for a complete meal in one dish. Recipe: spaghetti squash

Snack: Faux Cream. Want all the goodness of ice cream in a dish that’s actually good for you? Freeze one banana and combine it with a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter in the blender for a faux ice cream that you’ll love.

Day 2

Your Workout: cardio, flexibility work

Breakfast: Overnight Oats. Imagine waking up and having a nutritious breakfast ready for you. Imagine no longer with these delicious and nutritious overnight oats. Recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/06/skinny-overnight-oats-in-jar.html

Lunch: Lettuce Wraps. Skip the carb loaded bread and effortlessly add extra greens to your lunch by skipping the bread on your favorite sandwich in favor of wrapping up your sandwich in large lettuce leaves.

Dinner: Salmon and asparagus. Salmon is loaded with healthy benefits for your heart and brain. Aim to have it once a week. This recipe makes it easy to do: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2014/12/baked-salmon-with-vegetables.html. As an added bonus your veggie sides are cooked right alongside the salmon!

 

Snack: Fruit and Veggie Chips. Thinly slice apples, bananas, and sweet potatoes and bake at 200 degrees until crispy.

Day 3

Your Workout: 30 minutes strength

Breakfast: Super Toast. Top a piece of whole grain toast with thinly sliced avocado and an egg cooked however you prefer. This satisfying breakfast has everything you need to keep you going all morning.

Lunch: A Better PBJ. Ditch the sugary kids version of a peanut butter and jelly in favor of this tasty grown up alternative. Spread your favorite peanut butter or nut butter (check to make sure it has no added sugars!) on a low carb tortilla and top with finely chopped berries. Enjoy a side of kale chips.

Dinner: Turkey Burgers. Looking to mix it up from traditional burgers? Try these tasty and healthy turkey burgers. Use thick slices of tomato or large leaves of lettuce in lieu of bun. Top with leftover avocado from breakfast and serve with a side of oven baked sweet potato fries.  turkey burger

Snack: Homemade Trail Mix. The trail mix you buy in stores is often nothing more than a sugary candy mix, but by making your own custom mix with roasted nuts and unsweetened dried fruits you’ll have an energy packed snack that keeps you going!

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