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What are some features of a 28-day diet plan?

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The idea behind 28-day diet plans is to take a holistic approach to weight management: they suggest healthy meals and ideal portion sizes along with tips for losing weight, such as exercise plans, recovering from a "slip" and getting enough sleep. Scheduled weight loss plans also suggest recommended daily amounts of water and encourage meal and snack planning. Some plans, such as the 28-day healthy eating challenge from Prevention magazine, offer daily recipes and nutritional information for each meal.

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The 28-day diet plan from Prevention is one of four parts of its comprehensive month-long body improvement plan, called the 28-Day Transformation Challenge. The dietary component of this plan has a suggested menu for dieters, which is created by Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD. Each daily meal plan contains a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and optional snack. Breakfast might include an egg sandwich on whole wheat bread, a side of Greek yogurt, fruit and coffee with milk. Lunch is a light salad with fruit and tea. Dinner is a chicken and rice stir-fry; for dessert, dieters can have dark chocolate and an orange.

Food is a primary component of 28-day plans, but lifestyle changes come into play, too. Authors at EatingWell magazine recommend mindful eating, drinking plenty of water, getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night and prioritizing fitness to help lose weight. They encourage finding social support from friends, too, which can make weight loss more enjoyable. Addressing environmental triggers can help control weight as can self discipline.

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